9:30: To begin the the best day in Lima, you want to take a taxi (20 minutes US$5) to downtown Lima, also known as el Centro. Have the taxi drop you off at the Plaza de Armas, where you can see Francisco Pizarro's grave and the Peruvian Virgin who's shaped like a mountain.
10:30: From there you can walk to the Monasterio de San Francisco. This is a truly fascinating place where fine art meets tales of the crypt. FYI, If you're claustrophobic the catacombs may not be for you!
11:30: After you have discovered the monasteries buried treasures and secrets you want to walk back to the main square, and visit the colonial Lima Cathedral at Plaza de Armas. Then at noon you'll want to watch the changing of the guards in the Government Palace and run over to the Barrio Chino, Lima's chinatown to see the arch and try a bite of Peruvian Chines food, known as CHIFA!!
1:00: After all this you will probably be hungry….So, take a taxi (15 minutes US$4) and head over to the Café del Museo at the MUSEO LARCO. Café del Museo is one of Lima's top restaurants featuring fabulous contemporary and traditional dishes. The menu and food was designed by the most prestigious Peruvian chef, Gaston Acurio. It's very reasonably priced and you get to sit in the patio and enjoy the gorgeous gardens at Museo Larco.
2:30: After you savour your last bite and finish drinking your Cusquena beer, you are definitely going to want to take a look at the MUSEO LARCO Im not a huge museum person, but this museum by far is the best museum in Lima and is very unique. Really, it's unlike any museum in Peru. You don't want to miss a classic photo op of the museum, which is a colonial mansion built on top of a pyramid. They also have the best pre-Columbian gold collection and a fascinating collection of erotic pottery. That's right…EROTIC POTTERY! It's something to see!
Don't forget the classic photo op in the MUSEO LARCO's storage deposit's!!!
3:30: From there you'll want to take a taxi (15 minutes US$5) through San Isidro, which is one of Lima's most exclusive barrios, and have the driver to you pass by the Huaca Huallamarca and drop you off at Huaca Pucllana. The Huaca, aka Peruvian pyramid, is located in a nice and safe neighborhood. The tours of the Huaca last about an hour. If you dont feel like doing the tour, maybe you want to try some of Lima's best deserts. Just outside the Huaca is the cafe Bodega la Trattoria owned by an ex-novela superstar and it has great view of the pyramid and great ambiance
5:30: After all this you may want to head back to the hotel and take a shower and get ready for Dinner.
8:00: The best food is on the Costa Verde area is definitely at Cala, a restaurant with a great night view of the city and the beach. The food, ambiance, and service is excellent. Definitely try the CEBICHE de Pescado or the Tiradito!!! They are both delicious!
10:00: If you still have time and energy, top your night off at Larcomar. You can do last minute shopping; there is nice souvenir and craft shops. Here you can also grab some ice cream or just take a stroll with all the other hip Limenos! For those of you who are looking for nightlife, you will find the best discos at Larcomar.
If Larcomar doesn't sound like you thing, you might just want to head to Parque Kennedy for a nice stroll through the park. There are souvenir and food vendors in the park until 11:00 PM. I recommend trying the little doughnuts known as Picarrones or try some Arroz con Leche y Mazamorra! If you love sweet treats you might want to try them both.
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