Peru’s Capital of Lima City Vying With Popular Historic Sites for Visitor Attention
LIMA, PERU (September 16, 2015) – Lima was once merely the hub city for flying into Peru and connecting to other popular destinations in the country. Today, the country’s capital city is becoming one of the top reasons to visit Peru and is vying for visitor attention with other popular sites such as Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Amazon.
- Huaca Pucllana ruins: A trip to Lima wouldn’t be complete without first putting its history into perspective. A visit to the Huaca Pucllana pyramid ruins does just that – this ceremonial centre was likely built around 500 A.D. during the cultural height of Lima’s history.
- Art scene in Barranco: The Barranco neighbourhood has dozens of galleries and museums to explore. M.A.T.E. showcases the work of the renowned Peruvian photographer Mario Testino, and Galeria Lucia de la Puenteand Cecilia Gonzalez Arte Contemporaneo are also worth a visit.
- Mercado de Surquillo: This market is a great way to explore the fresh fruits and vegetables of Peru and also a fun local experience close to the Miraflores neighbourhood.
- Miraflores boardwalk: High cliffs separate most of the city from rocky beaches below. A 10k boardwalk called El Malecon stretches along the top of the cliffs and makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll. The Larcomar shopping centre is along this route and one of the prettiest malls you’ll ever find to shop in or enjoy a meal. Adventurous visitors can also paraglide off the cliffs near here.
- Nikkei cuisine: Vice called Nikkei cuisine the “love child of Peru and Japan” and it’s a culinary experience you don’t want to miss in Lima. Peruvian-Japanese Maido is the top place to get your fix.
- Ceviche: You can’t visit Lima and not have ceviche, or cebiche as its known here. La Mar Cebicheria is one of the best places to try several variations on the dish, and it’s only open for lunch (similar to many cevicherias in Lima – so the fish is at its freshest).
- Astrid y Gaston: Renowned chef Gaston Acurio (also the man behind La Mar) runs one of Peru’s top restaurants, Astrid y Gaston. The restaurant is located in a 300-year-old hacienda in the San Isidro neighborhood and showcases Peruvian foods while applying international techniques.
- Something new: Virgilio Martinez, another celebrity chef who is well-known for his restaurant Central, has recently opened a more casual restaurant called NOS. Martinez told the Peruvian paper El Comercio, “You’ll be able to find everything from burgers, to ceviches, fish of the day, diverse and unusual salads, rice dishes… in large servings. It’s not Peruvian ‘creole’ cuisine, it’s more of a global menu, featuring everything I’ve seen.”
- Pisco sours at La Rosa Nautica: You’ll find pisco sours at most bars and restaurants in Lima; however La Rosa Nautica‘s bar offers one of the best views to enjoy while sipping. Because the city stretches along the coast, it’s surprising to learn that there are few bars and restaurants located on the water… so La Rosa Nautica’s real estate out on a pier provides a special experience to enjoy your first (or next) pisco sour.
- Coca sours at Ayahuasca: Ayahuasca, named after the Amazonian hallucinogen, is a lively and creative bar located in a restored mansion in the Barranco neighborhood. Try the coca sour made with coca leaves.
- Barranco Beer Company: Cusqueña is a great beer option, but if you’re keen to check out Lima’s up-and-coming craft beer scene, head to Barranco Beer Company in its namesake neighborhood. Order the tasting sampler and try a few varieties before committing to just one kind.