8 Must-Do Things In Lima | How to Peru

8 Must-Do Things In Lima

The capital of Peru is full of things to do for all types of travelers making it hard to decide which activities to experience, especially if only staying in the city for a short amount of time. To make your life much easier, we’ve made a list of 8 must-do things in Lima (backed by locals and travelers) to have an unforgettable time here!

1. Full Day Tour to Paracas and Huacachina

Just a short distance from Lima lay the beautiful Paracas, home to the Ballestas Islands (the Peruvian Galapagos) and Huacachina, the hidden paradise oasis. Depart from Lima on a 1-day trip and discover some of the most amazing places in all of Peru. Thrilling activities like sandboarding the biggest sand dunes in South America, all-year-round sunny weather and more await you in Paracas and Huacachina.

HOW TO PERU TRAVEL TIP: Save money and stay safe when going to/from Lima Airport by using the Official Bus service inside the Airport called Airport Express Lima

HOW TO PERU DISCOUNT: Book a Full Day Tour to Paracas & Huacachina and use discount code HTP5 to get $5 off your reservation!

Huacachina Oasis seen from above

2. Luchito’s Cooking Class

What better way to discover Peru than by learning about and preparing some of the most traditional and delicious dishes of the country! An entertaining hands-on experience with some of the best chefs in the city will have you making the iconic Ceviche, Causa Limeña, and the always lovely Pisco Sour. And don’t worry if you don’t have any cooking experience at all, this class will make you an expert!

For more info check out their website: luchitoscookingclass.com

Group showing the food they made after Luchito's Cooking Class

3. Free Lima Walking Tour

The Lima Free Walking Tour is the perfect way to see the diverse and vibrant city of Lima. 3 tours are available, each showcasing the best of each district: Historic Center of Lima Tour, Miraflores Tour, and Barranco Tour. Each tour lasts around 3 hours and you’ll be guided by a friendly tour guide giving you all the details and history of the city. Departures are every day from the Tourist Information Center located in Miraflores.

For more info check out their social media
Facebook: limawalkingtourofficial
Instagram: @limawalkingtour

Lima Walking Tour group during the Historic Center of Lima Tour

4. Have fun at The Bunker Bar

A great way to meet locals and other travelers alike, The Bunker is a hidden gem and it only opened in July 2022. Language Exchange Nights, Beer Pong Tournaments, Bingo Loco, Giant Jenga, and Karaoke are just some of the various activities offered. The Bunker opens each night at 7 pm with happy hour from 8 pm-9 pm. Food and drinks are amongst the cheapest in Miraflores and make way for a great night!

Visit their Instagram here: @thebunkerlima

The Bunker Bar in Miraflores, Lima

5. Visit the Tourist Information Center at Parque Kennedy

Free Maps, Tourist Sim Cards, Free Wifi, a Money Exchange Center, and an ATM machine are just some of the tourist services provided at the Information Center at Kennedy Park in the heart of Miraflores. It’s also a good place for Airport Transfers and their Machu Picchu Information Center is the best place to get information on this wonder of the world.

Visit their Facebook here
View on Google Maps here

Tourist Information Center in Kennedy Park

6. Taste Peruvian food at SAHA Rooftop Terrace

A garden Oasis terrace in the heart of Miraflores but with tranquillity hard to find anywhere else, Saha has become one the highest-rated “best value restaurant” in Lima. Local gems such as Ceviche, Arroz con Mariscos (seafood rice), and Lomo Fettucini a la Huancaina (fillet meat strips with pasta covered in a Peruvian yellow sauce called Huancaina) are all highly recommended by locals and travelers. Prices are very generous compared to other top-rated restaurants in Lima. At Night, Saha transforms into a cocktail bar under the stars but with the same menu until 10 pm.

Visit their Instagram here: @sahaperu

SAHA at day time

7. Visit Museo Larco

An interesting museum filled with Peruvian artifacts of over 5000 years, a beautiful garden full of vibrant plants, and a quiet cafe to grab a small meal. Although, it is the naughty Inca and Pre-Inca erotic pots that capture the attention of visitors. It sure is far from your typical visit to the museum which you have to experience for yourself.

8. Visit Huaca Pucllana

Get up close and personal with pre-Inca history. These incredible ruins are located right in the heart of Miraflores and are a window into history. There is also a world-class restaurant within the ruins, where you can enjoy Peruvian food from every corner of the country. Visit at night for an unbelievable view of the ruins lit up.


There’s obviously more to do in Lima than the ones mentioned, but if you want to make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime experience we suggest following the list. And as always, happy travels!

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