A Weekend in Lima



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Lima's vast area stretches for thousands of square kilometres, an urban sprawl that contains numerous districts and neighborhoods, each with their own character and attractions. The city offers a bewildering number of points of interest and its size can sometimes feel overwhelming. However, it is relatively easy to group most of Lima's highlights and see the best of what the city has to offer in just a few days. This guide breaks the city's attractions down into three main areas: the cultural districts ofBarranco and Miraflores, the colonial center and the pre -Colombian ruins that are dotted around the city. Taxis are an easy way of traveling quickly through the city, but be sure to negotiate the price before you get in. As a general rule, it should cost around 5 soles betweenMiraflores and Barranco , and no more than 15 to central Lima. Ask in a restaurant or a shop if you're not sure what the reasonable price might be. Although central Lima has most of the colonial attractions,Miraflores is the more comfortable district and so this guide returns to the area for evening meals and hotels.

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Author: Matthew Barker


Day 1 - Lima, Miraflores


Begin your weekend in the pleasant districts of Miraflores and Barranco, which border each other to the south of central Lima. Miraflores has a lot to offer besides shopping malls and cafes: take a romantic stroll though Parque del Amor and take a look through some of the many art galleries that dot the neighborhood before stopping in at the Museo Amano for a sample of pre-Colombian lifestyles or Trapecio for some impressive modern art. Stop for a traditionally Peruvian lunch at Senorito del Sulco before hopping onto a bus south to the artistic neighborhood of Barranco. Spend the afternoon exploring the pleasant, leafy streets and drop in at one of the many local art galleries. Rest your legs onBarranco plaza and watch the locals shoot the breeze before crossing the Bridge of Sighs - hold your breath and make a wish according to local tradition. Have dinner inPuerta Cerrada, a traditional restaurant housed in a delightful original building of classical Republican design before heading back to Miraflores and enjoying a folk performance at the Asociacion Cultural Brisas del Titicaca.


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Miraflores

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Miraflores
Costa central
Lima 18 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 6177272


2

Parque del Amor

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Location:

Malecón Cisneros, cuadra 8
Lima 18 Miraflores, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 5000


3

Sala Luis Miró Quesada

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Location:

Avenida Larco, esquina con Diez Canseco
Lima 18 Miraflores, Peru

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tel: 51 1 617 7264


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Galería del Banco Continental

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Location:

Avenida Larco cuadra 6 esquina Tarata
esquina Tarata
LM 18 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 444 0011


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Forum

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Location:

Avenida Larco 1150
LM 18 Lima, Peru

Contact:

tel: +51 1 446 1313
fax: +51 1 241 0508


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Borkas

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Location:

501 Colón
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 445 2114


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Corriente Alterna

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Location:

Renán Elías 500
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 242 8482


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Museo Amano

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Location:

Calle Retiro 160
Miraflores
Lima 18 Miraflores, Peru

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tel: +51 1 441 2909
fax: +51 1 442 1007


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Trapecio

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Location:

Avenida Larco 743
LM 18 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 444 0842
fax: +51 1 444 0842


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Señorío de Sulco

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Location:

1470 Malecon Cisneros
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 441 0183
fax: 51 1 441 0389


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Barranco

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Barranco
Costa central de Lima
Lima, Peru


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Pedro de Osma Museum

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Location:

Avenida Pedro de Osma 423
\ Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 467 0063 / +51 1 467 0141
fax: +51 1 467 0141


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Puente de los Suspiros

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Puente de los Suspiros
Calle Ayacucho y Bajada a Los Baños
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 1300


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A Puerta Cerrada

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Avenida Del Ejército 695
Lima, Peru

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tel: 511 2223790
fax: 51 1 2223790


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Asociación Cultural Brisas del Titicaca

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Wakulski 168
Lima1 Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 715 6960
fax: 51 1 715 6961


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Antigua Miraflores Hotel

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Avenida Grau 350
Miraflores
LM 18 Lima, PE

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tel: 511 241 6116
fax: 51 1 2416115


Day 2 - Lima, Cercado de Lima


Take a full day to enjoy the city's colonial heritage. The City of Kings was once the most important Spanish settlement in the Americas and this was reflected in the city's splendid grandeur and design, some of which still remains. You can base your day around the central Plazade Armas , around which many important buildings are located: the President's palace, the Cathedral and, a few minutes away, the church of San Fransisco, where the remains of thousands of people are laid out in huge, eerie patterns. Have lunch inWa Lok, one of the most popular Chifas (Chinese restaurants) in the city before continuing your tour around Lima's old town. Plaza Bolivar is an impressive monument to the famed liberator whilePaseo Colon offers some beautiful original architecture. The museum of the Spanish Inquisition is well worth a visit, if not just for the morbid wax works and scenes of torture. On your way back toMiraflores, stop in at Antigua Taberna Queirolo for one of the best Pisco Sours in the city. Finish your day with a delicious meal at Si Senor Mexico in Miraflores and spend the evening exploring the bustling streets.


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Plaza San Martín

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Avenida Nicolás de Piérola,
cuadra 9
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


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Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas )

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Location:

Plaza Mayor
Centro Urbano
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 1300


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Catedral de Lima (La)

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Plaza Mayor
Lado este de la Plaza Mayor de Lima, Jirón Carabaya
Lima 1 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 427 9647


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Palacio de Gobierno

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Location:

Plaza Mayor
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 444 3027


5

Iglesia de San Francisco y Museo

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Location:

Plaza de San Francisco
Lima 1 Cercado de Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 4271381


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Wa Lok

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Jirón Paruro 864
Barrio Chino
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 427 2656


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Alameda Chabuca Granda

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Location:

Alameda Chabuca Granda
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 1300


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Plaza Bolívar

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Plaza Bolívar
Avenida Abancay, cuadra 2
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


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Museo del Congreso y Antiguo Tribunal de la Inquisición

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Location:

Junín 548
Plaza Bolívar
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 311 7801


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Santa Rosa de Lima

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Tacna, block 1
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Lima 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


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Paseo Colón

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Location:

Esquina Avenida Wilson y Avenida 9 de Diciembre
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


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Antigua Taberna Queirolo

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Location:

Avenida San Martin 1090
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 460 0441


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Sí Señor México

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Jiron Bolognesi 706
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 445 3789


Day 3 - Miraflores, Lima, Pueblo Libre


On your final day in Lima, uncover what went on before the Spanish arrived. You can take a bus to the ruins at Pachacamac where a good museum paints a fascinating picture of pre-Colombian civilization. Or else, stay closer to home with a visit to Huaca Huallamarca, a pre-Incan pyramid in the wealthy San Isidiro district. Huaca Pucllana is a nearby restaurant which serves up a delightful menu of traditional Peruvian food in the shadow of the pyramid. After lunch, take your pick from the best of Lima's museums documentingpre-Spanish life in the area including its legacy of art, textiles and archaeological remains. Museo Javier Prado offers a wonderful selection of natural history exhibits along with some of the region's native flora and fauna species. Have one last typical meal in Astrid y Gaston (one of the finest restaurants in town with an astonishing menu to choose from) before saying goodbye to Lima's party crowd in the permanently kickingBartini.


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Trip to Pachacamac Ruins

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MIRABUS - Miraflores Central Park
(Tourist Information Office)
Lima 18 Miraflores, Peru

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tel: +51 1 2426699, 4764213


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Huaca Huallamarca

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Location:

Nicolás de Rivera 201
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 222 4124


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Petroglifos de Checta

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Carretera Panamericana Norte, km 60
Lima, Peru


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Huaca Pucllana

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Location:

Avenue Arequipa 4698
Miraflores
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 242 7978


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Museo de Arte de Lima

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Location:

Paseo Colón 125
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 423 4732
fax: +51 1 423 6332


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Museo Rafael Larco Herrera

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Avenida Bolívar 1515
Lima 21 Pueblo Libre, Peru

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tel: +51 1 461 1312 , 461 1835
fax: +51 1 461 5640


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Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia

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Plaza Bolívar s/n
Lima 21 Pueblo Libre, Peru

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tel: +51 1 463 5070
fax: +51 1 463 2009


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Museo Javier Prado

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Location:

Avenida Arenales 1256
LM 14 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 471 0117
fax: +51 1 265 6819


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Astrid y Gastón

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Location:

Calle Cantuarias 175
Miraflores
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 444 1496 / 51 1 242 5387 / 51 1 242 5723


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Bartini

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203 Plaza Gourmet, Larco Mar
Lima18 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 241-1299


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