Lima is Peru’s capital and largest city. Quite an ugly and sprawling metropolis by objective standards, but it does offer some of the continent’s most amazing food, welcoming women and some pretty decent nightlife to boot. Although most of its neighbourhoods will not be appealing for a foreigner to live in, it boasts three neighbourhoods that I consider to be among the most “livable” in Latin America: Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro.
DATING IN LIMA
Not as easy as Cusco – nothing should ever be that easy anyway – but not rocket science either. They are shyer than Mexican or Colombian girls, and won’t often give it up on the first night unless they’re working girls or gringo-groupie types, but they are definitely open to meeting foreigners. When you first arrive, my advice would be to hang around Miraflores exclusively for a few days to get a lay of the land. Undoubtedly, most of your time will be spent here. Stay at Loki’s and mingle at different bars with tourists and/or locals. Once you find a good wingman or two, hit Lima’s clubs and start approaching.
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WOMEN IN LIMA
Some very nice women in Lima around Miraflores. Around the old centre? Not so much. Barranco was also disappointing considering it’s the hip area of town. I’d say that Peru has the 7th hottest girls on the continent, after (in no particular order): Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. In the summer, many girls head to Playa Asia, which is outside the city. This place is surprisingly still relatively unknown by foreigners, if you’re in Lima for awhile in the summer, it’s worth a weekend trip.
WHAT ARE LIMA GIRLS LIKE?
Girls in Lima are among the sweetest and most caring women in Latin America. Flaking on dates is not nearly as big of a problem here as it would be in any Colombian, or even Mexican, city. You really do get the sense that Lima girls will be loyal if you decide to start something serious with one…and you could certainly do worse! Kindness, affection and reliability are the traits that I found most endearing about girls here in the City of Kings.
LEARNING SPANISH IN LIMA
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN LIMA
$600.00 is where I’d set my budget at for an apartment in Lima. That should get you in Miraflores or Barranco which is preferable for living than the old downtown. You could get away with less, but it’ll take work finding something. The only districts I’d recommend living in are Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro (in that order). You may be surprised to find that rent prices in the nice areas of Lima are more than Bogota or Medellin. Be ready for that!
NIGHTLIFE IN LIMA
Sticking to Miraflores is easiest. More specifically, Calle de Pizzas. There are enough bars around here to get a taste of what Lima nightlife is all about. As in most Latin American capitals, prostitution is a thing here so be vigilant; they’re generally easy to spot, and a dead give away is if they’re alone and approach you first. A good amount of pretty girls – I was pleasantly surprised actually – but nothing earth-shattering.
I recommend: Gotica. In Larcomar for nightlife in Lima. A younger crowd but probably the spot with the best looking girls in Lima, which probably means the best in Peru. (UPDATE: Gotica is in the same location but now under a different name).
COST OF LIVING IN LIMA
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world.
*Figures are listed in USD
You will need at least $1009 USD/month to live in Lima, Peru
In many respects, not an overly charming city. If you decided to stay here for awhile, after about a month in your Miraflores bubble things will start to get a bit dull. Lima is great place to work on your Spanish and have a few good nights out with the local ladies, but not somewhere to put down longterm roots in my humble opinion. 6 months maximum, 1-3 months recommended. The food and ocean views are hard to beat, but there just aren’t enough desirable neighbourhoods or cultural attractions here.
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
Recommended Resources in this article
Dating in Latin America: Latin American Cupid
Learning Spanish to meet Latinas: PickUp Spanish