Lima is usually the first or the last stop for most people visiting Peru. I flew from Arequipa as a last stop in Peru. If you have the time and patience you can also take a bus (and stop in Ica on the way). I recommend if you are traveling to several cities in Peru that Lima is your last stop. In general most people find it a bit underwhelming as a first stop because Lima is such a modern city compared to the more historical Cusco or Arequipa.
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You can walk most places but taxis are everywhere and easy to catch wherever you need to go. Make sure you ask how much the ride will be before you leave.
Lima was the first place I tried using Uber in South America and it worked out great. It’s nice to not have to deal with carrying cash, directions and it’s much cheaper than a taxi.
ATMs are everywhere to withdraw neuvo soles and most places accepts credit cards. US dollars are also accepted at most hotels.
Lima is a big city with good parts and bad parts. Miraflores and Barranco are the touristy areas and the popular places to stay. You can find most everything you need in Miraflores but if you are looking for a specific brand store, try the big upscale mall of Jockey Plaza (take a taxi/uber).
The city of Lima is on the coast and Miraflores sits on the very edge of the city on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Although the temperature can vary slightly Lima is humid and with misty white/grey skies year round and the sky is so dense everything kind of disappears into the distance. I felt like I was in a city built in a bio-dome because you could never quite see anything in the distance.
There are restaurants everywhere in Lima. They seem to be pretty hit or miss. Since Lima is so close to the water, fish and seafood are the thing to try here. There are also several more upscale fancy restaurants that were pretty highly rated if you have the budget.
Larcomar: A shopping mall that sits on the water overlooking the ocean.
Parque del Amor: Before you take the path down to the beach stop by and check out the view along with some sculptures and mosaics. Walk a little bit farther down and see the lighthouse.
Paragliding: If you’re the adventurous type just past Parque del Amor you can jump off the cliff and paraglide over the city.
Playa Makaha: Watch the surfers on the water (or take a lesson yourself!)
Parque Central de Miraflores: Just a pretty park in the middle of Miraflores but it is filled with cats!
Huaca Pucllana: Miraflores is actually built over the remnants of Huaca Pucllana but only a small section has been preserved. It’s still slowly being uncovered so you can see the archaeologists progress.
Avenida Petit Thouars: If you’re looking to do some artisan craft souvenir shopping.
Visit Barranco: A neighborhood just a little bit south of Miraflores with beautiful old colorful buildings. You can take a cab there and I recommend taking the (long) walk back to Miraflores along the edge of the cliff overlooking the water.
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