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3 Days in Lima

3 Days in Lima

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3 Days in Lima

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Jan 1, 2020


Save time and energy, and find what's worthy in Lima!

Worthy Go itineraries are complete, step-by-step three-day itineraries to the very best places in Lima. 

See Lima with an experienced travel writer by your side! 

Whether this is your first time abroad or you've been traveling for years, Worthy Go itineraries have three goals: 

  • Make the most of your time, money, and energy while traveling

  • Help you go your own way but still provide some guidance

  • Curate the very best places to enjoy in the city

The Lima itinerary has been completely updated for 2020, and includes:

  • No affiliate links, no ads, no fluff, and no BS.

  • A complete three-day itinerary combining Lima's well-known and off-the-beaten-path places. 

  • Detailed, step-by-step directions from one place to the next. 

  • Succinct descriptions, exact addresses, and GPS coordinates for every place.

  • First-hand knowledge and advice: where to stay, what to bring, safety and scam warnings, and more.

  • All the basics you'll need to know: do you tip? Can you drink the tap water? What SIM card should you get? What public transportation tickets do you need?

  • Advice on being a considerate, respectful, and sensitive traveler.

Itineraries are carefully formatted to display well on any device, and links take you to Google Maps (internet connection required).

About the author: Chris Backe (rhymes with hockey) has written about travel since 2008 and has been around the world a couple of times. He's written over 30 books, and has been seen in Atlas Obscura, io9, Mental Floss, Everything Everywhere, Perceptive Travel, Travel Wire Asia, and many other publications. When not traveling, he loves tabletop games and a glass of white wine.

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Countries / regions: Laos, Central Thailand, Northern Thailand, South Korea

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Warning / Disclaimer

Although the author has made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was correct at publication time (© January 2020), the author does not assume and hereby disclaims any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

Be aware that traveling in a foreign country has inherent risks, and seemingly anything can change overnight. Places may close, admission fees may rise, drivers will drive crazy, and public transportation routes can be altered. Stay aware of your surroundings, employ street smarts and common sense, and in general be suspicious of locals that approach you speaking English.

Unless otherwise noted, all material in this book is the legal property of the author and may not be reprinted or republished without the author's express written consent, with the exception of short quotes for academic or review purposes.


Lima is huge and historic — and was built on guano.

It's described as 'South America's most underrated city' in a December 2016 BBC piece. Lima (pronounce it LEE-ma, not LIE-ma — it's a city, not a bean) is larger than New York when looking at the city proper. Home to almost ten million residents, the only cities larger in the Americans are São Paulo and Mexico City. Another sense of the size: it's bigger than the next 19 Peruvian cities combined. Likely derived from Itchyma (the name of the original inhabitants), and called Limaq before the Incan take-over in the 15th century, Lima today represents the Spanish pronunciation of the city.

Founded in 1535 after the defeat of the Incas, it grew after becoming a designated capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru (a territory that eventually included a large portion of South America). While the city flourished as a center of trade, pirates attacking the west shores and earthquakes in 1687 and 1746 were just a few of the troubles. The city was abandoned by the Spanish in 1821 and ultimately became the capital of the newly independent Peru in 1830.

You can thank guano (seabird poop) for the revitalization of Lima's urban areas, which started in the 1850's. The export of guano helped the city rebuild, though it caused a larger gap between rich and poor. It boiled over during the War of the Pacific from 1879-1883, when angry Peruvian mobs attacked the wealthy people and properties alongside the Chilean soldiers.

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