You just cannot go to Peru and leave without trying their infamous cocktail drink of "pisco sour." No need to go to the actual place "Pisco" in Peru where this world-renowned drink got its name from, but just be sure to get it anywhere the locals tell you to.
While doing the city tour in Lima, we were told that the historic Grand Bolivar hotel in downtown Lima offers one of the best "pisco sour" around town. Wanting to seize the opportunity, I happily got my "pisco sour" on our quick stop at this hotel at 10 in the morning (I think it was too early for a drink) and by the time we got to the catacombs, I was feeling and walking like a zombie!!! :)
If you need souvenir items, postcards, and general items for yourself--go to Larcomar. Not only do you get a gorgeous view of the ocean at this shopping complex, but you can also find a wonderful assortment of high quality ready-to-wear, scarves, jewelry as well as handicrafts. The prices tend to be higher than average as this mall offers upscale and trendy shops.
Beautiful walk thru water fountains. One ,the main one, reaches 80mts high at its peak, awesome really. It gives a great alternative for a walk in Lima, outside of downtown and Miraflores at night. 4 soles the entrance, wednesday thru sundays from 6 till 10, gets you a nice place to stretch your legs, take some pictures and even listen to some musica criolla.
If you feel up to it, bring a change of clothes as you can play in the water in one of the fountains among all the children jumping up and down.
The zoo is quite good. Tapirs, macaws, monkeys, sloths, jaguars, ocelots, wild birds, and numerous other Peruvian wildlife species can be found here. There is also an international section with the usual selection of bamboons, tigers, etc.
As you pass around the center, close to the Plaza Mayor, you will see small tour buses, very economical and excelent service up to the top of St. Christopher, where the hugh Cross is seen. The bus stop in the bull ring of Rimac and basically brings you around the area for a few Soles. Well worth it on a sunny day! There is a small beverage store on the top for refreshments.
This was a great place to spend a few hours. The booths are divided into regions, so while you are admiring merchandise from Cuzco, you are only a few steps away from crafts from Arequipa. We walked through the tent a few times, looking at wooden bowls, ceramics purses, jewelry, bags clothes, preserved butterflies, and the food. We even stopped for a massage. :)
The prices are very affordable and the venders were friendly. The best part was getting to sample the food from the different regions. You can get a meal here as well as snacks, desserts, and wine. Of course they sell them in large enough packages to take some home with you.
Coca Cola is always first...... in these touristic places of course, but even in the smallest farest away villages: Coca Cola already has been there :-))
It´s one of the most known words in the whole word, am not sure, but think that more than 90% of world population knows the word.
I took a taxi tour of downtown Lima and it was very beautiful! A lot of history going back hundreds of years!
south of Lima next to the Panamerica there are various nice beaches to spend day and night (a lot of beach party with beach-disco etc.), for example Silencio or Pulpos are good beaches.