Enjoy a culinary and cultural experience in bustling Lima, where the desert meets the coast, where ancient history mixes with 21st-century entertainment and where Peru’s poor hope to get rich.

The settlement along the Rímac River was once inhabited by Incas and earlier civilizations. After the Spanish founded Lima in 1535, they ruled for over 300 years. Today, nearly a third of Peru’s 30 million residents live in the capital. From the slums on the Cerros (hills) and the colorful colonial mansions, to the Catholic churches with Moorish roofs and Chinatown’s red gate, Lima’s urban sprawl is diverse.

Explore Lima’s colonial past in the central Plaza de Armas. A grand palace with marching guards, an ornate cathedral and a 17th-century fountain define this historic square. Sit on a bench and people-watch or browse nearby souvenir shops for brightly colored souvenirs. Tour the Convento y Museo de San Francisco and its 16th-century catacombs. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or set out on foot and follow the shopping avenues to the monument-rich Plaza San Martin.

Take a metered taxi to the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera in the Pueblo Libre district to see pre-Columbian art, including Moche ceramics from over 2,200 years ago. For oceanfront entertainment, head south to Lima’s fashionable neighborhoods Miraflores and Barranco. Try Peru’s staple seafood dish ceviche or the alcoholic drink pisco sour.

In summer, ocean breezes provide a welcome reprieve from Lima’s desert air and smog. Winter days are mild, but often overcast. Because most Peruvians are poor and Lima attracts the wealthy, crime is an issue. Use the lockers and taxi service of your hotel and stick to the tourist areas.

Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport has connections to major global destinations. With daily planes and buses leaving from Lima for the surfing beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the lush Amazon jungle and the snow-capped Andes mountains, this fascinating city is just the start of your Peru adventure.

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Where to stay in Lima

Miraflores
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Miraflores

dining, sea, culture

This affluent suburb is home to picturesque gardens, upscale boutiques and classy restaurants with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.

Barranco
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Barranco

culture, beer, sea

Climb cliffs for ocean views, before descending the coastal walkway and crossing the Bridge of Sighs to reach the shore.

Cercado de Lima
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Cercado de Lima

shopping, cathedral, museum

Learn about Lima’s past by touring the cathedral, palace and churches of its well-preserved historic center. Visit galleries, museums and go on a shopping spree.

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Top hotels in Lima

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
4 out of 5
SG$225/night
10 Sep-11 Sep
4/5Very Good! (1,765 reviews)

Set in Callao, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Minka Shopping Centre, Costa Verde and Leyendas Park. Plaza San Miguel Mall and MegaPlaza ...

4/5Very Good! (1,765 reviews)

"Very good staff. Good food at restaurant....extremely convenient for connecting overnight"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug,2019

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
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Holiday Inn Lima Airport
3.5 out of 5
Av. Tomas Valle s/n esq Av. Faucett, Centro Aereo Comercial - Callao, Callao
SG$166/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.4/5Excellent! (598 reviews)

Situated in Callao, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Minka Shopping Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plaza San Miguel Mall and Costa Verde. National University ...

4.4/5Excellent! (598 reviews)

"Great bed but couldn't connect to the Internet in the room anymore in the morning and the shower had almost no water pressure. Best part was the breakfast!!!!! Staff were very friendly and the free shuttle to the airport was very convenient. We didn't hear any noise from planes but the constant honking ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug,2019

Holiday Inn Lima Airport
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ibis Larco Miraflores
3 out of 5
Avenida Larco 1140, Miraflores, Lima, LIMA
SG$81/night
13 Sep-14 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (826 reviews)

Located in Miraflores, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Larco Avenue and Larcomar Shopping Center. Costa Verde and Miraflores Central Park are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (826 reviews)

"The hotel had everything I needed. The decor in the lobby and restaurant was nice. The lobby is very small, though. I like more sitting areas if I'm waiting to be picked up etc. The room was bright and clean. Only complaints are a mini fridge would have been nice, as well as washcloths/hand towels. ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug,2019

ibis Larco Miraflores

Popular things to do in Lima

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

Visit one of the most important parts of the city with a poignant statue of Peru’s liberator surrounded by elegant buildings.

Larcomar Shopping Center
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Larcomar Shopping Center

Spend the day at this award-winning shopping center with an innovative design on the edge of a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Bridge of Sighs
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Bridge of Sighs

Make a wish. If you can cross the entirety of this bridge while holding your breath, it will come true.

Top activities in Lima

Small-Group Larco Museum & Magic Water and Lasers Dance Show
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Small-Group Larco Museum & Magic Water and Lasers Dance Show

SG$111

Larco Herrera Museum Tour Have you ever thought about immersing yourself in the mythical and magical history of the ancient Peruvian civilizations. We have designed a special tour for history , archeology and mysticism lovers.

Wildlife of Palomino Islands Half-Day Tour
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Wildlife of Palomino Islands Half-Day Tour

SG$154

Witness the fascinating wildlife and the gorgeous rocky cliffs of the Palomino Islands off the coast of mainland Peru. On your way out to this paradise in the Pacific, pass by other stunning islands, and then once you arrive, jump in the refreshing waters to swim alongside sea lions.

Peruvian Cooking Lessons + Local Market Tour & Exotic Fruit
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Peruvian Cooking Lessons + Local Market Tour & Exotic Fruit

SG$123

Peruvian food is growing in popularity, and this is your chance to see what makes it so special. After hotel pickup, you will enjoy a visit to a market and a cooking class perfect to introduce you to the best dishes in Peruvian cuisine.

The incredible Pachacamac Ruins
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The incredible Pachacamac Ruins

SG$69

Venture 18 miles (30 km) from the bustling city center of Lima to discover the majestic Pachacamac ruins, which date back to 200 A.D. Led by a knowledgeable tour guide, learn about the fascinating history of the Incas and explore the site's pyramid temples and elaborate ceremonial centers.

Tour of Historic & Cultural Lima
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Tour of Historic & Cultural Lima

SG$50

Discover the landmarks of Lima—the City of Kings—as you follow your expert local guide by the city’s key points of interest and main attractions. Go back in time to the pre-Columbian period and the Spanish-colonial era as you wander through historical, cultural, and present-day hotspots.

Bohemian & Colorful Lima: Barranco and Callao City tour
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Bohemian & Colorful Lima: Barranco and Callao City tour

SG$62

This is going to be the best experiences you could have in Peru, because the amount of colors and art will make you travel to another world. Your Travel Buddy is going to pick you up from your accommodation around 2:00 pm.

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