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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

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Big city with a lot of traffic

    Lima is a 8.5M people city and lacking a subway or efficient public transportation system, getting around takes time and if you don't want to pay for taxis also some patience. To me, the biggest appeal of Lima is the cuisine, I've never ate so well while spending so little.

    Insider Tip:Location is key, stay as close as possible to the heart of Miraflores so you can walk and take a cheap taxi.

  • 70%

    yourfacehxc

    Another city

    I enjoyed my time here but there wasn't anything about Lima I found particularly better or worse than any other city. Excellent proximity to the ocean but not many beaches, great history, had some awesome vegan food, hit some cool museums, drank awesome coffee but again, kind of just another city on the water! Worth a visit, nonetheless.

    Insider Tip:Go to MAC (contemporary art museum) and be sure to hit the Raw Vegan Cafe as well as two amazing coffee shops - La Bodega Verde (2 locations: MAC & Barranco) as well as Arabica which is in Miraflores.

  • 60%

    gcfiglio

    Trip to Lima

    Great city... some interesting Inca ruins... downtown is nice.... some great parks to chill out... U can paraglide... surf and do other stuff too... Museums are nice too...

  • 70%

    aluguerb

    Meh

    Didnt like the city very much, not a lot of charm. Miraflores is a wealthy neiborhood with no personnality except for parties. The center of the city was the nice part with the fountains and the fountain show as well as the nice crypt tour.

    Insider Tip:go see the fountain show at night in the parc of exibition as well as doing the crypt tour in the church in the center. For the metropolitano, dont buy the card, ask for locals to buy your entry and give them the money.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Lima

    What a great city- we stayed in Miraflores but walked around Barranco as well. We also got the bus into the centre to see the main square and the oddly ceremonial changing of the guard.

    Insider Tip:We did the Peruvian Cooking course on offer (a little pricey but a really good experience, introducing us to the culinary feasts of Peruvian cooking).

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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