Lima is a city often forgotten in the tours of Peru. This is not the main attraction of Peru, but it is a very interesting city that I discovered in 1 day. It was the last day of our fantastic 2 week Peru tour. Discover how I visited Lima in 1 day, the changing of the National Guard and how I was received by Peruvians. Also at the end bonuses and surprises…
How to visit Lima in 1 day – By tourist bus
There are 2 tourist bus companies to do the complete tour of Lima in 1 day.
- TURIBUS (panoramic bus)
The full tour lasts 4 hours and there are only 2 departures in the day: at 9:15 am and 2:15 pm.
You can take it at the following address: Foreign’s C. Larcomar – LIMA Tel: (511) 747-37-17
For 25 USD, it offers 2 routes: BARRANCO or CENTRO HISTORICO DE LIMA. In the price are included the entrances to the Convent of San Francisco and the Catacombs.
- LIMA BY DAY (panoramic bus)
The full tour lasts 3h30 hours and there are only 2 departures during the day: at 9.30am and 2.30pm. The route goes from the Miraflores district to the historic center. The price is 75 SOLES.
You can take it at the following address: Kennedy Park – Miraflores – LIMA
In the price are included the entrances to the Convent of San Francisco and the Catacombs.
How to visit Lima in 1 day – City tour of Lima on foot
Interesting sites in the center of Lima are concentrated and can be easily done on foot. I chose to follow the itinerary recommended by Lonely Planet to see the best places of Lima.
Starting early, we spent the whole morning visiting Lima on foot. This allowed us to have an overall idea but it is not enough to discover all the sites (cathedral, museums, catacombs …). I think it takes at least a full day. But my program did not allow it because I absolutely wanted to visit on the afternoon the very distant family who received us like kings …
We start Lima city tour from Plaza San Martin and follow the indications below:
How to visit Lima in 1 day – The changing of the Republican Guard
We had the chance to stumble upon the changing of the National Guard (it takes place every Sunday at 12:00 at the Palacio del Gobierno or Presidential Palace – Plaza de Armas). El Cambio de guardia: it is the succession of the republican guard of Peru (also official escort of the president). The ceremony lasts about twenty minutes and ends with EL CONDOR PASA military version: oddly, it was very moving.
How to visit Lima in 1 day – To be received by Peruvians
The son of my grandfather’s sister is married to a Peruvian woman called Myluska. It is Myluska’s dad and his two sisters who live in the upscale neighborhood of Surco in central Lima.
In the morning, I phoned Myluska’s father to confirm our visit today at 15:00. He had insisted to invite us to eat but I declined so they did not have too much work to receive us (we are still 4 adults …). I said we would just go for a coffee.
What a surprise when we arrive … Not only, we are welcomed in VIP, but we discover a large and beautiful table presenting all the typical dishes of Peru.
They had prepared for us a tasting of the main specialties of their country! We were very embarrassed but very curious and finally we went to the table.
The father offers to show us how we prepare the famous Pisco and it is before us that he concocts this delicious beverage. He prepares for 10 people while we are only 7 including 2 who do not drink alcohol …
The afternoon was spent in joy caused in part by our guests but especially by the number of glasses of Pisco …
Our trip ended in the best way possible: In joy, conviviality, exchange and sharing with Peruvians.
Bonuses and surprises – Real recipe from Pisco of Peru
This recipe of this Peruvian Pisco is calculated for 4 or 5 people (For us, the doses were multiplied by 2!):
- 1 large glass (large lemonade type) from PISCO white
- Half of the glass of lemon juice
- Half glass of cane syrup
- Half glass of water
- Half-egg white
- Put everything in a blinder and mix for 5 seconds, serve and enjoy …
Bonuses and surprises – Typical dishes, specialties of Peru
- El Cuy: Dish of pre-Inca origin. There are farms of guinea pigs because it is the dish of the holidays and it is very appreciated by the Peruvians. My experience was limited to the tasting of Cuy Pekines at Astrid y Gaston (see previous article).
- El Ceviche: marinated raw fish. There are many versions of this recipe. The 3 that I tasted at Astrid y Gaston were simply delicious. A tip: you must taste this dish in this country!
- El lomo saltado: Sliced fillet of beef and sautéed with onions, tomatoes, peppers, soy sauce and served with large fries. It is found on all cards and I have never been disappointed.
- PATARASHCA: Amazonian dish made of fish, tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil.
- The steak of Alpaca: We must forget these adorable animals that we have caressed throughout our journey to get to taste this meat … which is said to be incredibly tender.
If you are interested in Peruvian gastronomy, discover our evening at the great restaurant Astrid y Gaston