48 Hours in Lima

So you’ve only got 48 hours in Lima, how are you going to make the best of your time? Read on and we’ll share some tips on where you should go, what you should visit, where you should eat and how to best get around…

What to See

For those short on time, here are the sights you can’t miss…

Larco Museum

Located about 25 minutes from Miraflores, the Larco Museum is one of Lima’s treasures and well worth a visit. Home to a collection of ceramics, textiles and metals, the museum showcases 3000 years of Peruvian history and is even home to a few mummies.

 Huaca Pucllana

Situated in the middle of the residential neighbourhood of Miraflores, you can’t miss Huaca Pucllana! This pre-Incan pyramid was built between 100 and 650 CE and served as an administrative and ceremonial site. Around 700 CE, the Wari took over the site and used it as a burial site for nobility. Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle, this adobe and clay pyramid is truly a unique sight.

 Plaza de Armas

An icon of Lima, the Plaza des Armas boasts exquisite architecture and a lively atmosphere. See the stunning Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima and the Archbishop’s Palace. A meeting place for many, the plaza is full of locals enjoying the sun, couples on dates and people going about their daily lives. Enjoy the lively vibe before continuing on to discover what else Lima has to offer….

 Basilica of San Francisco and Catacombs

Originally built in 1546 before an earthquake destroyed it, the current bright yellow baroque structure was built in 1546. The basilica is home to a collection of beautiful art and around 25,000 rare and irreplaceable books. However, it is most well known for the catacombs that lie beneath the church. Offering a unique insight into history, the Basilica is a must see– even if the catacombs are not your cup of tea!

 Food & Drink

Known as the gastronomical capital of Peru, be prepared to get adventurous with your food! Here are the food and wine experiences you have to have in Lima…

Eat at a Cevicheria

Possibly the most iconic dish of Lima, ceviche is marinated raw fish served with onion, coriander and various condiments. Delicious and fresh, this is an extremely popular dish amongst Peruvians…and for good reason too!


A traditional and extremely popular dish, anticucho can be made out of any marinated skewered meat, however cow’s heart is usually the most popular. Often served with bread or potato, this is a true Peruvian delicacy you simply have to try.

Try Lomo Saltado

For the less adventurous eaters, Lomo Saltado is a delicious fusion dish including sirloin strips, tomato and onion cooked in soy sauce. It is then served alongside rice and fried potatoes– yum!

Enjoy Cocktails in Barranco

After a long day of adventuring (and adventurous eating!), unwind with a cocktail in the trendy neighbourhood of Barranco. With bars tucked away inside galleries and old estate houses, it’s a great way to explore the bohemian barranco and end a fun day of exploring.

How to Get Around

Standing amongst the bustle of busy Lima, getting from A to B can seem overwhelming. However, Lima actually offers a few different travel options that we recommend.

The El Metropolitano, whilst only partially finished, offers a great way to explore the city. It connects north and south Lima and has stations in Barranco, Miraflores and San Isidro, as well as many more. The Metro is an efficient and easy way to get into the city centre if you’re staying further out. Purchase and top up your Tarjeta Inteligente card and you’re good to go!

Corredor Azul and Metropolitano buses are both dependable and efficient means of transport in Lima. Micro and combi buses you see around the city don’t follow a timetable or have set pick-up and drop-off points and can be hard to navigate. Alternatively, the Corredor Azul and Metropolitano buses are a reliable means of transportation and you can find scheduling and information online.

Taxis can be an efficient means of getting around, however there are a few things to keep in mind when travelling by taxi. Lima taxis do not have meters so it is important to negotiate fares prior to getting in. Furthermore, many taxis are unregistered. It is especially important at night to check that the taxi you are getting into is registered and does not look battered or rundown.

Lima offers so many fantastic sights and experiences.  There is a lot that can be squeezed into a 48-hour adventure in this wonderful city. This is just a taste of the best of Lima, and after exploring this remarkable city over 2 days, we’re positive you’ll be planning your return…

References:  Thank you Grrrl Traveler, The Culture Trip, Lonely PlanetContent TimeAtlas ObscuraTrip SavvyWorld of Food and Drink  , Lima City KingsVogue

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