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Why visit Lima?

Lima is much more than simply an arrival city. It is home to museums, good restaurants and shops and some beautiful colonial architecture.
Reasons to visit Lima include:

  • The colonial architecture of Lima Centro, with beautiful wooden balconies overlooking the busy streets. 
  • Miraflores; the ‘new face’ of Lima. This stylish area is full of fashionable bars and shops
  • Enjoy the village feel of colonial Barranco, with its lovely Plaza and its very own Bridge of Sighs. 
  • Visit one of the many museums, such as the Museo Larco, housed in an 18th Century mansion house. 
  • See more modern Peruvian architecture in the Plaza de Armas, bordered by the 1920s Archbishop’s Palace, and the 1930s Palacio de Bogierno, where there is a changing of the guard every day at noon. 
  • The Plaza de Armas is also home to the baroque Cathedral, with its ornate carvings. 

When to go to Lima

The climate in Lima is mild all year round, and it rarely rains. During the summer (December to April) there can be some glorious sunsets, and in the winter (June to October) it can be foggy at times. For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.

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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time:

Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.


Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.


There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.

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