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Yes. Go straight to Larcomar in Miraflores. Its a nice scene, great bars to pass the time, great restaurants, and some shopping. The food and drink is cheap, not so much shopping. I'd give 1 hr transit time just to be on the safe side. $15 or so for a taxi. Beats spending 9+ hours in that airport. Theres nothing to do at LIM. You can practically walk every inch of that airport in an hour (lol). And there is free Wifi at Larcomar.
Last edited by caGALINDO; Mar 16, 12 at 12:47 pm..
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Larcomar is one of the best options, if you want just relax, a good lunch or drink. Barranco is not far from Miraflores, where Larcomar is, and it's full of old mansions and the ocean view is beautiful.
If you like museums there are several options in Lima. Museum of Inquisition and Congress is one very interesting and the kind you won't find in the US. But it's in a crowded side of downtown Lima so it's better to go by tour or with a private guide, specially if you don't speak spanish.
Museo de la Nación is another good option with archeologic objects. And it's not in downtown.
What hours are your time window at Lima? If it's CUZ-LIM-MIA I suppose you'll arrive at morning and fly to MIA at night. That gives you a good opportunity to visit different places. What are you interested in?
The ruins at Pachacamac are about an hour south of Lima. It is an interesting archeological site which is worth visiting. Another simpler option is to visit the ruins at the huaca Juliana in San Isidro, which is on the way to Larcomar in Miraflores.
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Yes definitely go into Lima, I don't know why people go to Cusco and intentionally miss out Lima
Originally Posted by caGALINDO
Yes. Go straight to Larcomar in Miraflores. Its a nice scene, great bars to pass the time, great restaurants, and some shopping.
Why would you go to Larcomar? It is rubbish, perhaps the crappiest place in Perú. Lame people wandering around lame shops without buying anything and the restaurants are at best mediocre by Lima standards.
If you want to go to the coast then go to Parque del Amor then go to a proper restaurant with proper people in it. Punto Azul is a short walk from the coast, is economical and will blow your mind (or your taste buds)
Originally Posted by Villavic
Yes, it's a good choice, and there are good restaurantes close to the huaca
But it's Huaca Pucllana, not Juliana (old name not in use anymore )
And it is in Miraflores, not San Isidro. I live 2 blocks front there
Huaca Pucllana is a great way to waste 2 hours, although I don't know if guides are available in English, ours was Spanish only but she was cool.
Near the Huaca La Antojería is an unpretentious place on Av Angamos & Calle Arica. Good food. Also if you are at the Huaca then you ought to go for an ice cream at Laritza on Comandante Espinar and Enrique Meiggs (better than 4D in my opinion)
Try not to go to Restaurante Huaca Pucllana, it is nothing special, just overpriced for gringos.
Also in that area I would go back to Vivaldi for lunch any day of the week
Of course you could go to the centre, the Plaza de las Armas is nice in Lima, then be a proper Limeño and go for lunch in El Cardano
Last edited by JohnnyColombia; Mar 19, 12 at 2:01 am..
Because, apparently, it is dangerous, dirty, boring.. ect. But according to this thread, that is all bad information and it looks like Lima has a lot to offer, thanks!
Like in any big city, there are dangerous/dirty/boring areas that you definitely want to avoid. You just need to know where to go and where not to go, especially at night just as you would do in certain areas in LA, NYC, Miami, etc. However, there are a lot of good things to see and enjoy in Lima. Just make sure you don't end up in the wrong side of town.
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I can certainly find dirty, boring and dangerous in Lima, but I can easily find a lot to do, places to sightsee and to eat well, particularly some local ceviche, ancicuchos, lomo saltado, adobo, ají, maybe llapingachos (though some versions are more Ecuatorian), some leche asada or picarones for dessert (and maybe even a Pisco sour or two to start with). Cui might be a bit too much for a first timer...
Eleven hours at the airport?
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