Lima, Peru’s sprawling and chaotic capital, has long been overlooked. Less picturesque than the country’s second city Arequipa, and less steeped in Inca history than Cusco, many travellers would often bypass Lima altogether. But things have changed.
In recent years Lima has been steadily carving out a reputation as not only the gastronomic capital of South America, but also as one of the coolest cities on the continent. Merging old-world charm with achingly cool culture, it’s a thoroughly modern city with a captivating colonial core.
Unpredictable and vivacious, fascinating and diverse, where else in the world can you explore pre-Columbian temples, browse Inca markets, feast on world-class ceviche, sip pisco sours and then salsa until you drop, all in one day?
Check out my Lima city guide for SUITCASE Magazine here.