Some Free Things to Do in Lima, Peru

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Isabel Guerra on July 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Paseo de los Escribanos, beside Plaza Mayor, Lima. (Photo: Jackson Lee/Flickr)

Despite the fact that visiting places of interest for tourists will usually cost you some money, there are many fun, cool, and interesting things that you can do in Lima for free, or at least at an extremely low cost.

Probably the best free activity in Lima is simply taking a stroll; it’s not strenuous since Lima is not an Andean city, which means that there are no steep streets at all. Walking is the best way to truly appreciate the city while saving money, and we have a few suggestions.

Some nice places to walk in Lima Downtown are the Plaza Mayor, the Jiron de la Union, and Plaza San Martin. There are many points of interest surrounding them, too, like the old manor houses sporting traditional architecture: the Casa de Aliaga, Casa del Oidor or Palacio de Torre Tagle, are a few.

If you’re looking to soak up some exotic culture, you may enjoy a walk by the Barrio Chino, the local China Town, and a fantastic lunch at any of the chifas (local Chinese restaurants) around. You will find a wide range of prices here.

In another Lima district, Miraflores, there are more nice places to tour on foot. You may want to start at Kennedy Park and stroll along Larco Avenue, full of shops, cafes, and restaurants. You should end up at Larcomar Shopping Center; even if you don’t buy anything here, you will enjoy a lovely view of the coastline and the Pacific Ocean.

Don’t forget to take your camera!

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