Have you been to Lima? Is Peru on your bucket list? If you are an adventure-seeker who also craves luxurious experiences, then Peru just might be the destination for you. I have been fascinated by this destination ever since I learned about the majestic site called Machu Picchu in my middle school Spanish class. Peru offers you a taste of the soaring Andes where you can visit the world's highest lake, stay in ancient cities over 11,000 feet above sea level, ride in a luxury train that rumbles along one of the highest train routes in the world, and, of course, explore the famous Machu Picchu.
Lima is both the capital and the largest city in Peru. With its bustling city life, rich culture and eye-catching architecture, there is so much to see and do that it would certainly take more than one visit to truly experience it all. Since there is no shortage of things to do and Lima may overwhelm her newcomers with the numerous sights and activities on offer, we have narrowed it down to a list of five things that all first time visitors should experience.
Street Food Carts
Just like many great cities, one of Lima's most sought-after features is its abundance of street food vendors. The inexpensive street food options are endless and an absolute delight to the palette. A number of the street carts found in Lima are owned by famous chefs and as a result they hold a high standard on the quality of the food they decide to offer.
Large colonial structures with meticulously detailed features are all over the City of Lima. The vibrant golds and rich colors are certain to catch your attention as you walk through the streets and head downtown. So make sure to bring a camera as you walk around - you never know what you will stumble across!
Native to Peru, Pisco is a light brandy that is created by the winemakers of the nation. The foamy sour drink infused with bitters is one favored by connoisseurs from all over the world. If Pisco is a little too bitter for your palette have it mixed with ginger ale, splashes of lime juice and topped with a cherry. This tasty alternative is called the Chilcano.
Explore Boho Barranco
As the country’s trendiest and most artistic region, Boho Barranco attracts many sightseers. Sitting atop a ravine, the views from the district seem to go on forever as you wind through the streets to find all the sweet little art galleries, museums and boutiques buy souvenirs from. Many of the galleries will showcase the making of their art and will even let you get a little hands on yourself!
Cruise Along the Coastline
Along the coastline, you will find an assortment of entertaining things to do as you cruise aside the water’s edge taking in all of its beauty. Enjoy ongoing views from a cliff’s edge at El Malecon de Miraflores, take pictures with your loved one at the sculpture of two lovers, or head to the beach for some fun in the Pacific Ocean.
If the local culture, majestic natural landscape, and unique experiences on tap have added Peru to your bucket list, then now is the perfect time to begin planning!