10 Enjoyable Issues To Do In Lima, Peru

by jpc_touring-bicycle

Once I requested associates, household and readers right here at Bicycle Touring Professional what I ought to see or do in Lima, Peru, the solutions I obtained again went slightly one thing like this: “Get out of there as shortly as you may and make your technique to Cusco.”

However I made a decision to ditch that recommendation and spend two entire weeks discover the streets of Lima, seeking enjoyable, various, and outdoorsy issues to see and do.

The large guidebooks appear to say to metropolis’s quite a few museums and the various procuring areas the place you should purchase meals, clothes, souvenirs and extra, however I wished to search out issues to do in Lima that went past all that. So right here you go! That is my record of 10 enjoyable issues to do throughout your keep in Lima, Peru.

Bounce Off A Cliff: Go Paragliding

Take a stroll all the way down to the cliffs of Miraflores and also you’ll absolutely see quite a few paragliders hovering by way of the air. However you don’t should be an skilled paraglider to be able to do this for your self.  For about $55 USD you may experience tandem together with an skilled paraglider and soar like a chook over the shores of southern Lima.

Go to the Pachacamac Ruins

pachacamac pyramid in lima peru

About 30 kms south of Lima, close to the seaside and simply off the Pan-American freeway, are the Pachacamac ruins. Right here you’ll find two pyramids, a temple and dozens of different historic Inca ruins courting again hundreds and hundreds of years. This can be a website talked about in most of the guidebooks, however due to its distance from town, Pachacamac isn’t visited by too many vacationers. Once I visited the ruins, I used to be the one particular person there and had the complete place to myself. If you’re up for an journey, lease a bicycle and experience to Pachacamac. The highway from Lima to Pachacamac is nearly solely flat, however due to the loopy metropolis site visitors, this isn’t a motorbike experience for newcomers. Schedule a whole day for the journey.

Experience A Bicycle Throughout The Metropolis

riding a bicycle in lima peru

Talking of bicycles, why not experience your bike throughout town of Lima when you’re there? Even supposing Lima is much from bicycle pleasant, there are nonetheless quite a few bikers that decision this metropolis house. If you’re courageous sufficient, you may experience within the metropolis streets, however you may simply get your self killed within the course of. That stated, if you’d like a much less annoying bike experience, strive biking alongside the coast of Miraflores (there’s a bike lane in elements) or cycle from Miraflores to the middle of Lima alongside Avenue Arequipa (there’s a strolling/biking path that runs down the middle of the highway for greater than 5 miles).

Tour The Catacombs

lima peru catacombs

Within the coronary heart of Lima is the Monesterio de San Francisco (Saint Francis Monastery), which is a small, however lovely monastery and church within the heart of town. The Monastery and church are good, however beneath the 2 buildings is the true attraction: a posh community of catacombs the place a whole bunch of individuals are buried – their bones stacked greater than 4 meters excessive and organized in patterns by the monks that when occupied the Monastery itself. Images aren’t allowed contained in the catacombs or the Monastery, so I took this image of the surface of the church as an alternative. (PS – The library contained in the Monastery is totally wonderful. I want I might have taken a photograph of it for you.)

Go Skateboarding

miraflores skate park

In case you’re a little bit of an adrenaline freak, it’s best to know that skateboarding is large in Lima. You will notice skate boarders of all totally different sizes and shapes within the metropolis. There are a selection of skateboard parks inside the metropolis limits (the one above is on the coast of Miraflores) and quite a few spots the place skaters have merely staked their declare of town’s flat and open concrete plazas.

Play Soccer On The Seaside

miraflores futball pitch

Soccer (soccer) followers will love Lima. North of Miraflores you’ll find quite a few beach-side soccer fields (proven above) the place video games happen virtually day-after-day – all day lengthy. The locals are often greater than prepared to allow you to bounce in on a sport or two when you have some abilities. However watch your belongings when you’re down by the coast (or higher but, go away your belongings again on the condominium, lodge or hostel the place you might be staying). Volleyball can also be fashionable in Lima… and leaping in on a sport of seaside volleyball is a snap.

Climb To The High Of The Huaca Pucllana Pyramid

downtown miraflores peru pyramid made from adobe bricks

Within the heart of Miraflores, within the heart of the tall multi-story condominium buildings, within the heart of what seems like another neighborhood in Lima, is the Huaca Pucllana pyramid. This historic pyramid, which dates again to about 400 AD is constructed of hundreds and hundreds of adobe bricks and was solely just lately unearthed. Actually, they’re nonetheless excavating the positioning and don’t plan to have the complete excavation completed for at the very least one other 20 years. Earlier than it’s unearthing within the late 1980’s the folks of Lima used to picnic on high of and experience motorbikes throughout the highest of this hidden historic website. In the present day, there’s a small entrance price and guided excursions of the pyramid in each English and Spanish.

Surf The Coastal Waters Of Miraflores & Barranco

best surfing in peru

In case you’ve ever wished to strive browsing, Lima is a good place to do it. The water will not be very clear, however the locals are on the market each single day and the browsing at instances might be completely incredible. Better of all, discovering a wetsuit and a board to lease for the day is as simple as pie. Simply stroll all the way down to the coast of Miraflores or Barranco and also you’re sure to satisfy a salesman or two who will shortly signal you up for surf classes. They’ll offer you all of the gear you want, present you the best way to get began, after which off you go. You’re browsing bro!

Hit The Casinos

atlantic city casino - miraflores peru

Lastly, take into account putting a wager at one in all Lima’s quite a few casinos. Everywhere in the metropolis of Lima are varied places the place you may gamble, wager and lose your cash. In case you do plan to hit the on line casino’s when you’re within the metropolis, it’s best to know that US {Dollars} are wanted to play the slot machines or make bets of any sort inside most (if not all) of Lima’s varied playing rooms.

So, there you go! 10 enjoyable issues to see and do in Lima, Peru.

Have you ever been to Lima, Peru earlier than? If that’s the case, what did you see and do when you had been there? Are there another stuff you would advocate folks see or do in Lima, Peru whereas they’re within the metropolis? Depart a remark under and let me know what you suppose.


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