Ah, Spring break. The quintessential time when most college kids, at least in the United States, flock to the beaches of Mexico and the Caribbean Islands for an unforgettable (or forgettable?) time. For many of my friends, it’s pretty much a continuous vacation during the last semester of senior year, although I’ve been fortunate enough to have the busiest semester of my entire life. Luckily, a Spring break trip was always in the works, although I was conflicted between heading to Cancun or doing something a little more outrageous. It's pretty obvious what I ended up choosing, and I had one of the most immersive cultural experiences in Peru.
Flying into Lima is much cheaper from many parts of the world than Cusco (closest airport to Machu Picchu), mostly because the government wants to promote tourism in the city. We spent our first two days and last day and a half in the large Peruvian capital. From the beautiful Miraflores Boardwalk, the Huaca Pucllana Ruins, to the artsy district of Barranco and the main Plaza Mayor, we definitely got a great taste of Lima in a short amount of time. It was hot and humid every day, which is why I opted for two pieces and rompers for most of the days. Not only are they comfortable for hours of walking in the heat, but there is pretty much no guess work or hassle of matching tops and bottoms. A few simple accessories like jewelry, sunglasses, or a floppy hat, and you're ready for the day. Check out some of the highlights from Lima!
El Parque del Amor reminds me a lot of Barcelona's Park Güell, with a beautiful winding mosaic bench overlooking the coast.
A stroll along the Miraflores Boardwalk will let you see the famous Lima coast and an equally beautiful sunset in the evening.
Plaza Mayor is a must see square in Lima. It is surrounded by the Lima Cathedral, Government Palace, and other municipal buildings.
The Huaca Pucllana Ruins are a great adobe and clay Pyramid in the Miraflores District. It was built between 200AD and 700AD! Tip: Take the 10 soles 1-hr. guided tour
Take a day trip to the Barranco District, Lima's most romantic and artsy district.. It is home to many artists, photographers and musicians.
Cerro San Cristobal is only a short bus ride from Plaza Mayor, and the hour long tour will take you all the way up to the top of the mountain for a breathtaking view of the city.
I actually didn't have any expectation of Lima before exploring the city. I loved how distinct the different neighborhoods were and I loved walking on the boardwalk and just soaking in the sun. If you are going to Machu Picchu, I would definitely try to set aside a bit of time to visit the capital of Peru!
Outfit 1: Navy and hot pink two-piece
Outfit 2: Red Floral Romper - Forever 21-sold out (similar)