Peru: Some Different and Exciting Things to do in Lima

Things to Do — By Isabel Guerra on February 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Chorrillos, Lima, Perú. (Photo: M. Isabel Guerra).

Different and exciting mean both “not boring”. And if you need some additional help to make your visit to Lima even more interesting, here’s some tips.

1)    Try a good pisco sour. Everyone, even your Peruvian friends, will claim that theirs is the best pisco sour you will ever try. However, there’s some spots in Lima where you can be sure that your experience will be truly unforgettable:  to name only a few, we suggest Huaringas Bar, Capitan Melendez, and Mayta, the latter famous for its cocktails made with fruit macerados (fruit macerated in pisco).

2)    Learn some paragliding! If you are reasonably fit, this may be not only an exciting experience but also a unique opportunity to take stunning photos of Lima. Some agencies and instructors that will help you with this are Fly Adventure Paragliding School, Infinity Escuela de Parapente, and AeroXtreme, all of them offering regular classes or simply a tandem flight over Miraflores coast line. If you do not suffer from acrophobia, this will probably become one of the most cherished travel experiences you’ve ever have.

3)    Adventure sports in the city? Not exactly, but there’s a few hikes and excursions with some exciting physical challenges. Some of these could be the Bosques de Zarate, a great and quite easy introductory excursion for those interested in hiking the Andes (best time: between May and November), or Lomas de Lachay (June-September), a stunning green oasis with plenty of native fauna in the middle of the coastal desert.

4)    Exciting cuisine! New, tasty and great flavors, and safe, well-cooked food that will not bite you; an experience that you will not have anywhere else. Try the Peruvian flavor ribs at Mis Costillitas , or a daring Japanese-Peruvian gastronomic fusion at Niqei, or experience some true Peruvian Andean foods and flavors, without leaving Lima, at Kamcha.

5)    Looking for some exciting  views? Take any Cerro San Cristóbal your, specially on a clear day, to have a unique view of the whole Lima: you will even see the Rimac river coming from the Andes, and if the day is really clear, will get to see the ships at Callao port. Another great view of the sea and the Costa Verde beaches is available from Larcomar , and from the Malecon de Chorrillos, where you can see the coastal districts’ buildings by and the small fishermen’s boats.