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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 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 £89 per night from 10 May to 10 May
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! (1,216 reviews)
"People were friendly and service in restaurant good. Otherwise it is a well used airport hotel across the avenue from the international airport."

Reviewed on 6 May 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 £154 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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 £82 per night from 13 May to 13 May
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! (953 reviews)
"I liked the cleanliness and close proximity to the airport"

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2021

Holiday Inn Lima Airport
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.
Lima Airport 3 min Away I 1400 Sqft I Balcony I Wifi
Lima Airport 3 min Away I 1400 Sqft I Balcony I Wifi
The price is £79 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated in Callao, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Minka Shopping Centre, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Norte Peru. Leyendas Park and Costa ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"I booked for my mother and my children one night, the address that appeared in the advertising is from the manager, my mother arrived and made her wait more than an hour to attend to foreigners who arrived later (I wait 45 minutes or more) the manager took A taxi with my mother and my children to ..."

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Lima Airport 3 min Away I 1400 Sqft I Balcony I Wifi
Lidia Accommodation
Lidia Accommodation
The price is £50 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Bellavista, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.7 km) from National University of San Marcos and within 3 miles (5 km) of Leyendas Park and Costa Verde. ...
Lidia Accommodation
Lima Airport 4 min Away I 3 BDR I Smartlocks
Lima Airport 4 min Away I 3 BDR I Smartlocks
The price is £111 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated in Callao, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of MegaPlaza Shopping Center, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Norte Peru. Leyendas Park and ...
Lima Airport 4 min Away I 3 BDR I Smartlocks
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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