Lima Travel Guide & Information
Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. The city is home to Peru's incredibly rich and compelling archaeological heritage and its great natural beauty. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, Lima is an interesting mix of modern city and colonial architecture. Being the seat of Spanish rule for nearly 300 years, Lima is home to wonderful monuments, historical attractions, beaches and more that are a must add to a traveler’s “To Do” list.
Travel to Lima, to taste the wonderful Peruvian Cuisine, enriched by the huge variety of ingredients from the coast, mountain and Amazon regions. Flights to Lima are your ticket to experience this magical destination in Peru. The city attracts millions of visitors each year with its subtropical climate, old world architecture and an array of recreational activities.
The City of Kings offers visitors an oceanfront setting, colonial era splendor, sophisticated dining and an exciting nightlife. Lima, once the pride of the Spanish colonialists still retains enough history and character to tantalize and charm tourists.
Things to do in Lima
Being the seat of Spanish rule for 300 years, the City of Kings is home to museums that highlight Lima and Peru’s history.
Museo de Arte:The Lima Art Museum has the best collection of Peruvian art in the country. The paintings cover the colonial era to present day, and there is also a selection of woodcarvings, furniture, and more. The museum has more than 7,000 exhibits, giving a chronological history of Peruvian cultures and art from the Paracas civilization up to present day.
The Larco Museum: The museum features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru. Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3,000 years of development of Peruvian, pre-Columbian history. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of Pre-Columbian art, and have been on exhibit in many of the world's leading museums.
Museo de Oro del Peru: Distributed in four big rooms, has one of the biggest collections of jewels; gold, silver, semi precious stones, ceramic and textile. This collection is a sample of the extraordinary advances and technical goldsmiths and metallurgic of old Peru.
Other attractions in Lima for visitors to consider adding to their itinerary.
Plaza de Armas:The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima is the birthplace of the city of Lima, as well as the core of the city. Located in the Historic Center of Lima, it is surrounded by the Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop's Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace and the Palace of the Union. Over the years, it has hosted many grand functions, from an open-air theatre for plays and musicals, to a ring for bullfights.
Pachacamac:The temple of Pachacamac is an archaeological site, southeast of Lima in the Valley of the Lurín River. Several pyramids have been uncovered; the archeologists have identified at least 17. This was one of the major pilgrimage sites in South America, in the years 500 to 1,500.
Huaca Pucllana: Huaca Pucllana is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in the Miraflores District of Lima. With walls made of adobe bricks, built in a bookshelf fashion, which were found to be earthquake resistant; today it is an active archaeological site that was originally be excavated in 1982.
Where to Stay in Lima:
Visitors have a wide choice, from cheap hotels, to 4-Star Hotels Under $99, hostels, quaint inns and more.
San Isidro : San Isidro is a district of the Lima Province in Peru and one of the upscale districts that in Lima. San Isidro prides itself on being home to many Peruvian artists. A few museums, as well as the Huaca Huallamarca, a pre-Inca burying temple, dating back to the 4th century where concerts and exhibits are occasionally held to showcase the cultural heritage of this district. The area is home to various cafes, restaurants and shops. Visitors looking to stay in premium hotel chains should consider this area.
Miraflores : Miraflores is another upscale district, which has many luxury hotels, shops and restaurants. Miraflores has more parks and green areas in the south of Lima than most other districts. The district is full of cafés, pubs, restaurants and shops. Miraflores has always been a major hub for tourists in Lima. There are a number of hotels in the area, including a couple of international hotel brands, both budget hotels and premium hotels.
Passport & Visa Requirements
For US Citizens:
As per the latest travel information available to Lima, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.
* A valid passport is required to enter and depart Peru.
* Tourists must also provide evidence of return or onward travel.
* Visit the Embassy of Peru Website for the most current visa information.
For Canadian Citizens:
* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Peru.
* The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.
* Canadians do not require a tourist visa to enter Peru.
This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.
We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Lima.
*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.
When to visit Lima
Most visitors flock to Lima during the months of June through September. If you are planning to visit during this period, there are a lot of tourists and the weather is damp and chilly.
Summers are considered off-season in Lima. However, this is the period when many major fiestas are held.
Planning your Visit:
High season: (June to September)
Low season: (December to April)
Lima's climate is quite mild, despite being located in the tropics and in a desert. Sunny, less humid, and warm summers last from December to April and are followed by cloudy, humid, and mild winters, which lasts from June to October.
* The city experiences subtropical and desert climate weather, yet the atmosphere are very humid throughout the year.
* Humidity in the city is very high, and as a result fog is often present, especially between May and November.
Currency and Language:
US dollars are commonly accepted in most hotels, stores and supermarkets and in the main cities in the country. However, we recommend exchanging money in banks, as they offer more security and guarantees.
* Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
* Many other dialects are spoken as well.