Lima is more than just a place to crash between meetings – it’s an epicenter of food, culture, and a whole lot of fun. (But especially food. Did we mention the food?) If you’re looking to have some fun in Lima off the clock on your next business trip, we’ve got your back. Here’s how to find adventure.
Surf the waves – or just kick back and watch.
Lima’s energy is a bit reminiscent of SoCal, and nowhere is that more clear than at the beach. The city’s gorgeous Pacific waterfronts are home to an epic surfing community. Get out there and catch some waves – or just kick back with a cold drink on the shore to watch. If you’re a beginner, you can even take a lesson!
Eat, eat, and eat some more.
Lima is one of the best foodie cities in the world, with high-end offerings of just about every type of cuisine on the planet. Try some internationally recognized gems like amaZ, Astrid y Gaston, and Tanta, or duck into whatever local hole-in-the-wall catches your eye. If you really want to splurge, see if you can snag a reservation at Central, which is known as one of the best restaurants in the world and offers a menu of ingredients from the dozens of altitudes and microclimates in Peru. It’s not easy to get a table, but if it’s well worth the effort. No matter where you eat, don’t forget to munch on ceviche, Peruvian chicken, and quinoa dishes, all of which are local favorites.
Chow down on chifa.
Chifa is a special Chinese-Peruvian fusion cuisine created by immigrants from China to Peru in 19th and 20th centuries. It’s phenomenal, and luckily for visitors, it’s widespread throughout Lima. You’ll have no trouble finding a local chifa eatery on just about every corner, but a few favorites to try are Chifa Hou Wha, Madam Tusan, and Chifa Titi. Be sure to order dishes like lomo saltado, arroz chaufa, and tallarin saltado.
Go for a run in Miraflores.
The seaside district of Miraflores is known for its stunning ocean views and active residents, so the neighborhood’s running paths definitely deliver. Take yourself for a nice morning walk or run along the Pacific coast and through the waterfront parks. You might even make friends with some fitness-minded locals!
Sip on Pisco sours.
You can’t leave Peru without sampling the local cocktail of choice: the Pisco sour. The unmistakable taste of pisco liquor and lime takes the edge off the stress of a long workday, and you’re certain to make new friends at the bar while sipping on one.
Go for an art walk in Barranco.
This hip neighborhood boasts brightly colored historic homes and a vibrant art scene. Take a winding walk through the neighborhood as you dip in and out of galleries and art shops. You won’t want to miss Dédalo, Pedro de Osma Museum, Museo Mario Testino, Artesanos Don Busco, and the neighborhood’s many colorful murals. Along the way, walk across the Bridge of Sighs, where you’ll be invited to make a wish before you cross.
Lima is all about its hidden treasures, so don’t be afraid to explore. Adventure is around every corner!