Although you might not like...
Although you might not like Lima during the day, this city is definitely great at night.
Most of the cultural spots are in downtown Lima, but it is better to go there only during the day.
Best places at night are Miraflores and Barranco.
Many good restaurants also in San Isidro. I got married there, so this is my best memory of this town.
As a 'tourist', the craziest thing I did was the Bus Parrandero: a city tour by night, on a bus, starting in Larcormar at Miraflores, with a band playing live and all the rhum and beer you can drink!!!
Archaeology and History
Calle Retiro 160, Miraflores. Tel. 441-2909.
Museo de Arqueología y Antropología de la Universidad de San Marcos (UNMSM)
Centro Cultural de la U.N.M.S.M. Av. Nicolás de Piérola 1245, Lima. Tel. 427-8155 Fax: 428-0052.
Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera
Av. Bolívar 1515, Pueblo Libre. Tel. 461-1312.
Museo Arqueológico del Colegio Juan XXIII
Calle Castilla 842, San Miguel. Tel. 461-9333.
Museo Arqueológico "Josefina Ramos de Cox" (Instituto Riva-Agüero, Universidad Católica)
Jirón de la Unión 554, Lima. Tel. 427-4961.
Museo del Banco Central de Reserva del Perú
Jr. Ucayali 299, corner with Jr. Lampa, Lima. Tel. 427-6250 ext. 2657
Museo del Centro de Investigación Arqueológica de Ancón
Prolongación Jorge Chávez s/n, Ancón.
Museo de los Combatientes del Morro de Arica
Jr. Cailloma 125, Lima. Tel. 427-0958.
Museo del Convento de los Descalzos
Alameda de los Descalzos, Rímac. Tel. 481-3433 / 481-0441.
Museo del Convento de San Francisco
Plaza San Francisco, Lima. Tel. 427-1381 / 426-7377.
Museo Histórico Militar del Real Felipe
Av. Saenz Peña s/n, Callao. Tel. 429-0532.
Museo de la Nación
Av. Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja. Tel. 476-9875.
Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia
Plaza Bolívar s/n, Pueblo Libre. Tel. 463-5070.
Museo de Oro del Perú y Armas del Mundo
Av. Alonso de Molina 1100, Monterrico, Surco. Tel. 435-0791.
Museo de Sitio Huaca Huallamarca (Pan de Azúcar)
Av. Nicolás de Rivera 201, San Isidro. Tel. 222-4124.
Museo de Sitio Huaca Pucllana (Juliana)
Calle General Borgoño 700, Miraflores. Tel. 445-8695.
Taking taxis in lima
Be prepared to bargain any taxi in lima because they don´t use taximeter, and as soon as they hear you talk weird they´ll charge you more then usual.
Normaly short trip rate should be about 4 to 6 Soles , normal long distance n o more then 10…. If they say 10 you say 8…they are not expensive.
Excellent Dining and the profits go to the poor
The restaurant L'Eau Vive is located in an old colonial mansion across from the Torre Tagle Palace in central Lima, and the specialties are excellent international and French-country dishes. This restaurant is run by a French order of nuns. All the food is prepared by nuns and the profit from the restaurant is given to the local poor. And they finish the evening off with a chorus of Ave Maria.
We went to this restaurant our last evening in Lima and Peru and this restaurant is an absolute plus, food and wine is superb, atmosphere is great and the profits go to the poor.
PLAZA DE ARMAS AND SURROUNDING
The Plaza de Armas (also known as Plaza Mayor) of Lima is a World Heritage Site, declared by UNESCO. Along its two sides, there are arcades with shops - Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. The surrounding buildings are of lovely colonial architecture with wooden balconies and grilled ornate windows.
The Cathedral was reduced to rubble during an earthquake in the 1700s. This is a reconstruction with amazing silver-covered altars, fine woodwork, walls of intricate mosaic designs.
San Francisco, on the other hand, withstood the same earthquake. This monastery is famous for the tilework and ceiling in the cloisters. There are interesting catacombs under the church that can be visited.
There are many other buildings that visitors can admire. They include the Palacio Torre Tagle (Jr Ucayali 363), Casa Aliaga (Union 224), Casa de la Rada (Jr Ucayali 358), San Pedro (Jr Ucayali), etc...
Rio Rimac is the pretty-dry river that cuts through the centre. If you observe under the bridge, you may sometimes spot some young boys.
My host told me these are the 'piranhas'. They are the type of robbers who attack tourists, usually those who just arrived, tired, from a night bus, in droves of up to 20. They just attack the poor guy, slipping their hands into every pocket and crevice on the tourist, underneath the shirt, stripping the tourist of his backpack and carting the backpack off.