Have you just bought your flight ticket to Peru? If yes, you're a lucky person! Peru is one of the countries you will never forget. Now, that your trip is coming closer, you'd probably want to know where to spend your first day days. Since I suppose, you will be flying into Lima first, I'd like you to present the best areas to stay in a city of almost 10 million inhabitants. Here we go.
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Lima has a good range of accommodation with each district offering something different. Btw, did you know that Lima has 43 districts? However, two districts impressed us the most
- Miraflores and Barranco. With spending a few nights at each district, we can definitely tell, that these are the best areas to stay in the Peruvian city.
The Miraflores district is located at the nice coastline of Lima. With its amazing location, it attracts many of travellers throughout the year but also many locals at the weekend. Furthermore, the district appeared to be very safe, hence I see it as a perfect location also for solo female travellers.
The most fascinating about Miraflores apart from its location is the tranquil vibe, the mild climate and the beautiful and fragrant gardens.
The district is full of restaurants, cafes, pubs, shops and hotels. It is a popular area among sportspeople, providing outdoor fitness equipment
and running trails along the coast.
While there, go for a early morning run or walk along the coast and soap up the views of the cliffs and the Pacific ocean. To top your Lima adventure, rent a surf and ride the waves! For that, you will have to descend to the beach and find one of many rental houses along the coast.
Where to Stay in Miraflores
In Peru, we travelled on a budget, that is why the hostel Backpackers Family House met our expectations. The hostel comes with a price of 17 USD per night for a double bedroom. Its location is perfect, just about 5 minutes walk to the promenade at the Miraflores coastline. Check out their website! You can book your stay also via www.hostels.com.
Barranco is not less attractive and less safe than Miraflores. While the latter is famous for its lovely gardens and calmness, Barranco has its lively vibe. The district with its numerous restaurants, bars and pubs is a great place if you're looking for some fun night outs. But don't think it is just a loud party district. In contrast, Barranco has some lovely gardens and a beautiful coastline path.
The district appears to be very charming with its small colourful buildings and comes with an romantic touch. Barranco is considered to be the city's most bohemian district, with lots of
hand-crafted shops and cute little fairs, where you can find many bohemian and vintage clothes, nice jewellery and tasty organic products.
Where to Stay in Barranco
Our budget choice was the Barranco's Backpackers Inn. It is simple but has soul. The hostel charges you 17.5 USD per night in a superior twin private room. The hostel is 500 metres away from the Pacific ocean. It is 25 minutes drive to the airport and it will cost you approx. 19 USD. Visit their website here. As an alternative, you can look for a great Airbnb base and with my credit of 19 CHF book your stay with a discount. Just go on this website, sign up and book your stay: http://goo.gl/VTY5oj
I'm glad we spent some time in Lima. Honestly, I thought it will be a sad grey city. But choosing these two beautiful districts, it was the contrary. If you fly in and out of Lima, I'd suggest to stay 2 days in Miraflores first and at the end of your Peru trip, spend a night or two at Barranco. Enjoy as much as you can and tell me your experience afterwards!
How was your time in Lima? Where did you stay? Did you like Miraflores and Barranco as well? Please leave a comment below!