A bright spot on the Pacific coast as seen from space marks the giant city of Lima, the capital of Peru. Nope, it’s not named after the fruit, but it does have some sweet sides to it. Think sunsets in the sea, hilly neighborhoods and a cool-yet-tropical climate not far from the desert. There’s always a breeze.
Yes, Machu Picchu is a good reason to visit Peru, but Lima has its own merits for the followers of the digital nomad lifestyle. Besides being one of the cheaper capital cities in the region, it’s also the origin of Pisco Sour, a cocktail for the fearless. Ask any South American what they love about Peru, and they will tell you it’s the food without question. Whatever your diet, bring your appetite for a trip to Lima, where not only the local food will blow your tonsils, but also the fusion cuisine and magnificent street food.
All neighborhoods have a different charm. From the balconied colonial houses in the center to the artsy barrio Barranco and the shiny high rises and buzzing expat scene in Miraflores: there’s something that will fit your needs.
The Lima guide gives you all the information you need to get yourself started in this amazing city. We kick off with the difficult stuff you need to know upon arrival:
- How to get quick cash without paying outrageous ATM fees
- What living expenses to expect and how to keep them low
- Where to find WiFi and how to politely ask for the password like a local
- What to expect from the local coffee standards
- How to hustle your accommodation
- Where to get your socks washed (without losing one of them)
- Which SIM-card to get and how to get mobile internet up and running
- How to meet other like-minded people (or how to avoid them)
- What to eat locally and what to drink with it on the side
- How to get from A to B without pissing off immigration officers
- What else there is to do besides eat, sleep, (co)work, repeat
The second part of the book is dedicated to specific places for work in the neighbourhoods you’re most likely to stay at. We have tested each working space personally and gave honest judgment about them. You’ll find the tested WiFi speed (in Mbit) next to every café, along with our PowerScore and ZenScore. These describe the relative availability of wall sockets and how quiet it is without people tripping over your cables. We have visited dozens of cafés and only put in the most welcoming ones for people who need to get shit done. Tips on where to have a business lunch or date are also sorted by neighbourhood.
The Lima edition is also featuring a third part with a few other great destinations in Peru: Arequipa, Iquitos, Cusco, Huacachina, and Paracas
Handiest of all? You get exclusive access to our online bonus material, in which you can find an essential interactive map with all the businesses mentioned to use on the go. If you have the book already, you have the password to access the online area. It’s at the beginning of Part Two. Come check out our amazing bonus features!
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