Lima is the capital of Peru and is a large bustling city that some tourists seem to want to rush through – this is a mistake and the city deserves at least a day or two as it has a lot to offer. Testament to this is the fast-growing expat community that is setting up home there as they discover its pleasant climate, modern and safe residential neighborhoods and world-famous restaurants known as the best in South America. With a population of about 10 million, Lima has a variety of areas ranging from poor slum areas (where you shouldn't venture) and the more affluent areas such as Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco, where most of the quality hotels and many restaurants and attractions are located. The historic city center is also a good place to explore as many interesting places to visit are located there. Another great feature of Lima is that it is coastal and therefore home to some nice beaches that are extremely popular in the summer.
For the tourist a great way to see Lima is with a city tour and there are various options available from short walking tours just covering some areas or full days tours taking in a variety of districts and attractions. Lima has a mutitude of colonial churchs and some popular sites include a visit to the catacombs below the Museum of Saint Francis Convent and the cathedral. There are also some ancient ruins located within the city and a trip to Huaca Pucllana provides an interesting contrast between the past and the modern with the site set against a backdrop of modern high rise buildings (look out to see if you can spot Josh and Jala - two Peruvian hairless dogs there). Other notable mentions are the Larco museum and the Nicolini vintage cars museum (with the latter being far out of the center but worth the trip) showcasing the private collection of Jorge Nicolisi.
Lima is known as the Gastronomy Capital of South America and attracts ambitious chefs to its culinary schools and this of course means there are some wonderful restaurants. A good way to make sure you experience the best of these is with a food tour which lets the experts show you the best there is and explain about the different styles and influences of cuisine came about.
Lima Sea Kayaking Tour (2 hours approx) - The kayak route itself offers nice views of the city coast line and cliffs and is a beginner level route that is available year round. Total paddling distance is about 5km and usually takes aroudn 2 hours but obviously can vary depending on your paddling speed and conditions. There is the possibility to see dolphins and/or sea lions if we are lucky during this route.Learn More
Full day trip to the Ballestas Islands and the the oasis of Huacachina (sandboarding!). Safety and fun guaranteed! It starts from Lima and visits two must-sees of the region. Perfect if short on time and don't want to miss out on them.Learn More
Full day trip to the Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands starting from Lima, Peru's capital city. Safety and fun guaranteed! Perfect if short on time and don't want to miss out on these natural wonders. Pickup from central accommodations is included. This tour leaves only on Thursdays and Saturdays. A visit to Chincha's slave tunnels is also included in the itinerary.Learn More
2 day trip to the Ballestas Islands and the the oasis of Huacachina (sandboarding!). Safety and fun guaranteed! It starts from Lima and visits two must-sees of the region. Perfect if short on time and don't want to miss out on them.Learn More
Take this 2 day tour that will make you explore the amazing Ballestas Islands in Paracas and go sandboarding on the dunes of Huacachina desert! It starts from Lima and visits two must-sees of the region. Daily departures.Learn More
Take this 2 day tour and explore the amazing nature and local fauna in Paracas, Peru. This tour includes a visit to the Paracas National Reserve as well as a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, known as the "poor man's Galapagos". Daily departures from Lima.Learn More
3 day trip to the Ballestas Islands and the the oasis of Huacachina (sandboarding!). Safety and fun guaranteed! It starts from Lima and visits two must-sees of the region. Perfect if having a few days in Peru and want to have a longer tour to explore these places. Also includes a visit to a pisco vineyard, where pisco, traditional drink of Peru, is made. The tour leaves 4 times a week.Learn More