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Location: Miraflores

Day 1 - 4 Nov 2021

Flying Dog Hostel

Miraflores, Flying Dog Hostel
Miraflores, Flying Dog Hostel

Content: Start your Lima journey here at the Flying Dog. Surprisingly they have cats not dogs. They have privates and dorms. Lodging is expensive in Lima but this place is cheap and located in the heart of Miraflores.

Liberta Café

Miraflores, Liberta Café

Content: Most flights arrive in the middle of the night so after snagging a few more hours sleep head to brunch at this trendy cafe to steel your stomach for all the street food later to come.

Location: Cercado de Lima

Day 1 - 4 Nov 2021

Historic Centre of Lima

Cercado de Lima, Historic Centre of Lima
Cercado de Lima, Historic Centre of Lima

Content: This is the most popular attraction for tourists in Lima. Spend your afternoon getting the feel of the city by wandering the historic center and marveling at the impressive architecture.

Location: Barranco

Day 1 - 4 Nov 2021

Exquisito Perú

Barranco, Exquisito Perú
Barranco, Exquisito Perú
Barranco, Exquisito Perú
Barranco, Exquisito Perú
Barranco, Exquisito Perú
Barranco, Exquisito Perú

Content: The beat way to get to know a city quickly is through a street food tour. And Lima has TONS of great street food. Book your tour with Exquisito Peru for a full immersion in Lima Street cuisine. It lasts about 5 hours and you’ll eat until you couldn’t possibly anymore.

Location: Lima

Day 2 - 5 Nov 2021

Alternative Peru

Lima, Alternative Peru
Lima, Alternative Peru
Lima, Alternative Peru
Lima, Alternative Peru

Content: Today will be another FULL day. I never love tours but this market + human settlement tour with Alternative Peru gets to the heart of Lima and provides an immersive experience that so few travelers have. This tour is why I came away living the city. It begins in a local market.

Location: Cercado de Surquillo

Day 2 - 5 Nov 2021

Market No. 2 Surquillo

Cercado de Surquillo, Market No. 2 Surquillo
Cercado de Surquillo, Market No. 2 Surquillo

Content: One of the best ceviche plates in Peru is found in this unassuming market. Your alternative Peru guide will get you set up with a plate.

Location: San Juan de Miraflores

Day 2 - 5 Nov 2021

San Juan de Miraflores

San Juan de Miraflores, San Juan de Miraflores
San Juan de Miraflores, San Juan de Miraflores
San Juan de Miraflores, San Juan de Miraflores
San Juan de Miraflores, San Juan de Miraflores

Content: Walking through the informal human settlements and meeting locals was a highlight of the tour. You’ll have the opportunity to learn why so many millions of Peruvians live here with no electricity or running water.

Location: Miraflores

Day 2 - 5 Nov 2021

Parque Kennedy

Miraflores, Parque Kennedy

Content: On your way to dinner stroll through Park Kennedy and pet a few of the resident cats while you’re at it.

Panchita - Miraflores

Miraflores, Panchita - Miraflores
Miraflores, Panchita - Miraflores
Miraflores, Panchita - Miraflores
Miraflores, Panchita - Miraflores

Content: After a full day of history and walking you’ll want a good meal. Maybe a fancy one. Panchita is an upscale Peruvian menu with TO DIE FOR Lomo Saltado. It’s also a great place to try Pisco Sours (w/ Maracuya) for the first time.

Location: Miraflores

Day 3 - 6 Nov 2021

Parque del Amor

Miraflores, Parque del Amor

Content: Start your morning with a stroll through lovers park. It has great cliff side views of the surfers and interesting art. Perfect place to grab a coffee early in the morning.

Location: Barranco

Day 3 - 6 Nov 2021

Barranco

Barranco, Barranco
Barranco, Barranco
Barranco, Barranco
Barranco, Barranco
Barranco, Barranco

Content: Today we will change from the Miraflores neighborhood to the Barranco neighborhood. Known for its street art. You can spend an afternoon wandering here. This was my favorite neighborhood.

Casita Libertad Barranco

Barranco, Casita Libertad Barranco

Content: This is one of the nicest rooms we had in all of Peru. It’s also cheap (again) private AND has its own kitchen. The owner was so sweet and accommodating.

Barranco

Barranco, Barranco
Barranco, Barranco
Barranco, Barranco

Content: Grab a lunch from one of the nameless local shops in Barranco serving menu Del dia. Typically comes with protein, rice, soup, and a lemonade for very cheap.

Barranco

Barranco, Barranco
Barranco, Barranco
Barranco, Barranco

Content: Spend the afternoon walking off lunch looking at more street art in the neighborhood.

Location: Surquillo

Day 3 - 6 Nov 2021

Siete Sopas

Surquillo, Siete Sopas
Surquillo, Siete Sopas

Content: This is a massive restaurant that’s always rammed busy. I recommend getting chicha Morada or sampling the local favorite- Inca Cola.

Location: Barranco

Day 4 - 7 Nov 2021

La Bodega Verde

Barranco, La Bodega Verde
Barranco, La Bodega Verde

Content: We chose to skip breakfast at our hotel (mistake) and eat at this fancy overpriced cafe. We ended up paying around $16 USD for 2 coffee, 2 oj, a small porridge and fruit bowl and some scrambled eggs with mushroom. Super overpriced.

El Chinito

Barranco, El Chinito
Barranco, El Chinito

Content: We made up for it with a lunch deal at el chinito. This sandwich shop is known for its pork belly chicharron with sweet potato sandwich.

Ayahuasca

Barranco, Ayahuasca
Barranco, Ayahuasca
Barranco, Ayahuasca
Barranco, Ayahuasca
Barranco, Ayahuasca
Barranco, Ayahuasca

Content: The most famous cocktail bar in Lima. The cocktails here were pretty but just OK. But the ambiance of the massive preserved historical mansion is the real draw. It’s worth a stop one night in Barranco.

Location: Barranco

Day 5 - 8 Nov 2021

Casita Libertad Barranco

Barranco, Casita Libertad Barranco

Content: You can pay extra for a great breakfast spread at the guesthouse. This is definitely the best and cheapest option.

Location: Cercado de Lima

Day 5 - 8 Nov 2021

Basílica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima

Cercado de Lima, Basílica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima

Content: Your final day in Lima is for culture. You should visit this monastery and it’s underground catacombs for $4 per person. Or visit the erotic pottery exhibit at the Larco museum.

Location: Surquillo

Day 5 - 8 Nov 2021

Al Toke Pez

Surquillo, Al Toke Pez
Surquillo, Al Toke Pez
Surquillo, Al Toke Pez

Content: This unassuming place will be your best meal in Lima. Maybe all of Peru. They were featured on the Netflix doc street food. Get the combo of ceviche, calamari, and fried rice with mixed seafood for $5 and feast.

Location: Barranco

Day 5 - 8 Nov 2021

Burrito Bar

Barranco, Burrito Bar

Content: Best Mexican in Peru. This is more of a burrito window than a burrito bar. Your last meal should be carne tacos with all the fixings. They are massive so you probably just need two. WARNING: if you’re flying out of Lima traffic is incredible. Give yourself 2+ hours just to drive to the airport during peak hours.