Lima

Lima Travel Guide

History buffs wondering what to do in Lima will be happy to stumble upon the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History. This museum tells the history or Peru and its people.

For a few hours worth of fun, if you are wondering what to do in Lima, consider taking a trip up the Lima Hill. Since it is an arduous hill, your best option will be to take a tour bus or taxi up it. From the top, visitors can witness a panoramic view of the entire city and ocean.

Along with trendy bars and restaurants, you will find the Miraflores district has a very interesting seafront strip. This strip includes art sculptures, parks and incredible ocean and beach views. You may choose to amble along peacefully or rent a bike or rollerblades if you like a little bit of a faster pace.

One of the best things to do in Lima is head to Mercado Indio, a daily market that deals everything from traditional Peruvian clothing, silver jewelry, clay pots, and other locally made crafts. Be sure to bargain, it’s likely that you’ll be able to negotiate a great deal with many of the vendors within the market space.

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With pieces made from materials both expected (Amazonian wood carvings) and unusual (recycled tin-can mobiles), the emphasis here is on contemporary artisans. An excellent selection of silver jewelry is displayed in one of the converted mansion's front rooms.

The alpaca in most sweaters is blended with either llama fur (which can smell unpleasant when wet) or synthetic fibers, so it's worth paying extra for quality. Find the real thing in a rainbow of colors at this chain; the Miraflores location has the largest selection in town.

The pre-Columbian brick ruins can't compare with Machu Picchu and Cuzco, but the location—in the middle of a modern cityscape—has a surreal appeal.

More distinctive than the touristed Plaza Mayor is the Palacio de Torre Tagle, a former marquis' mansion. Completed around 1735, its stone arches and airy inner courtyard reference Moorish Spain and are reminiscent of buildings in Andalusia.

Up-and-coming jewelry designer Anna Dannon creates the imaginative silver baubles sold at this shop on the lively Álvarez Calderón. You’ll find everything from sculptural cube-shaped necklaces to thick, gold-dipped arm cuffs.

Owner Mari Solari stocks her shop, which doubles as her residence, with handicrafts from around the country.

Two courtyards filled with everything from wood beads and strung seed necklaces to gourds carved with scenes of village life. Open every day, it's the smaller, more convenient equivalent of the Mercado Indio.

Ancient silver vessels and stone idols fill one wing; the other provides a survey of more recent history.

Claudia makes the most unusual necklaces, bracelets, and rings from velvet-covered wire twisted in strange shapes and dyed an amazing array of colors, which she sells at a nearby shop of her own.

The magnificent recently restored mansion of Don Pedro de Osma y Pardo is yet another place to see a rich variety of art and artifacts. Built around 1900, the house was once a stage for the grand lives of Peru's aristocrats.

With a glass of wine in hand, watch the sun drop into the Pacific from one of four windowed rooms in this Victorian-style complex on a pier.

Mario Testino’s sister, Giuliana, is one of the most talked-about designers in town. Pick up her hand-crocheted clothes. If you don’t like your dress hems short (and these are short), there are also plenty of delicate cardigans, shawls, and capes.

The store sells the Peruvian delicacy called teja, try the one made of candied lemons stuffed with dulce de leche and dipped in sugar.