Lima, Peru with Children

The majority of the guide books I read before our trip warned me that Lima was big on food and not much else. At least I can say I was warned. We enjoyed the few activities in the city but were very thankful we didn't spend much time in the city. We spent one day on arrival and one day on the return, which was enough time to hit all the major spots. 

We stayed in the Hilton Lima Miraflores. It was in a great location, had great services, a wonderful restaurant, and Sam was sold with the rooftop pool!
Drinks at the Hotel
Rooftop Pool

Starbucks around the corner!
We grabbed a cab and headed over to Huaca Pucllana. It is a wonderful bit of Inca history in the heart of Lima. Groups can only tour with a assigned tour guide, which is tough on the little ones. The path is patted down but there is a considerable amount of stairs. I would leave the stroller at home and opt for a baby carrier in this situation.  The tour lasted about an hour so Sam did well with walking the majority of the time.

There is a restaurant on the Huaca Pucllana grounds. The usual traveler wisdom tells me to steer clear of restaurants near major sites. They scream tourist trap. It took a lot of double checking and asking cab drivers to finally agree to eat at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant. Thankfully this restaurant defied traveler wisdom and was amazing! The food was on point and the staff was extremely accommodating when it came to picky 5 year old pallets. 

 We also went to La Mar Restaurant in Lima. We headed over right at opening since they didn't take reservations.  There was a small line but we were seated right away. The food did not disappoint! It was the perfect welcome to Peruvian cuisine! The restaurant was very child friendly. They had high chairs and were happy to accommodate edited menu items.

After eating at La Mar we headed right across the street to Amorelado Ice Cream store! The store was extremely small with limited seating but the ice cream was perfection!

After filling our stomachs we headed out to explore the town center.  The city was well paved and strollering around the city

Some members of the SCS family wanted to check out Convento de San Francisco with the catacombs. I decided Sam was too young for that so we spent the tour time enjoying the plaza outside the Monastery. There was a delightful fountain, and pigeons that seemed satisfied to have Sam chase them and come back around.

SCS Fast Facts:

Huaca Pucllana- Baby Carrier
Lima Downtown- Stroller