The capital city of Lima, Peru curves around the Pacific Ocean offering a unique view of the rocky coast from a number of neighbourhoods. This city is often seen as your launching point for heading to Machu Pichu, spending some time trekking through one of the national parks or planning your trip with SouthAmerica.Travel. To help plan the start of your Peruvian vacation in Lima, here’s how to spend the first day or two while on vacation in Peru.

What to do in Lima, Peru

Barranco is a lively neighbourhood in Lima that both the locals and the tourists love.  Murals and colourful street art decorate Barranco allowing the Peruvian art and culture to reverberate around every corner.

MATE Museum

One of the highlights of this neighbourhood is the MATE Museum that celebrates the work of acclaimed Peruvian photographer Mario Testino along with a number of other Peruvian artists. His collection ranges from his work that captures traditional Peruvian fashion, celebrity profiles and most notably his photography session with Princess Diana mere months before her tragic passing.

Where to Shop in Lima

Throughout Barranco, Peruvian artists are able to showcase their work and designs in unique concept stores. For artisan products, Dedalo Arte & Artesania showcases a range of products in a beautiful colonial home. For more contemporary products, PUNA and GARUA are located next door to each other and offering a modern take on traditional Peruvian craftsmanship.

Not sure what to buy during your trip? ESCVDO is a contemporary and ethical luxury brand that brings together Peruvian weaving techniques into chic and fashion-forward designs. Or, for local art, Laura Cuadros delicate painting style is a beautiful option to bring some Peruvian art into your home.

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Where to Stay in Lima, Peru

The AC Hotel Lima Miraflores is a convenient and luxurious option in one of Lima’s chicest coastal neighbourhoods situated along the scenic El Malecón clifftop walkway. With the option between stunning ocean views or the striking city view from your room, this hotel offers both comfort and accessibility. While onsite, enjoy the stunning views of the ocean and beautiful sunsets from our European-influenced bar, hotel rooms and rooftop restaurant, Insumo Rooftop, which has one the best ocean views in Lima.  The hotel is located within walking distance to the Kennedy Park, the Indigenous Market and Larcomar, an upscale shopping center next to our hotel with many dining, retail and entertainment options.

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