I’m really excited to interview Alex Hildebrandt of SUYO Pisco about Lima, Peru. Alex’s tips for the best things to do in Lima are awesome because he was born in Lima and is the co-founder of Suyo Pisco, an artisanal liqueur that’s a local favorite. His family still lives in Lima, and he frequently visits for business and to enjoy the food, culture, and geography.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Peru Travel, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Lima
The local airport is Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), which is about a 30-minute drive from Lima. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.
Alex does not recommend renting a car in Lima. Traffic is horrendous and finding parking is not easy. However, if you decide to rent a car, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz for the best rental car offers.
Uber is very common, and taxis are easy to find. Alex does most of his travel via Uber, and he walks frequently when in Miraflores and Barranco.
If you want to take public transit, buses are fairly cheap. You can wave down a bus at any point on the main road, but it’s recommended to look for areas where a lot of people are already waiting.
Lima also has The Metropolitano, a public transit system with special bus lanes that only stops in designated spots. Additionally, you can take the Tren Electrico, an electric train that has one line and about 16 stations.
Places we talked about on the Lima, Peru podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Alex Hildebrandt about Lima, Peru. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Lima, Peru
- Green dots = best things to do in Lima, Peru
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Lima, Peru
Who is Alex Hildebrandt?
Alex is a Peruvian-American who was born in Lima and moved to the U.S. as a child. After growing up, going to school, and starting a career in the U.S., he started a company in Peru that makes pisco. SUYO Pisco is focused on celebrating artisanal production and Peruvian culture.
Here are a few articles and podcast episodes sharing more about his company:
- Startup to Storefront #0178 – Interview with Alex Hildebrandt about SUYO Pisco
- Living in Peru – Suyo Pisco: A Unique Peruvian Spirit with Big Ambitions
- Modern Bar Cart #251 SUYO Single Origin Pisco
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