Sights in Lima

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From the chic boutiques of Miraflores suburb to the colourful markets and malls of downtown Lima, shopping opportunities abound in the Peruvian capital. Fashionistas with cash to splash will not be disappointed with the range of clothing and accessories to be found, while bargain hunters can pick up everything from second hand books to clothing and handicrafts at the many street stalls. Across the city, clothing made from alpaca wool is available at a fraction of the price you would pay in other parts of the world, and those soft woollen hats and gloves will come in very handy for travelers heading to the Andes.

Upscale Options
If you’re looking for sophisticated fashions, fine fragrances and the like, the place to head for is the well-heeled suburb of Miraflores. There are lots of good eating and accommodations here to, making Miraflores a good place to base yourself during your stay in Lima. Malls are liberally scattered around the neighborhood, and shoppers can pick up everything from handbags to handicrafts. One of the sleekest shopping centers is Larcomar, at Avenida Larco, which overlooks the ocean and houses a plush multiplex cinema, bowling, bars and restaurants as well as hundreds of shops. A large handicrafts market takes place each evening at Parque Kennedy until around midnight.

Market Daze
For a more authentically Peruvian approach to shopping, head for downtown Lima. There are street vendors aplenty here, and lots of slightly rundown stores selling imitation designer goods and second hand books, vinyl and collectables. The main shopping street is the bustling Jr de la Union, which is also lined with fast food joints. Don’t be surprised to see people holding monkeys – the idea is that you pay to have your photo taken with the animal. An altogether less appealing kind of cheeky monkey, the pickpocket, is also no stranger to the streets of Centro, so keep an eye on your valuables. Close to Avenida Grau is Polvos Azules, a market selling everything from electrical goods to clothes, make up and toiletries. Again, keep an eye on your wallet and don’t flash cameras or phones around the market.

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