Lima Feature


Peña Party

Popular weekend destinations are peñas, bars that offer música criolla, rhythmic ballads performed with guitars and cajones (wooden boxes used for percussion). Peñas that cater to tourists, however, offer a more varied show that includes folk music and dancing from the country's coastal and Andean regions.

Junius. In the El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Junius has dinner shows featuring traditional music and dances of the coast and the mountains. It's geared mostly to tourists, with shows nightly from 8 to 10:30. El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Av. Independencia 141, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 01/617–1000.

La Candelaria. Vying for both the local and tourist markets, La Candelaria is located in a lovely old building in Barranco. The restaurant opens at 9 pm and shows combining the folklore of the coast, mountains, and jungle start at 10:30 on Friday and Saturday night. There's a cover charge for the show, and food and drink are à la carte. Av. Bolognesi 292, Barranco, Lima, 04. 01/247–1314.

La Dama Juana. The most tourist-friendly peña, La Dama Juana offers 90-minute shows in an atmospheric Spanish colonial-style building in Barranco. Performances start at 8:30, and a traditional Peruvian buffet is served from 7:30 to 10. They also have a Sunday afternoon show that starts at 2:30; the buffet opens at 12:20. Av. República de Panama 230, Barranco, Lima, 04. 01/248–7547.

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