Published October 2019
In the modern neighborhood of Miraflores is Parque del Amor – at its overlooks, you can observe the Pacific waves. The place is also home to tourist attractions like Huaca Pucllana (an archaeological site that has pre-Columbian pyramids), located to the south of the historic city center (where you’ll find classic places like Museo Larco, which has a huge collection of Inca artifacts).
Parque del Amor: Malecón Cisneros
Huaca Pucllana: Calle General Borgoño, 8
Museo Larco: Avenida Simón Bolivar, 1515
Uneven topography can also be found in the bohemian region of Barranco, south of Miraflores. From Puente de los Suspiros, the neighborhood unveils manors that are currently home to bars like Ayahuasca. After a few drinks, anyone will feel inspired like singer Chabuca Granda, who immortalized Lima’s beauty in her Peruvian waltzes. There, you’ll also find MATE, a museum of contemporary art founded by renowned Peruvian photographer Mario Testino.
Ayahuasca: Avenida San Martín, 130
MATE: Avenida Pedro de Osma, 409
An option to feel the ocean breeze is to head to the sands in Punta Hermosa, a resort framed by cliffs outside the city, some 25 miles [40 km] from the center. There are a few beach options in the district, like Playa Caballeros (food vendors circulate there) and El Silencio. Just sit down on the sand and observe the surfers riding the waves internationally famous for being constant and, as such, great to practice the sport.
From this ocean come fresh shellfish, the base for criollo food. The combination of Andean, Spanish, African, and Asian influences resulted in national dishes (yes, ceviche!) and led to a gastronomic revolution that had Lima as its epicenter. Some of the city’s restaurants that serve this type of food are or have been among the 50 best in the world: Central, which is ranked 4th; Maido, which serves Nikkei food (a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines); and Astrid y Gastón, which is run by famous chef Gastón Acurio and his wife, Astrid Gutsche.
Central: Avenida Pedro de Osma, 301
Maido: Calle San Martín, 399
Astrid y Gastón: Avenida Paz Soldan, 290