Still not sure where your summer vacation will take you? Here's the essential guide to Lima, Peru. The capital of Peru, Lima sits on a beautiful coastline. Full of great food, lovely shopping and interesting museums, Lima is a haven of cosmopolitan energy in generally more laid back, agricultural Peru.
Getting There: Flights leave daily from Albuquerque via, American, Delta and United. Once you land, use a private taxi to transfer to your hotel. Belmond Miraflores Park has just been updated. Surrounded by parkland, its 82 spacious rooms have private balconies that face the Pacific. For a more upscale and boutique hotel, try Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores. Next day, have your hotel concierge set you up with a private taxi for the day for about $50. Plan to visit Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Lima's newest art institution for exhibitions by emerging Latin photographers, dance performances and lectures. Stop by Dedalo Arte Y Artesania for sculpture, ceramics and other hand crafts by local artisans or Xocolatl for tasty gifts made with Amazon cacao. Take a break at El Mercado for a lunch of seared tuna sliders topped with miso and avocado. For fun at night, check out Mayta for their more then 100 varieties of house made chilcano pisco cocktails.
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