1. Start a diet NOW. In Lima, actually everywhere in Peru, you will be able to indulge yourself to the most delicious food in the world. There you can try 3 of the top 50 restaurants in the world: Central (No. 4), Maido (No. 13 and my personal favorite) and Astrid y Gaston (No. 30). Make reservations well in advance.


2. I could make the next 9 recommendations about food but I will try to diversify. DRINK. Pisco is the Peruvian alcoholic beverage of choice. Don’t leave Lima without trying it in any of our signature cocktails: Pisco Sour (and the many versions of this with regional fruits, like Aguaymanto or Camu Camu), Chilcano or Capitan.

3. Weather in Lima is never really cold so try something new: SURF. Peru has waves to suit every surfer and there are many surf schools at Costa Verde that can teach you to catch a wave in just one day. They will provide the gear.

4. TOUR around the historic city center that Francisco Pizarro founded in 1535 and explore the colonial “City of Kings”. Sunday might be best as it is less crowded. You can see the changing of the Guard at noon at the Palacio de Gobierno (Presidential Palace).

5. Get the best VIEW of the city if you dare. Experience the thrill of paragliding! You can find instructors and pilots at Raimondi Park and fly with them around the cliff.

6. Learn about our CULTURE. Larco Museum has one of the best private collections of pre-Columbian art. It showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. They also have an amazing restaurant onsite.

7.Visit BARRANCO. Lima’s bohemian district, home of many of Peru’s artists, musicians, designers and photographers. There are many bars and restaurants that will keep you entertained.

8. GUNS and CARS. Pretty sure that was not top of mind when you think about Lima, but you can find a huge collection of weapons from different periods, cultures and countries at the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) as well as gold artifacts from pre-Inca times. Nicolini Museum will show you the most important exhibition of vintage cars in South America. 120 restored cars that include rarities like a Boyer (1901), Clement (1903) and Stutz BB (1928) amongst other unique cars.

9. Check out the Guinness Book of Record’s largest fountain complex in the world: visit the MAGIC WATER CIRCUIT with 13 interactive fountains that are illuminated at night and wait for the laser light show.

10. Come back! Peru has destinations for everyone. Did you discover surfing was your thing? Go to MANCORA, surf with the pros and get a nice tan. Do you want to try more delicious food? Try AREQUIPA and its delicious cuisine while watching El Misti, an active volcano. Want to visit the highest navigable lake in the world? Hit PUNO. Do you like to hike? Try out Caminos del Inca and Macchu Picchu in CUSCO. Are you adventurous? Explore the AMAZON rainforest, discover the wildlife, try kayaking, canopy and wilderness hikes.

Enjoy your stay!