The city of Lima is the capital of Peru, and lies on the country’s Pacific coast. Lima is situated in the valleys of the Chillón, Lurín and Rímac Rivers The city has a scenic view of the Pacific Ocean. With a population of more than 10 million, Lima is the most populous area in Peru. Over a third of Peru’s population call Lima home. If you are lucky enough to visit this interesting city, there are several places you must visit and activities that you must partake in. Here’s three awesome activities to try in Lima.
Parque de las Leyendas
Parque de las Leyendas is a very popular zoo in the San Miguel district of Lima. The zoo has a total of 2,071 animals, including reptiles, birds, and 215 species of mammals. Parque de las Leyendas is more than just a zoo, they have managed to combine archaeology, ecology, education, and relaxation all in one park. The zoo has numerous museums and exhibitions, such as a museum that displays mummy artifacts and a beautiful butterfly exhibition. Parque de las Leyendas is divided into three different climatic regions of Peru; coast, highlands, and jungle. Animals from all over Peru are observed here. The coastal region houses turtles, pelicans, cormorants, sea lions, and penguins; The highlands are represented by llamas, vicunas, guanacos, pumas, and owls; The jungle by monkeys, jaguars, snakes, parrots, coatis, and crocodiles.
The zoo also houses international animals, as well. Non-Peruvian animals include giraffes, hippos, zebras, buffalo, bears, and ostriches. Parque de las Leyendas also houses a petting zoo for children, and a “baby zoo” for the younger animals
Parque de las Leyendas is like a world of its own. It’s an ideal place to spend the day watching animals, getting more educated on the Peruvian history and ancient cultures, or just relaxing and enjoying a boat ride on the artificial lagoon. Other highlights of this special attraction are the cactus garden, picnic area, playground, horse riding, the unique flora, and of course the food in the restaurants.
Lima Bike Tours
There’s no better way to enjoy and explore the city of Lima than with a bike tour. Bike Tours of Lima offer unique biking, walking, food, and cultural city experiences of the interesting city. Lima Bike Tours are highly recommended for exploring and learning about the history of the city. They have a number of routes that include rides through the hills of Pachacamac and the valley of Lurin. The bike, helmet, gloves and transportation to the trails are all included with the tour. In addition to mountain biking, you are supplied with a sand board, sand buggy, swimming pool, and access to the ruins of Pachacamac. Peru Bike Tours also offers other biking tours through the Paracas National Reserve and the coastal routes of Olleros.
One of those tours is The Bohemian Tour, which is a three and a half hour bike tour that introduces you to Lima’s most charming and trendy neighborhoods, the promenade, cool hotspots, popular parks, cozy plazas, and downtown. You also get to enjoy breathtaking cliff-side views of the bay.
Another tour offered is The Urban Tour, which is a three hour tour where you get a chance to explore the business and financial district of Lima. Since Lima has changed tremendously in the past five decades, this tour will allow you to experience and learn more about the “new heart of the city.”
The last tour that is offered is The Side By Side Tour, and it is a seven hour tour that lets you see must visit places and landmarks. This is definitely the best way to spend a full day in Lima, especially if you are a true cyclist. This tour is the combination of riding, local stories, photo stops, and historic commentary. The Side By Side Tour is thorough and you will definitely get to know Lima better after going on this tour. It’s the ultimate Lima experience!
If you are someone who likes to try your luck at casinos, then the casinos at Lima are perfect for you! Lima is like its own Atlantic City with a handful of large casinos throughout the city. All of the casinos offer all of the traditional casino games that you would need. The three most popular casinos in Lima are The Majestic, Fiesta Casino, and undoubtedly, The Atlantic City Casino. All three casinos are conveniently located within the heart of Lima and all three are within walking distance of each other. All of these casinos are professionally run and of very high quality. They all offer slots, roulette, blackjack, baccarat, Texas Holdem, and even bingo!
For those interested in playing Texas Holdem in Lima, all three casinos offer nightly cash games and regular tournaments. Tournaments vary by casino, and it’s best to ask about the game rules before you set down to play! Lima is known for having free wifi at Parque Central de Miraflores, so if you don’t feel like taking a trip down to the casinos, you could always engage in some games on your smartphone.
Lima is one of those unique cities that you wish that you could stay in forever. The weather is great, the food is amazing, there’s tons to do, and the people are friendly. If you’re looking for something to get into and want to try out a new city, visit Lima. It will give you something to talk about with your friends and family for ages.