Bucket List Ideas for Lima Peru
Lima is Peru’s capital and is just off the Pacific coast. Consequently therefore there is a huge range of activities to suit tourists of all interests and all pockets. From magnificent historical structures to exciting wave rides at the beach. Geographically speaking, Lima is between the Chillón, Rmac, and Lurn river basins and has a population of almost 9 million people, making it the third-largest city in the Americas.
Here are some great things to do in Lima Peru which you may wish to add to your bucket list.
Go to Museo Larco
Museo Larco, or the Larco Museum, is the best thing to do in Lima! This Lima museum houses an outstanding collection of over 30,000 Peruvian antiques housed inside an 18th-century home. The best part? The public may still visit the artworks that are not on show in the main museum. The Larco Café is also a lovely place to eat after your museum visit.
Walk Around Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor de Lima was known as Plaza de Armas until 1990. You may also see the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the Municipal Palace while you’re there. This “plaza” is Lima’s oldest public area. It was intended to be surrounded by the most important institutional buildings to be perceived as the city’s focal point. Hence its name “the Main Square”.
Shop with Ocean Views
Lima shopping is a must-do on your Peru holiday! Larcomar is a cliffside mall with stunning ocean views that any shopaholic would appreciate. Bring your catch to one of the numerous restaurants for a delicious supper with a stunning ocean view! Tanta Restaurant is highly recommended.
Take a Walk Around Saint Francis Monastery
Saint Francis Monastery boasts beautiful surroundings. Including an amazing library and catacombs. One of the attractions of Lima is a visit to the Monastery’s catacombs and underground vaults. Fraternity members laid to rest here until the early nineteenth century, possibly up to 25,000 members. Once inside the Church, you should visit the historic library, which has around 25,000 antique texts. In addition some of which date back to before the Spanish Conquest.
Explore the Lima Balconies
Beautifully crafted wooden balconies decorate the Lima Center’s vibrant Spanish colonial houses. While these beautiful elements make for great images, they also play an important role in Lima’s history. They are cultural heritage assets since they played such an important part in Lima’s historic center. Moreover they are all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Advice for Solo Travelers
- Purchase a SIM card. With GPS, navigating unknown places becomes much easier. If you’re concerned about your safety, this is a useful tool to have.
- Avoid late-night drinking and going out alone.
- Keep valuables hidden. Pick-pocketing is the most regularly reported crime. Carry as little cash as possible.
- Consider staying at a hostel. Hostels are backpacker hotspots where tourists may find new friends.
- Register for a tour. There are several possibilities to meet other single travelers who match your interests, from culinary lessons in Lima to swimming with wild sea lions.
- To make the most of your stay in Lima book a Solo Tour Guide, your friendly local guide who will look after your safety, welfare and interests at all times. Click here for more info.
- Join a hiking club. Hiking is an activity that is best done in a group. Multi-day treks across the Andes bond visitors in ways that an evening spent in a hostel does not.
- Venture further afield and plan to visit Cusco from where you can explore the famous Machu Picchu.