Lima Among Top Ten Livable Cities in Latin America

Lima has been included among the top ten Latin American cities in terms of quality of life by The Economist.  The cities were assessed on factors such as economy, health, culture, education, security and infrastructure.  Lima came in sixth place.  As a result, we have decided to run through a few of the city’s attractions.

The Peruvian capital used to be considered merely a stopover for tourists on their Peru vaction, who were travelling on to places such as Cusco or the Amazon.  However, it is increasingly being viewed as a destination in its own right.  So what does Lima have to offer?  Well, for a start, it is particularly renowned for its gastronomy industry and culture including its seafood and ceviche.  And in the last ten years, a number of gourmet restaurants have been established that provide customers on their Peru tour the opportunity to sample something a little different.

Lima also has an emerging art scene.  MATE, for example, is a photo gallery profiling the work of the Lima-born photographer Mario Testino.  Then there are the Cecilia Gonzalez Arte Contemporaneo gallery, which showcases emerging local artists, and the cool, modern Galeria Lucia de la Puente.

Furthermore, travelers seeking that exclusive Peruvian holiday experience may wish to explore the bohemian district of Barranco, a cliff area that has a thriving artistic community with its multi-colored art-deco houses, attractive squares and tree-lined streets – ideal for a quiet, safe stroll away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Alternatively, those with a desire for a more lively experience may like to try the Noche de Barranco nightspot, which is a pulsating venue where you can sample Peru’s contemporary music scene.  There’s even a guesthouse, which is the former home of the sculptor Victor Delfin, with work by the artist himself on display along with art-deco interiors and a stunning view of the ocean.

And then of course, not to be overlooked are the seaside promenades and seafront bars and restaurants, like the iconic La Rosa Nautica Restaurant, which specializes in pisco, including the famous pisco sour.  All in all – a great place to relax and watch the sunset for locals and tourists alike.

Therefore, when deciding on the itinerary for your custom Peru tour, why not schedule some time in Lima, and discover what everyone else is missing.