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The San Isidro district may be the financial center of Lima, but it’s also home to some of the city’s best restaurants, Pisco cocktails, locally made haute couture, jewelry, gifts, and a handful of urban oases—a rarity in the beautifully chaotic city.
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Av. Victor Andrés Belaúnde 160, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Built in the mid-twentieth century, the Basilica of the Virgen of Pilar is a colonial church funded by the Moreyra family of the nearby Hacienda Los Condes. Its main attraction, the eighteenth century carved wooden altarpiece, is designed in the...
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Jirón Sáenz Peña 206-1, Distrito de Lima 15063, Peru

By Mariana Tschudi

Lucia de la Puente is the gallery where every up-and-coming Peruvian artist wants an exhibition. Some of the top modern artists in the country, such as Ramiro Llona and Mariella Agois, show here. Paseo Saenz Pena 206, 51/(0)...

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Malecón Cisneros, Miraflores 15074, Peru
This statue can be found at Lovers' park, which is right along the boardwalk of Lima Beach. It is aptly called The Kiss and the park was packed with lovers when I was there on Valentine's Day, which is a national holiday in Peru. Every year on...
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Jirón Carabaya, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
A city tour of Lima isn’t complete without visiting the catacombs of the Monastery of San Francisco. The basement of the working monastery reveals the bones of wealthy Limeños who believed they would be the last to rest in their expensive plots....
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Malecón Cisneros, Miraflores 15074, Peru
The most popular destination (and one of the only) for running in Lima is along the Malecón bike path. Be warned that the name changes from Malecón de la Reserva to Malecón Cisneros and finally to Malecón de la Marina. But the more than two miles...
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esquina con avenida El Rosario y, Av. Nicolas de Rivera 201, Distrito de San Isidro Lima 27, Peru
Explore the burial temple of the Hualla tribe, a pre-Incan group that inhabited Lima from the sixth to the 15th century. The name of the temple comes from the Quechua dialect and means “home of the Hualla tribe.” Though theoretically open 9 a.m....
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Av. Petit Thouars 5245, Lima 15074, Peru

A must-stop on the traditional handicraft circuit, this massive market—stretching four city blocks in Miraflores!—is home to stall after stall of kitschy bric-a-brac, pre-Columbian–style pottery, alpaca everything and an endless...

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Jirón Sáenz Peña 295, Barranco 15063, Peru

A contemporary arts and crafts shop with an attached café in a lovely restored casona in Barranco. Dédalo, the brainchild of an artistic couple that studied arts and literature in Florence, features unique, carefully curated...

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Calle La Republica, San Isidro Lima 27, Peru
One of the most beautiful parks in Lima, El Olivar is smack in the middle of San Isidro, where tourists and locals mingle to enjoy its scenery and activities. The story goes that in 1560, hundreds of olive saplings were imported from Spain, but...
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Lima District 15001, Peru
Every day at noon at the Plaza de Armas (also called Plaza Mayor), trumpets blare, drums pound, and cymbals crash as the guard changes outside the presidential palace. Enjoy the Spanish fanfare like a local: from a plaza bench with an ice cream...
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Neighboring parks, Pera del Amor, Gandhi, and Grecia in San Isidro, are three green stops along the scenic Costa Verde. Walk to the middle of the roundabout at the end of Avenida Salaverry and then follow the coastal path with its spectacular view...
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Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru
We got to play with water on our last day in Peru. This is a public park in Lima that from Wednesdays to Sundays put on a fountain show. There are a total of 13 different water fountains for the people to enjoy and to participate in if desired....
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Cajamarca 212, Barranco 15063, Peru
Mari Solari is one of the foremost authorities on native folk art. She has the most amazing showroom. It’s part shop, part museum. If you’re lucky, she will show you some of her private collection. —Mariana Tschudi
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Av. Paz Soldan 290, San Isidro 15073, Peru
This grand colonial home was built over 300 years ago and was the place of a reception for the Peruvian liberator, Don José de San Martin. Though it now houses a fine dining restaurant (your server might also give you the house tour), the manor...
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The Larco Museum is the starting point of your visit to Peru. It has the largest collection of pre-Columbian pieces in the Americas and tells the history of Peru without being tiresome. That’s a feat in itself, because we’re talking...
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The olive grove at Parque El Olivar is a breath of fresh air in muggy Lima. The park is a national monument that represents the colonial history of the city and is surrounded by a lagoon, an art gallery, and mansions from the early 1900s. Stop by...
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Av. El Bosque 260, San Isidro 15073, Peru
The Galeria Indigo is a boutique and exhibition space featuring the works of traditional and contemporary Peruvian artists. The gallery also has a space to demonstrate many of these artistic traditions it promotes. Stop in during the day to take...