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LimaPeru

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

Top hotels in Lima

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
4 out of 5
The price is SG$150 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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

4.1/5Very Good! (1,309 reviews)

"Check in was flawless and super helpful staff. The hotel restaurant was great and it was open later than expected and food was great!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan,2021

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Decameron El Pueblo Resort&Conference Center - All Inclusive
Decameron El Pueblo Resort&Conference Center - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Central Km 10.5, Ate Vitarte, Santa Clara, Lima
The price is SG$348 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Set in Lima, this family-friendly resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Huachipa Zoo, Aventura Plaza Mall and Patio Panorama. Federico Villareal National University ...

3.7/5Good! (29 reviews)

"The towels could be available in each pool. Improvements should be done on sanitary installations."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb,2020

Decameron El Pueblo Resort&Conference Center - All Inclusive
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
5 out of 5
Malecon De La Reserva 615, Lima, Lima
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$232 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (741 reviews)

"For the price of the room - isn’t worth it. The view is what you’re paying for. The breakfast was actually good."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan,2021

JW Marriott Hotel Lima
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Lima

Trendy Host Osma, Barranco
Trendy Host Osma, Barranco
3.5 out of 5
Av. Pedro de Osma 307, Barranco, Lima

Located in Barranco, this apartment building is steps away from MATE Mario Testino Association, Costa Verde and Pedro de Osma Museum. Bridge of Sighs and La ...

4.4/5Excellent! (135 reviews)

"clean and good.. close to everything.. nice staff .."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan,2020

Trendy Host Osma, Barranco
Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Independencia 279, Miraflores, Lima 18, Lima, Lima
The price is SG$49 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Miraflores, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Indian Market, Miraflores Central Park and Kennedy Park. Costa Verde and Waikiki Beach are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (346 reviews)

"The safe was tiny and was detached so totally unusable The WiFi was cut off for repairs leaving us disconnected. On leaving the Hotel my telephone would not work so had to return to Hotel to get connected again.....very peculiar! Door handles and doors around handles dirty"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar,2020

Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
Trendy Host Stelar Miraflores
Trendy Host Stelar Miraflores
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Almirante Miguel Grau 1430, Barranco, Lima, Lima

Located in Barranco, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lima Museum of Contemporary Art and Costa Verde. Larcomar Shopping Center and Bridge ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (96 reviews)

"Very clean and stylish apartment right in between barranco and miraflores. Perfectly located with a delicious breakfast cafe and burger joint right next door. Air conditioner did start to make loud noises toward the end of the stay. We ran out of toilet paper and went to the front desk who said we ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar,2020

Trendy Host Stelar Miraflores
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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