Lima is the capital of Peru and by far its largest city being around 10 times the size of the 2nd largest Arequipa.
It has a busy international airport and many travellers will arrive to Peru by air to the capital but all too often plan to spend very little time there.
This has begun to change over the years though as Lima has made a name for itself as the culinary capital of South America , with a number of award winning and inventive restaurants.
Like any large city there are areas that are poor and often dangerous which has given the capital a bad name over the years but there are plenty of nice , safe neighbourhoods.
Many people are surprised after spending time in areas like Miraflores or Barranco at how vibrant and interesting Lima can be
There are lots of things to do in Lima from paragliding, shopping, food tours, San Francisco Monestary and the Catacombs, the Museum of the Spanish Inquisition (lots of gruesome torture devices).
Near to Miraflores is the Larcomar area which is home to a shopping center and lots of cafes, bars and small park areas where you can while away the day chilling out.
Also , dont forget to visit Kennedy Park or "Cat Park" as it is now often refered to which is home to hundreds of stray cats that are looked after communally by local residents and tourists a like.
Top Tip - A great museum in Lima , if a little far out, is the classic cars museum owned by Jorge Nicolini (the owner of BCP bank - the largest bank in Peru) - it is called "Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini"
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.
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.
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 5 times a week.
Take this tour and visit the three highlights of the Ica region in only two days: Ballestas Islands, sandboarding in Huacachina and a stunning flight over the Nazca Lines! This tour departs daily from Lima. Pickup from your hotel in central Lima and hostel accommodation in Huacachina for the night are also included in the price.
Take this tour and visit the three highlights of the Ica region in three days: Ballestas Islands, sandboarding in Huacachina and a stunning flight over the Nazca Lines! This tour departs 5 days a week from Lima. Pickup from your hotel in central Lima and hostel accommodation in Huacachina and Paracas for the nights are also included in the price.