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The Road to Lima!

Welcome to Lima, which just so happens to be the birthplace of Pariwana hostels. That’ll be your first order of business upon arriving in the Peruvian mega-capital of Lima. The city hosts more than 8 million people, and that number is ever-growing. It might be a shock to arrive here, because it dwarfs every other city in the country. The streets are loud and effusive bus passenger wranglers are always yelling at you to “sube sube sube!” 

If you are arriving from the mountains, you’ll be descending into a strange climatic fog called the “garua”, which gives Lima its gray skies most of the year. If you’re arriving from the north or south coasts, you’ll also be entering the fog. Although the sun might by shy here, there are plenty of things to keep the intrepid backpacker busy.

First you’ll want to check in to Pariwana Lima. Not only does it offer the most competitive prices in the safest neck of the woods in Lima, Miraflores, but it also boasts probably the best location of any hostel in the city. Situated on the second story of a corner building of Miralfores’ ovalo, you get a view spanning the central Parque Kennedy, the upstairs bar giving you that perfect atmosphere you’d been hoping for!

Lima might be big, but the areas of interest are rather centrally located. First, you’ll want to take a left out of the hostel to walk down Larco Avenue. At the end of the avenue you’ll come to the Pacific Ocean, that greatest of bodies that stretches around the planet’s waist. Perhaps you’ll decide to undertake some paragliding, or hang gliding.

Pucllana ruins lay nearby, and also plenty of artisan shops and souvenir kiosks. Miraflores hosts some of the best restaurants in the city. Will you miss your best chance to try the country’s national dish of ceviche (also called cebiche)?

Other than Miraflores, there’s bohemian Barranco with its small colonial buildings and good nightlife. buy viagra online In the city center you’ll find the grand plazas of Lima, China Town, the San Francisco catacombs and plenty of museums to keep you busy.

Lima has so much going on it could be detrimental to your Peruvian experience if you take the high road and ignore the megapolis capital city.

Pariwana’s Miraflores

It all begins with the arrival at the first floor door of Pariwana. Just buzz the button and walk up the spiraling granite staircase to Pariwana reception. MirafloresAlready you’ve back into that atmosphere that you love; surrounded by travelers from all over the world in a place that acts like an incubator of social interaction.

Miraflores is the backpacker hub of the city. There are very few hostels in other parts of the city. All the things you’ll need are right there. You’ll find ATMs galore, a cinema, the expansive Parque Kennedy that always has something going on (recently it was a dinosaur exhibition), bars and clubs, banks and money exchanges.

Pariwana enjoys a location perched above the central Miraflores ovalo, a big roundabout where two major avenues intersect. Just out the front door, the buses yelling “todo Arequipa” lead you all the way downtown. Otherwise, Lima’s Metropolitano integrated bus system has a station not a 2 minute walk from the front gate of Pariwana.

Miraflores is popular for a number of reasons. First, it is the richer part of town, the part of town everyone wants to be in, the part of town where everything is happening. Everyone wants a part of Miraflores, especially on the weekends. The district boasts some of the most renowned bars and clubs. The club Tayta has free entry and lies just two blocks to the left out of Pariwana’s door. Following Larco to its end brings travellers to LarcoMar, the big ocean side mall complex that also houses some happening nightlife spots.

Miraflores is within walking distance to Barranco. Walk to the ocean and from there head south along the entire ocean front. Eventually you’ll come to the bohemian and colonial district of Barranco.

Miraflores also is home to one of the biggest Incan ruins in town, the Huaca Pucllana. This sprawling Incan complex brings the ancient Peruvian experience very close to Pariwana’s already splendid locale.

Overall, staying at the Pariwana in Lima is the best choice bottoms down thanks to its prime location in the active city of Miraflores, Lima.

5 great party clubs in Lima’s nightlife

If you want an exciting and vibrant nightlife and party on until the morning glory, then Lima represents a great club scene for you to check out. After a relaxing day on the beaches and Lima’s active lifestyle, the evening and night can be spend in a big variety of modern party areas, with the areas of Miraflores and Barranco topping the club list!

Miraflores is mostly known, besides being the prime tourist spot, as a great place to eat, relax, get active and to enjoy the sunset from the impressive cliffs along the surfing coast. But also, it is widely known for its trendy clubs with plenty of bars, casino’s and karaoke café’s all around.

Barranco, on the other hand, has a bit more of a nostalgic feeling with historical sights and wooden bridges. Barranco is only 10 minutes away from Miraflores and it has a great variety of retro bars and clubs all pretty much heaped together within a couple of blocks.

Although there are obviously plenty of other clubs outside these two areas, the best party taste with a smooth mix of locals and backpackers can be found right here!

Here you´ll find our top five clubs in Miraflores and Barranco, in random order:

Aura and Gotica Nightclub (both are located in Larcomar shopping centre, Miraflores)
If you are looking for trendy than look no further, as the nightclubs Aura and Gotica are located on a prime location along the cliffs facing the Pacific. In this great nightclub you hear mainly contemporary Latin house, dance, reggae and other mixes from live DJ’s. These two clubs are also amongst the priciest in Miraflores, but with a big dance floor, outside patio and mixing with the fancy locals, these great party places can pull this off easily in its weekend opening hours. See the websites of Aura and Gotica for more information on events and performances.

Help Retro Bar (Calle Catalino Miranda 158, Barranco)
Don’t let this name fool you…this great club is located in a huge hall. From night to night you can find electronical, rock and hip-hop music here. In weekends Help is quite busy with live DJ’s playing, with also a small cover fee ($7, including drink) and girls mostly entering free. Drinks are not too pricey here and Help can be fun as well during the week.

Check out their website for upcoming events (in Spanish).

El Dragón (Avenida Nicolás de Piérola 168. Barranco)
In this club you can find probably the biggest variety in music styles every night, ranging from reggae, electronic / dance, salsa to rock, blues, live pop bands and the more. Also ere an entrance fee applies.

Check out El Dragón’s website for upcoming events (in Spanish).

Dubal (Calle Esparanza 275 , Miraflores)
This club/disco is right located in the heart of Miraflores and a stonethrow away from our hostel. Dubal disco is known for its varying theme nights, ranging from Salsa night, Her-or-him fashion nights, DJ parties, getting the weekend started party, with girls on the bar, and so on…. Dubal is a bit cheaper than the clubs in Larcomar, but also here you also have to pay an entry fee. The club is open from Thursday tot Saturday and does not have a homepage (yet), so check out on their facebook page.

La Noche (Avenida Bolognesi 307 Barranco)
While being mostly a nice live music bar throughout the week nights, La Noche transforms into a proper club scene with live performances of local artists with salsa, rock, DJ’s, etc. With its live performances, expect to be charged an entry fee (usually under $10).

La Noche is constructing their website. Until that time you can find their events via their Facebook page.

And where to stay to enjoy all this nightlife? Come visit Pariwana hostel Lima, right in the center of Miraflores!

Read on here about practical backbackper tips for Lima, and the tasty and varying food that Lima has to offer.

Pariwana hostel Lima

In active Lima you can find our trendy backpacker hostel right in the epicentre of very safe Miraflores, The hot-spot where everything happens in Lima. Our top location is situated in an impressive building constructed in the 1920’s with the biggest terrace in Miraflores. The hostel has an excellent view of the central park in Miraflores, where you can always find local music and art. To top it off, it is not for nothing that we keep receiving a top-score of 93% as average impression from all our visitors on Hostelworld.com, not to speak of our award winning Cusco location!

Enter the hostel and get lost in our artistically decorated building, where even the smallest details breath our fantastic Peruvian culture. Besides our great chill-out terrace we provide plentiful drinks and Peruvian meals with great backpacker prices. Our separate fully equipped kitchen also provides for the travellers who like to get creative themselves in the kitchen. And don’t worry about those early mornings, as a great free breakfast and coffee/tea is awaiting you! All these great features can also be found in our award winning and immensely popular Cusco hostel.

rooms of limaObviously we are up-to-date on everyday modern services like our internet lounge, including WiFi, an information centre where you can book all type of tours, laundry service and a relaxed TV room with lots of DVD’s to help cure the hangover.
Our clean rooms are top-notch with a wide variety of room types, ranging from great private rooms with TV to cosy back-backer dormitory rooms. In all our shared rooms we provide lockers with build-in power sockets for your own security. The beds are made daily and all hot water bathrooms – and there are plenty of them – are kept clean on a daily basis by our friendly staff.

If all of this is not enough, we are working hard to keep you entertained during your stay, by having a pool-table, foosball table and bicycles available. Furthermore we are very active in organizing a great diversity of activities during the day and night, like learning how to make Peruvian dishes, organizing trips to downtown and local sights, great costume parties, and plenty of games in the form of pub quizzes, beer pong tournaments, board games, poker nights and random drinking games to mention a few.

Our chill Lima terrace
Finally, being as centrally located as we are, you can find plenty of souvenir-shops, supermarkets, parks, a never ending nightlife, surfing, paragliding, the great local cuisine, museums and beaches just a stone throw away from our great hostel! Come visit us and find out how great Pariwana Lima is!

Want to find out more? Read here about Lima’s great and varying cuisine, tips on where to eat in Miraflores for the right price and also to find some practical backpacker pointers regarding eating safe and well in Lima.