We had 2 extended layovers in Lima that sandwiched our time in Cusco. Both times were sweet, brief ones with just enough time to hire a skillful private driver and hit up the main city attractions. We got to explore a handful of sights such as the Convento de San Francisco (known for their intricate tile works and catacombs), Centro De Lima (Main Square), Miraflore (city by the sea), and the Magic Water Circuit.
Above all, my favorite moment in Lima was watching market vendors open their food stalls for the day. Our first layover got us into the city at 6am, just in time to see, smell, and experience the morning rush at the market. Sights of freshly caught seafood, freshly butchered meats, and tubs of spices made me quite envious of the connection Peruvians have with their food.
While we did not get a chance to taste Peru’s infamous ceviche or try a pisco sour, we will definitely do so next time we find ourselves here!