Don’t hang about for more than 1-2 days
As much as I enjoyed our 24 hours in Lima, I’m glad we didn’t stay longer. A lot of people I’ve talked to agree that it doesn’t need more than a day/ day and a half of your time.
Base yourself in Barranco
Barranco is the best neighbourhood to base yourself in and there are lots of hotel options there, my favourite being Hotel B. It’s the neighbourhood with the least traffic, the nicest vibe and some great bars, casual eateries, galleries and boutiques to check out
Avoid Lima Centro at rush hour and evenings
Having learnt the hard way, I’d say avoid Lima Centro in the evening. It’s packed, the pavements and roads are mental, and it just isn’t a very nice place to be. If you’re going to go, go early to see the old architecture, then get out.
Do make time for Mercado
That said, do make sure Mercado is on your itinerary — the best ceviche in town.
Do splurge at Central
For a slap up dinner, the best in town (and the 4th best in the world), book a table well in advance at Central. It’s 17 courses and you will not regret it.
Be wise with cabs
It’s a tricky one with taxis in Lima; you kind of rely on them to get around as the buses look a bit mental to tackle but you need to be careful to be safe but not ripped off. Let your host or hotel advise and book cabs with their recommendations. I've heard horror stories of people having all their stuff nabbed.
Do go for a stroll along the Miraflores cliffs
El Malecon is the 6-mile stretch of parks and green spaces that run along the Miraflores, with a scattering of sculptures and views to the Pacific.
Do be careful what you eat
As tempting as all the food is in Peru, it’s important to be careful with what you eat. Stick to the “is it peelable, it is cooked” rule, and then be extra wary about the places you’re eating ceviche in.
Do stay up late
Lima comes alive at night so try and power through jet lag. Miraflores is a cool cosmopolitan area with lots of bars, as is Barranco.
Do allow enough time for the airport
Though the airport is a 40 minute drive from the city centre usually, allow 2 hours as traffic can be manic.