City: Lima, Peru
The juxtaposition of modern culture and historical sites gives Peru its depth. Fortunately, Peruvians love their cultural touchstones best, so partaking in them feels as though you’re a local. Head to Avenida La Mar in Miraflores and linger in one of the many cevicherias, including chef Gastón Acurio’s La Mar Cebicheria. Sip a pisco sour at the Country Club Lima Hotel (from $350; Los Eucaliptos; 511-611-9000) in San Isidro, which was among the original bars to popularize the cocktail in the late 1920s. (It continues to be a wonderful place to stay for travelers seeking luxury and cultural authenticity.) For breathtaking views of the city, the rooftop pool and restaurant at the Miraflores Park Hotel (from $415; Av. Malecón de la Reserva; 511-610-4000) offers stellar panoramas of the city and sea. Head to Barranco for souvenirs, where Las Pallas (212 Cajamarca; 511-477-4629) specializes in traditional folk art.