One day in Lima / one day in Sao Paulo
February 20, 2014 8:26 AM Subscribe
I am going on a business trip to Sao Paulo next month. I will have one free day in Sao Paulo (a Sunday, which I know many mean many things are closed) before my work begins and a 24 hour layover in Lima over the weekend on my way back (noon to noon).
What are the can't-miss things in Sao Paulo and Lima? The must-sees, must-dos, must-drinks? Special snowflake details inside!
Special snowflake details:
- I love architecture (as in, a walking tour of architecture would be a great way to spend a day in my eyes), history, coffee, beer and wine, obscure foreign toiletries, and dancing (although I'm not necessarily much good at that last one).
- I enjoy going to grocery stores in foreign countries (hey, everyone is weird in some way!)
- I like to go shopping if I can find something that is both unique and useable (loved the great plus-sized clothes I bought in Sydney and the coffee from Costa Rica; no interest in little clay pots or any other item that just sits on a shelf to be gazed at).
- I would rather go to a cool market where artisans and crafters show off their wares than to an art museum. (Call me a Philistine.)
- A ton of people close to me have birthdays in March, April and May and the idea of bringing them something unique from Brazil or Peru is really appealing.
Does anyone have any recommendations for restaurants in Lima or Sao Paulo that serve food without meat? I'm a vegetarian but I don't require a vegetarian restaurant (unless it's a really amazing vegetarian restaurant), just a dish without meat or fish. Added level of difficulty: I am allergic to corn, soy protein (soy sauce is AOK) and quinoa.
Sao Paulo: What I've picked up from my research is - buy Havianas, a hammock, coffee and cachaha. Drink the beer that is all foam. So far I haven't gotten great tips on what to see and do. Any pointers?
For Lima, my goals are:
- See Huaca Pucllana (or another huaca, but this is apparently the best?)
- Get something made of vicuna wool for my mom
- Get pisco for my other half (which I understand can be done at the airport)
I am staying Miraflores-adjacent so it doesn't seem like these three items will be a problem. I am wondering if I can also see the city centre or if that may be too much to accomplish.
Last question: I've heard you have to be at Lima Airport 3 hours early for an international flight because the lines get crazy. What about Sao Paulo?
Thanks for reading all of this and I look forward to your tips!