Travel

24 Hours in Lima

Lima the first place I’ve been to in South America. I went on the eve of my birthday, and I was happy I was able to go somewhere special, though it were for work purposes. It has always been a dream of mine to visit it, and I could not be more excited to have had that opportunity. There is so much history, food and culture to experience in Peru, and I will talk about a few highlights of my trip. I only had 24 hours to explore and I made sure to enjoy every minute of it and to experience as much as I could!

We landed in Lima at night, which was perfect to get a good night’s sleep and start the day afresh. I started with a quick breakfast and a coffee then made my way out. My hotel was right across from the beach, which was perfect. My first impressions were that there were many hills and cliffs, which give several views of the city.

Lima is quite modern, yet its history and culture and very present. I walked along the coast near an area called Miraflores, and the views were so beautiful. The sun was not out, but that did not stop the me from enjoying the view. The weather was cool but not cold, with some fresh breeze from the ocean. It certainly did not stop many surfers from enjoying the waves, which was great to watch.

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Along the coast are also many parks stretching for miles. I visited a couple, and fell in love with the Park of Love (Parque del Amor). I loved the sculptures and how colorful the decorations and mosaic walls were, which reminded me a bit of Guell park in Barcelona.

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I continued walking till I reached Parque Antonio Raimondi. At that point, I decided to turn around, have some lunch -which of course included ceviche and staple dishes- and head downtown to visit a bit more of Lima. The ride to downtown was about 45 minutes from Miraflores.  The roads were quite busy and downtown was buzzing with action. I am not sure which alternative modes of transport there were, but I am glad I took a taxi which allowed me to ask the driver many questions about the city.

The downtown area is pretty big and busy. The plaza area is surrounded by many landmarks, museums, and streets that take you to many corners of town. Security was everywhere, and some advise you to stay within the sidewalk areas in some streets.

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Downtown Lima is so vast and full of museums, shops and various attractions. The history is so rich and it was a shame that I did not have time to explore more and to visit as many places as I had wished to. I learned that there is a great underground scene which reminisces Lima’s history, which made me very curious to learn more on a future visit. I did however visit a chocolate museum which was a lot of fun.

At the chocolate museum, I was able to sample various chocolates and coffee, which I enjoyed the most. I bought some Peruvian coffee and a couple of souvenir items from the museum. I highly recommend stopping by this unique place if you ever visit Lima.

As 24 hours drew to an end, I realized how much there was to see and to explore in Lima, and I cannot wait to go back and visit many more places and to get to learn more about Peru’s rich history and culture. In the future, I plan to hop to Cuzco and Machu Picchu while in Peru. But it won’t be for 24 hours!

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