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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%

    Anonymous

    Not impresed

    Stopping there from Cuzco, the difference was night and day. The depressive fog that blankets the city seems to set the mood for the majority of the populace. Originally planned to stay there 3 nights, I'm glad we cut it short to 1 night since we visited several ruins in and around Cuzco after Machu Picchu. The people are nowhere near as friendly or hospitable, there is basically no culture left and the visible divide in social classes is disgusting.

    Insider Tip:Unless you have planned to visit specific sites in Lima, I would advise you to stay there 1 night. Not going to miss anything you haven't seen in any other major city. Spend your time elswhere like Cuzco!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Lima, Peru

    Basically just a big city. Lots of things to see in downtown Lima like churches and the square but seen one big city seen them all. I'd recommend getting to the other parts of Peru as quickly as possible since those have a bit more culture.

    Insider Tip:Take a cab! The city is a lot bigger than you might think.

  • 30%

    Anonymous

    stay for two days are enough

    not much special things except the beach on miraflores zone, the sea spray is beautiful. when i stayed, all the dorm members come and leave at the same day, just two days enough.

  • 80%

    susanmanderson6978

    Lima

    I was only in Lima for four days, but I loved the city. Miraflores is safe for a woman to walk around alone. The ocean is right there, and the historic district was cool. Check out the catacombs under the church of San Francisco and try the ceviche

    Insider Tip:With some Spanish, we got a solo and free guided tour of the Peruvian national Congress.

  • 80%

    thousandjokes

    dont judge a book by its cover

    I stayed here for two nights. It was a little bit of work for my taxi driver to find it (about 20 minutes and a $30 ride from Tocumen international airport at night and $15 to the domestic PAC airport). Unassuming from the outside, on a street off of a somewhat busy neighborhood witn some day traffic noise if you get the street faceing room. However its clean, rooms are small. Mine had a shower with a rain drop shower head that was great in the mornings. The front desk people are super nice.

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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