Lima

Travel Guide
Exposition Park showing a fountain and a park as well as a large group of people

Spanish colonial houses, exquisite food, musicians in traditional dress, oceanfront entertainment and fine museums make the Peruvian capital a feast for the senses.

Enjoy a culinary and cultural experience in bustling Lima, where the desert meets the coast, where ancient history mixes with 21st-century entertainment and where Peru’s poor hope to get rich.

The settlement along the Rímac River was once inhabited by Incas and earlier civilizations. After the Spanish founded Lima in 1535, they ruled for over 300 years. Today, nearly a third of Peru’s 30 million residents live in the capital. From the slums on the Cerros (hills) and the colorful colonial mansions, to the Catholic churches with Moorish roofs and Chinatown’s red gate, Lima’s urban sprawl is diverse.

Explore Lima’s colonial past in the central Plaza de Armas. A grand palace with marching guards, an ornate cathedral and a 17th-century fountain define this historic square. Sit on a bench and people-watch or browse nearby souvenir shops for brightly colored souvenirs. Tour the Convento y Museo de San Francisco and its 16th-century catacombs. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or set out on foot and follow the shopping avenues to the monument-rich Plaza San Martin.

Take a metered taxi to the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera in the Pueblo Libre district to see pre-Columbian art, including Moche ceramics from over 2,200 years ago. For oceanfront entertainment, head south to Lima’s fashionable neighborhoods Miraflores and Barranco. Try Peru’s staple seafood dish ceviche or the alcoholic drink pisco sour.

In summer, ocean breezes provide a welcome reprieve from Lima’s desert air and smog. Winter days are mild, but often overcast. Because most Peruvians are poor and Lima attracts the wealthy, crime is an issue. Use the lockers and taxi service of your hotel and stick to the tourist areas.

Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport has connections to major global destinations. With daily planes and buses leaving from Lima for the surfing beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the lush Amazon jungle and the snow-capped Andes mountains, this fascinating city is just the start of your Peru adventure.

Where to stay in Lima

Holiday Inn Lima Airport
Holiday Inn Lima Airport
3.5 out of 5
Av. Tomas Valle s/n, Esq. Av. Faucett, Centro Aereo Comercial - Callao, Callao, Callao
The price is Rs6,948 per night from 23 Dec to 23 Dec
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from INOUTLET, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plaza San Miguel Mall and Costa Verde. Plaza San Martin and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2021

Holiday Inn Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
4 out of 5
The price is Rs7,816 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Set in Callao, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Minka Shopping Centre, Leyendas Park and Costa Verde. Plaza Norte Peru and MallPlaza Bellavista ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,168 reviews)
"I likedcthe proximity to the airport."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
5 out of 5
Malecon De La Reserva 615, Lima, Lima
The price is Rs10,108 per night from 4 Dec to 4 Dec
Located in Miraflores, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Larco Avenue and Kennedy Park. Miraflores Central Park and Huaca Pucllana Ruins are also ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (792 reviews)
"Staff was top notch. Went above and beyond for us!"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

JW Marriott Hotel Lima
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Independencia 279, Miraflores, Lima 18, Lima, Lima
The price is Rs4,133 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Located in Miraflores, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Indian Market and Kennedy Park. Miraflores Central Park and Huaca Pucllana Ruins are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (368 reviews)
"Great place and excellent location to stay"

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2021

Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
3.5 out of 5
Bellavista 216, Miraflores, Lima, Lima
The price is Rs4,596 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Located in Miraflores, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Miraflores Central Park and Kennedy Park. Huaca Pucllana Ruins and Costa Verde are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (316 reviews)
Awesome place to stay
"Amazing stay. Location is safe. Premises on point."

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2021

Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
DM Hoteles Asia
DM Hoteles Asia
3 out of 5
The price is Rs5,728 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Situated in Asia, this holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Pampa El Tabacal and within 9 miles (15 km) of Asia Beach and Boulevard Asia Shopping Mall. Racing ...
3.7/5 Good! (20 reviews)
"Las instalaciones son amplias y los bungalows muy cómodos. Es un hotel sencillo, pero muy atractivo. La atención del personal es excelente: Carla (recepción), Nicolas (restaurante), Walter (salvavidas) todos muy amables y serviciales. El restaurante sólo opera por horas y llegar al hotel es un poco ..."

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2021

DM Hoteles Asia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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