Destination Guide – Lima, Peru – A perfect day in Lima

Lima is a city on the Pacific coast. Although pretty close to the equator the cold Humboldt current keeps temperature much in check. The weather and coast line make it look much more like L.A. than any other South American city.

Most visitors spend just 48 hours in the city on their way to/from Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Where to stay?

Starwood has good luxury deals in town. The Sheraton Lima is a good hotel in not so nice neighborhood. With room rates often under $100 its a great deal. Take it.

The Four Points by Sheraton is in a better location but also pricier and further from the airport.

Here's my way to spend a perfect day in Lima, Peru:

Have lunch at the Cebicheria La Mar and order the Ceviche Classico. It's raw fish that is 'cooked' in lime juice. You certainly won't regret coming here. Note that lunch is a late affair here going all the way into 5.30 PM when this place closes.

No go to Park Kennedy, the Miraflores city center in the afternoon and see the art market and the make up shows.

Hungry again? Have a sandwich La Lucha Sanguchería Criolla – not healthy but so delicious!

Get an espresso shot at Arabica – their barista has been voted one of Peru's best last year and you can taste it!

After that walk to the coast line with it's many parks. Watch the sunset at Buena Vista Café. Stroll through the cliff parks after dark to see how the people of Lima spend their time decompressing.

After dark head to the Barranco neighborhood. There are a number of cheap eats here. El Tío Mario is my favorite. The food is just ok but the neighborhood is very charming!

After that head to Santos, Ayahuasca and Picas (in that order preferably) and party with the locals until 4 AM.

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