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If I had a dollar for every time a traveller told me, “Thank you for telling me about Lima!”, I would be living in one of its exclusive neighbourhoods, spending my days learning Spanish, surfing its world-famous coast, and sipping Pisco Sours during every sunset….
Peru’s capital is a vibrant city of culture and eye-catching architecture, with a dining scene to rival that of Paris and nightlife that puts New York City to shame! The historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to some of Peru’s most eclectic archaeological sites, such as Huaca Pucllana, Plaza de Armas, and the Cathedral of Lima. Culture vultures can’t get enough of this underrated capital, which is home to some of the continent’s most banging nightclubs and bars, giving it the reputation as a nightlife haven for those wanting to live it up when the sun goes down!
But Lima isn’t just about partying and historic sites, no matter how popular they are becoming. Beach life is only a short ride away, with La Herradura, Cerro Azul, and Punta Rocas offering up surf breaks that rival Hawaii and Australia. For this reason, Lima attracts all kinds of travellers seeking all kinds of adventures, from all parts of the world, which over time has transformed its reputation from an unknown travel prospect, to a secret favourite of the in-the-know traveller!
Lima is the gateway city to Peru’s other major travel magnets, such as the Amazon rainforest, Nazca Lines, and the legendary Machu Picchu, and no trip to over here is truly complete without out. The streets hustle and bustle and thrive with life, ensuring that no visitor leaves the city anything less than excited, curious, and longing for an extended stay. Those seeking pumping nightclubs, cool cocktail bars, and an arts scene that really is about the art rather than the fashion (here’s looking at you, New York!)—better make sure that visiting Lima is a part of their travel plans when they arrive in Peru, because skipping out on this South American juggernaut is a huge mistake.
Make sure your time here is spent wisely, and kick-off your Peruvian adventure with the Lima City Tour, before tackling some of the country’s other adventures that collectively, will allow you to get the real Peruvian experience!