The USIL is located in the La Molina district and is super easy to reach via the Javier Prado with the Combis. La Molina is one of the richest neighborhoods and when you walk through the residential areas, you can see that too.
The absolute tourist areas are Miraflores and Barranco. Most of the clubs and bars are also there if you want to go out. Personally, I liked Barranco better from the bars, but there are also good clubs in Miraflores. The best thing is to have it written on one of the countless lists and thus come in for free. Miraflores is also a popular place for surfing and in general there are many nice cafes and restaurants.
San Isidro is the financial district and a very safe residential area. I lived on the border between San Isidro and San Borja and never felt unsafe or anything like that.
In Surco there is a large student residence in which many have lived and also a large Centro Comercial, where you can party well in the evening.
I personally find Lima Downtown very exciting. There is the Congress, Presidential Palace, many churches and little China Town. Fewer tourists tend to get lost here. You can buy all sorts of things here in small shops and on the street. Just as the food from the street is actually always delicious. I got the best anticuchos on the street. You should definitely take a mototaxi from there to the Cerro San Cristibal. From there you have a fabulous view over Lima and get an idea of how huge this city actually is. Lima Downtown is, however, an area that you should avoid alone at night and should only be out and about with Peruvians who know their way around.
Jesus Maria and Pueblo Libre have more flair from South America and you will also find fewer tourists there. There you should definitely stroll around a little and try the ceviche in the market or the menú del día in the restaurants in general. Here you have a lot of shops where you can actually buy anything. In addition, every district has its own Centro Comercial, where you can find the well-known shops. These are also safe areas of Lima.
The further outside you get, the impoverished, dirtier and shabby Lima becomes. There it is generally more dangerous for tourists, because there you can be attacked. However, nothing ever happened to me personally.
In general, it is not a problem to withdraw money with Visa or Mastercard in Peru. However, you can usually only withdraw 400 soles (around € 100) at a time. Most landlords want their apartments to be rented in dollars and cash. Sometimes not all ATMs have dollars, but generally I never had any problems. However, you should perhaps think in advance of getting a credit card with which you can withdraw money free of charge worldwide. I successfully forgot about it and had to pay withdrawal fees from my German bank every time.
Security and crime
I did n’t even feel unsafe during my entire stay. You have to walk the streets with a healthy dose of caution and be careful. Peruvians are very overcautious in my opinion and very anxious. Of course you can listen to them and take advice, but sometimes it is too exaggerated. It’s best to find a middle ground.
Food and culture
The food in Peru is amazing and the Peruvians are incredibly proud of it. It is one of the top 3 entertainment topics during a taxi ride. Food, football or religion. In Peru you are Catholic and religion plays a very important role for the people. The favorite food is probably ceviche (raw fish with lime and onions). If prepared correctly, it is delicious, but can just as easily lead to an upset stomach. But you should definitely have tried it. Other classics are Lomo Saltado, Chancho, Chifa (mix of Asian and Peruvian cuisine), Papa de la Huancaina, Pollo a la Brasa, Trucha (especially in the mountain villages of the Andes) and of course Cuy (guinea pigs). There is a lot to discover and try out. The Menu economico or Menu del día at lunchtime are best, especially for trying out. There you can get a starter, main course, drink or dessert for 8-12 soles (less than € 3.50).
Dancing is of great importance in Peru and you already have some salsa, bachatta and reaggaton interludes. But also the traditional dancers of the individual regions are exciting to watch. Many are about religion, love and mother earth. If you have the chance, you should definitely have these dances shown to you like in Puno or Arequipa.
Traveling by bus in South America is very pleasant and comfortable. For a longer or overnight trip, I would always book the cama category and not semi-cama, because the seats are then much wider and more comfortable. The price differences are usually only very small. There are many bus companies and the largest and most famous is Cruz del Sur. I can also recommend Linea, Tepsa and Chiva. You just have to look at which company goes there, depending on the destination. During longer bus trips, a snack is always served, and some companies even serve a meal. Even if it is sometimes very warm outside, you should always take a thick sweater or blanket with you on bus trips because the air conditioning can make it very cold.
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Peru is a beautiful country and has an incredible number of travel destinations to offer. Whether you want to go to the mountains, the beach, the desert or the jungle – in Peru there is everything.
Paracas, Ica, Huacachina around the Nazca Lines are popular for the first trips, as it is close to Lima and only takes about 5 hours.
In the Andean regions, Huaraz is the absolute classic and probably very beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it, but the pictures my friends looked very impressive. If you want to go to a smaller village with beautiful nature, I can recommend Huancaya.
To treat yourself to a weekend of relaxation and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the north, the classic is Mancora. The surrounding places like Zorritos and Punta Sal are also very beautiful. You shouldn’t miss the classic round trip and definitely see Arequipa (Cañon de Colca), Cusco (Machu Picchu) and Puno (Largo Titicaca).
If you want to go into the jungle, you can either do it from Puerto Maldonado (located more in the south near Cusco) or from Iquitos. One of my best trips was to Iquitos and I will never forget the experiences and impressions I made there.
In retrospect, it was one of the best, if not the best, times of my life and I don’t regret a moment. Peru is a beautiful country with great people and has a lot to offer. It was definitely not my last trip to this beautiful country. If you get involved and allow the adventure, this country will enchant you.