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Guide to visit the Capital of Peru

Guide to visit the Capital of Peru

Cultural activities, bohemian life, miles of beaches and an exceptional gastronomy, are part of the attractions that captivate those who travel to Lima, capital of Peru and gateway to the natural and historical wonders of the country.

Find out in the following Travel Guide to Lima 2018.
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How to travel to Lima?

Plane: From several cities in Peru, the main capitals of America and some of Europe and Asia, you can find regular flights that make trips to Lima, arriving at the Jorge Chávez International Airport, located 10 kilometers from the city. From the place you can take taxis to the city center or go to the main avenue and take buses.

Bus: From practically all the cities of Peru and some international destinations such as Chile, Argentina and Colombia, you can make trips to Lima by bus, arriving at the Great Terminal Terrestre of Plaza Norte, located between the Tupac Amaru, Panamericana Norte and Tomás Avenues Valley.

Cruises: From some cities in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States, it is possible to travel to Lima by cruise, anchoring in the Port of Callao, located only 14 kilometers from the capital. From the place it is possible to take buses to the center of the city.

When to go?

Climate: When to travel

Lima has a curious climate, defined as subtropical, desert and humid at the same time. In this way, relatively warm temperatures, lack of precipitation, a high level of atmospheric humidity and a persistent cloud cover are maintained throughout the year.

Although, variations between the temperatures can be appreciated throughout the year, the greatest difference is evident in the cloudiness, with a sunnier season, between December and May, and a very cloudy season between June and November.

In the months of the sunniest season, corresponding to the summer and autumn of South America, the temperatures oscillate between 24 ° C during the day and 18 ° C at night; being January, February and March, the warmest months. In this period, there is still quite a cloudiness, but significantly less than in the following period. The humidity, meanwhile, remains quite high and the rainfall is practically nil.

In the months of the cloud season, corresponding to the winter and spring of South America, the temperatures oscillate between 20 ° C during the day and 16 ° C at night. In this season the mists are constant, there is also a slight increase in rainfall (although they continue to be scarce) and high humidity is maintained.

Considering the climatic conditions, it is usually said that the best time to travel to Lima is the sunny season, between December and May, with more clear days, which allow to enjoy better, the beaches and green areas of the city.

What to do?

Lima, as the political, financial and commercial center of the country, offers a range of activities to do, with a rich cultural agenda throughout the year and dozens of museums and green spaces to visit, as well as numerous historical sites, They put in showcase, the ancient prehispanic cultures that inhabited the area and its splendid colonial period.

The starting point for anyone visiting Lima is its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an area flooded with colonial architecture, which shows the importance that the city had during the Viceroyalty of Peru. Some of the main testimonies of the time, are its set of temples, convents, squares and old mansions, the latter famous for their unique Lima balconies overlooking the street.

Other historical treasures of the city, can be found in the different archaeological sites of the pre-Inca cultures that inhabited the area, leaving invaluable vestiges such as Huaca Pucllana in the Miraflores neighborhood and Huaca Huallamarca in San Isidro. In the surroundings of Lima, there are also important pre-Hispanic sites, the most famous, Pachacámac and the Sacred City of Caral, the latter declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

In addition to history, Lima offers modern urban areas, such as San Isidro, the financial center of the city, or the tourist area of ​​Miraflores, known for its green embankments and numerous hotels, cafes, restaurants and shops.

The bohemian life of the city is not far behind, especially concentrated in the charming neighborhood of Barranco, bringing together many restaurants, bars, discotheques and criollas clubs, in old mansions now refurbished.

Another of the city’s great attractions is the Costa Verde beach circuit, which runs through the southern central part of the Lima coastline, allowing you to enjoy beautiful beaches bathed by the Pacific Ocean, many of them, especially valued by surf fans

They complement Lima’s tourist offer, museums with invaluable pre-Columbian collections such as the Larco Museum, green spaces such as the Bosque Olivar and the Parque de la Reserva, together with an amazing gastronomy recognized internationally as one of the best on the planet.

You can find more information about all the must-see sights of the city and its surroundings in the article: What to do in Lima.
Some tips and recommendations …

Change money: Within the city you can exchange money both in banks and in authorized exchange houses. Many of these can be found along Avenida Larco in the Miraflores neighborhood.

Business hours: Most banks attend public from Monday to Friday between 09:00 a.m. and 05:30 p.m. while most commercial establishments are open Monday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 08:00 p.m.

What to see?

Tip: Although it is not a mandatory service, it is usually left 10% of the total consumption.

Clothing: Throughout the year Lima maintains warm temperatures and absence of precipitation, so it is always advisable to bring fresh fabrics, at the same time, for the winter, you may need a sweater or jacket, considering that it tends to cool during the nights

Taxi: Getting around by taxi is the safest and most efficient way to get from one point to another, however due to the excessive amount of pirate taxis, it is advisable to board exclusively yellow taxis with the number of the written license plate or those contracted by telephone. .

One of the peculiarities of this transport, is that there is no meter, so the price is fixed in advance, being a custom haggling. To know what the appropriate price is, it is advisable to ask in advance at the hotel how much a certain route should cost, and to say this amount to the taxi driver.

Airport Transportation: It is advisable to look for official transportation from the airport to the hotel, which have fixed rates, being much lower the price, in comparison to the independent taxis.

Food: Although Peruvian cuisine is world renowned for its quality, it is advisable not to eat preparations based on uncooked seafood and fish such as ceviche, avoiding risks of salmonella and other poisonings.

Security: Like all the capitals of the world, Lima has levels of insecurity given the urban agglomeration, so it is advisable to avoid ostentation of valuable items and not travel at night in non-tourist areas.

Within its neighborhoods, the security of Miraflores and San Isidro can be highlighted, while neighborhoods such as La Victoria, Rímac, Breña and Callao are preferable to avoid.

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