What to Eat: Lima
Pisco Sours: Pisco, fresh lime juice, bitters, and sugar topped with an egg white. This is a drink for those ready to embrace their time in Lima. If it doesn’t come with these ingredients as a base (some may add chicha, coca leaf, or gooseberries) then they aren’t making it the Lima way.
Sandwiches: I realize how this sounds. Sandwiches are a typical meal for Peruvians, breakfast , lunch, or dinner. The best, melt-in-your-mouth, crave-in-the-middle-of-the-night sandwiches are found at La Lucha. There’s always a line and it’s always worth it. Wash it down a fresh fruit juice made of whatever concoction you can come up with on the spot.
Causa: Think yellow mashed potatoes – only these are made with olive oil, aji amarillo, lime juice, and avocado. Now stuff them with fish (or a meat or hard-boiled egg), mold them into cake-shapes, and eat them cold. This is a causa and it is delicious.
Ceviche: Fresh fish, peppers, lime juice, and salt. This is basically Peru’s national dish. You cannot go wrong. (more…)
Where to Go: Lima
DO stay in either the Miraflores or Barranco districts. They’re both located nearest some of the best things to do in Lima and you’ll be happy to wake up so near the ocean instead of surrounded by concrete.
DON’T go to the major shopping centers in Miraflores. They’re overpriced and stuffed with luxury goods you can find in the States as well as abroad if your heart so desires.
DO plan to walk a lot. Lima’s sites are not next to each other by any means; besides, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible soaking up the beautiful sunshine and temperate climate.
DO walk seaside from Miraflores to Barranco so you can start high above the ocean through Parque del Amor and end your adventure in the alleyways and hidden staircases that lead to it. (more…)
Best Of: Lima
I’m a little biased because this was right down the block from where we stayed. However, after visiting a few other places, I’m convinced that if you want to see the sunset from the cliffs this is the place to do it. There’re statues and sculptures worth a look as you make your way to the cliff’s edge. Bring a blanket (or a beach towel) and a light meal and set up your spot on one of the two grassy landings. The big reason this park is more impressive than other locations is because it is less busy. A few other couples and a small group of people set up on one landing while we joined just one other couple on the other. Oh, and don’t forget a camera that you will use far too much and will need to remember to set down to enjoy the moment. We went several nights in a row just to take in the peacefulness.
Best Souvenirs: Carved Olive Wood Designs, Handwoven Backpacks, or Alpaca Wool Blankets (more…)