Guinea pigs for lunch in the Peruvian capital

Situated on the Pacific coast lies one of the largest South American cities – Lima. It is often seen a stopover point on the way to explore Machu Picchu, but it is definitely worth spending a few days there to enjoy everything it has to offer. 

For the rugged coastline views and beautiful sunsets make sure to take a stroll along the malecón (six mile boulevard along the coast) in Miraflores, one of the more affluent areas in Lima. Just south of Miraflores stretches Barranco – a district with a totally different feel – colorful and artsy area with cool bars, street art and and live performances. Also, be sure not to miss the historic center where you will find the old cathedral, Plaza de Armas and colonial architecture.

And then there is food. Lima is often considered as the gastronomical capital of South America and rightly so. Don’t leave Lima before trying ceviche – raw fish marinated in citrus juices, onions and chili, cuy – deep-fried or spitted guinea pig and aji de gallina – creamy chicken stew. And you probably don’t need a reminder about pisco sour – a Peruvian cocktail made with pisco, egg whites and lemon juice and Angostura bitters.

Non-paying customer at the local cafe.
La Rosa Náutica - a Peruvian restaurant on a pier.
Barranco/Miraflores
Barranco district in Lima.
Street art in Barranco.
A performance in the Plaza De Armas in Lima.
Paragliding near Miraflores/The Cathedral of Lima in the main square of the historic center.
Municipal Palace of Lima.
Local eatery to grab some lunch. Or a drink. Or two.
Municipal Palace of Lima
Archbishop's Palace of Lima.
Peruvian delicacy - Cuy (guinea pig) with peanut sauce.
Local food festival - an easy (and tasty) way to try Peruvian dishes.
A day in Peru without a Pisco Sour is not a great day.
Picarones - Peruvian doughnuts made of squash and sweet potato covered with syrup, made from chancaca (local sweet sauce).
Choosing potatoes in Peru is no easy task/Chirimoya (fruit native to Peru) vendor.