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Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips

📅 When to go

April through September is the dry season, and itʼs winter, so the weather is not too hot and there wonʼt be a ton of tourists.

🚌✈️ How to get there

Kiwi, momondo or Skyscanner.com. I try to avoid SKY airlines, based on past experiences.

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

🏠🏨 Where to stay

Miraflores or Barranco are our “fav nabes,” as they are the most fun and diverse, and Airbnb is our choice for affordable rooms. The walk along the shore in Miraflores is amazing. These neighborhoods reminded us a lot of NYCʼs East Village, but with a Peruvian twist.

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

🚌 Transportation

You can take the bus everywhere, and itʼs cheap, $1.50 Peruvian soles (¢.50 USD) each way. Cash only. They drop you off in your neighborhood, so you have to do the rest by foot. Apparently, itʼs the same for private mini-buses and taxis—sorry, dudes with cars who approach bus lines looking for business while honking and flashing their lights—but
theyʼre about twice the price of buses. Legit taxis are probably more expensive. Uber is about 20-times more expensive, for most trips. There is a metro, but we didnʼt use it.

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

🥟🥂What to eat or drink

🥂 Try a famous “pisco sour” of course!
🦑 Peruvian food, ceviche or cow heart from Tio at Barranco.
🍖 Central Restaurante
🐙 Isolina Peruana
🐠 La Mar restaurant
🦐 El Senorio del Sulco
🦀 Astrid & Gastón
🌶 La Picanteria
🥩 Osso
🥑 Rafael
🥐 1087 Bistro
🥙 Amaz
🥟 Bao
🍛 IK Restaurante
🌯 Burrito bar
🍮 Arepa cafe

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

📱 Mobile phone service

Go to Claro on the second floor in La Rambla (mall) and ask for Jonathan. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, is very helpful, and told us about the “Maps” app. Movistar phone company was a frustrating waste of time.

🗺 Maps app

Itʼs awesome, and it doesnʼt require cell service after you download the area that youʼre visiting. Itʼs a lot like Google Maps, but it seems more accurate when youʼre in airplane mode, and it has lots of local info, bus stops, etc.

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

Lima, Peru, Travel Tips by NY See You Later

👨🏼‍🎓👩🏼‍🎓 What we learned

Thereʼs not a ton to do in downtown Lima. The best thing to do there, in my opinion, is to see the Plaza San Martin and to drink the best Pisco Sour in town at the Grand Boliviar hotel. We had one after breakfast, and weʼre still buzzed. We only had 3 days, and we spent most of it walking the city, so next time we will check out the museums. There are some free art galleries with interesting collections, though. Chinatown was not great, compared to those in NYC and San Fran. It was just as hectic, but completely lacking Chinese people. Overall, itʼs a pretty cool city—not amazing, but worth a few days if youʼre heading to Cusco.

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Hi, we’re Dan and Emille. We met at church in NYC in 2010 and in 2011 we were married in Central Park on the bow bridge. In the last 6 years of marriage we stopped paying NYC rent, and bought a place on the edge of Hoboken, NJ, with spectacular views of the NYC skyline, which has been really fulfilling for photography enthusiasts. We have been talking about having kids for the last 6 years, but the New York lifestyle would make it difficult as our families are in Florida and Brazil. So we sold our place and furniture, left some great jobs, and friends and decided to have travel the world before we have kids. We’re cultured, but not fancy. We've been to 21 countries, and would love to visit all of them. We try to experience things like the locals as much as possible. Read more about us here http://nyseeyoulater.com/2017/11/07/about-dan-emille/.

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