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Lima is the enchanting capital of Peru. Not too long ago, Lima was considered little more than the transfer point to go to Machu Picchu. But now, well informed travelers are privy to the wealth of culinary, historic, and cultural gems that this city by the Pacific has to offer.
Pre-Incan adobe pyramids of Huaca Pucllana and impressive colonial architecture on the Plaza Mayor are odes to Lima’s layered past. Coupled in stark contrast with world-class restaurants in the contemporary Miraflores district or art museums and bohemian vibes of Barranco, Lima proves to be a wonderland of diversity.
Jose Chavez International Airport (in the Callao district) is the principal airport for Lima.
Entry process: When you land at the airport, you will proceed through immigration. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival and it will be stamped by the customs agent. After picking up your luggage, you will go through a final luggage screening at customs.
An English-speaking representative from Inca Expert Travel will be waiting for you outside of the baggage claim area, holding a sign with your name on it.
If you arrange your own transportation from the airport, we recommend using one of the licensed taxi companies inside the airport.
Transportation times from the airport to touristic city districts depends on what time your plane arrives in Lima and often dictated by weekday morning and evening rush hours.
Most travelers stay in Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro because these districts have great hotels, restaurants, parks and nightlife.
Crime in Lima is primarily petty theft, pickpocketing, and the like. You can avoid this by using good judgment and common sense. Keep your valuables at your hotel, stow your money under your clothes in a zippered or sealed container, wear backpacks on your front when in crowded areas, and in general stay alert.
Please speak with your travel advisor about any specific concerns.
The most vibrant nightlife in Lima is centered in Miraflores and Barranco. In Miraflores, there are many places to choose from around Parque Kennedy and Calle Berlin, and in Barranco, Avenida San Martin near Puente de Suspiros is lined with lounges, bars and clubs.
Bar and lounge recommendations:
Lima is the starting point for most Peru vacations because of its international airport.
From Lima, several travelers continue to other popular Peru destinations, like Cusco to see Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, to Puno to explore Lake Titicaca, to Arequipa to see the condors and hike Colca Canyon, or to Puerto Maldonado to explore the Amazon Rainforest.
Destinations closest to Lima: