In recent posts I´ve shared with you many tips about what to do in Lima, however, maybe you are not the city type and you prefer a different kind of trip. And before you say Cuzco, Nazca or Mancora, remember that my job is to lure you into coming to my city and enjoy your time here.
So, for this post I will share with you a short list of places near Lima that you must visit if you want to escape from the city routine, even though you should never want to live Lima, ok?
Antioquia: The Painted Town
A three hour drive from the center of Lima will lead you to the Painted Town of Antioquia. Known because of its colorful buildings, streets and houses, Antioquia looks like a fairy tale town to the eyes of any visitor.
In Antioquia, many locals are dedicated to the production of jam, specially quince and apple jam. A jam as sweet and colorful as the town where it is produced. Also, Antioquia’s surroundings are perfect for mountain sports, as it is located in the Valley of Lurin. So if you like colors, mountains or jam, this is the place for you.
Ok, so you are looking for a little more adventure and not just a place to visit, you really want to do something amazing, then Lunahuana is the place for you. This district build at the edge of the river is a well-known place for adventure, specially river sports like rafting.
A great place to tastewonderful local wines while enjoying a wonderful landscape, many hotels have direct access tothe river, so you will never miss it.
Lomas de Lachay
For Eco-Lovers, Lomas de Lachay is the place you have to visit. Located just at 100 kilometers from the center of Lima, this 5,000 hectares natural reserve is home to several plants and animals, most of them unique to the coastal ecosystem of Lima.
Our government has struggled to protect this place and to promote its natural development, but the ecosystem itself has also fought to survive. In Lomas de Lachay you can even see how spider webs are specially design to extract water from the humidity of the air, therefore countering the lack of water. Even some rocks are capable of extracting water from the humidity.
Your trip to Lomas de Lachay may last for more than a day, as visitors are allowed to camp inside the reserve, so if you want to change abruptly from the city to a natural reserve, then Lomas de Lachay is the place for you.
Heaven’s Balcony: Azpitia
Another great valley to visit and you can reach this destination only by a short one hour drive from the center of Lima. Heaven’s Balcony offers one of the most amazing views you can imagine and am atmosphere of absolute relaxation.
For the Peruvian food lovers (I bet there are many) this place offers several varieties of dishes with a special type of seasoning that will leave you speechless. After eating you should try our national drink Pisco, Azpitian Pisco has been internationally recognize as one of the bests piscos in Peru and obviously the world. So sit down, enjoy the view, drink and eat as you please.
You may be asking about the beach, since Lima is a coastal city, however beaches at Lima are more than a place to visit, the beach is a lifestyle for people in Lima and I will explain about that in another post.