How To Spend 48 Hours In Lima


Do you only have 48 hours to explore Peru’s capital city? Previously considered to be just a stopover point for travelers on their way to Machu Picchu, Lima has become a travel destination in and of itself.

Though its not known for its exquisite architecture, it does have some of the best cuisine on the continent. In today’s post, we are going to talk about how to make the most out of a two-day trip to Lima.

Day 1:

Start your day with a breakfast at the Bar Restaurante Cordano where you can sample the most delectable ham sandwich and coffee. The restaurant, one of the most popular eateries of Lima, is located on the right-hand corner of the National Palace.

After breakfast, follow the street that leads to the Basílica y Convento de San Francisco and take a tour of the eerie catacombs beneath the church where you will be able to spot a few skulls.

Now, its time for you to hit downtown Lima and explore the beautiful little streets of Jiron Junin and Jiron Ica. If you are not too tired, then also make sure to visit Chinatown for some souvenir shopping.

Have your lunch at one of the numerous restaurants in the street near Plaza Mayor and head straight to the centuries-old Hotel Bolivar, where you should definitely order their famous ‘Catedral pisco sour cocktail.

After enjoying this blissful drink, you can head to the Museo de Arte de Lima, which is very close to the Sheraton Hotel. This spacious museum would give you a fair idea about the art history of the country. If you are lucky, you might even spot an event in the park which houses the museum.

Give your day a perfect ending by exploring the streets of Barranco or Miraflores in the evening.

Day 2:

Start your day by grabbing a delicious breakfast at one of the numerous cafes of Barranco. From there, you can start walking towards the Puente de los Suspiros for a stunning ocean view.

Although Barranco is a place that mostly comes to life at night, the daytime strolls in Barranco are no less enjoyable. Spend the morning hanging around the Plaza de Barranco. For more inspiration on how to spend your time in Barranco, check out our article, “9 Places to Explore in Barranco.”

When you’re done exploring Barranco, cross the bridge for a ocean-side stroll in Miraflores. The walk along the Malecon de Miraflores, with its lovely sculptures and cliffs for parasailing, is sure to provide you with plenty of photo opportunities.

Keep walking along the Malecon until you reach La Mar, which is a street full of amazing seafood restaurants. Step inside whichever restaurant catches your fancy and treat yourself to a sumptuous seafood platter.

Now, take a taxi and visit the Museo Larco which is known for its extensive collection of Inca artifacts. This museum will give you a fairly good idea about Peruvian history and its numerous civilizations.

If you are up for some museum hopping, then make sure to go to the Museo Nacional de Arqueología where you can take a quick look at the fabrics in the Paracas exhibition.

Spend your last evening in Lima by ordering a drink at the Antigua Taberna Queirolo bar and munch on some yummy cheese-filled yucca balls or anticuchos (beef heart), if you are willing to try something different.

By the end of your 48 hours in Lima, we’ll bet that you’re going to wish you could linger in this city for a few more days.

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