City Guide Lima, Peru

Visiting Lima

With a population of nearly 6½ million people, Lima is the capital of Peru as well as the country’s largest city. Even though it lacks some of the charm of Buenos Aires and it isn’t as spectacular as Rio de Janeiro, it has lots to offer the visitor and has established itself as one of South America’s top destinations.

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Lima Podcasts

Lima - What not to miss

In this podcast recorded in the capital of Peru, Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty talks to Gisella Vasquez of the tourist board there to ask her what visitors shouldn't miss, where are the best places to eat and more.

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Peru Videos

Cusco - a video postcard

Watch our video postcard of Cusco to check out its main square Plaza de Armas, Machu Picchu and more.

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Peru Pocket Guides

Peru Pocket Guides

Download our free pocket guides for cities all over the world that are packed with money-saving tips and more.

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Lima City Reviews

  • 50%


    Least favorite place in South America

    I was mugged within my first hour of being in Lima, so Lima and I got off to a rough start. (Of 5 friends I know who have recently been to Lima, 4 were mugged there...basically, be prepared for that to happen if you go.) It's a smoggy, dirty, and legitimately dangerous city for tourists. The food is great, there are nice places to visit, and not ALL the residents are thieves and crooks, but there are so many other more interesting and less awful places elsewhere in Peru and South America.

    Insider Tip:BE CAREFUL. Arrange taxis in advance through your hostel and agree on prices beforehand. Don't walk around carrying anything you don't want to lose. Keep valuables well-hidden at all times, and use your money belt. Stick to safe neighborhoods, don't expect places to be safe just because they are well-lit or it's mid-day.

  • 60%


    Nice for a couple of days

    Lima is a nice to walk around for a day or two maximum. Miraflores is vibrant, if a little too westernised, but downtown Lima will keep you busy for a few hours

    Insider Tip:Go to the San Francisco Catacombs Drink lots of Pisco Sours Eat Ceviche Have a quick wonder around Larcomar if you're missing the creature comforts of home

  • 90%


    Great facilities and social scene

    Spent 2 nights here before a flight to brazil and could have stayed longer. Great comfy beds, plug points in all of the lockers, and spacious dorms. The roof top terrace is a fab place to hang out and meet other people, and the bar and restaurant is amazing value. Laundry service is cheap and fast, plus lots of other tours on offer. Fab location bang in the centre of miraflores too. Good travel advice and taxi service to the airport too. Definitely recommend!

  • 80%


    Lima: the multiple city

    I like to say that there are many cities at Lima. The downtown, with its historical buildings and cahotic traffic and Miraflores, where there is an AMAZING view of the Pacific Ocean, clean streets, and good stores and restaurants.

    Insider Tip:Do not go beyond the downtown and Miraflores.

  • 90%


    Lima is a wonderful city, a lot of art and architecture to see in the historical center, there is a strong feeling of security, miraflores is a great neighborhood to stay at, the sighteseeing point to me is larcomar, from there you can see a gorgeous sunset! the sea I think it was too rough for me, but it was a great experience and a great view to see those vast waves. The turistic water park is a must go! specially at night, its fantastic.

Peru: Itinerary

The Peruvian capital is slowly establishing itself as one of South America’s most popular cities with travellers. The city centre is a grid of busy streets and picturesque squares where locals and tourists alike flock every day. Seasoned with some of engrossing museums along with an ever growing number of restaurants and bars and you can see why people are coming here in their droves.

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