Living La Vida Limeño

Lima is an amazing city for history buffs, foodies, shopping aficionados, and nightlife enthusiasts. If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie or nature lover, limit your time here. Regardless, if you’re planning to spend a bit of time in Peru, odds are you’ll be in and out of Lima a few times, so make sure you make the most of all this city has to offer with this simple guide.

About the Author: Tasha Prados served for 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rio Grande, Ica, Peru.

What to do in Lima

What to Eat

Peruvian cuisine is a rising star on the international culinary scene, and with good reason. Not sure what to order? Check out my Top 12 Peruvian dishes. For desert: tres leches (a delicious, moist “three milks” cake). For hangovers and/or emergencies: Caldo de Gallina (hen soup. It probably cures cancer). Peruvian street food is also delicious, so be on the lookout (though eat it at your own intestinal risk.)

It’s important to know that lunch is the biggest and most important meal of the day in Peru. Menu is a typical Peruvian lunch, generally consisting of a soup, salad, or small plate and an entrée (Pro tip: if you want to ask for the menu, the word is carta, not menu). To sample what most Peruvians eat on a daily basis, walk into any hole in the wall (so, not somewhere near Parque Kennedy) and order menu (Pro tip: you’ll know it’s not a tourist joint if the menu is under 10 soles).

Where to Eat

Where to Stay

Miraflores. Other good/nice neighborhoods are San Isidro and Barranco.

How to Get Around

Other Tips

Have a blast! Peru is amazing!