Lima, Peru. The first stop on one of the most magical holidays I have ever been on. When deciding on a Honeymoon destination it can be a difficult choice. We decided not to take our Honeymoon straightaway and wait until later in the year. We combined our two dream destinations, with another one in the middle. Lorenzo has always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, whereas I had my heart set on Cuba, we added Columbia in the middle and we had our itinerary. After months of research and planning we booked our flights to leave for one month in March 2018.
First up was Lima for three nights. We flew with Iberia from Rome to Lima, with a stop over in Madrid. We arrived late in the evening at our Boutique Hotel in Barranco to a warm reception from the manager Jorge and a complimentary Pisco Sour (the traditional Peruvian cocktail) to get the holiday started.
The design of the hotel is colonial inspired and is home to beautiful wood furnishings and stuffed with silver antiques. We chose the Junior suite with a balcony, which was a charming circular room with a street view. This hotel felt more like the home of a Peruvian noble and we loved its cosy atmosphere. Situated in the lively Barranco it was the perfect spot for some of the best food we have ever eaten. There are numerous bars and restaurants in Barranco, offering both local and international food. Our two favourite local dishes were Cerviche and Lomo Saltado.
On our first day we explored the centre of Lima which has some exquisite architecture and Plazas. On our second day we visited the Larco Museum, which houses a varied collection of 3,000 years of ceramic, textile and precious metal artefacts. There are also mummies that show off the different ways ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead. The museum itself is housed in a beautiful mansion, with incredible gardens filled with flowers and cacti.
Staying in Barranco allowed us to visit some local sites on our third day. The MATE museum, which is dedicated to the Peruvian Fashion photographer Mario Testino and The Bridge of Sighs. I would definitely recommend staying in Barranco for its colourful architecture, great restaurants and vibrant atmosphere.
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What to see:
Bridge of Sighs
Casa de Aliaga
Where to eat in Barranco:
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Love Dani xx