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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

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
4 out of 5
The price is Rs7,694 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
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 MegaPlaza Shopping ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,200 reviews)
"It’s ok"

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2021

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Decameron El Pueblo Resort&Conference Center - All Inclusive
Decameron El Pueblo Resort&Conference Center - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Central Km 10.5, Ate Vitarte, Santa Clara, Lima
The price is Rs15,827 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Set in Lima, this family-friendly resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Huachipa Zoo, Aventura Plaza Mall and Patio Panorama. Federico Villareal National University ...
3.7/5Good! (29 reviews)
"The towels could be available in each pool. Improvements should be done on sanitary installations."

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2020

Decameron El Pueblo Resort&Conference Center - All Inclusive
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 Rs8,022 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plaza Norte Peru, Plaza San Miguel Mall and Costa Verde. Plaza de Armas de Lima and Plaza San ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (965 reviews)
"Close to airport, included airport transfers. Clean and safe."

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2021

Holiday Inn Lima Airport
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