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

  • 70%



    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%



    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).

  • 80%


    Donde ir en Lima y alrededores

    centro histórico ( mucho mas seguro ahora para ir con cámaras), Caral al norte de Lima, se puede ir en bus público pero es un viaje largo casi 4 Hrs de ida, Museo Larco, barrio Miraflores, Pachacamac.Lima es un buen punto de inicio para viajar hacia el sur Paracas, Ica, Nasca y luego Cusco.

  • 60%


    Miraflores, Peru

    If you want to stay in Lima, Miraflores is without any doubt the city where you have to settle down. It is close to Lima downtown (20 minutes long by local bus) and there are many daily and night options.

    Insider Tip:You must stay there 2/3 nights, it is enough. Peru has many wonderful places to visit.

  • 70%


    Lima Review

    I didn't see much of the city because our time was short. What i did see was some poverty by the airport but the city itself is doing well. You see everywhere their is construction in the community, men building community parks, fixing roads. It is a good reflection of the economy here. It is seen in its hardworking people. I enjoyed my stay.

    Insider Tip:I put weather as average, it can be nice. But strangely most of the time it is humid with a thick marine layer. occasional blue skies but mostly gray.Strange, but I liked it.

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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