Hi all! Planning a trip to Peru, and starting off in Lima. There's so much online that I don't know where to start. We love food, drink and culture. I'd welcome any suggestions and recommendations! Thank you.
In the process of planning a Peru trip myself. Will only spend a little time in Lima, mostly Cusco.
We’re in Lima and Cusco in April. Other than side trip to Machu Pichu (taking Belmond train), I assume some day drinking will take place. I haven’t started researching things to do, but I’ll share once discovered.
I have not been to Lima, Peru, but whenever we go to a place that we have not been to, I usually check out walking tours. Many of the cities around the world (and ones we have visited) have free walking tours (you give a tip/fee at the end of tour and you can check it out on the internet) and it generally provides an overview of the city/area and helps us determine what we things we would like to see and do on our own. Another suggestion is to review a travel book, Frommers. Fodors, Rick Steves (many of these have on-line access) and see their recommendations for things to do and places to visit and they often make their suggestions on how long you will visit a city or a location. We have not done it, but many people use a hop-on, hop-of bus as a way of getting to know a city. Good luck and have fun.
My wife and I go to Peru twice yearly for pleasure. We are drawn to two very different areas generally one north of Lima and one south.
The one south is Cusco and Machu Picchu. Cusco is a magical city full of Inca ruins and Spanish churches with a large indigenous population. Its urban center is driven by the tourist trade with street vendors and tourist milling about. Always seemed safe on the streets. We stayed at the JW Marriott in central Cusco. Almost all of the important sites were in walking distance from the hotel. The hotel has no lounge but was perfect otherwise. Its an old Inca site/Spanish site that was completely modernized on the inside. Each room has piped in oxygen to help with the 11,000 foot elevation. The hotel offers a great class on how to make and drink a pisco sour (the class was fun).
Using the Marriott website we booked a private horse ride in the mountains overlooking Cusco. Great experience. We also have gone to the Southern Valley (other end of River.)
From Cusco there are many ways of getting to Machu Picchu. Cusco is worth 2 or 3 days extra.
The second option is to go north from Lima along the arid coast. To the north lies to ruins of vast ancient civilizations. There are huge pyramids (Temples of Sun and Moon inTujillo) and earlier period pyramids in Chiclayo. There are no Marriott hotels in this region. I've stayed in both cities.
I actually enjoy the northern areas that are less developed. We can get closer to the local culture. I recommend a guide and driver your first time in the area. Its economically poor and city streets are congested with three wheel vehicles.
Peru is a huge country. Don't try to see it in one trip.
I've been to Peru before and we stayed in Lima one night. To be honest, if I went to Peru again I would try to skip Lima. It's not that great of a city. If you are able to get out of the city give it a try! Peru is an amazing country with much to offer outside of Lima.
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