Surfing — given the country’s lengthy coastline, which faces the Pacific Ocean, it’s expected that surfing is a major recreational activity. Archeological artifacts suggest that the sport actually goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years in Peru. The country’s central coast has great surfing opportunities from April to September, while the north coast (towards Ecuador) become a surfer’s paradise from October to March. The country’s best reputed surfing spots are: Cabo Blanco, Lobitos. Chicama, Huanchaco, Pacasmatyo, and Los Organos. Even Lima’s beaches are not a bad place to start. The following tour outfits provide surfing expeditions in Peru: www.mysurfcampperu.com; www.olasperusurftravel.com; www.pukanasurf.com; and www.wavehunters.com.
Stellaris Casino (JW Marriott Hotel, Av. 28 de Julio 151, Miraflores, Lima) – located within one of Lima’s major luxury hotels (JW Marriott Hotel), is this casino. Affiliated with the Stellaris Casino in Caribbean locales like San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Aruba, this Stellaris Casino has about 170 gaming machines and 16 table games (such as Blackjack, Roulette, Poker and Craps).
Parque de la Amistad (Av. Caminos del Inca, block 21, Lima) — visitors going through this park will come across a traditional mountain train station, including an original 1926 steam engine with 3 trucks for touring several areas of the park. The site also has a navigable artificial lagoon and a 29-metre high Moorish arch. –
Miraflores (Lima) – this is Lima’s most tourist-friendly and upscale district. Like other coastal areas by Lima like Chorrillos and Barranco districts, Miraflores attracted weathy settlers especially during the 19th century. Major thoroughfares like Via Expresa, also known as Paseo de la República or Zanjón (the express highway), and the Circuito de Playas de la Costa Verde (Beach Circuit of the Green Cost) helped this area grow commercially during the 1960s. In more recent years, real estate development has resulted in a number of skyscrapers being built there, not to mention shopping areas (like the Larcomar mall), flower-filled parks, movie houses, art galleries, and of course the beach.
Malecón (Lima) – like other Latin countries, such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic, Lima has its own seaside Malecón boulevard. The difference between the Malecón in Lima versus elsewhere is that this six-mile-long boulevard has three sections: Malecón de la Marina in the north, Malecón Cisneros in the middle, and Malecón de la Reserva in the south. The Malecón is perfect for jogging, biking or simply taking in the view. Statues by local artists can be found here as well. In addition, sections of the Malecón are popular taking-off points for parasailing.
Lima Golf Club (Av. Camino Real 770, San Isidro) – this 18-hole golf course is considered one of the oldest in South America’s Pacific coast. Both the local elite and foreign individuals play here. Various tournaments, such as the PGA series, and Audi Quattro Cup, and the Peru Open are held here. See the course’s website for info on how to play here: www.limagolfclub.org.pe
La Casa del Chocolate (Calle Berlín 375, Miraflores, Lima) — At ChocoMuseo we decided to make chocolate in countries where cacao grows (from Peru to Dominican Republic): We source the best quality cacao beans and then process them artisanally to obtain delicious chocolate.
At ChocoMuseo we offer you a range of activities varying with how much time you have and how deep you would like to dive into chocolate knowledge. There’s a free interactive museum about cacao and chocolate, a two-hour chocolate workshops to make chocolate starting from the cacao bean, an artisanal chocolate factory from bean to bar, a cafeteria with coffee and chocolate drinks and desserts, and a shop with cacao and chocolate delicacies and souvenirs. Admission: free. Workshop: S/. 70 (adult), S/. 50 (children 4-12 years). Hours: 11 am – 7:30 pm (daily). See its website for info on workshops, etc.: www.chocomuseo.com
Inti Raymi (Cuzco) – a.k.a. the Inca Festival of the Sun, this unique event gives visitors the chance to see a live ancient Inca ritual. The central event is acted out on the esplanade below the imposing fortress of Sacsayhuamán, 2 km (1 mile) away from the city of Cuzco — easily reached by car or on foot. There, step by step, thousands of actors enact a long ceremony giving thanks to the sun god, Inti. The Inca ruler is borne on a royal litter from the Koricancha. or Temple of the Sun to the Huacaypat, the city’s main square, where he commands the local authorities to govern fairly. After a llama sacrifice ritual is performed, the entire city of Cuzco conducts festivities for several days.
Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano/ICPNA (Calles Angamos e/Arequipa, Miraflores, Lima) – this is the largest binacional cultural center in Latin America. It hold a variety of art exhibits, along with dance festivals, music events from classical music to folk and jazz, book presentations and readings. Along with its main branch in Miraflores, it also has galleries in other districts of Lima, such as San Migue, Lima Centro, and La Molina. See its website for a calendar of upcoming events: http://cultural.icpna.edu.pe/
Hiking to Machu Picchu — some travelers prefer to hike to Machu Picchu, in their efforts to take in the Peruvian countryside directly. Such a trek is a once-in-a lifetime experience for such tourists. Various tour outfits can arrange for guided hiking expeditions. Such a trek will include encounters with various landmarks and other archeological sites, such as the Inca fortresses of Huillcaraccay and Paucancancha, Sayacmarca (High Rise Tower), as well as passing through Abra de Huarmihuanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) — the trek’s highest point. Such tour outfits include: www.gadventures.com, www.incatrailperu.com, www.karikuy.org, www.perutrks.com, www.tucanosperu.com,