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Lima, Peru’s sprawling and chaotic capital, has long been overlooked. Less picturesque than the country’s second city Arequipa, and less steeped in Inca history than Cusco, many travellers would often bypass Lima altogether. But things have changed.

In recent years Lima has been steadily carving out a reputation as not only the gastronomic capital of South America, but also as one of the coolest cities on the continent. Merging old-world charm with achingly cool culture, it’s a thoroughly modern city with a captivating colonial core.

Unpredictable and vivacious, fascinating and diverse, where else in the world can you explore pre-Columbian temples, browse Inca markets, feast on world-class ceviche, sip pisco sours and then salsa until you drop, all in one day? Here are all our favourite places.

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Belmond Miraflores Park

For those looking for unabashed opulence, the Belmond Miraflores Park is the only place to stay. Located in trendy Miraflores and boasting a heated rooftop infinity pool, excellent onsite restaurant and a luxury spa, the Belmond is a cut above the rest. An property from the Orient Express group, the hotel sits atop a glass tower and offers guests spectacular views over both the Pacific Ocean and the city’s most fashionable neighbourhood.

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    1035 Miraflores
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Hotel Antigua Miraflores

Known for its warm service and fir looking much more expensive than it is, the Hotel Antigua Miraflores juxtaposes boutique-hotel style with friendly B&B charm. The decor is striking – a salmon-pink exterior, ornate chandeliers, wooden staircases, hand-carved furniture and black and white marble floors – while the gardens just as pretty. The onsite restaurant is great, though you’re in easy walking distance of some of the city’s best eateries too.

Second Home Peru

Artistic people should head to Second Home Peru, a Tudor-style mansion which was once home to famed Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Appropriately located in the artsy Barranco neighbourhood, guests can admire Delfin’s animal sculptures in the gardens and the work of regional painters on the walls. The eight rooms are minimalist but comfy – think light-wood furniture, high ceilings and white walls – while the artistic theme resonates throughout, with an art gallery on the first floor.

Barranco Backpackers Inn

Also in Barranco is this excellent budget option, the charming Backpackers Inn. For those looking to keep their purse strings tight, the Backpackers Inn is just a short walk away from the ocean and countless bars and restaurants. But there’s no need to leave this hostel to go for a drink, as the in-house bar is always buzzing. All rooms are clean and comfortable with private bathrooms and decent WiFi, and breakfast is included too.

Belmond Miraflores Park

Hotel Antigua Miraflores

Second Home Peru

Barranco Backpackers Inn

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