The closer you get to Lima, the more you discover: pre-Colombian temples, colonial cathedrals, colourful mansion houses. But, in our view, there are two experiences that can’t be missed:
Perfection on a plate
The original ‘fusion food’, Peruvian cuisine is an art form that’s really grabbing the headlines. Classic dishes include ceviche (zesty raw fish, marinated in citrus fruits), causa (colourful stacks of potato, avocado and tuna), and lomo saltado (a hybrid stir-fry of beef, peppers, onions, soy sauce and potatoes).
There’s a thriving street food scene serving local delicacies – such as antichuchos meat skewers – fresh from the grill. Or treat yourself and stay at one of Peru’s best hotels where you can sample inventive Peruvian gastronomy. Le Molière restaurant serves fine local specialities – as well as international cuisine – accompanied by home baked bread. Before or after your meal, be sure to order the classic South American cocktail: a pisco sour.
The light fantastic
After a couple of sundowners, make tracks for Parque de la reserva. One of Lima’s most popular tourist spots, it’s home to the Magic Water Circuit – a collection of 13 fountains that are illuminated by an incredible light show.
After taking in the sights, return to the elegance of the nearby San Isidro district and the Royal Park Hotel Lima. Among the best hotels in Lima, it offers a striking blend of European comfort and Pre-Colombian heritage. However wild (or weird) your day has been, you know that the night will be nothing short of wonderful.