Lima is in the Southern Hemisphere which means we are currently in winter season, which runs from late May through August. The season is characterized by grey skies, heavy fog throughout the day and a light drizzle the locals call "garúa."
Temperatures hover between a low of 54-61°F and a high of 61-66°F along the coast; however Peru's capital is well known for its micro-climates. One can travel even 20 minutes away from the coast and find sunny areas that reach up to 5° warmer than coastal temperatures. Though the humidity is quite high, rainfall is nearly nonexistent in Lima.
With overcast skies through much of the winter season, you may be wondering what to do during your stay in Lima. But one thing is for certain – you’ll never be lacking for things to do in our country’s capital! If a foggy day by the coast isn’t your idea of fun, here are three other things you can do to get a feel of Lima.
#1 – Museums
Our favorite museum in Lima is the Larco Museum. If you’re only able to squeeze in one during your trip, this is the one to make time for. The museum was founded in 1926 and holds the largest archaeological collection of Ancient Peru in the world. This impressive private collection features stunning pre-Colombian pieces, a visitor-friendly storage area that houses over 40,000 relics, a one-of-a-kind erotic gallery and an amazing cafe situated amidst the loveliest outdoor garden.
We also recommend the MATE – Museo Mario Testino. Mario, who was born in Lima, is world renowned fashion and portrait photographer. The museum features his incredible work and also aims to bring other Peruvian artists and culture to worldwide attention, while offering the best of international contemporary art and photography.
If you have time for additional museums during your stay in Lima, here’s a comprehensive list we’ve put together.
#2 – Shopping
What’s better on a foggy day than a little shopping?
If you’re looking for a local flair, be sure to check out the Inca Market at 5321 Petit Thouars Av. in Miraflores. If you’re looking for Peruvian goods – from jewelry to clothing to souvenirs, this market has you covered. If it’s made in Peru, you’ll find it at the Inca Market!
If you’re looking for a more traditional shopping experience, check out Larcomar at Block 6 of Malecón de la Reserva in Miraflores. This shopping center in Lima is not only a mega-complex full of restaurants, a movie theater and bowling alley – it’s stunning as it is built into a cliffisde overlooking the coast! Larcomar includes several Peruvian fashion designer boutiques as well as high-end jewelry and clothing stores.
#3 – Food Tours
Food tours are another great way to experience Lima during the winter season. Our Lima tours combine a food tour, cultural tour and a city tour in one day. On our food tours, we take you through the districts of the capital that best represent the traditional and modern aspects of our culture, such as Barranco, Miraflores and San Isidro. We not only want you to enjoy this mouth-watering experience, but to also discover and fall in love with the best of Lima in just a few hours. All of our tours of Lima are all-inclusive, so all you have to do is come ready for a good time!
You can take a full day tour, an evening tour or if you’re short on time you can enjoy a hands-on, foodie experience of Lima in an hour with our Cebiche + Pisco Class.
Learn more about our food tours and book today!
If you need other ideas for things you can do in Lima during the winter season, don’t hesitate to let us know! We’re always here to help with ideas.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy Lima!
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