Upon arriving in Lima, a mythical phrase resounds: “At what point did Peru get screwed?” It is at the opening of Vargas Llosa’s bestselling book and symbolizes Latin America’s lack of spirit because it was dominated by dictatorships and corruption, says Pedro Jesus Fernandez.
Lima is one of the cities with the worst reputation on the continent with its more than 9 million inhabitants, its bare hills plagued by dim lights at dusk, endless traffic jams, its high pollution and a “donkey’s belly” as the locals call the overcast sky that lasts for months, coupled with the noise that is noticeable as soon as you leave the airport, but dear traveler, do not be discouraged by appearances, because just all these unique traits make it one of the sexiest cities on the continent.
Lima is world-famous for its gastronomy, called the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas” for a good reason. Three of the 50 world’s best restaurants are in Lima but you can eat well on every corner.
A visit to one of Lima’s markets is like diving into the variety of Peru; a great way to begin your trip through Peru. Use our platform to find the best excursions in Lima, get inspiration from our Lima Destination Guide or get in touch with our team of travel designers to tailor-make your dream trip to Peru right now!