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  • Jes Bellamy

Quick Trips: A Day in Lima, Peru

When it comes to taking small or quick trips, it is ideal to try and fit everything in that is your priority. As a flight attendant, we typically have up to 2 days to tour our destinations, making us pros at taking quick trips. So, maybe you are just passing through the city, have limited time to travel, or are on a cruise visiting the city. Either way, getting the most out of your trip is what's important. 


I went to Lima, Peru for a day, and it turned out to be one of my favorite trips of 2023. Of course, when you think of Peru, most people think of Machu Picchu, a site of ancient Inca ruins located in the Andes Mountains. However, to get there, most people must fly into Lima first, so if you have less than 2 days in Lima, here is what you can do.

Transportation and Lodging

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Miraflores in Lima, and honestly, it was a beautiful hotel. It's next to a bunch of Peruvian Inka markets, not too far from the Lima Main Square, and they also have a complimentary delicious breakfast (probably one of the best I've had in any hotel).

As for transportation, Uber was the primary way for us to get around. They are reliable and very cheap! We even walked around and felt very safe, and you can use taxis.

What To Do

To start our day, my crew and I decided to go paragliding—one of the scariest things I've ever done! Despite it costing $74, it was worth it since it offered some beautiful views.

We used Get Your Guide to get our tickets, and I will say that it was hard to find the location. In addition, the people running the event weren't that friendly, and no English was spoken, which made it even harder to find.

In addition, we went in October during Lima's springtime, so the weather wasn't the best, and we didn't get the most amazing views. With that, if you decide to visit, I highly recommend going from November to March when it is warmer.

After paragliding, we walked around and shopped at Peruvian markets. I got a bunch of souvenirs for only $18, and the workers were so friendly and welcoming. After this, I went downtown to the Lima Main Square to see the Lima Cathedral. I didn't stay long because I was tired, but it was fascinating to see.

If you're looking for other attractions in Lima. Some fun things to do are:

Where to Eat

We got dinner at this delicious restaurant called Punto Azul, where I tried Peruvian ceviche, yuca fries, and salmon avocado tar tar—the show star! I also became obsessed with passionfruit juice! I probably drank five of them while there, but honestly, it was some of the best food I've tried.


Overall, Peru has so much to offer, from Machhu Pichu and enjoying Lima's unique streets, to the unbelievable seafood and friendly people. I'm sure no matter what you do, you'll enjoy your trip to Lima!

Me paragliding Below!


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