Lima, the capital city of the Republic of Peru, known as the city of the kings. Discover with us the most incredible capital in South America!!! Lima is located on the central coast of the country, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, forming an extensive and populous urban area known as Metropolitan Lima, flanked by the coastal desert and spread over the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers. According to the Peruvian census of 2007, Lima had more than 7.6 million inhabitants. while its urban agglomeration had more than 8.5 million inhabitants, 30 percent of the Peruvian population, figures that make it the most populated city in the country.
The City of Kings grows as a metropolis in a fast and modern way. Being the only capital city of America located on the shores of the sea, Lima is full of places of interest and restaurants of international fame. It is the gastronomic capital of America and just for that reason, one of the many that has, becomes a pleasant tourist focus. Its beaches, likewise, offer us the beauty of its women and its waves. Their neighborhoods, on the other hand, will show us the deep heart of a city that demonstrates the booming destiny of Peru.
Access roads – Lima
- Terrestrial: The most popular way to travel in Peru is by land. From Lima there are interprovincial transportation services through the Pan-American Highway North and South, the Central Highway and the Pativilca-Huaraz penetration route; via paved roads.
- Aerial: Jorge Chávez International Airport (located in the Constitutional Province of Callao, 30 minutes from downtown Lima) is the main gateway to Peru. From here, you can find flights to the different tourist destinations and cities of the country, with the exception of Huancayo and Ica. All international flights arrive and depart from this airport.
Here more information to calcule your next adventure from Lima:
- Lima to Arequipa: 1,009 km
- Lima to Abancay: 907 Kilometers
- Lima to Ayacucho: 573 Kilometers
- Lima to Cusco: 1,154 km
- Lima to Cusco (Vía Lima – Arequipa – Cuzco): 1,494 Kilometers
- Lima to Chachapoyas: 1,225 Kilometers
- Lima to Cajamarca: 850 Kilometers
- Lima to Chiclayo: 763 Kilometers
- Lima to Huancayo: 298 Kilometers
- Lima to Huánuco: 410 Kilometers
- Lima to Huaraz: 408 Kilometers
- Lima to Ica: 303 Kilometers
- Lima to Puno: 1,303 Kilometers
- Lima to Piura: 1,035 Kilometers
- Lima to Tumbes: 1,270 Kilometers
- Lima to Tacna: 1,293 km
- Lima to Trujillo: 557 km
Gastronomy – Lima
The Lima gastronomy offers the visitor a great variety of typical dishes; exquisite stews with the best flavor of America that delight even the most demanding palates. This city offers visitors excellent restaurants (from 3 to 5 forks) that have qualified staff and the best service that they put at the level of the big cities of the world. Among the main dishes of Lima cuisine we have:
- Cau Cau.
- Limenian cause.
- Lomo saltado.
- Chili pepper.
- Tacu tacu.
- Chicken rice.
- Rice with duck.
- Rice with shells.
- Stuffed potato.
- Grilled chicken.
To drink it is recommended the good ice cream and refreshing chicha morada, in addition do not miss our famous PISCO SOUR. Sweets and desserts such as Mazamorra Morada and Arroz con Leche, sigh to Lima, nougat of doña pepa and picarones.
Climate of Lima
The Limean coast is cloudy almost all year round in a strip that covers up to 15 meters from the beaches, depriving it of solar radiation. The sun appears with the end of spring and in summer, the increase in heat coincides with the rise of rivers by the Andean rains. In the winter, the intense humidity produces the vegetation called Lomas.
- The city of Lima, located on the coast, has an arid and semi-warm climate.
- The maximum annual average temperature is 21.97 ° C (71.4 ° F) and the minimum is 17 ° C (62.7 ° F). However, the temperature increases in the years that the El Niño phenomenon occurs.
- In the mountains of the department, the climate varies according to the altitude, going from temperate to cold and even glacial.
- The climate in Lima is very humid (with relative humidity that can reach even 100%), despite its location in large desert areas. The precipitations are scarce.
- In Lima you have to protect yourself from solar radiation using sunscreen, especially if you have clear skin, do not rely on cloudiness without apparent sun..
Tourist Attractions – Lima:
- Main Square
- Lima cathedral
- Fortress of the real felipe
- “Alameda de los Descalzos”
- Bridge of Sighs
- Reserve park
- Museum of Art of Lima
- San Cristobal Mountain
- Rafael Larco Herrera Museum
- National Museum of Anthropology, and Archeology and History
- Gold Museum of Peru
- Amano Museum
- Museum of the nation
- Park of the Legends
- Olivar Park.
Is a visa required to enter Peru?
It is not necessary for the citizens of most of the countries of America and Western Europe. The citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not need a passport or visa to enter certain regions of Peru. Consult with the Peruvian diplomatic representation in your country to obtain more information. The addresses and telephone numbers are included in the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru: www.rree.gob.pe If you enter for tourist reasons, the authorized period of stay is 90 days (extendable by the immigration authority). The traveler must carry a valid passport or safe-conduct issued by the Peruvian immigration authority.
Is it safe to go through Peru?
We know you’ve seen on the news, read on websites or in the newspaper about terrorism, crime and political and economic instability. But we also know that many years ago we defeated terrorism, we live in peace and we are working very hard to build a democratic and stable country. The only thing that all travelers will have to do, we assure you, is to take the precautions they normally take when traveling to any other tourist destination.
In the cities:
- Take normal precautions against pickpockets.
- Carry a copy of your identification documents. Save the originals and your valuables in the custody of your accommodation. • Take your valuables discreetly, do not carry large sums of money and keep an eye on your bags and luggage.
- Do not change money on the street.
- It is advisable to use taxi companies (they are requested by phone) or those authorized by the municipalities (in Lima they are painted yellow and have a bright cap on the roof).
- Always carry with you your driver’s license, copy of your passport and, if the vehicle is rented, the vehicle rental agreement. If you come with an international driver’s license, it is valid for one year; If you come with a driver’s license from your country, it is valid for 30 days.
- If a transit officer tells you to stop, do it. This must be uniformed and carry his identification (his surname is recorded on a plate at the height of his chest). They can not enter the vehicle.
- Keep in mind that your documents and those of the vehicle can not be retained and under no circumstances do you offer money.
- In case of accident or collision, call a transit officer. If the vehicle is rented, call the representative of the insurance company where you rented the car. Wait and do not move from the place. Keep the windows closed and the doors secured.
It is strictly forbidden to photograph airports, military bases, places near high voltage towers and police stations.
Are there services for tourists with disabilities in Peru?
In Peru we believe in the concept of “Tourism for all” and several public and private entities have been working for several years on the task of conditioning their services for people with disabilities. We recommend contacting service providers before your visit, to be sure they can meet your needs.
Now you know more about the city of the kings, the start point for many incredible vacation in the land of the Incas. Visit its beaches and its rich culture through the visit of Machu Picchu and the best? You can visit the most incredible treks in Peru!!! Discover the imposing Salkantay Trek, or Lares Trail to Machu Picchu or the most popular inca path, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu