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Two Days

Start with a walking tour of the city’s colonial heart. For lunch, try chifa at Wa Lok. Afterwards, browse the Chancay pottery inside a pristine historic mansion at the Museo Andrés del Castillo and go for happy-hour pisco cocktails at Museo del Pisco. If you've lingered long enough you can see El Circuito Mágico del Agua lit up.

On the second day, go pre-Columbian or contemporary: view breathtaking textiles at the Fundacíon Museo Amano or see a gripping exhibit on the Internal Conflict at the Museo de la Nación. Sate your ceviche cravings at La Mar, then grab espresso drinks from Cafe Bisetti to stroll through the cliff-top gardens of Barranco; or visit Huaca Pucllana, the centuries-old adobe temple in the middle of Miraflores. Reboot and spend the evening sampling novoandina (nouvelle cuisine) at one of the city’s many fine restaurants.

Three Days

In the morning, visit Barranco's exquisite Museo Pedro de Osma, which has intriguing Cuzco School canvases and relics from the viceroyalty. Next door, MATE explores photographer Mario Testino's significant legacy. Lunch at Isolina or Colonia & Co before browsing through neighborhood galleries and boutiques. Option B: a day trip to Pachacamac to stroll among arid ruins dating back almost two millennia.