So what are you to do if you find yourself in Lima on a sleepy Sunday? Here are some of our suggestions!
Go for a Jog or Bike Ride
Every Sunday, the 10 kilometer (6 mile) stretch of Arequipa Avenue closes to traffic and is only available for pedestrians to encourage citizens' fitness and wellbeing. This long principal road runs from the historical downtown, past the residential neighborhood of Lince, crosses the San Isidro financial zone, and finishes in the modern Miraflores district. You can go for a run, or rent a bicycle or even rollerskates from one of the independently run stands that dot the route. Be sure to get a head start on your day because Arequipa Avenue is only closed to traffic from 7am to 2pm.
Eat A Little (or A Lot)
For many, family time equals eating time. Just as around the world, food is a daily pleasure that unites all ages and cultures. On Sundays in Lima, it is typical to enjoy a ceviche or seafood meal with loved ones, or perhaps stop by a cafe for a delicious brunch or early afternoon beer. The restaurants that remain open on this day of the week tend to be on the nicer end rather than holes-in-the-walls since friends and family indulge each other today. Arrive early if you are hungry because Limeños tend to dine around 1pm to 3pm! Or if you want an expert guide to show you around a busy Sunday market, sign up for our Lima Food & Market Tour!
Take a WOW Selfie
The Miraflores Costa Verde, or green coast, is a brilliant boardwalk that lines the upper crust of the district's iconic cliffs looming over the Pacific Ocean. From any point along this walkway, you will have spectacular views of the bay that Lima is set in. See the Morro Solar hill to the south and the jutting La Punta peninsula to the north. And if you are able to come here during sunset, all the better for a lovely selfie photo!
Get moving in the water and take a surf class down by the water. Along Makaha and Waikiki beaches and around, in the Miraflores district, there are dozens of surf schools run by expert riders who are happy to show you their best techniques and moves. Classes are between 50 and 100 soles depending on your skill, equipment needed (surfboard, wetsuit), and length.
This sounds like a given, but there's something about the potentials of a Sunday stroll that makes us want to get out of the house. Traffic is low on this day, making it very pleasant to walk around this usually busy capital city with an ice cream or camera in hand. People like to congregate in public spaces such as the central Plaza de Barranco or Kennedy Park in Miraflores district, and of course in the main Plaza de Armas in the historical center. Not only are these places great for people watching, they are picturesque and are simply pleasant environments to hang out in.
For more suggestions for things to do in Lima any day of the week, contact us!