Suelte del Fraire - This is a point in Barranco on the coast. It is a raw and beautiful place. While you are here there is a "monk" or a guy that walks around dressed up as a monk that will jump off the bridge between the two rocks at the point. Of course he does it for money. I'd say he is quite creative to create this job. Don't be confused he doesn't work for the restaurant that is located there. Speaking of the restaurant, this is a very beautiful place! It has an amazing view, a great place to have a romantic dinner or a drink with friends!
Either way, check this place out. You won't be disappointed!
Inquire if there is a futbol game at the National Stadium while you are in Peru. It's a cheap and fun way to spend an evening. I felt safe the entire time. It was fun to be amongst the locals and the game was entertaining! Drum corps beat and fans of certain sections of the stadium stand and sing throughout the whole game. Really a fun experience. Strong police/security presence. Check it out
9:30: To begin the the best day in Lima, you want to take a taxi (20 minutes US$5) to downtown Lima, also known as el Centro. Have the taxi drop you off at the Plaza de Armas, where you can see Francisco Pizarro's grave and the Peruvian Virgin who's shaped like a mountain.
10:30: From there you can walk to the Monasterio de San Francisco. This is a truly fascinating place where fine art meets tales of the crypt. FYI, If you're claustrophobic the catacombs may not be for you!
11:30: After you have discovered the monasteries buried treasures and secrets you want to walk back to the main square, and visit the colonial Lima Cathedral at Plaza de Armas. Then at noon you'll want to watch the changing of the guards in the Government Palace and run over to the Barrio Chino, Lima's chinatown to see the arch and try a bite of Peruvian Chines food, known as CHIFA!!
1:00: After all this you will probably be hungry….So, take a taxi (15 minutes US$4) and head over to the Café del Museo at the MUSEO LARCO. Café del Museo is one of Lima's top restaurants featuring fabulous contemporary and traditional dishes. The menu and food was designed by the most prestigious Peruvian chef, Gaston Acurio. It's very reasonably priced and you get to sit in the patio and enjoy the gorgeous gardens at Museo Larco.
2:30: After you savour your last bite and finish drinking your Cusquena beer, you are definitely going to want to take a look at the MUSEO LARCO Im not a huge museum person, but this museum by far is the best museum in Lima and is very unique. Really, it's unlike any museum in Peru. You don't want to miss a classic photo op of the museum, which is a colonial mansion built on top of a pyramid. They also have the best pre-Columbian gold collection and a fascinating collection of erotic pottery. That's right…EROTIC POTTERY! It's something to see!
Don't forget the classic photo op in the MUSEO LARCO's storage deposit's!!!
3:30: From there you'll want to take a taxi (15 minutes US$5) through San Isidro, which is one of Lima's most exclusive barrios, and have the driver to you pass by the Huaca Huallamarca and drop you off at Huaca Pucllana. The Huaca, aka Peruvian pyramid, is located in a nice and safe neighborhood. The tours of the Huaca last about an hour. If you dont feel like doing the tour, maybe you want to try some of Lima's best deserts. Just outside the Huaca is the cafe Bodega la Trattoria owned by an ex-novela superstar and it has great view of the pyramid and great ambiance
5:30: After all this you may want to head back to the hotel and take a shower and get ready for Dinner.
8:00: The best food is on the Costa Verde area is definitely at Cala, a restaurant with a great night view of the city and the beach. The food, ambiance, and service is excellent. Definitely try the CEBICHE de Pescado or the Tiradito!!! They are both delicious!
10:00: If you still have time and energy, top your night off at Larcomar. You can do last minute shopping; there is nice souvenir and craft shops. Here you can also grab some ice cream or just take a stroll with all the other hip Limenos! For those of you who are looking for nightlife, you will find the best discos at Larcomar.
If Larcomar doesn't sound like you thing, you might just want to head to Parque Kennedy for a nice stroll through the park. There are souvenir and food vendors in the park until 11:00 PM. I recommend trying the little doughnuts known as Picarrones or try some Arroz con Leche y Mazamorra! If you love sweet treats you might want to try them both.
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During our holidays we went to on a half day trip to Lima's Little Galapagos organised by Aventuras de oro based in Lima. First we sailed about 1 hour: we went belong some islands, one where the President has a house (the only house), there were lots of sea birds (I guess some 20-25 different species) and when we arrived to the Islands: big rocks in the Pacific with thousands of sealions on top it. The guide, who spoke very well English, explained that there were about 3,000 sealions and in winter there are even more about 6,000. some of us took a dip into the water, wetsuits were provided and the curious sealions came closer by. We had a very nice day and I would definately recommend this trip for if you have a free day in Lima.
Every year, 25 years now, Mario Valencia has taken to heart the road covered by Jesus on is way to the cross by doing it himself from different parts of downtown Lima all the way to Cerro San Cristobal. Not a small feat as the cross weights over 70 kilos. Every year it brings more people and certainly a different side of Lima can be seen
Every year during Easter. starts at different places every year (each time closer to the cerro, I think he's getting old....
This is another beautiful church in Lima called Iglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa ("Church of the Miraculous Virgin"), located in Miraflores district just in front of Park Kennedy.
The streets around it look very nice. Do walk around Miraflores... you will not regret!!!
This is another beautiful building that cannot be considered a tourist attraction, but deserved a picture in my album...
From Plaza de Armas take Jiron de la Union until Plaza San Martin. Cross the square and keep walking until you reach Paseo de la Republica. The Palacio de Justicia is almost in front of Plaza Grau.
I don´t think the train station can be considered a tourist attraction in Lima, but it did deserve a picture.
The train station is located at the city center, one or two blocks from Plaza Mayor, and you will probably pass in front of it on your way to the Convent of San Francisco.
When in Lima, do try if you dare, one of these speciality drinks made out of FROG, Quinua grains and soya, its delicious, and cures all kinds of diseases... ok its gross and only claims to cure stuff...but still an adventure
I was interested in seeing the Rimac River in Lima after reading so much about it in Mario Vargas Llosa's novels, but the river itself is but a tiny creek in a not very beautiful background, so it really doen't deserve a visit...
When you visit the San Francisco church catacombes you will find these macabre bones circles on the floor. It is not the scenario for a Wes Craven film, just the unusual sense of humour of the person in charge of classify all those bones. Most of them, found after recent restorarions, were ordered in separate spaces, depending on the type of bone, but some were used to make weird designs on the floor...
Just one block away from Plaza de Armas you will find this charming street where "Las Nazarenas" and "Santo Domingo" churches are located. I liked specially its old times atmosphere, all the street was very well preserved and made me think of those centuries of colonial Lima...
If you like art deco architecture, you will find some samples wandering around in the souther coast neighborhood of Barranco. This used to be a residential area for artists with a certain bohemian atmosphere, and still todays this is one of the most charming areas in Lima.
The Huallamarca pyramid sits smack in the middle of the more affluent San Isidro residential area of Lima. Our first glimpse of it was at night, when it's most striking - spotlights illuminate the stonework, which is done in an adobe style. The pyramid is surrounded by a chain-link fence for protection.
There is a small museum on-site - not really worth the 5 soles. Inside are some mummy bundles (mummies still intact) and artifacts found at the site. Excavations are ongoing.
I don't know the true name of this park - but along the coast north of the Lovers Park is a very pretty park devoted to Maria Reiche. It's relatively new.
It has representations done in flowers of some of the Nazca line drawings - at night, the outlines light up. A nice prelude, or a substitute, if you don't have the time, money, or inclination to take a Nazca overflight.
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