I was excited and anxious, we were visiting my boyfriend’s family in Peru for the first time. To be specific, I was meeting most of them for the first time. It was our second time in South America, third trip together, but first time to the place he had known as a young child. To add to the excitement, we were arriving just before his birthday. I couldn’t wait for all the fun that was waiting for us in Lima!
We were in Peru for thirteen days in January. The weather was perfect, the food was very good and it was so amazing to stay with his family. They brought us to the nicest beaches and great local spots. If you are planning a trip to Peru, it’s a good idea to look into the Air BnB options available nearby your destination. Hotels can be pricey and take it from us, it’s much better to live like a local!
One of the first restaurants we visited was Segundo Muelle, a nice little seafood restaurant right on the water! This was a great dinner spot and is located along a boardwalk.
Barranco District, Lima’s art district is a MUST SEE! This might have been my favorite place we got to roam. Art is everywhere! There are beautiful murals, paintings, and street artist drawing caricatures and portraits. The bars are lively and walking around this lovely town will lead you to beautiful views like the Puente de Los Suspiros, The Bridge of Sighs. Or walk down Bajada de los Baños, the path that leads to mesmerizing cliff views.
Park of love, or Parque Del Amor, is a gorgeous little park decorated in mosaic art and a large iconic statue. We enjoyed the walk around the park and the views of the city across the water.
Plaza San Martin, one of Peru’s most famous public places. This popular landmark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s beautiful during the day, when you can walk around and see the beautiful architecture and colors that decorate the square. It is also a marvelous place to see at night, with lights to brighten the surroundings.
Playa San Bartolo is a very popular beach. It’s a short distance from Lima but you can also find apartments to stay in nearby.
Playa Blanca was my personal favorite. A beautiful beach bordered by charming apartments.
Playa El Silencio in Punta Hermosa was so enjoyable and lined with little restaurants! We chose Restaurand Cevicheria Carmen, the food was fresh and there was a little live music to set the mood!
Filled with excursions, food and wine, Lunahuana was the best adventure of the trip! We were so lucky to find Waylla Wasi Eco Aventura, their staff was experienced and helpful. We would recommend using them during your trip to this beautiful place. They had so many options for activities! We rode horses through Inca ruins, saw amazing mountain views on a zip line and went white water rafting down a clear river. During the excursion you can opt to have a GoPro record from your point of view. We were so happy with the images and videos!
After our excursions we stopped at a small restaurant and a winery, Vina Los Reyes. We really enjoyed the wine and the sommelier. Check out our instagram for pics of the winery!
One of the last restaurants we visited was Roky’s. Known for their pollo a la brasa peruano, an extremely tasty rotisserie chicken with fries, salad and Inca Cola. You must try Inca Cola, a Peruvian soda, when you eat this dish.
We were all over Lima, we even went shopping at the malls and other small stores. The whole trip was unforgettable, we are so grateful for everyone showing us around and taking care of us during our stay. It was great getting to know the whole family and celebrating a few birthdays! It turns out there were two birthdays on one day.
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