5 Fun and Exciting Activities You Must Do In Lima, Peru

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If you’re looking for the best things to do and sights to see in Lima, Peru—look no further! While on a recent three-week stay in Peru, five days of which were spent in Lima—my fiancé and I had a blast exploring all that Lima has to offer. From culinary explorations to sight seeing and activities, there is just so much to do in this gem of a city. If you’re like me and like to spend most of your time outdoors whether it be walking, bicycling or drinking on the beach—check out my 5 Fun and Exciting Activities You Must Do In Lima, Peru!

 

1. PLAZA DE ARMAS (PLAZA MAYOR)

Not only is Plaza De Armas of Peruvian cultural and historical significance, it’s quite a beauty. The architecture of the buildings are gorgeous. We enjoyed walking around the Plaza, visiting shops and museums as well as having a drink on a rooftop bar that boasted incredible views. Let your eyes be your guide. The best way to enjoy Plaza De Armas is to walk around and explore.

plaza de armas lima peru

plaza de armas lima peru

plaza de armas lima peru

plaza de armas lima peru

If you’re lucky, you may get the chance to play with an adorable puppy.

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2. BARRANCO

The small coastal town of Barranco is by far, the most charming area of Lima, Peru. Just kitty-corner to the posh Miraflores, Barranco boasts a small town feel with an artsy vibe. There are plenty of young creatives in Barranco that love the arts and bohemian beach living. It’s definitely a hip little town with tons of great shops, bars and restaurants—and stunning beach views.

Barranco lima peru

Barranco lima peru

barranco lima peru

barranco lima peru

barranco lima peru

 

3. BEACH DAY 

They may not be the most beautiful beaches as you would find in the Caribbean, but Lima plays host to an expansive coast line of beaches. Lima’s Circuito de Playas finest are the beaches along Miraflores and Barranco. Pictured below was our fun day at Barranquito, the beach right below the main center of Barranco.

barranco lima peru

barranco lima peru

barranco lima peru

barranco lima peru

 

4. BICYCLE ALONG EL MALECON IN MIRAFLORES

I can’t stress enough how much fun we had renting bicycles and just riding along El Malecón, a six-mile stretch of parks and gardens nestled high on the cliffs. The best way to enjoy this bike ride is to make a couple stops along the way for a cocktail and snack. The ocean views are just breathtaking!

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barranco lima peru

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5. PARQUE DE AMOR

And while you’re cycling along El Malecon, you may as well kill two birds with one stone and visit the infamous Parque de Amor (The Park of Love). The main attraction here at Parque De Amor is a giant sculpture by Peruvian sculptor Victor Delfin (who also has a beautiful guest home you can rent a room at). As you can see, the sculpture reveals a couple going at it and in total make-out mode. And they aren’t the only ones canoodling in this romantic park. One look around and you will see tons of couple smooching and hugging.

barranco lima peru

barranco lima peru

barranco lima peru

 

BONUS! REGATAS CHORRILLOS

Not everyone will have access to this exclusive coastal beach club, but if you know somebody who can get you in, you must spend a day or night here. Regatas Chorrillos is like its own city. They have the most beautiful calm beaches for swimming and playing, and a surplus of pools, bars and restaurants. It’s pretty much VIP living for the rich and famous. I was fortunate enough to “know somebody” and spent an evening there for dinner and drinks.

regatas costa verde

regatas costa verde

regatas lima peru

 

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