Things to Do in Lima

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Stock up on colorful and reasonably-priced sweaters, knee-length coats, and scarves, all made from downy-soft Peruvian alpaca wool sourced in the Andes. Read More

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... Read More

Up-and-coming jewelry designer Anna Dannon creates the imaginative silver baubles sold at this shop on the lively Álvarez Calderón. You... Read More

Peruvian-owned and -operated boutique firm offers trekking outings with access to Andean regions of Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. T+L Trip pick Lodge to... Read More

Open since 1821, the hotel proudly declares that the pisco sour was invented here. True or not, the bartenders serve up a very good version of the drink... Read More

By far Lima’s most artsy, bohemian neighborhood, spend a day or more wandering Barranco's cobblestoned streets, lined with ateliers, art galleries, tiny... Read More

Everyone, from businessmen to students, starts their evening at this Miraflores institution overlooking the neighborhood's main park. Try a Cusque&mdash... Read More

With pieces made from materials both expected (Amazonian wood carvings) and unusual (recycled tin-can mobiles), the emphasis here is on contemporary... Read More

Joggers, cyclists, and even parasailers frequent Miraflores’s cliffside boardwalk at all hours of the day. There are five miles of pristine green paths... Read More

Peru turns out the world’s best pisco—a grape-based liquor—and this pocket-size store stocks excellent bottles such as La Blanco... Read More

Ester Ventura sells intriguing gold and silver jewelry that incorporates seeds, weavings, seashells, coral, and pre-Columbian fragments. Read More

For a fascinating introduction to pre-Columbian life, visit this diminutive museum. The textiles are of particular note; the striped pieces have thread... Read More

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

The pre-Columbian adobe-and-clay pyramid can't compare with Machu Picchu and Cuzco, but Huaca Pucllana’s location—in the middle of Miraflores’s modern... Read More

Drop by the Brujas de Cachiche restaurant's bar for jazz, folk, and traditional dance performances. The cocktail menu, full of fruit-flavored variations... Read More

A minor basilica and museum awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, this Baroque church was inaugurated in 1672 and is best known for its large system of... Read More

Baroque, solemn, and imposing, a relic of the time when the Spaniards used the might of religious architecture to seduce the natives into becoming... Read More

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.... Read More

Owner Mari Solari stocks her shop, which doubles as her residence, with handicrafts from around the country. Multicolored candles from Cuzco and ceramic... Read More

Celebrated son Mario Testino returned to his city of birth to open MATE, a stunning visual portoflio of the photographer’s most famous works. Fashion,... Read More

Bargain for clay vessels and ponchos at the sprawling daily market. This is the place to find deals on inexpensive souvenirs. ... Read More

Food lovers from all over Latin America fly in for a taste of Mistura, the largest food festival in the continent. An annual, two-week event held in... Read More

Built in honor of the god Pachacamac, these archeological remains comprise several impressive mud-brick pyramids as well as Inca-constructed... Read More

Located in quiet Pueblo Libre, this museum is known for its unusual collection of erotic pottery, made more than 1,300 years ago. Housed in an 18th... Read More

Ancient silver vessels and stone idols fill one wing; the other provides a survey of Peru’s more recent history at the National Museum of Anthropology,... Read More

Ancient silver vessels and stone idols fill one wing; the other provides a survey of more recent history. The Spanish colonial period is well... Read More

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... Read More

More distinctive than the touristed Plaza Mayor is the Palacio de Torre Tagle, a former marquis' mansion. Completed around 1735, its stone arches and... Read More

This central square is literally where Lima began. The city's founding cornerstone, Plaza Mayor (also known as Plaza de Armas) is filled with... Read More

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... Read More

Visiting this bustling fish market in southeast Lima is one step away from being aboard a fishing vessel for real—and allows diners to gain perspective... Read More

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