Lima is a nine million people city, the third part of the population is based in the capital, mostly in urban areas and although the city is going through a whole reconstruction process, Lima still maintains historical and traditional places worth visiting.
When travelling to lima make sure you first do a walking tour of downtown, (if you do a sightseeing tour you will be missing a lot) here, you will get a good pick of the colonial area of the city; the main Plaza Mayor, Plaza San martin, the Lima Cathedral, as well as the famous boulevard Jiron de la Unión, will be just a few a places you will be able to admire, all built during the Spaniards empire and with beautiful architecture.
Casa Bella recommends visiting downtown between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., before and after that traffic could be a mayor issue. From Casa Bella to downtown it can take you around 20 to 25 minutes in a cab and the fare could be around S/.10.00 to S/.18.00 Peruvian Soles (local currency) or about US $4.00 to $8.00 (American dollars) depending if you decide to take a street cab or a private one. Here in Casa Bella, we always recommend taking a private one, the difference is not much and it can save you dealing with informal taxi drivers that might be looking to take advantage of the situation.
After visiting downtown Lima and seeing also the change of guard at the Government Palace, we suggest heading to Miraflores for a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean in Larcomar. Larcomar is like an outdoor mall type of place, hiding in an ocean-view cliff that holds many shops, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and a whole line of entertainment options. Many locals gather in this place for a relax evening and after office drink. We recommend dining in Mangos that has a really nice terrace and great ocean view and if you are more of a night type of person, looking for a fun bar with live music, having a drink in Mama Batata could satisfy your curiosity.
Miraflores is the main tourist center together with San Isidro, both cities are based to many beautiful five star hotels, famous restaurants and residential parks. In San Isidro we recommend visiting the Olive Park or Parque El Olivar, a historical five hundred year old park, founded by the Spaniards back in the XVI century. it is a beautiful park surrounded by European and colonial style mansions, the park is only about 20 minutes walk from Casa Bella.
A few other must-see places are the Huaca Pucllana, Huaca Huallamarca, Larco Museum, Water Fountain Park, Kennedy Park in Miraflores, the Lima Zoo mostly known by Parque de las Leyendas, the district of Barranco (a bohemian type of town next to Miraflores) and I personally recommend taking a walk through El Malecon Cisneros, Malecon de la Marina and Malecon de la Reserva, these are beautiful and quiet roads with decorated parks and all with ocean view. Walking around these malecons you will also get to see beautiful modern buildings that can tempt you buy one.
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We hope this can help you in your upcoming visit to the city of Lima Peru.
Orlando Sánchez A.
Casa Bella Boutique Hotel
En: Travel el 12 November, 2010