Trip Tips: Lima's food and culture glitter through the grime

Thu May 8, 2014 7:10pm EDT
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By Mitra Taj

LIMA (Reuters) - Let's just get it out of the way. Locals call Lima "la horrible," and they have their reasons.

A grimy metropolis of 10 million with an aggressive street vibe, few sunny days and dysfunctional public transportation, Lima can be a tough place to spend time.

But don't let the decades-old nickname fool you.

The Peruvian capital is full of vibrant, friendly people and has loads of charm tucked into its gritty layers, which are slowly receding to reveal world-class restaurants, lush green spaces and unique cultural sites.

Visitors can untangle Lima's fascinating past at dozens of historic monuments, spend days at museums and galleries and surf the Pacific at the foot of the city as cars rush past and skyscrapers loom above. (Map:

Oh, and then there's the food. Lima's fusing of ingredients from the Peruvian Andes, Amazon and Pacific has made it the de facto culinary capital of Latin America. Anyone with half a taste bud should stick around for more than a few meals.

Here are tips for getting the most out of a trip to Lima from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.


A view of Agua Dulce beach on a summer day in Lima, January 22, 2013. Agua Dulce (Sweet Water) is one of the most popular beaches along Lima's Costa Verde coast. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL) - RTR3CTG1