Miraflores, Lima Peru

Unique Cultural experiences To Do in Lima

There’s no better way to know a culture than living it. So a great way to experience the Peruvian culture is through its traditions. So we have prepared 3 non so touristy but culture immersive things to do in this amazing city, we particularly, love.

Tip: There are various Shuttle services from the airport in Lima to the city center. Those services can be from luxurious to mid-range. But still all highly recommended. They have wifi, charging points and they are cheaper than taxis (even the luxurious one).

Lima is the capital city and the epicenter of all the cultural movement of the country.

Yes we know Peru has 2 other main regions with different idiosyncrasy: The mountain(Andes) region and the jungle region and for sure we’ll talk about it later. But we don’t want to discuss this issue here.

We want to Show 3 places where you can really live and understand the culture of Peru while doing what the Peruvians people do.

Let’s start with Food. Well, we are in Peru right?

Where Do  they get their ingredients?

Lima Central Market (Gran Mariscal Ramón Castilla)

Central Market, Lima © Chuck Moravec
Central Market, Lima © Chuck Moravec

We would like to use 3 expressions to describe this market:

Everything! All kind of products from all around the country are here. With one of the best gastronomy in the world (some say it’s the best) Peru has great ingredients and even better influences from other cultures like Japanese and Chinese and all these you find it in this Market. Cheeses, fishes, guinea pig, goat, peppers, potatoes, corns, quinoa, anything you may need is there.

From very early in the morning you can observe people working hard, making business and selling you their product in a very eager way.

Freshness! you can see by yourself all the colors and smells arriving daily to this market. hundreds of trucks, cars, and vans. Especially fish and other meats are so fresh every day.

Crowded! Please listen to us: DON’T VISIT THE MARKET ON HOLIDAYS (AT LEAST YOU LOVE EXTREME SPORTS). If this is the first time you visit a place like this please don’t do it.

A normal day is almost impossible to walk around. You have to watch out the people who carry merchandise from one Place of the other of the market, they can run over you without even note it. ok, That was too much, but the number of people gathered can be really overwhelming and sometimes dangerous.

Where? Jirón Ucayali 615, Cercado de Lima 15001 It’s very close from the Congress of the Republic and the China Town.

Where the Peruvian people have fun?

Peña Don Porfirio

Jarana in Don Porfirio, Lima © El Comercio
Jarana in Don Porfirio, Lima © El Comercio

There’s no dance floor. You immediately notice it. How can people dance in such a small place? is the question you make. Obviously, you need to understand the culture of the “peña” to understand.

Your host will tell you when looking to your confused face: “Wait 4 beers and you’ll see”. Exactly, some beers later the tables were left behind and a dance floor was made;  almost everyone was dancing.

The jarana is afro-Peruvian music with a lot of history and tradition considered also as “criolla” music.

So that is one of the characteristics of a peña: Food, drink and Criolla music. Any place with these 3 things can be called like that.

They use these places to celebrate their culture. But maybe they are not fully aware of that.

People just wanna dance and have a break from their daily life. But in the peñas, you can see Peruvians celebrating their traditions.

Where? Here we give the location of one of the more famous Peñas in Lima: Don Porfirio in Barranco Manuel Segura 115, Barranco 15063

Procession of the Lord of the Miracles

Lima Dowtown

Procession Lord of Miracles, in Lima
Procession Lord of Miracles, in Lima

Like most of the Catholic saints stories; they are based in one big miracle. From the lord of Miracle is said that he had protected Peruvians from earthquakes.

It’s one of the biggest procession in Latin America; held every October in downtown Lima.

Thousand of people get to the streets to see the image of Jesus Christ painted by a slave in the 17th century.  It’s amazing how they need a robe to keep people from getting too close to the image.

You will really in shock seeing people devotion and fervor for what they believe.

For us, that’s one great way to make tourism: Knowing the way people live and keep their culture alive.We can fix that kind of tour for you, just give us a call.