Lima is home to over 11 million people! The clifftop city is aptly nicknamed El Pulpo (‘The Octopus’) for the shape of its urban sprawl.
Pueblo Libre , a small district that's centuries old. The Historic Centre , also known as Ciudad de los Reyes (‘City of Kings’). Miraflores , just to the west of the Historic Centre, which runs along the clifftop. Barranco , which also extends along the clifftop just south of Miraflores.
In the morning, do a guided or independent walking tour
Larco Museum, to learn about pre-Colombian Lima
Opening hours: Weekdays and weekends, 10 am to 7 pm Entrance fee: Around US$10
Lima Main Square (Plaza de Armas), for a dose of colonial history
The plaza's name literally means 'Weapons Square' and is a good reminder of the violent conquest of what is today Peru by the Spanish conquistadores.
You can watch the changing of the guard ceremony at the Presidential Palace if you're in the plaza at 11:45 am. You can explore the plaza yourself or join a free guided walking tour. Just note that tour groups meet at the Tourist Information Centre on Avenida Jose Larco 799 in Miraflores.
Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, for beautiful architecture and artworks
Opening hours: 9 am to 8:15 pm daily Entrance fee: Around US$3
Have lunch and rub shoulders with locals in Kennedy Park – the 'cat park'
Grab some post-lunch coffee and chocolate
It's well-known that Peru produces some of the very best coffees and chocolates in the world!
In good weather, spend the afternoon outdoors in clifftop Miraflores
Visit the pre-Inca Huaca Pucllana pyramid
Opening hours: The site is open to the public from 7 am to 5 pm and again from 7 pm to 10 pm every day of the week except for Tuesday Entrance fee: Around US$5 Guided tours: The tours provided by the museum are free, but note that you need two to three hours for a full tour
Stroll along the clifftop Malecon Scenic Walkway
Go on a guided paraglide from the clifftop to the beach
Tickets: These can be purchased at the kiosk in Antonio Raimondi Park Cost: US$50 for a 10-minute flight
Take a surf lesson at Waikiki Beach
Peru is known among experts as having some of the best surfing conditions in the world – if not THE best!
Duration: You’ll need around an hour for a surf lesson Cost: US$25 for an hour of surf instruction + US$10 per hour for surfboard rental and US$4-5 for wetsuit and booties rental.
In poor weather, spend your afternoon exploring colourful Barranco
Wander the colourful streets of Lima’s artistic district
Try lucuma ice cream
Peruvian ice cream is as unique and delicious as Peruvian chocolate and coffee, and that’s really saying something.
Visit markets and boutiques to support local artisans
At dusk, visit a unique water fountain
The Magic Water Circuit of the Reserve Park is the biggest fountain complex in the world, recognised by the Guinness World Book of Records.
Head to vibey Barranco for dinner and nightlife
If you're staying overnight in Lima, Barranco is where you want to be to join the throngs after dark.
The best local dishes and drinks to order for dinner
Lima is the culinary capital of South America, so be sure to try a local dish for dinner to really get the full Limeño experience!
Pisco Sour is as ubiquitous in the Lima food scene as ceviche.