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Lima
Travel Guide

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 andcultural experience in bustling Lima, where the desert meets the coast, whereancient history mixes with 21st-century entertainment and where Peru’s poorhope to get rich.

The settlement along theRímac River was once inhabited by Incas and earlier civilizations. After theSpanish founded Lima in 1535, they ruled for over 300 years. Today, nearly athird of Peru’s 30 million residents live in the capital. From the slums on theCerros (hills) and the colorful colonial mansions, to the Catholic churcheswith Moorish roofs and Chinatown’s red gate, Lima’s urban sprawl isdiverse.

Explore Lima’s colonialpast in the central Plaza de Armas. A grand palace with marching guards, anornate cathedral and a 17th-century fountain define this historic square. Siton a bench and people-watch or browse nearby souvenir shops for brightlycolored souvenirs. Tour the Convento y Museo de San Francisco and its16th-century catacombs. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or set out on foot andfollow the shopping avenues to the monument-rich Plaza San Martin.

Take a metered taxi to theMuseo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera in the Pueblo Libre district to seepre-Columbian art, including Moche ceramics from over 2,200 years ago. Foroceanfront entertainment, head south to Lima’s fashionable neighborhoodsMiraflores and Barranco. Try Peru’s staple seafood dish ceviche or thealcoholic drink pisco sour.

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

Lima’s Jorge ChavezInternational Airport has connections to major global destinations. With dailyplanes and buses leaving from Lima for the surfing beaches of the PacificOcean, the lush Amazon jungle and the snow-capped Andes mountains, thisfascinating city is just the start of your Peru adventure.

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Where to stay in Lima

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
4 out of 5
The price is HK$838 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

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! (1,232 reviews)

"Convenient location, clean, friendly staff, safe."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb 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
The price is HK$1,677 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

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! (28 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
Hotel Estelar Miraflores
Hotel Estelar Miraflores
4 out of 5
Avenida Benavides 415, Miraflores, Lima, LIMA
The price is HK$598 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in Miraflores, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Larcomar Shopping Center and Amor Park. Huaca Pucllana Ruins and Costa Verde Beach are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (852 reviews)

"Excellent service, nice infrared and great location."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

Hotel Estelar Miraflores
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.
Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
3.5 out of 5
Bellavista 216, Miraflores, Lima, Lima
The price is HK$503 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (306 reviews)

"Very helpful, professional and friendly staff throughout."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2020

Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$261 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Located in Miraflores, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Indian Market, Miraflores Central Park and Kennedy Park. Costa Verde and Waikiki Beach are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (348 reviews)

"The safe was tiny and was detached so totally unusable The WiFi was cut off for repairs leaving us disconnected. On leaving the Hotel my telephone would not work so had to return to Hotel to get connected again.....very peculiar! Door handles and doors around handles dirty"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
Trendy Host Stelar Miraflores
Trendy Host Stelar Miraflores
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Almirante Miguel Grau 1430, Barranco, Lima, Lima

Located in Barranco, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lima Museum of Contemporary Art and Costa Verde. Larcomar Shopping Center and Bridge ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (97 reviews)

"Very clean and stylish apartment right in between barranco and miraflores. Perfectly located with a delicious breakfast cafe and burger joint right next door. Air conditioner did start to make loud noises toward the end of the stay. We ran out of toilet paper and went to the front desk who said we ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Trendy Host Stelar Miraflores
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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Reviews of Lima

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3/5 - Okay

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5 Jan 2020

Very safe and clean in some areas, unsafe, ugly in other areas. Dining options are far away from each other and public transport is only by bus and unreliable.

4/5 - Good

Mark

10 Dec 2019

MATE....Mario Testino art museum is well worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Nov 2019

Lima is not only a beautiful city, but also a paradise for foodies; a hidden gem with lovely people and vibrant life!

3/5 - Okay

Eugen

26 Sep 2019

Good for a day visit (at least main square, but bad traffic and pretty rundown.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Really enjoyed Lima, go to barranco, the artisan district is lively and fun! History in downtown is good to.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Aug 2019

Lima changed & improved a lot since I last visited 22 years ago. The areas around the hotel felt safe and easy to get around. I didn’t worry about looking at my phone in public which I would have done years ago. Nice bohemian vibe near bridge of sigh