Undeniably cosmopolitan, Peru’s capital gives the impression of a frenetic city full of skyscrapers and shopping malls. But it also holds thousands of years of history. Fourth-century Pre-Columbian ruins hide in the long shadows of ofﬁce towers, and Spanish Colonial buildings line the historic central square. Despite the poverty, pollution, and a chilly coastal fog that lingers throughout the winter months, vibrant neighborhoods like Miraﬂores and Barranco ﬂourish, and their fashionable bars remain full long past midnight. Equally dynamic is the food. Chefs are introducing complex ﬂavors from the Paciﬁc Ocean and the Andes, resulting in one of Latin America’s most interesting restaurant scenes.
Sipping a pisco sour—limes, pisco (grape brandy), and foamy egg whites—at the Bar at Hotel Maury, which claims to have invented the drink.
Browsing Pre-Colombian art at the Museo Larco. Don’t miss its prize collection of 1,300-year-old erotic ceramics.
Bargaining for handmade local crafts—from clay pots to Peruvian clothing to silver jewelry—at the daily market, Mercado Indio