Lima City Guide
OVERVIEW: Peru's capital and largest city. Quite an ugly and sprawling metropolis, but it does offer some of the continent's most amazing food, and some pretty decent nightlife. Poverty is a bit rampant here in Lima, and it's not as modern as Mexico City.
WEATHER: Subtropical (15-30 °C). Summers are humid. Winters are grey and a bit chilly.
SAFETY: Can dodgy. Pickpocketing and express robberies do occur. Violent crime isn't as common as in other Latin American cities. Stay out of unsavoury areas and call a cab when you can as opposed to hailing one off the street. Uber is your best option.
MUST DO: Eat! Because Lima is lacking in cultural attractions and great architecture, I suggest you lean into some of the best food in the Americas. Ceviche is the big hit, but there are some amazing fusion spots that incorporate asian ingredients and culinary styles that are certainly worth trying. Come to Lima for the food alone.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN LIMA: $600.00 is where I'd set my budget at for an apartment in Lima. That should get you in Miraflores or Barranco which is preferable for living than the old downtown. You could get away with less, but it'll take work finding something. The only districts I'd recommend living in are Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro (in that order).
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $10.00. Loki has a branch here too, just as they do in Mancora.
NIGHTLIFE IN LIMA: 7.25/10
Sticking to Miraflores is easiest. More specifically, Calle de Pizzas. There are enough bars around here to get a taste of what Lima nightlife is all about. As in most Latin American capitals, prostitution is a thing here so be vigilant; they're generally easy to spot, and a dead give away is if they're alone and approach you first. A good amount of pretty girls - I was pleasantly surprised actually - but nothing earth-shattering.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN LIMA: 7.5/10
Not as easy as Cusco - nothing should ever be that easy anyway - but not rocket science either. They are shyer than Mexican or Colombian girls, and won't often give it up on the first night unless they're prozzies or gringo-groupie types, but they are definitely open to meeting foreigners. When you first arrive, my advice would be to hang around Miraflores exclusively for a few days to get a lay of the land. Undoubtedly, most of your time will be spent here. Stay at Loki's and mingle at different bars with tourists and/or locals. Once you find a good wingman or two, hit Lima's clubs and start approaching.
***ONLINE DATING: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN LIMA?: 6.75/10.
Some very nice girls around Miraflores. Around the old centre? Not so much. Barranco was also disappointing considering it's the hip area of town. I'd say that Peru has the 7th hottest girls on the continent, after (in no particular order): Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.
If you want to meet women in Peru, you will need to speak some Spanish. The Pickup Spanish program is the only course of its kind, designed specifically to teach you Spanish for meeting Latinas in Latin America.
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.30 Loaf of Bread= $1.75 Eggs= $1.70 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $2.50
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: The city is an important financial centre in Latin America, so there may be some opportunity in this sector. Otherwise, teach English in Lima.
NOTES: In many respects, not an overly charming city. If you decided to stay here for awhile, after about a month in your Miraflores bubble things will start to get a bit dull. Lima is great place to work on your Spanish and have a few good nights out with the local ladies, but not somewhere to put down longterm roots in my humble opinion. 6 months maximum, 1-3 months recommended.
OVERALL RATING: 6.75/10
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