7 Things You Have To Do: Lima
Paragliding, Paddington and pampering hotels...
Peru is a traveller’s paradise.
Between the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, the tropical rainforest, and adventures in Ayahuasca, it has something for everyone.
And chances are that no matter where you’re off to, Lima will be the city you touch base in first.
But with world-class gastronomy, a dreamy coastline, and culture aplenty, Lima is far more than a passer-througher. Here are seven reasons why you should soak up the sights in Lima…
1. Dance around, get wet AND cultured
Most cities have your bog-standard museums and exhibitions to help reflect their heritage. And while Lima has its share of those (and they’re really not too shabby at that), it gets full marks for the Circuito Magico del Ague - a foundation and light show that highlight’s the country’s history and culture in a way that’s unique and fun for all the family.
While you can meander past in the day, a visit in the evening really is a must, with 13 perfectly timed fountains dancing around in vibrant colour, as a laser light show is projected onto them.
2. Cruise around its Costa Verde parks
Perched on a hill as it is, Lima’s done a great job of turning its cliffside into an attraction all of its own. 12km of parks are dotted throughout, with biking and walking paths that thread them all together.
While all offer spectacular views, the most notable is the Parque del Amor, a testament to all things loving, and dedicated to - in the immortal words of one Miss Kylie Minogue - All The Lovers.
Swing by at sunset or sunrise with a significant other for the super-romantic feels, or simply soak up the colourful mosaics and saucy statue ‘El Beso’ (The Kiss), which shows two lovers enrapt in a sensual snog.
3. Paraglide off said cliff
For those craving a little more adrenaline, then why not take a running jump off the cliffs we’ve been banging on about?
Whether you’re a first-time paraglider or an expert flier, then Lima has the facilities (and breeze) for you.
As you walk along the Costa Verde, it’s impossible to avoid the shadows of those paragliders soaring above you. It’s intoxicating and amazing in equal measure.
4. Grab yourself a pampering hotel
When it comes to hotels, Lima has some of the finest South America has to offer. We stayed at the Sol de Oro Hotel & Suites, which is situated in the heart of the trendy Miraflores district, and offers sleek, refined and mercifully affordable rooms.
Throw in a massage-happy spa, delicious dining, a gym overlooking the city, and a rooftop pool and suntanning area, and there’s every chance you won’t want to leave.
5. Explore Miraflores for a foody dream
Wander out of your hotel, loosen your belt, and dive face-first into Miraflores’ abundance of eateries.
Our favourite was undoubtedly the Jardin de Jazmin, a Veggie dream with cut-price food and utterly NOM-tastic dishes.
Anyone after a swankier, more award-winning affair are in luck. Miraflore is home to not one but TWO of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants - Central (no. 5 in the worldwide list, and The Best Restaurant in Latin America three years in a row), which offers Contemporary Peruvian that’ll blow your mind, and Maido (no. 8 in the list), which brings Nikkei cuisine to the masses with delectable style.
6. Surf and sail your way around the city
Stroll along the seafront and it’s impossible to miss the plethora of fishing boats and surf shacks.
Yep, Lima is home to some of the best surf the continent has to offer, so whether you’re a novice or an expert, there are plenty of opportunities to grab a board and dive straight in.
7. Find Paddington
ICYMI, Paddington’s kinda a big deal.
And his home country are proud to show off his success in style - head down to the city’s Larcomar shopping mall, and hunt around to find him in all his British-flag daubed glory.
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