Lima unfortunately has a bad rep, which is a bit unfair.
We were very cautious about grabbing a cab after stories of strangle muggings but walking around Miraflores and Barranco was fine. Miraflores and Barranco are the “Posh” neighbourhoods and despite the nicer houses having an 8 foot electrified fence outside them, felt pretty safe. They are also situated along the cliff top coast line which gives an impressive view for a capital city.
Security in our hostel was one metal perimeter gate and one internal wooden door. We thought this gave an unfair impression about security.
It was strange to be amongst ultra modern buildings and civilisation after setting off from a place where locals still live in mud brick houses and roads are not paved!
Amost every building was covered with great graffiti.
In Peru you don’t need to read up on the politics, you just need to read the graffiti on every wall to know what´s going on!