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

  • 90%


    Lima is beautiful but a beast of a city

    I was only in Lima for two days & one night so I didn't get enough time to truly immerse myself into the city experience but what i got to see and explore Lima is beautiful. For example, plaza san martin and plaza de armas are beautiful sites that need to be explored when visiting Lima. Streets and car drivers are insane as they occupy every inch of available space & many disregard the light signals but remarkably safe.

    Insider Tip:When crossing a busy street make sure to cross in a group as it can get scary crossing alone when cars dont stop when they're supposed to.

  • 60%


    Quick Night in Lima

    Though Central Lima has some lovely colonial architecture, Lima requires no more than two days at most.

    Insider Tip:Arequpia, Peru's second largest city is more deserving of your time. Its beautiful volcanic stone buildings and volcano back drop make for a stunning atmosphere and even lovelier photos. The city buzz is far more to be desired than Lima, with a vast array of restaurants, night life, shops, museums, etc.

  • 50%


    Great vibe and amazing food!

    Lima's reputation of being a foodie destination is well deserved. Also the nightlife guarantees several good nights out. Enjoyed my time here.

    Insider Tip:Try as many different Peruvian dishes as you can...

  • 80%



    Great city with lots of culinary options to explore Peruvian cuisine. The historic centre's great for exploring colonial architecture.

    Insider Tip:Don't miss trying the "turrón de doña pepa" and "kinkon de san Roque" typical peruvian candies.

  • 50%


    Beware of taxis

    I was speaking to a local who explained to me the taxi situation in Lima. The majority of the taxi fleet can be untrustworthy so be careful. Even the locals only use taxis in which they called ahead of time.

    Insider Tip:In recent years, the government initiated a program where taxi drivers receive a red and white sticker for certifying their vehicle. While the criteria to get the certification is simple, it adds a small layer of reliability when hailing taxis. Ideally, use only taxis with the red and white stickers on them.

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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