1. Explore the artistic neighborhood of Barranco
If you sleep in Barranco this is obvious, but even if you stay in Miraflores it is very nice to go to Barranco for an afternoon. Walk across the ‘Puente de los Suspiros’ bridge and enjoy all the street art. There are also nice markets in Barranco on a regular basis. Read more about the nicest neighborhood in Lima in our Barranco blog.
Whether you like shopping or not; Larcomar is a must-go! You will find a number of nice shops, (fast food) restaurants and a fantastic sunset here! So even for the men it’s no punishment to spend a few hours here. Are you going to Peru for hiking, for example in Huaraz or to the Gocta waterfall, and do you still need some outdoor clothing? In Larcomar shopping center you will find shops from the North Face and Columbia.
Lima has a beautiful old center. Because Lima is a huge city, it is a 20 to 30 minute drive (16-20 soles with Uber) from Barranco / Miraflores to the old center. Around the Plaza Mayor you’ll find the beautiful colonial buildings. The presidential palace (Palacio de Gobierno), the cathedral of Lima and the Roman Catholic church / monastery (Basilica y Convento de San Fransisco) are some good examples of this. In the old center of Lima you will find several beautiful squares and hidden courtyards, where you can look around if you are lucky.
Miraflores is a modern neighborhood with many restaurants and shops. Right in the center of Miraflores you will find the Kennedy Park where you can relax and where you can regularly find an art market. Here you can just sit back and enjoy the local life around you. This is certainly recommended at the weekend. What’s special about Lima is that there are several archaeological ruins, including one in Miraflores (Huaca Pucclana) so if you want to sniff some history, this is a special place. You will also find a delicious vegan lunchroom (Raw Cafe) close to the entrance.