There’s much to love about Lima – the culture, the people, the things to see and do, the food. But top on the list of many traveler’s is one drink in particular: the Pisco Sour.
There are eight varieties of grapes that produce Pisco in the following five regions of Peru: Lima, Ica, Arequipa, Moquega and Tacna. The different varieties of grapes possess characteristics that define the flavors and aromas of Pisco and can be divided into two classifications, aromatic piscos and non-aromatic piscos. The former are mostly used as apperitifs or digestifs to open the palate before a meal and to aid in digestion after a meal. Non-aromatic piscos are of the variety that are used to make cocktails such as the Pisco Sour or Chilcano. This Peruvian brandy has an alcohol volume of 42% and is 84 proof, making it an excellent choice to liven any party.
While there are many variations of Pisco drinks (you can google them and get TONS of recipes), in Lima the Pisco Sour gets top marks.
You take 3 shots of non-aromatic Pisco, 1 shot of freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 shot of simple syrup, 1 egg white, and 2-3 drops of angostura bitters on top.
Of course, it sounds much more simple than it is. Isn’t it that way with all cocktail drink making?
At Lima Gourmet Company, we offer a really fun and quick (1 hour!) hands-on experience so you can learn all you need to know about the Pisco Sour.
So are you ready to have a little fun and learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour? Book your one-hour tour today!
Planning a trip and not sure what travel destination should make your list? It’s simple – Lima, Peru! We’ll be the first to admit we’re a little biased as we’re Lima locals. But what is there not to love about Peru?
From the sights to the food, everything in Lima makes it a great travel destination. But here are just a few.
It’s All About the Location
Lima, the capital of Peru, is on the country’s Pacific coast. It has a large and busy metropolis which offers a wide array of things to see and do (see below). It's one of South America's biggest cities and is actually the third most-populated city in the Americas, according to Wikipedia.
Another great location perk -- after you spend some time in Lima you can head to one of Peru’s most popular landmarks - Machu Picchu.
One thing to keep in mind – while for many travelers June to August is considered summer, in Peru our winter season runs from June to October and typically has 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. Just be sure to bring a scarf and a heavy jacket or coat to keep you bundled up.
So Much to See
From the shops to the restaurants to the historic landmarks, you’ll never be wanting for things to do while you’re in Lima.
First up - Plaza Mayor is one of the most beautiful and historic sites in the city. From there you can see the Municipal Palace of Lima, the Government palace, Casa del Oidor and the Cathedral of Lima.
Then head to the Miraflores district, one of the trendiest in Lima. Whether you want to see historic sites like Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid or go shopping at Larcomar, a mall overlooking the Pacific - you can do it all in Miraflores. This area is all full of restaurants, pubs, art galleries and so much more to delight travelers. Also, be sure to visit La Marina Lighthouse, an active lighthouse and one of the most famous in Peru.
Lima’s beautiful coastline is not to be missed – whether you’re sunbathing, taking a swim or being more adventurous like surfing or paragliding! There’s something for every ocean lover in Lima.
The Food, The Food, The Food!
One of the most memorable parts of any great travel adventure is the food and Lima’s cuisine is not to be missed!
Peruvian food is wide ranging and features cuisines from Creole food, Chifas, Cebicherias and Pollerias*. Fruits, potatoes, beans and peppers are all staples to custom dishes. Cebiche is particularly popular in Lima, a coastal town, as it’s a marinated raw fish or seafood dish. It’s not to be missed!
The city is full of romantic restaurant destinations as well as more casual spots. But it can be tricky as a first time traveler to know which spots are the best ones to go to.
We offer unique one day and evening food tours as well as a Cebiche and Pisco class that can be done in an hour. These are all great ways to learn about Lima, its history and culture and incredible food. If you have time or if you’re on the go! Click here to learn about our unique food tours.
If you have any questions about your upcoming trip or questions about Lima in general – don’t hesitate to let us know. We’re always excited to help others fall in love with Lima!
You're off to Peru, now what to do? Chances are that you will have to pass through Lima no matter what, so you better make the most of it. As a bustling city with nearly 10 million people, 43 districts and thousands of years of history and tradition, this is where the magic happens. If you know where to look, you can be immersed in the fusion of ancient and modern cultures, breathtaking landscapes and exotic flavors, We bring you our top three things to do in Lima, Peru:
The Larco Museum is located in the district of Pueblo Libre and provides you with a stunning private collection of artefacts that date back more than 4,000 years and cover a number of civilizations that inhabited Peru's coastal area well before the Incas even existed. Think ceramics, textiles and golden masks, oh my! And if you're looking for something you don't see every day, they even have a special exhibit of erotic pre-Columbian ceramics. Just as impressive as the archeological collection is the museum café, located on a gorgeous terrace with garden views in middle of the 18th century mansion.
Av. Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre, Lima 21
T (00511) 461-1312 - 461-1835
Monday-Sunday 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Lima has been declared the Leading Culinary Destination in the World (World Travel Awards) for the last few years, so the foodie scene should definitely be on your list of things to do in Lima. You'll find all kinds of restaurants around the city, from traditional neighborhood holes in the wall (known as huariques ) to some of the best restaurants in the world (Central, Maido, Astrid y Gastón) with menus that will have your mouth watering before the cutlery is on the table. But where to eat and what to order with so little time in Lima? Luckily, there's a solution - five hour food and city tours that have a specially designed route to maximize your time by showing you around three of the city's most interesting districts while trying different dishes, exploring new ingredients and getting a crash course in Peru's socio-economic story over the past 70 years. Full disclosure here - we run these tours at The Lima Gourmet Company, however they've been as Tripadvisor's number one activity to do in Lima for the past four years, so we feel it's safe to say that fellow travelers also consider them a must-do to make the most of your time. ¡Buen provecho!
The Lima Gourmet Company
T (00511) 415-8159
Day Tours Mon-Sun 9:30 AM -2:30 PM
Evening Tours Mon-Sat 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Malecón in Miraflores and Barranco
Sometimes the best way to get to know a city is just by taking a relaxing stroll, catering to your inner flâneur as you saunter along the coast watching the passersby and taking in the relaxed west coast vibe. One of the most visually stimulating stretches of Malecón is walking from Miraflores to Barranco until you reach the Bridge of Sighs. You'll find beautifully landscaped parks, a lighthouse, rollerbladers and cyclists, little juice bars and kiosks, paragliders and of course, the captivating views of Lima's coastline.
With those three activities you're set - you've got culture, cuisine and charm and will have seen the best of Lima!
Where to stay in Lima is likely one of the first orders of business to sort out while planning your trip to Peru. No doubt that a city of 10 million inhabitants spread across 43 diverse districts can render a city overswhelming to navigate, even for the seasoned traveler. Having served over 10,000 clients that have had the pleasure to discover the city, we are happy to pool their insights together with our local knowledge to give you a few tips that will hopefully make this part of the planning stage less daunting.
The best districts to stay in while in Lima
Out of the 43 districts mentioned above, we can safely narrow it down to two which beat out the other 41 contenders: Miraflores and Barranco. So let's take a look at what they have to offer:
MIRAFLORES - LIMA, PERU
This district has been the center of tourism in the city for decades. Located on a gorgeous stretch of the Pacific coast, Miraflores has it all. It's a lively district with plenty of restaurants (two of the top 15 in the world) and nice walks along the coast. Whether you want something quiet or in a more happening area, you'll find it here. Another plus is that most of the hotels are located in areas where you can easily walk from one place to another and nothing within Miraflores is more than a 10 minute taxi ride away.. It has something for everyone - surfing, cultural tours of pre-Incan temples, paragliding, food tours, shopping and even wifi-enabled public parks. Here's our breakdown.
Attractions in Miraflores
Outdoor Attractions in Miraflores
Take a stroll along the coast (known as the malecón)
Surfing the Pacific-Jump right in or take surf classes and rent a board at Waikiki Beach
Paragliding along Lima's coastline
Emblematic Parks of Miraflores
Miraflores Central Park - Kennedy Park
Parque del Amor
Reducto No. 2 Park
Cultural Attractions in Miraflores
Tour pre-Incan ruins at the Huaca Pucllana
Visit the Amano Museum
Café Haiti - terrace diner (cafeteria)
Shopping in Miraflores
La Paz - jewelers, silver, antiques
Restaurants in Miraflores
This is the district that takes the cake in Lima as it is home to 2 of the top 15 restaurants in the world, Central and Maido. You will definitely want to get your reservations squared away with plenty of time in advance, but if you prefer winging it, you have no shortage of options. Some of our favorites include:
El Mercado - Amazingly fresh seafood, run by one of Lima's celebrity chefs, Rafael Osterling.
IK - Molecular gastronomy using Peruvian ingredients sourced from throughout the country.
Amaz - Gourmet dishes from the Peruvian Amazon using ingredients from small, local producers. Big fans of sustainable dining.
Distance from the Airport
Traffic in Lima can be chaotic and unpredictable and if you are trying to catch a flight, you don't want to leave it to luck. Usually rides from anywhere in Miraflores to the airport will take you from 45 minutes to one hour. If you are making the trek early on a Sunday morning you can shave 15 minutes off of that estimate, but on a Friday night, if you hit the really bad traffic, it can take you up to 90 minutes.
BARRANCO - LIMA, PERU
If you are looking for an authentic, vibrant step back in time, Barranco is the place to be. Many buildings and areas are officially protected as cultural patrimony, therefore the Republican and colonial style facades give the district personality that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. This district is considered the bohemian, romantic and artsy center of life in Lima and there is no shortage of fascinating art galleries, shops selling uniquely hand-crafted goods and an emergence of hip bars and restaurants to give Miraflores a run for its money. It's even rumored that soon Central (#4 restaurant in the world) will soon be ditching its swanky locale in Miraflores for Barranco's trendy hipster haven.
Attractions in Barranco
Cultural Attractions in Barranco
Bridge of Sighs
Barranco's main plaza
Mirador of Barranco
Museums in Barranco
Pedro de Osma Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC)
Art Galleries in Barranco
Lucía de la Púente Gallery
Restaurants in Barranco
Barranco is a very walkable district and due to the stunning architectural heritage and graffiti art masterpieces, it would be a shame if you misse it by opting to move round by car. The district abounds in tiny restaurants that offer quite varied cuisine, however Barranquinos are upping the game to compete with Miraflores on the foodie scene. Here are a few of our favorites;
Mo Bistro + Café - Super cute, chic find in Colonia & Co. that showcases the genius of Peru's hottest up and coming chef, Matías Cillóniz (also winner of Lima's best new restaurant award)
Isolina - One of Latin America's best restaurants serving traditional Peruvian dishes in quaint corner location that will give you an idea of the local comfort food.
AmorAmar - a little further from the "walkable" area, but worth totally worth it, seafood is their specialty.
Distance from the airport
Barranco is the next district over from Miraflores, in the opposite direction of the airport. In terms of actual, physical distance, the difference isn't much, but with traffic you can add 10 minutes to the Miraflores estimates, so on average, 55 minutes to an hour and 10 minutes.
TYPES OF ACCOMMODATIONS
In Lima you'll find everything from large international chains, like the JW Marriott, to quaint B&Bs like Second Home Peru. While luxury chains can run you a couple hundred dollars a night, you can find some amazing charmers that feel just as luxurious for around $100 per night. We've compiled a list of our clients' favorites in Miraflores and Barranco which you can check out here: Boutique Hotels in Lima, Peru.
Now, if you just want to sit back and relax and leave it to the pros, you can check out our Lima food and city tours which cover both districts plus San Isidro, the main sights, some hands-on activities and was designed for people who have limited time in Lima but who want to see the city and taste the best dishes in one day.
MATE Museum Exhibit - Mario Testino
Barranco is a lively district that for decades has attracted Lima's major trend-setters due to the bohemian and artsy feel of the area.
One gem that is not to be missed is the MATE Museum by the internationally reknowned Peruvian photographer, Mario Testino. The permanent exhibit is a stunning display of color and culture that provides visitors with a glimpse of Cusqueño culture. Apart from exploring native Andean traditions through the lens, during your visit you will also find the temporary exhibits which never fail to disappoint.
T +511 200 5400
Av. Pedro de Osma 409
Barranco Lima 4
Parmesan scallops perfectly illustrate part of Peru's rich culinary history which has been heavily influenced by waves of migrants to the country over centuries. This mouth-watering dish comes from the Italo-Peruvian fusion by incorporating Parmesan cheese and fresh scallops in their shells. This recipe is fast, easy and perfect for the all kinds of get-togethers.
Conchitas a la Parmesana
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes
Fresh scallops in the half shell
Grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400° to broil.
Separate scallops from the shell and rinse well. If desired, also remove red muscle.
Dry the shells and line them on a cookie sheet. Place 1 to 2 scallops on each shell depending on the size of the scallop and shell. To each shell, add a pinch of salt and pepper, a few drops of fresh lime juice and a dollop of butter. Cover each one with grated Parmesan cheese.
Cover with grated parmesan cheese and sprinkle drops of water.
Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Serve with slices of lime.
In a city like Lima, with so many top restaurants, the difficulty is which one to choose. In this article we will focus on what we consider some of the best romantic restaurants in Lima based on atmosphere, quality of food and service.
THE HUACA PUCLLANA | General Borgoño, cuadra 8, Miraflores | T: 445.4042
This is a very unique restaurant as the terrace is right next to an ancient pre-Incan ruin, creating an incredible atmosphere. The décor is simple but classy as they try to maintain the overall sensation of going back in time. The food and service compliment the whole experience as you get to sample some of the best traditional Peruvian dishes Lima has to offer. Their wine cellar is also stellar in case you need extra motivation.
CALA | Circuito de playas, Barranco | T: 252.9187
Is there anything more romantic than a dinner next to the sea? We love Cala for its location right on the Pacific Ocean and for its awesome seafood (among many other delectable choices). The restaurant has two levels, so after a nice meal you can go downstairs to the terrace and party with the Limeño socialites or just unwind watching the waves crash against the pier.
LA PLAZITA | San Fernando 380, Miraflores | T: 621.0892
In case you haven’t noticed yet, we love terraces! There are not many al fresco options in Lima but one that certainly ticks all the boxes for a great night is La Plazita. The food is an excellent mix of Mediterranean with Peruvian and the ambience is very chill and relaxed. This is a great option for a hot summer night or even lunch.
LIMA 27 | Calle Santa Luisa 295, San Isidro | T: 221.5822
This restaurant is located in the posh district of San Isidro, right next to the famous Astrid & Gaston. Lima 27 has a great bar and food menu to match it. The ambience is vibrant and the food is sophisticated without being pretentious. Like Cala, it offers the possibility of staying after dinner for another cocktail (or before dinner) in the gorgeous patio bar.
MATRIA | Mendiburu 823, Miraflores | T: 422.2784
We love this place for its tranquil and romantic environment. Despite being located on a quiet street in the district of Miraflores, locals love it and it has gained a great reputation for the quality of the food and personalized service. The menu is very creative and fresh as they change it every season. Great wines or Piscos will make your experience even more memorable.
You were finally planning your trip to Peru, a place on your bucket list for a long time, but suddenly a mosquito is ruining your trip. The media talks about a monster virus that could potentially affect millions, but what is the real situation in Peru and how worried should you really be?
Peru reported yesterday its first case of the Zika virus, but the infected man contracted the virus in Venezuela, meaning that no mosquitoes carrying the virus in Peru have been found yet. Compared with other countries, like Brazil or Colombia (or even the United States with 36 cases), Peru still looks good but the authorities, used to dealing with Dengue, Chikungunya or Yellow Fever, are taking important measures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in the country. In Lima, they are working with shanty towns and settlements near rivers educating the locals about the importance of not leaving standing water, a breeding ground for mosquitoes. As a tourist, unless you decide to visit a shanty town, you would not notice anything out of the ordinary or be worried at all. Metropolitan Lima is actually very modern and hasn’t reported any cases which, unfortunately, always seem to affect the poorest segments of the population.
But what about Machu Picchu? After all, it is one of the main reasons for your trip to Peru, right? The good news is that this type of mosquito is not found in that area due to the altitude. This particular mosquito cannot live at altitudes higher than 6,000 feet and both Cusco and Machu Picchu are higher, at 11,152 and 7,972 feet, respectively.
Other things you should know about the Zika virus is that it has been around for decades but nobody paid any attention to it because it was considered very mild. Most people do not even know they have it manifesting no symptoms, some experience flu symptoms, and in all cases it is out of your system in 21 days, not leaving any consequences or risks for the future. In Brazil, however, cases of babies being born with birth defects, have triggered alarm bells, so extra precaution is certainly advised for pregnant women. Peru, as stated before, is quite safe and as long as you apply common sense and don’t venture too much off the beaten path, should still be on the top of your bucket list this year.
Looking for places to eat in Lima? Don't overlook your breakfast options. Artisanal bakeries, like Pan de la Chola, have been creating plenty of buzz among visitors and locals alike so it's refreshing to see more boutique-style bakeries open up around the city.
One of the newest players to satisfy Limeño carb cravings is La Panetteria in Barranco. While they only have five or six tables, it's still under the radar so you can beat the crowds that are flocking to some of the other more high-profile spots. There are a number of options that cater to all tastes: those with a bit of sweet tooth (think chocolate filled croissants), health nuts (avocados filled with fresh tomatoes, parsely and sprouts), as well as traditionalists who want their coffee, toast and juice while they skim over the morning headlines.
Definitely worth venturing outside of Miraflores!
Avenida Grau 369, Barranco
T: (01) 4698260
Tourism in Lima is to receive an extra boost for the fourth year in a row thanks to the fantastic quality of its food. The prestigious World Travel Awards voted Peru, again, as the Best Culinary Destination in the World. Peru has been awarded this top spot for four consecutive years, beating well established foodie destinations such as Italy, France, China, Thailand and the United States. The recognition consolidates Peru as the hottest foodie destination. Three of the top restaurants in the world are based in Lima, including Central, which this year was voted as the best restaurant in the Americas and number four in the world.
The emergence of Peru as a major destination for food lovers who are curious to find out what all the fuss is about means that Lima is no longer a layover destination, but an attractive destination of its own merit. The number of visitors to Lima has steadily increased over the last few years and nobody can deny that food is playing a major role.
We've done our homework for you and scoured the world's best restaurant lists to bring you the top restaurants that are based in Peru.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants - San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
#4 - Central
Head Chef: Virgilio Martínez & Pía León
Calle Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 242 8515
#14 - Astrid y Gastón
Head Chef: Diego Muñoz
Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, Lima 27
+511 442 2775
#44 - Maido
Head Chef: Mitsuharu Tsumura
399 San Martin Street, Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 444 2568
Now let's get region-specific and look at the best restaurants in Latin America for 2015.
#1 - Central
#3 - Astrid y Gastón
#5 - Maido
#12 - La Mar
Head Chef: Andrés Rodríguez
Av. La Mar 770, Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 421 3365
#20 - Malabar
Head Chef: Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
Camino Real 101, San Isidro, Lima
+51 1 440 5200
#31 - Fiesta
Head Chef: Virgina Najarro Gamboa
Av. Reducto 1278 Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 242 9009
#34 - Osso Carnicería y Salumería
Head Chef: Renzo Garibaldi
Calle Tahiti 175 La Molina, Lima, Peru
+51 1 352 9915
#36 - La Picantería
Head Chef: Héctor Solís
Francisco Moreno 388, Surquillo, Lima
+51 1 241 6676
#50 - Rafael
Head Chef: Ricardo Martins
Calle San Martín 300, Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 242 4149
With nine delicious options, you should be set to have a delectable experience in Lima, Peru.
ALL ABOUT LIMA
Sam and Lucas are an American-Peruvian couple who have run the top tour in Lima for the past seven years. It’s no coincidence that the best activities in Lima have to do with Peru’s amazing cuisine. This Kansas City girl and Lima native have lived all over the world in their corporate past lives but they traded in the daily grind for sharing their love of good food, showing off the city’s secrets and meeting awesome people along the way.
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