Lima Malecon Walkway view of lighthouse and park, Peru

Best of Lima – cuisine and history tour

Trips/Explore Peru

3 days

Almost everyone flying in and out of Peru makes their way through Lima. In our opinion, the perfect way to relax after a big trek in the Andes is a short stopover in the capital to taste some of it's world-renowned cuisine as well as stroll its lovely clifftop walkway and visit some iconic historical sights.

Detailed Itinerary

Peru Country Map

Day 1: Clifftop walking tour

Your Lima guide meets you at the airport and whisks you away for a guided afternoon or evening walking tour. This includes strolling along the Miraflores section of the picturesque Malecón Walkway, a pedestrian path that winds along the clifftop running parallel to the ocean. This walkway passes through green parks with photo-worthy modern sculptures and also offers great views of the sun as it sets over the ocean. Later, head to dinner at one of the city's many incredible restaurants. Did you know that Lima actually has four of the world's 50 best restaurants? Let us know if you'd like us to try book you a table at one of them!

Paraglider over city of Lima and coastline, Peru

Day 2: Market tour and cooking class

Today we visit a local market and learn about the common ingredients in Limeño cuisine such as tomatoes, potatoes, chillies and peanuts, all of which actually originated in Peru. This tour does of course involve tasting many local and delicious ingredients! Later in the day it's off to a cooking class to learn how to make three Peruvian classics: causa limena (an ancient savoury dish with mashed potato), ceviche (a marinated dish of raw fish) and pisco sour (Peru's most well-known cocktail). After dark, we visit the city's popular fountain park for a bit of magic, and then enjoy another delicious dinner out trying something traditional or one of the city's many popular fusion dishes.

Lima cuisine plated dish of fresh scallops, Peru

Day 3: Historical Lima tour

This morning we enjoy a half-day walking tour of key spots within Lima's historic centre, which is a UNESCO heritage site. The city's history has various layers going back millennia – in fact, it's near Lima that archaeologists found evidence of the very first South American civilisation! Our tour today includes a visit to the C16th Plaza de Armas, which the Spanish conquistadores symbolically built atop the ruins of the palace of the Inca. We also enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating Basilica and Convent of San Francisco and its extensive catacombs, after which your guide drives you to the airport for your flight home.

Red flowers in foreground with Archbishop's Palace in background, Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru

Inclusions

Price Includes

Airport transfers

Two nights of mid-range accommodation

Breakfasts

Experienced, English-speaking guide

Stipulated activities

Price Does Not Include

Lunches and dinners

Snacks and drinks

Where you'll stay

Lima hotel dining room

Tierra Viva Miraflores Centro

This stylish hotel is located in a quiet alley of the vibey, seaside Miraflores district of Lima – the perfect starting point for exploring many of the city's star attractions on foot.

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Waikiki Beach pier restaurant Lima Peru
Lima street art young girl mural
A young male tourist walking along a patio with restaurants high on the hillside of Lima, Peru
Lima Peru dessert tray in a restaurant
Lima's Magic Water Circuit of the Reserve Park lit up at night