A few weeks ago, I got back from Lima, Peru…. Oh, how I love that city! There is nothing like the food, the pacific ocean breeze, the sunshine and so much more. Even though I was born there, when I go to Lima I am a tourist in my own home. I moved to Canada when I was 7 so there is so much that I don’t remember about Lima (or so much I don’t know from how far it has developed), but my family and childhood memories keep my ties so incredibly close to the city. Since I visit Lima frequently, it is my pleasure to share my fave places to visit in Lima, Peru, as well as give you an insider’s look into the city and all it has to offer.
My Fave Places in Lima, Peru
Besides visiting my family, I got to Lima, Peru for three reasons: food, shopping and sun. The beautiful thing about being in Lima is that everything is so damn close! You can drive to Punta Sal or take a flight to Cusco for super reasonable prices and go for just the weekend. You can read more about that in my #APeruvianSoiree travel campaign. But for now, let’s focus on my fave places within the city of Lima, Peru.
One word: sunset. The best reason to go to Costa Verde is to see the sun set on what looks like the edge of the Pacific Ocean; there is nothing like it.
Did I mention shopping? One of my go-to places to shop, and eat, in Lima is Larcomar, which is an outdoor shopping mall right on the edge of a cliff. At Mangos, one of my fave restaurants in the city, you can get a front row seat at the sunset during dinner.
From locals to tourists, Costa Verde, referred by many as “El Malecon”, is always bustling with people and activity. You can take surfing lessons, go for a serious shopping adventure, or simply go for a walk to enjoy the ocean breeze. There is never a dull moment in this corner of Lima, Peru.
Parque De Las Leyendas
The Parque De Las Leyendas is one of my favourite places in the world. I have so many amazing childhood memories here, mainly of my dad taking me there on Sundays for a visit on “daddy-daughter dates”. I was so amazed by the zoo this time as you can tell they have elevated their efforts in improving the overall visitor experience, from the appearance of the grounds to the educational opportunities.
Don’t mind my family and I gushing over how cute the penguins are 🙂 I have to mention I was really impressed by the care of the animals. Truth be told, I am not TOO crazy about zoos and animals in captivity, however the animals there seemed healthy and well taken care of.
Once upon a time my dad took me to visit the animals at this zoo, and here I was bring my own little girl to the same zoo. Z loved it! She loved that she was able to freely walk around and feel like she was on an adventure as she explored all the animals.
El Centro De Lima (Downtown Lima) is a must-see. Especially if you’re into architecture, you will be able to see the gems of South American Colonial style architecture. The buildings are simply stunning to look at though!
These pictures were taken on Christmas Day when we went for a quick drive around downtown Lima. The central square was SO busy we didn’t even try to park and go for a walk like we usually do. You can see how beautifully the city lights up the area in celebration of the holiday season.
How stunning is this building?!?!? This building is right next to the Palacio De Gobierno Del Peru (The Government Palace), which is the official residence of the president of Peru. I do wonder if he ACTUALLY live there though! It would be like living at work (insert random thought of the day here lol). Regardless, it is super cool, and perfect if you’re into photography cause you can get some brilliant shots.
Parque De La Reserva
The Parque De La Reserva (Park of the Reserve) was revamped years ago by the city and turned into El Circuito Magico Del Agua (Magic Water Tour). It is honestly magical! Z has soooo much fun and did not want to leave. Not only is it beautiful, but it is the perfect place to just go for a walk and chill out.
In the middle and longest fountain, they have a water laser light show that is stunning. (I believe it happens hourly in the evenings, but don’t quote me) It features Peruvian music and dances from various parts of the country, from the Amazon to the Andes.
The fountains are so incredibly stunning and the lights add something so majestic to them. This is definitely a must-see if you’re in the city.
All Of The Food
It is no secret that Peru has some of the best food in the world. I promise I will have another post on some of the best restaurants I visited, but this post features all the places that aren’t restaurants with delicious food. Proving my point that Lima, Peru has delicious food, at every corner, no matter where you go. For example, the picarones above (a popular Peruvian dessert) were purchased from a lady and her husband that sets up a stand in evenings down the street from my grandparent’s home. Normally, I don’t eat from ambulantes (street-food vendors) but these were some of the best picarones I’ve ever had! My mouth waters just thinking about them now.
Salchipapas is a must-have dish while visiting Lima, Peru. They are a super popular fast food that once you have them once you won’t be able to get enough. The dish is usually served with a collection of sauces on the side for you to pick and choose which ones you drizzle on top, or add for dipping. As you can see, I like my salchipapas best with a messy drizzle of sauces.
Another amazing place to get food in Peru is anyone’s kitchen. The above is pork which was made at my aunt’s house using a Caja China BBQ Box. If you can get your hands on one of these, I HIGHLY recommend it! No matter where you go in Lima, you will find delicious mouth-watering food.
As you can see, food, shopping and sun can easily become your reason to head to Lima, Peru too. There is so much more to Peru beyond visiting Machu Picchu (which is what it seems to be known for), so hopefully I expanded your horizon of all there is to see and do in its capital city, Lima.
I am really looking forward to sharing all that I experienced in my recent trip to Peru, so believe me when I tell you that there is SO much more to come!