Friday, 21 March 2014

Our Top 5 - Lima

1. Enjoy a sundowner in Barranco near the Bridge of Sighs
It may have been that we particularly enjoyed this beer as it came at the end of a very long day. We’d arrived into Lima at 7am, got to the hostal and then pretty much went straight back out again. So this relaxing beer at the end of a long and hot day was very welcome and this was a beautiful backdrop.

2. Visit the Museo de la Nacion
If you are interested in political history, the photo exhibition of the internal conflict in Peru in the 80s and 90s is definitely worth a visit. Some of the pictures are quite graphic. Not for the faint hearted.

The museum also has an interesting collection of pre-Hispanic artefacts.

3. Try a Pisco Sour in the Gran Hotel Bolivar
OK, so you don’t need to go to the Gran Hotel Bolivar to sample the national drink, but the faded grandeur of this colonial building serves as a perfect backdrop for your first one. And the price for the Pisco Sour Catedral was pretty similar to anywhere else.

4. Wander the old town and visit the catacombs

Try to avoid the heat of the day if you are wandering around the old town and admire the balconies that Lima is famous for, then head into the monastery for an interesting insight into how Limenos used to deal with their dead.

5.Take a walk or cycle along the cliff top path between Barranco and Miraflores
Join the locals in a clifftop walk, jog or cycle past the plush seaview apartments (which wouldn’t be out of place on the US West Coast). 

The clifftop path has lots of green space and plenty of shade, so you could take a picnic too to allow you more time to sit and admire the vistas down to the sea.

For more on our time in Lima, see Lima Part 1 and Lima Part 2.
To find out about our accommodation choices while in Peru, see Where we stayed - Peru.
For info on being vegetarian in Peru, see Being Vegetarian in Peru.

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