Things to do in Lima – sports, action and adventure apart from sightseeing.

3rd of October, 2017
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There is plenty of awesome stuff to do apart from sightseeing and the amazing food in Lima. Our Adventure Guide to Lima should prevent you with some action and sporty alternatives from surfing over sunset runs, slacklining or paragliding to swimming with sea-lions.

1. Surfing in Lima

Lima offers several surf spots with a solid swell almost all year-long. If you don’t have an own board it is the easiest to go to Playa de Makaha directly in front of Miraflores. Down at the coast you will find several surf schools and board-rents.


Surfing in Lima, Peru

2. Salsa Night on Tuesdays in Barranco

If you want to step up your salsa skills, don’t miss the opportunity of heading to Barranco – an artsy bohemian neighborhood – on Tuesday night. Come early to enjoy some free salsa classes before it’s getting packed later in the evening.

3. Paragliding in Miraflores

Due to the cliffs in front of Lima there are almost all year-long perfect conditions for paragliding. If you are keen enough and not afraid of heights, this is the perfect way to see Lima from above. You can find agencies offering tandem paragliding in the Malecón de Miraflores, right at the cliffs.


Paragliding, Cliffs of Lima, Peru

4. Football and Volleyball – Beaches in Barranco and Chorrillos

Even though it won’t be the nicest beaches you have ever seen, make sure to check out the sand-beaches in front of Barranco and Chorrillos. Street-Seller will offer you fresh ceviche right at the beach and you can join on a volleyball or football match (if you go a bit further from the beach of Barranco to the beach of Chorrillos).

5. Exploring Chorrillos and hiking up to “La cruz del papa”

After you have been walking all the way along the beach you are in Chorrillos, make sure to get up the cliffs and take a look at this emerging neighborhood with a lot of street art and nice views on the city.  You can head all the way up to the Cristo del Pacifico or to “la cruz del papa” which offers you an amazing view of the city, the cliffs, the desert areas and the pacific ocean.

6. Viewpoint San Cristobal

From the city center “Plaza Major” you can take a small bus/van to go up on the mountain Cerro San Cristobal which allows you to see almost the whole city (since this is an action guide you can also walk there, but be aware that you are passing some less safer neighborhoods). Make sure to go on a sunny day, since even on a sunny day due to the contamination of this giant city the views can be limited.


Cerro San Cristobal, Lima - Peru

7. Fight your way through the chaos of Lima to reach “La Punta”

La Punta is located on a Peninsula at the end of the famous port district Callao (That’s where the beer “Callao” is being brewed). La Punta used to be a rich neighborhood for Lima’s most prestigious families. Many of the beautiful, colonial houses are well conserved and can be seen while strolling around this neighborhood.
Just take a walk around, take a dip at one of the beaches and have a nice lunch.

The only downside of La Punta is the distance to the popular districts such as Miraflores, Barranco or the city center. Some taxi drivers will only take you halfway and drop you in a place where you can change to another taxi. If you’re lucky you will find a taxi driver which drives you all the way or you should use the app “uber” to go there. Going by bus means changing several times, but is also an option.


La Punta - Lima, Peru

8. Swimming with Sea-Lions

You can go on a half day trip starting from Callao to the Palomino Islands. Depending on the season you can see Humboldt Penguins and many species of birds such as pelicans. You can enjoy the different populations of sea lions from the deck of the boat or you jump in the water to take a swim with them and get a bit closer while they play around you.

9. Running along the cliffs

The many parks and green areas along the cliffs invite for picnics, sunset walks or even better for some runs in stunning scenery. From time to time there are organized night running events along the coast. Keep your eyes open when walking along the coast for the advertisement of these events.

The following link is to an article of the newspaper “El Comercio”, which lists up different running-groups you can join: here.


Park along the cliffs in Lima, Peru

10. Slacklining in the Malecón de Miraflores

If you are not much into running the parks along the cliffs in Miraflores offer some perfect options to set up your slackline. If you don’t have your own slackline you will find a lot of people doing slacklining close to the spot where the paragliders take off. Just join them and make some friends!


Slacklining in Miraflores - Lima, Peru

11. Skate Park and BMX Trail

Also located in the parks along the cliffs you can find a skate park and BMX trail (Malecón de la Marina 6). Both still belong to the parks of Miraflores but can be found walking along the coast in direction to San Isidro and Magdalena del Mar.


For more pictures check our photo gallery: The cliffs of Lima – a photo journal
Oh and if all this action made you really hungry you should check 
Canta Ranita – our favorite place for seafood and ceviche in Lima.
More articles about Peru you can find here and make sure to check Our top things to do and see in Peru apart from Machu Picchu.

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What to do in Lima - an action guide
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