Lima, being Peru’s capital and all, definitely fits the role for this fascinating country. During my week here, I never felt like the city was overcrowded was tourists and it did somewhat feel “off the beaten path”. Lima is such an adventurous destination, yet also brings a calming vibe with it from the thrilling nightlife to beach days it offers with fantastic surf!
Surf at Playa Waikiki
This is actually the spot where I first surfed ever so it holds a special place in my heart! This is an awesome surf spot for beginners and seasoned surfers. It is fairly rocky so I recommend being the person wearing some water shoes, even though that was not me (haha). There are plenty of spots along the beach where locals rent out wet suits and boards and also offer lessons! It’s not uncommon to see dolphins at this location as well!
Paragliding in Lima (Miraflores)
Paragliding sessions here last between 10 and 15 minutes. It may not seem like a long time but from a birds eye view you will be able to soar over people surfing, cars rushing by and so much more. They offer videos of your experience as well so you can be sure to never forget your experience!
Circuito Mágico del Agua – Parque de la Reserva
This neat park has an entry fee of less than $1 USD and the place to find the rainbow fountains at night! The park is home to a heart shaped tunnel of flowers which is a very popular place people come for photos. Parque de la Reserva is a great point in Central Lima to come people watch and relax for a while, plus the rainbow fountains are sure to blow your mind!
The Cats at Kennedy Park
I would be lying if I told you I didn’t consider taking one of the cats home with me and even looked into how it would be possible – this was before Zica. The cats here are so sweet and have made Kennedy Park their home. Come here to walk through the beautiful flowers and to say hi to some felines!
Taste All the Food at Mercado 28
Mercado 28 is a pretty rad food market located in Miraflores and seemed to be the place that a lot of people came to before going out and partying for the night. Mercado 28 is partially indoors and outdoors which adds to its’ uniqueness for sure. The cuisine here ranges from things like sushi and street beef to different desserts! Click here to see the different vendors!
Go for a Walk on the Malecon
This is a must do for anyone visiting Lima! This magnificent coast side boardwalk has plenty of flowers, park and exercise equipment along the way to keep yourself intrigued and busy. People will come here to bike, walk, jog and walk their dogs. The view here during sunset is out of this world!
Drink Plenty of Pisco Sours
We were introduced to Peru’s national alcoholic drink within the first couple hours of arriving in Lima. This drink is DELICIOUS! There are many places that offer happy hour which usually includes buying one pisco and receiving another for free.
This drink is made from lime juice, egg whites, sugar syrup and Pisco, which is a type of brandy. All of the ingredients are put in a shaker to mix all the unique flavors. Then ice is added over the top along with Angostura bitters on top of the foam and a lime on the rim and, viola! One of the best cocktails I have had while traveling!
Best Spot for the Sunset in Lima – Park of Love (Parque de Amor)
The Park of Love or Parque de Amor is located in Miraflores by the Malecon. The park is dedicated to lovers as seen by the structure above and with it comes a jaw dropping panoramic view of the ocean. Perfect place to visit for sunset with your significant other!
Lima, Peru is a nonstop adventure from the friendly cats in Kennedy Park to exploring the impressive coastline! This destination is an awesome spot to begin your travels throughout Peru especially since flights are usually the most affordable with the least amount of duration in flight.