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This city is huge! Whether you arriving by air or bus, you’ll see the metropolis just go on and on and on. It is impossible to get to know the city in a short stay, but you could get a decent taste after a few days. Stay in the safe area of Miraflores, which is where many of the nicer restaurants and stores are at, and a short $2 cab ride will take you to the Barranco district which has edgier nightlife options. If you are arriving here in the winter months of April to December, prepare yourself for the 24-7 fog that limits viability and Vitamin E intake.
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Hop on a Arequipa mini-bus ($0.30) to head to the center where churches and museums await your camera lens. Eat at Govindas near the corner of Tacna and Huallaga for tasty and cheap vegetarian lunches. Consult your guidebook for the dozen or so sights you can point your digital camera at.
If you are staying in Miraflores, walk towards the beach on Av Larco until you reach the edge. Underneath your feet will be the mall LarcoMar, which you will need to visit later at night. The beach below does not appear very suitable for swimming.
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There’s tons of restaurants on Av Larco, but if you want cheaper options then turn into a side street and get the daily special (menu del dia) for much less.
Lima is known for its nightlife. On Wednesday night head to El Dragon. A friendly crowd dances to a nice mix of popular house, rock, and some 80′s and 90′s. A bit of a sausage fest but the girls were cute and wanted to be talked to. On the weekend head to the LarcoMar mall in Miraflores. If you are looking for girls, look no further than Gotica, good on both Friday and Saturday nights. The $16 cover is well worth it for the quality you will find inside. While the girls you encounter in Gotica will not be the friendliest, you won’t find hotter in Lima. Right next door is Aura, a club that I’m told is similar to Gotica.
I offer more detail about Lima’s nightlife, breaking down where to go by night and tips on talking to the girls.
It’s not easy to work the club solo due to its impersonal size, but it had the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen in my life. Some were friendly, some weren’t, but it’s quite a feeling to be standing with your manly beer and looking down at this sea of fine exotic women. Continue Reading
Loki Hostel (Larco & Manuel Bonilla in Miraflores)
$9.50/night for dorm bed. This was supposed to be the party hostel but it was very quiet during my six night stay. The bar upstairs is a dead zone and the teenagers that man the front desk are not too helpful. There is free internet and also a “continental” breakfast that includes a beverage and hard roll with butter and jelly. (You can have as many rolls as you want!) The biggest advantage of this hostel is it’s prime location, but my ass did feel pretty raw after using their rough construction toilet paper. Not recommended.
Lima On The Blog
I was at a club in Miraflores where gunshots went off outside…
At around 2AM I was leaning against the bar near the front of the club, keeping my eye on a drunk bodybuilder who earlier fell on his ass and tried to blame me for it, when I heard pop pop. My body jumped and I turned to the front door—the sound came from right outside the club. Continue Reading
Other Cities In Peru
If you're only going to visit only Peru then I recommend you get this guide, which is far more detailed than the continental guide below, with options that cater to a range of budgets instead of only the shoestring backpacking crowd. Also it gives more respectable treatment to small cities and towns that the larger guide breezes over with a paragraph or two.
South America On A Shoestring Guidebook
This is the guidebook that I used in my six month trip in South America. The maps are excellent, the information is complete and thorough, and the reviews are accurate, which is why it's often called "the bible" by many travelers. The only problem is that everyone else has this book so if you are the type of person that wants to hit the isolated small towns you will be disappointed. My advice is to use this book for its maps and information on getting from city to city, but talk to the locals and other travelers for those isolated gems that Lonely Planet for some reason didn't find worthy to include.
Spanish For Beginners
My copy of this book is so beat up and weathered it's disintegrating before my eyes. I took it with me to South America because I loved how it was organized in a logical way that kept me motivated to keep studying. Lessons start short and easy and increase in complexity as you tackle frustrating readings that help take you to the next level. The only downside of this book is that it was originally published in 1957 so some of the vocabulary is very dated. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a modern equivalent of this book whose teachings approach the same quality. Last time I checked you can grab a used copy from Amazon for less than a dollar.