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4 days in Lima:

an itinerary in the capital of Peru

Helena Fruet

Fernanda Frazão

Archaeological site, horseback ride, shopping, and food — lots of food. A tour in Lima is a trip back in time and to the present

Day 1

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City tour in downtownVisit the Cathedral of Lima, located at Plaza de Armas, and Plaza Mayor, decorated with a bronze fountain. A few blocks away stands the Convent of San Francisco, which dates from the 17th century. The tour includes entrance to the city’s catacombs.

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Lunch at MisturaThe idea is to sample as many foods as possible: alpaca meat, ceviche, stuffed potatoes...  and you can also shop for typical ingredients at the market, like salt from Maras in the Andes and other spices.

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Circuito Mágico del AguaAt Parque de la Reserva from Wednesday to Sunday nights, the music, lights and laser effects show Circuito Mágico del Agua takes place in a set of 13 decorative water fountains. Get ready to get soaked!

Day 2

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Miraflores and LarcomarThe day begins in the modern neighborhood of Miraflores. The seaside road has an enchanting view of the Pacific, and Parque del Amor, with its benches inspired by Gaudí, is a popular green area. Larcomar, Lima's most sophisticated mall, is a great place to find clothing made of alpaca fleece.

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Lunch at La MarMiraflores is home to chef Gastón Acúrio's ceviche house, which serves a festival of seafood featuring everything from ceviche to langoustine. The big difference at the Lima La Mar compared to other affiliates around the world is the quality of its ingredients, caught fresh just hours before they're served.

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Dinner at MarasThe kitchen is run by chef Rafael Piqueras, who's worked at some of the best restaurants in the world, like El Celler de Can Roca in Spain. The tasting menu features various dishes made with flowers, wild fruits, green leaves and kelp.

Day 3

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Visit to the Pachacamac SanctuaryJust 18.5 miles [30 km] south of Lima, at the edge of the Valle del Río Lurín, stands the archaeological site known as Pachacamac, a pilgrimage destination for cultures that populated ancient Peru. Highlights include the Temple of the Sun and the Palace of Taurichumbi.

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Lunch at Panchita Sazón CriollaPanchita sports criollo décor and flavors from inland Peru. Inside, you'll smell the aroma of homemade bread baking in the immense wood stove. The most popular order is the anticuchos (meat skewers).

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Visit and dinner at Huaca PucllanaRight in the heart of the city you'll find the pre-Incan ruins of Huaca Pucllana. Your best option is to save this visit for after dark, so you can admire them in the special nighttime lighting. The locale's restaurant serves traditional Peruvian dishes.

Day 4

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Hacienda Los Ficus and visit to the gallery DédaloA day at a Peruvian Paso horse ranch is the proposal at Los Ficus, located in the Valle del Río Lurín, 21 miles [34 km] outside of Lima. There, you can learn about the breeding process and go for a ride. On the way back, stop by Galería Dédalo, which exhibits the work of Peruvian artists.

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Dinner at Central…Getting a table at this place, voted the best restaurant in Latin America in 2015 and 2016, might be hard. Only 55 people per night get to experience the tasting menu. Chef Virgilio Martinez travels around Peru in search of new ingredients twice a month.

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…or at MaidoPeruvian cuisine is known for the influence of immigrants. Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura specializes in Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food. The menu known as Terra Amazonia Peruana consists of 15 dishes made with products from the jungle, such as snail and pirarucu.