- For other places with the same name, see Lima (disambiguation).
Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the modern city is a curious mix of the modern mega city with some 'islands of modernity', large but orderly slum areas and colonial architecture in the city center. Lima was the seat of the Spanish rule during 300 years, and as such it has wonderful churches, cloisters and monasteries that are worth a visit.
Lima is also the best place to try the wonderful Peruvian cuisine, which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions. The cold sea current in front of Peru's large coast makes the sea very rich in fish and seafood, which have a great taste due to the special plankton they eat. Fish and seafood restaurants are therefore worth the time, and not expensive.
Lima is built upon a valley surrounded by an extremely arid desert. In the summer, the weather is usually beautiful, very warm and sunny, sometimes with rains around January. In the winter, the city is overcast and rainy for days at a time. The rain in the wintertime doesn't fall hard, but it gets everything wet. Temperature also falls to around 7-12 C⁰ (45-55⁰ F), which seems chillier when combined with the general dampness.
The following pages include the province of Callao and the province of Lima and their districts
A bohemian beach-side neighborhood known for its nightlife.
Includes the Centro Historico, Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas) and Plaza San Martin, churches, colonial architecture, the presidential palace, congress, and shopping streets.
|Javier Prado East
The southeast, Jockey Plaza, Chaclacayo, Chosica.
|Javier Prado West
The southwest, Brena, the historic Pueblo Libre, San Isidro, the business district and the port area Callao
An upscale touristy neighborhood with restaurants, nightlife, and hotels. It is the touristic district of Lima. Main travel agencies, major hotels, airlines offices and foreign embassies are located here. Shopping original paintings, antiques (Av. La Paz), and inexpensive handicrafts (Av. Petit Thuars).
|Rio Lurin South
The far south, south of Rio Lurin.
|Rio Rimac North
North of Rio Rimac.
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Metropolitan Lima is a metropolis of almost 8.5 million people. Many of these people have migrated from the Andes mountains to find work in Lima, without success. For this reason, there is widespread poverty in the city center and in the peripheral areas. If you fly into Lima, the first thing you see upon leaving the airport is these types of poor neighborhoods between the airport and Lima's historic center.
Lima's pre-Hispanic and colonial architecture is beautiful and the city has several museums (such as Museo Larco) that tells the story of a country with a long history that produced a large number of coastal and Andean civilizations (such as the Moche, Chavin, and the Incas) and many local cultures. There are several archeological sites both within and around the city (locally known as huaca).
Air pollution in the streets of Lima can be very bad due to the meteorlogical conditions combined with poorly maintained vehicles.
Newcomers should be very wary of the traffic which by first world standards is very dangerous.
- Jorge Chavez International Airport (IATA: LIM), ☎ . The airport is located in Callao, a seaport city northwest of Lima, located 11km (7mi) from the central historic core and 17km (11mi) from Miraflores.
The airport is well connected with most cities in South America. There are regular flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Newark, Atlanta and Houston in the US. There are daily flights from Amsterdam, Madrid, Miami, Bogotá, Medellín, Quito, Santiago de Chile and Toronto.
Lima is the hub for many national domestic flights and is served by LAN Peru, LC Busre, Avianca Peru, Peruvian, and Star Peru.
You can find free wifi in the Starbucks located in the services area.
Airlines and destinations
- Aerolíneas Argentinas (Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza)
- Aeroméxico (Mexico City)
- Air Canada (Toronto-Pearson)
- Air Europa (Madrid)
- American Airlines (Dallas-Ft Worth, Miami)
- Avianca (Bogota)
- Avianca Costa Rica (formerly Lacsa) (Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, San José (CR))
- Avianca Peru (Arequipa, Asunción, Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cancun, Caracas, Chiclaya, Cusco, Havana, Juliaca, Guatemala City, Guayaquil, La Paz, Medellín, Miami, Montevideo, Piura, Puerto Maldonado, Quito, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, San José (CR), San Salvador, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tarapoto, Trujillo, )
- Copa Airlines (Panama City)
- Delta Air Lines (Atlanta)
- JetBlue (Ft Lauderdale)
- Iberia (Madrid)
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam)
- LAN Airlines(Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Santiago, Easter Island)
- LAN Perú (Arequipa, Bogotá, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cajamarca, Cali, Caracas, Cartagena de Indias, Chiclayo, Cordoba, Cusco, Guayaquil, Iquitos, Iquique, Juliaca, La Paz, Los Angeles, Madrid, Medellín, Mexico City, Miami, Piura, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Punta Cana, Quito, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tacna, Tarapoto, Trujillo, Tumbes.
- LC Peru (formerly LC Busre) (Andahuaylas, Ayacucho, Arequipa, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Cuzco, Huancayo, Huánuco, Huaraz, Tacna, Talara, Tingo Maria)
- Peruvian (Arequipa, Cuzco, La Paz, Iquitos, Pullcalpa, Piura, Tacna, Tarapoto)
- Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale)
- Star Peru (Cuzco, Huanuco, Iquitos, Pullcalpa, Puerto Maldonado, Tarapoto)
- TAM Airlines (São Paulo-Guarulhos)
- United Airlines (Houston-Intercontinental, Newark)
- Viva Colombia (Bogota)
Arrival at the airport can be chaotic. Most flights from overseas arrive in clumps either early in the morning or very late at night, which means that getting through immigration and customs can be tremendously time consuming; the difference between arrival at the gate and exiting customs can range from 20-90 min.
The area immediately outside of customs is typically crowded, full of people waiting for arriving passengers. It's not uncommon for entire families to show up to greet a returning family member and the crowd is further swelled by pre-booked car and taxi service drivers holding up signs with passengers' names; in recent years, a large area where passengers can stand freely and scan the crowd to look for people and not be accosted has been cordoned off in front of customs exit.
Airport transit shuttles
The airport is a 20-40 min drive from San Isidro or Miraflores. Some hostels and hotels offer free airport pickup; check with your hotel regarding this service. Don't worry about standing outside the airport alone for this; it's well-lit at night and security guards are prevalent, but never go to the street to take a taxi.
Be wary of the taxi drivers at the airport: if you need transportation at the airport you should avoid using the informal taxis outside of it that will accost you, and either hire it inside the customs reception area (at somewhat inflated fees, as these companies, currently Green Taxi, CMV, and Mitsui, pay a premium to locate their desk there), or book taxi service ahead of time online with a reputable company such as Go Airport Taxi Lima. Its best to use a Certified Ground Transportation supplier so you can always be on the safe side. That being said, once you leave the grounds of the airport things get much cheaper rather rapidly and a trip to Miraflores shouldn't cost you any more than 25 soles but it is obviously not as safe and secure.
Express airport bus
There is also an Express bus to Centro and Miraflores leaving from the Arrival hall; ask at the airport information desk.
Car rental is available at the airport via Hertz, Budget, and National, but unless you have experience driving in extremely challenging environments you should avoid driving yourself in Lima. If you're set on driving yourself, take cabs for a day or so and see what navigating Lima traffic is like before making that decision.
Unlike many other cities in Peru, Lima doesn't have a central bus terminal for interlocal traffic. (The one currently is for transportation within the Lima area). Most companies have their terminal in La Victoria, not Lima's nicest neighbourhood. However, many are just on the outskirts of La Victoria (Av. Javier Prado and Paseo de la Republica), which is better. There you find some of the more reputable companies like Cruz del Sur, Tepsa, Ormeño, CIAL, Linea, ITTSA, Movil Tours, Flores, Civa.
Note: If you are staying in the North Lima area or close to the airport, there is a modern bus terminal next to Plaza Norte Shopping Center: "Gran Terminal Terrestre" which is very convenient, and it might take you around 20 minutes to get there from the airport by Tomás Valle Avenue.
Regular buses run up and down the Panamerican Highway and inland:
- South: Pisco, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa & Tacna
- North: Huaraz, Chimbote, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, & Tumbes
- East: Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Huancayo, Huaraz, Madre de Dios, Pucallpa, Puno,
- However, it is advisable to take a plane to Cuzco, Puno and/or Madre de Dios. The trip by bus is too long (around 21 hours) and uncomfortable for many people.
Companies and terminals
Some bus companies and the locations of their terminals are:
The most popular company with tourists
- Northern Terminal (terminal closest to the Main Square): Jr Quilca 531, Lima. Serves:
- Southern Terminal (terminal closest to Miraflores - i.e. closest to most backpackers but you will still need to take a taxi: Av Javier Prado Este 1109, San Isidro. Serves:
- Ormeño Javier Prado Este 1059 (San Isidro). Local destinations but also international destinations, for example:
- Expreso Cial, Av. Republica de Panama
- Movil Tours, Av. Paseo de la Republica 749. Serves northern Peru destinations only
- CIVA, Corner of Av. 28 de Julio and Paseo de la República 575, La Victoria
- Tepsa, Javier Prado Este 1091, La Victoria
- Oltursa, Av. Aramburú 1160, San Isidro
- Flores, Paseo de La República 627, La Victoria
If going further, a taxi ride between adjacent neighborhoods costs about US$4-5 (12-15 soles), if you speak Spanish well enough. A longer ride may cost from US$7–10. A reasonable price for a taxi service between the airport and Miraflores is about US$25 (65 soles), but may cost more from within the airport. By custom, taxis do not have meters; rather, the fare should be negotiated before boarding the taxi, or, if you request one by phone, at booking time. If asking for a ride on the street, don't be fooled into getting into the cab before a rate is negotiated. Be also very discerning about which taxi you choose, and avoid hailing random cabs off the street as much as possible.
Caution is advised in Lima, and the same goes for taxis. As a foreigner, do not ever get into shared taxis, and it might not hurt to look if there's someone hiding on the back seat or the trunk before entering.
First time travellers to Peru need nerves of steel with regard to the traffic. Lima harbours the most lunatic drivers in the world and taxi drivers are among the worst.
Maintenance of any mechanical object in Peru, (including taxis) is only performed when it ceases to function. Many cars are in very poor/unsafe condition. It's very common to see cars/taxis with missing windows, body parts etc.
Micro Buses or Combi Vans are small vans often packed full of people. You could stop them at any street corner, lately however, the government has clamped down and insists that they only stop at defined "paraderos", bus stops, at least in the more upscale parts of the city like Miraflores and San Isidro. In a combi you usually pay between S/.0.50-1.20. You won't need to haggle over the fare. Be careful with pickpocketers.
There are also medium and large buses, they operate the same as the micro buses but tend to be a little slower and are possibly safer.
On the side of every bus or van you will find written the names of the major avenues it travels along, also the conductors generally lean out the door of the bus yelling the names of its destinations. If this doesn't make sense, ask the conductor. Also here be careful with pickpocketers.
Metropolitano is a rapid transport bus system. This bus system is modern with wheel chair access. The buses are folding and express routes have their own dedicated lanes on express ways. Rechargeable cards are used as tickets with a minimum purchase price of S/.5.00.
Metro de Lima Line 1 – currently 16 stations through 9 districts.
See Lima/Javier Prado East for more information.
Line 2 is under construction
- Historical downtown, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Maravillas del Agua
- Love Park in Miraflores and the great sunset (summer)
- Costa Verde (marina from Magdalena to Chorrillos)
- Malls Larcomar and Jockey Plaza
- Pueblo Libre historical sites
- Historical churches: Lima´s Cathedral, Santo Domingo (San Martin de Porres), Santaro (Saint Rosa de Lima), Nazarenas (Lord of Miracles). San Francisco. La Merced.
- Museo de Osma
- Museo Larco
- Museo Arqueológico
- Museo de Arte
- Bike Tours of Lima. Bicycle, running & walking tours in Lima.
- Soul Riders Perú. Surfing in Lima. Surf lessons and or Surf tours to local and out of city breaks, if needed they provide all the gear, boards wetsuits etc. The owner is really friendly and happy to help. Also if you are looking to buy a board or other surf accessories while in Lima, soul riders Peru can help you track down the best deals.
- The Lima Gourmet Company, Miraflores, Lima, Peru, ☎ . 24. This company provides tourists with a combined city tour and a culinary tour of Lima. Travelers will visit a local market, have a hands-on cooking class and try different Peruvian dishes while they tour the city's main districts and historical points of interest. Great alternative if you don't have much time in Lima.
- Surfing the waves of Pacific Ocean in Miraflores Beach
- Paragliding over the reefs of Miraflores Beach
- Go to a live show of typical local dances: Brisas del Titicaca, Sachún
- Take a night city tour with Mirabus, tickets in Miraflores Park. They will take you to Maravillas del Agua !!
- Visit Pachacamac in Lurin (1/2 hour from Miraflores), a sacred pre-Inca citadel.
- Go to Mamacona (Lurin, behind Pachacamac) and live the emotion of a live show with Caballo Peruano de paso and the beautiful dance Marinera. Tickets in Mirabus, central park of Miraflores.
- Visit Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores, a pre-Inca ruins.
For some reason it is very hard to change money other than Euros and US-Dollars in Lima. You can't even change the currency from neighbouring countries in normal money exchanges and banks. You might find more flexible exchange offices at airports, but they often charge ridiculous service fees and exchange-rates. Changing money in Miraflores can be done safely with cambistas on the street, but you must follow a few simple rules to avoid being cheated. First, make sure that the cambista is wearing the vest-uniform indicating that he or she is an authorized, licensed cambista. Always ask for the exchange rate ("tipo de cambio"). It is worth it to compare with several cambistas, especially if you are changing a significant amount of money. Some of them do tricks with their calculators in your face and you won't notice, so the best way to know how much you should be getting is to bring a calculator yourself or use the one in your cellphone. Finally, make sure that the bills the cambista gives you have his or her seal ("sello") stamped on them - that way, if by chance one of them turns out to be counterfeit you can come back and complain. I have never gotten counterfeit notes from a cambista, but asking for the seal probably helps maintain the incentive for honesty.
As anywhere, your best bet is usually to simply draw money from an ATM. There are banks dotted all over Lima and some of them have guarded ATMs. Chances are your bank will charge you a fortune every time you withdraw money so it is better value to get as much as possible when making a withdrawal. Banco de Credito and Scotia ATM's generally allow withdrawals up to 700 soles. Interbank has been known to charge insane fees (around $18 for a $50 transaction).
Always be cautious when using an ATM you may be followed and robbed. Change as small an amount of money as possible.
- Markets Av. La Marina in San Miguel on the way to the airport. An idea might be to stop there for last-minute shopping before leaving the country. These goods are similar to those of Av. Petit Thouars, but as the neighborhood is considerably less upscale and fewer tourists come here, the prices are a little lower.
If you are interested in purchasing Peruvian folk musical instruments, there are a number of stores selling charangos, quenas, antaras, etc. on Calle Cantuarias right near Astrid y Gastón. If you have the time, a number of these stores can help you find a teacher to learn how to play your purchase.
- Markets Av. Petit Thuars in Miraflores, full of handicrafts stores
- Markets In downtown Lima the whole salers of handicrafts are in front of Santo Domingo Church
Gastronomy has always been, since the days of the Spanish vice royalty, an essential aspect of life in Lima. During the last few years, however, the city's dining reputation has experienced a huge leap in the eyes of the world because experts gathered in the Fourth International Summit of Gastronomy Madrid Fusión 2006 and formally declared Lima to be the "Gastronomy Capital of the Americas". The offerings in Lima are nowadays most varied and cover a wide range of types and cuisines, both regional and international.
Despite the wide range of choice in Lima's many restaurants, ceviche is surely number one on the list of dishes you must get to know, not only because it happens to be the "Peruvian national dish", but because of its unparalleled delicious taste. With the increasing interest in the Peruvian cuisine, ceviche is quickly making its way onto tables all over the world. But if you want to enjoy the real thing, don't miss it during your stay here in ceviche's Mecca. There is at least one cevichería in every neighbourhood, so it won't be hard to find one. Moreover, most criollo restaurants include ceviche on their menus; indeed, many restaurants do, even the more upscale nouveau-cuisine.
Warning-when to eat ceviche
The locals make it a rule not to eat ceviche late in the day since doing so may upset one's stomach (which is why you will not easily find a cevicheria open after 5PM). Western stomachs in particular can sometimes react badly to this acidic dish and eating it late in the day apparently increases that risk. Drinking Pisco Sour with a plate of Ceviche makes the meal even more acidic. Beginners may want to choose a different type of drink with their Ceviche.
A second must goes to Asian cuisine, both Chinese and Japanese, which predictably, have a strong Peruvian influence. Chifas -that is, Chinese restaurants-, which can be counted by the hundreds if not thousands, are usually down-to-earth neighbourhood eateries, offering a fare rich in seafood and chicken. Japanese restaurants, on the contrary, are less widespread, and more upscale and expensive. Their forte is, of course, a year-round supply of the freshest and most variegated seafood.
Peruvian food tend to be spicy and heavy. Try it with method and ask if any dish is picante (spicy), and if you are not fond of that, avoid it since it may be really picante. A full meal may be really heavy and cause problems even if it's perfectly nice and well prepared with fresh ingredients.
Travelers longing for a delicious falafel or shwarma sandwich will be pleased to learn there is an excellent cafe along Parque Kennedy that serves these type of Middle Eastern foods at reasonable prices.
There is a heavy presence of Western fast-food chains such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, McDonald's, Subway and Starbucks Coffee all over the city if you'd rather not try anything new to you. Places such as Burger King, Chili's and Friday's are scarce, but can be easily found around Miraflores. Also, you shouldn't miss Peruvian-style hamburgers at Bembos, traditional Peruvian sandwiches in Pasquale and fusion pizza over at D'nnos Pizza if you want to give your everyday fast-food a local twist.
Lima is home to around 220,000 restaurants, cafes, juice bars and runs a program (Restaurante Saludable) to recognise clean and healthy restaurants. Only around 800 or 1.2% of venues have received this award, so keep your eyes open for the logo Restaurante Saludable.
- Pisco Sour is the national drink of Peru, made with Pisco, a brandy made of grapes. It is highly recommended that all adult visitors to Peru try this drink at least once before exiting the country. Visitors might be amused to learn that a controversy exists between Peru and its neighbor Chile over whose country really created the Pisco Sour, although the Chilean and Peruvian recipes are somewhat different (Chilean people like to argue that Pisco is a Peruvian spirit while the Pisco Sour recipe comes from Chile, when in fact both the main ingredient and the drink were created in Peru). Variations include Maracuya Sour, Coca Sour and Chicha Sour and are offered in several bars around town. Just be careful with it; the fresh and sweet flavour makes easy to drink too much, and you can get drunk so easily.
- Inca Kola is the most popular soft drink in Peru, one of few sodas that Coca Cola couldn't defeat (until they bought the company). It's a yellow-fruit flavored drink that tastes like cream soda.
- Jugos You can find great fresh fruit drinks all over Lima. Starting from 0.50 soles for a fresh orange juice at the market to some more expensive ones. Surtidos, containing several different fruits are quite tasty.
- Chicha Morada A non alcoholic refreshing purple drink high in antioxidants. It's made by boiling purple corn with pineapple, cinnamon, clove, and sugar.
- Lucid Lima Pub Crawl. Is a great option if you want to party with other backpackers & locals on the cheap. Starting with an all-u-can-drink session it hits up bars and clubs in Miraflores every Saturday night
San Borja is a relatively safe middle-class area, home to many businesses.
Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro are some of the nicest and safest areas in the city. Although they sometimes come a bit pricier than the old city center and other parts, some budget accommodation options do exist, though keep in mind that the old city may be not safe for tourists at night.
Miraflores also has good offers on some vacation rentals.
If you witness a crime being committed, do not intervene unless you are really sure of what you are doing: many criminals, even pickpockets, carry guns, knives, etc. and may use them if feeling threatened.
In general, a tried and true technique for staying safe in Lima is to simply maintain a low profile. Leave your fancy watch at home, don't wear a fine suit and don't carry a laptop when hailing taxis on the street, and keep a relaxed, friendly, smiling attitude. If you do need to go out dressed like a gringo, call a taxi rather than hire one in the moment - the few moments you wait and the few extra soles you pay will be worth it.
While there is not much violent crime against tourists, opportunistic theft is rampant. Watch out for pickpockets constantly. If you carry a purse, a camera, a backpack or just a pair of sunglasses hang on to them at all times. In crowded areas, put your back pack on your front and hold shopping close to you. Just keep your eyes open and be aware of people around you. In any case, if someone extremely friendly approaches (even wanting to stretch your hand), just try not to talk that much, and they'll go away. It's normal to find polite people around trying to help tourists, but stay away from the extremely friendly ones.
Avoid the surroundings of Soccer / Football stadiums before and after big matches, since "barras bravas" (hooligans) can be very violent. Ask for advice if you plan to go there or thereabouts. Very infrequently, but occasionally, even in nicer tourist areas, gangs of youths, sometimes supporting rival football clubs, or strikers involved in a labor dispute may brawl. If you find yourself caught in the middle of such a confrontation, just try to move out of the way, preferably behind a closed door - these youths generally do not carry lethal weapons, and the worst that is likely to happen is that someone will get hit with a rock before the police arrive to break it up.
Districts of note
Some areas of Lima are safer than others: Miraflores and San Isidro have large populations of well-to-do and wealthy Peruvians, not to mention large tourist groups, so they have a large police presence to protect the population. Other districts, such as La Victoria, are much more dangerous. Visitors would be well advised to stay out of these areas unless accompanied by an experienced native or visiting busy areas during daylight hours. Downtown Lima is normally well patrolled but be careful anyway. Callao (the port, technically a different city) is rather rough: ask for advice before going there if you plan to. The area around the airport is generally safe and well guarded but use common sense while lugging your luggage outside the airport.
Staying safe for adults can also require an understanding of the sexual climate of Peru. In general Peru is a relatively conservative country in the sense of male and female roles, but at the same time Peruvians are extremely open to friendships with foreigners. Thus, some males can find themselves suddenly the object of flirtation by attractive young Peruvian women, but then be suddenly rejected for having violated some unwritten line of conduct in, say, discussion topics. Women can find themselves the object of unwanted looks and stares, but at the same time the risk of violence and rape is probably not as high as in many other countries.
A problem that can arise is the Peruvian concept of the pepera, found at certain night clubs or pubs. Peperas are usually attractive women aged 16–25 that deliberately entice foreign tourists and then spike their drinks with sleeping pills and rob them once they're unconscious. Usually peperas work in groups of two, although smaller and larger groups exist as well. Male "peperos" also spike the drinks of women but robbery is often accompanied by rape. Peperas in general are found in dense tourist areas, such as Park Kennedy in Miraflores as well as the Plaza de Armas in central Lima. One locale in particular that is notorious for dangerous peperas is the Tequila Rock discoteca in Miraflores and its sister in Pueblo Libre (La Marina). As of July 2013 cases of drink spiking, working with bar staff, have occurred in Albazos restaurant y pisco bar (Berlin 172 in Miraflores).
Another cultural concept worth learning is the "brichera" (or "brichero"). There are two types of bricheras: the first type are women that are genuinely looking to meet foreign men in the hopes of dating or marriage or even a quick fling. The second type are women that search for foreign men with the implicit purpose of exchanging sex for small gifts or money. This second type of brichera is risky, especially for foreigners lacking local sensibilities, since it involves prostitution. These bricheras do not use contraception reliably, and therefore pose a higher risk for transmitting STDs (Sexual Transmitted Diseases). If you decide to have a fling, make sure to use a condom.
Another important point to be taken into consideration is that you should not pick up just any taxi, especially when you are leaving the airport. It is not strange to hear news that some taxi drivers cheated tourists (for example, going from the northeast point of the city to the southeast part would take you at most 50 soles and that is the largest distance in Lima so do not pay more than that) by charging them 100 or even 200 soles for normal rides (even though Peruvian taxi drivers normally tend to increase their fares in front of gringos, it is not a massive difference). It is most advisable to use one of the official taxi companies inside the airport (such as Green Taxi) with set fares to ensure your safety.
Taxi drivers have also been known to participate in robberies, express kidnappings or serve as get away vehicles. While the overwhelming majority of Lima's taxistas are honest hard working people trying to make a living, you should be alert if you are going to hail a taxi on the street, especially if you appear to be wealthy and/or a foreigner. Your safest bet is to have your hotel call a taxi for you or keep the numbers of official taxi companies ("radio taxis", which are marked with registered numbers) handy. Lima's tourist information centers will be willing to call one for you as well.
- Australia, Víctor A. Belaúnde 147 Torre Real 3, Oficina 1301, San Isidro, ☎ .
- Austria, Av. Central 643 Piso 5, San Isidro, ☎ .
- Canada, Calle Libertad 130, Miraflores, ☎ +51 1 444-4015 or Toll-Free (within the country): 0-800-50602, fax: +51 1 242-4050.
- Finland, Av. Victor Andrés Belaúnde 147, Edificio Real Tres, Oficina 502 (5th floor), San Isidro, Lima 27, ☎ , , 222 4480fax: +51-1-2218286, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo 8:30AM-4:45PM, Tu-Th -4:30PM, Fr -2PM.
- France, Av. Arequipa 3415 - San Isidro, ☎ .
- Germany, Avda. Arequipa 4210, Miraflores, ☎ .
- Greece, Av. Principal 190, piso 6, Urb. Santa Catalina, La Victoria, Lima 13, ☎ , , Emergencies:+51 1 985 868579fax: +51 1 223 2486, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Italy, Av. Gregorio Escobedo 298 - Jesus Maria, ☎ +51 1 463 2727 - night and holidays emergency ph#: +51 1 891 7557.
- Japan, Avenida San Felipe 356, Jesús María, ☎ , fax: +51 1 463-0302.
- Mexico, Ave. Jorge Basadre 710, San Isidro, ☎ .
- New Zealand, Víctor A. Belaúnde 147 Torre Real 3, Oficina 1102, San Isidro, Lima 27, ☎ .
- Spain, Av. Jorge Basadre, 498 (San Isidro), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- United Kingdom, Torre Parque Mar (Piso 22), Avenida Jose Larco, 1301, Miraflores, ☎ .
- United States, Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n, Surco, ☎ , fax: +51 1 618-2397.
If you are flying out of Lima internationally, the airport tax is US$31, US$7.40 for domestic flights. As of January 2011 this tax has been rolled into the purchase price of the tickets at this airport. Ensure you receive a sticker on the back of each ticket from the check-in counter to attest to this at the security checkpoint.
The surrounding residential towns of Lima in the foothills of the mountains offer spectacular views and are ideal day-trips from central Lima.
If you are flying to your next destination, you can take the "S" bus to the airport (ask at your hotel for the stops) or any micro bus that says "Faucett" on its side. The trip from Miraflores takes about an hour and costs 3 soles. Cabs are of course more convenient and much more expensive.
If you wish to take a long distance bus, see the Get In section above for bus companies, the various locations of their terminals and their destinations.
Some popular destinations from Lima are:
- Arequipa— An attractive city in the south.
- Atalaya— The Emerald of Ucayali. Boats travelling downstream to Pucallpa.
- Cajamarca— Hosts an exciting Carnaval every year.
- Cuzco— The centre of the Inca civilization. Luxury tourist buses run twice daily with Cruz del Sur. One of South America's most iconic sights, Machu Picchu, is just a 4-hours train ride away from Cuzco.
- Huancayo can be reached by taking a scenic train trip through the Andes.
- Huaraz— A mountaineering centre.
- Iquitos— By plane or via Pucallpa.
- Ica— With an interesting museum and oasis.
- La Merced— 7 hr by bus and you're in the jungle.
- Mancora— A very relaxing beach in the north that parties hard nightly.
- Matucana— Antankallo waterfall.
- Nazca— Home of the ancient and mysterious Nazca Lines. Luxury tourist buses run twice daily with Cruz del Sur.
- Pucallpa— Can be reached by bus or plane and is the only major river port linked by road to Lima. Its possible to travel by boat to Iquitos from Pucallpa and on to the mighty amazon river.
- San Mateo_(Peru)— 4.5 hr outside of Lima.
- Tarma— The Pearl of the Andes.
- Trujillo— A city in the north home to Peru's largest adobe ruins.
- Tumbes— A city for the Peruvian coast north heavenly beach.