Lima

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Visit Lima

Spanish colonial houses, exquisite food, musicians in traditional dress, oceanfront entertainment and fine museums make the Peruvian capital a feast for the senses. 

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
Miraflores showing landscape views, a sunset and general coastal views

Miraflores

Known for dining, sea, culture

4.5/5(48 reviews)

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

Barranco
Barranco which includes street scenes as well as a large group of people

Barranco

Known for culture, beer, sea

4.5/5(3 reviews)

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

Cercado de Lima
Downtown Lima featuring heritage architecture and street scenes

Cercado de Lima

Known for shopping, cathedral, museum

4.5/5(8 reviews)

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.

Top hotels in Lima

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
4 out of 5
SG$195
per night
24 Dec-25 Dec

Located in Callao, this family-friendly hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Minka Shopping Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Costa Verde and Leyendas Park. Plaza ...

4/5Very Good! (1,876 reviews)

"Nice treat to come and relax here. Had a long flight, so nice to be here, and be able to walk across to handle ticket"…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec,2019

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
5 out of 5
Malecon De La Reserva 615, Lima, Lima
SG$219
per night
4 Jan-5 Jan

Located in Miraflores, this luxury hotel is steps away from Larco Avenue, Larcomar Shopping Center and Costa Verde. Waikiki Beach and Miraflores Central Park ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (674 reviews)

"Special attention and arrangements to pick up us at the airport with an unscheduled request and a delayed flight. Excellent service"…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov,2019

JW Marriott Hotel Lima
Selina Miraflores Lima
Selina Miraflores Lima
3 out of 5
Alcanfores 425 - 465, Miraflores, Lima, Lima
SG$88
per night
7 Jan-8 Jan

Located in Miraflores, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kennedy Park and Indian Market. Costa Verde and Waikiki Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

4.1/5Very Good! (249 reviews)

"We had a pleasant stay. Friendly staff. Standard room was a bit too basic. Room was clean. Was a bit noisy too. The doors were being slammed all night long. Otherwise very pleasant, great location and very funky hotel. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov,2019

Selina Miraflores Lima

Popular things to do in Lima

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

4/5(9 reviews)

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

4/5(11 reviews)

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

4/5(7 reviews)

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

Plaza de Armas de Lima
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Plaza de Armas de Lima

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Visit the birthplace of Lima. It has an antique fountain at its center surrounded by a majestic cathedral, a palace and colonial buildings.

Huaca Pucllana Ruins
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trover photo by LJ Alan

Huaca Pucllana Ruins

4.5/5(13 reviews)

This pyramid was the hub of activity for an ancient civilization. Now, it stands as an example of architectural ingenuity and a tribute to the Lima Culture.

Jiron de La Union
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Jiron de La Union

4/5(1 review)

Wander down one of the city’s most historic boulevards to get a sense of the local culture and see the churches and plazas that surround it.

Top activities in Lima

Small-group Lima Discovery Tour
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Small-group Lima Discovery Tour

SG$50

This fun and dynamic tour of Lima is more than a history lesson, it connects you with the heart and soul of this fascinating Peruvian city, from the people that really know what it's like to live there – the locals.

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$109

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$151

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$121

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$68

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.

Lima Airport Departure Transfer
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Lima Airport Departure Transfer

SG$20

Greet your courteous driver at your Lima hotel and relax during the direct journey to Jorge Chavez International Airport. Arrive well in advance of your departure flight, having avoided the stress of waiting for a taxi and the hassle of public transport systems.

Reviews of Lima

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Nov 2019

Lima is not only a beautiful city, but also a paradise for foodies; a hidden gem with lovely people and vibrant life!

3/5 - Okay

Eugen

26 Sep 2019

Good for a day visit (at least main square, but bad traffic and pretty rundown.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Really enjoyed Lima, go to barranco, the artisan district is lively and fun! History in downtown is good to.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Aug 2019

Lima changed & improved a lot since I last visited 22 years ago. The areas around the hotel felt safe and easy to get around. I didn’t worry about looking at my phone in public which I would have done years ago. Nice bohemian vibe near bridge of sigh

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Jul 2019

Very busy with traffic meaning it took.ages to get from Miraflores to centre.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Jul 2019

There isn't much to do, so 3 days was more than enough for me.

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