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Why visit Lima?

Lima is much more than simply an arrival city. It is home to museums, good shops and galleries, beautiful colonial architecture, and a world-renowned food 'scene', from excellent street food to five-star restaurants.
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, close to the clifftops, is full of fashionable bars and shops and good seafood restaurants.
  • The food - Lima is now home to some of the top restaurants in the world, but there is superb food to be found to fit every budget. The street food such as anticuchos (beef heart skewers grilled with spices) or sanguche de chicharron (pork crackling sandwiches) is unbeatable - if you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the picarones; 'donuts' made of cinnamon and aniseed-spiced sweet potato and a green squash, served with passion fruit syrup.
  • Experience the Japanese influence on Peruvian cooking, with Nikkei cuisine, an exciting, unique fusion.
  • 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, with anthropological exhibits and pre-Columbian artifacts housed in an 18th century mansion house.
  • Learn about 500 years of Peruvian cuisine and the influence of other cultures in Gastronomy House, which is housed in the city's former Post Office.
  • 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.
  • Make an appointment to tour Casa Aliaga, a sumptuously furnished colonial mansion built around a courtyard, and home to the same family for 18 generations.
  • Take a walk amongst the fountains and sculptures of the Parque de la Reserva. This elegant park was built in 1929 and restored in 2007.
  • Explore the ruined 5th century temple Huaca Pucllana in the Miraflores district. This adobe pyramid, built on seven levels, was once the administrative centre of a pre-Inca culture. It is lit at night and there is an haute cuisine restaurant on site.
  • Head 25km out of the city to the Mamacona Estate, where Peruvian Paso horses are bred. Twice a week visitors can learn about the animals and enjoy horse shows, regional food and traditional dancing and music performances.

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.

Visas:

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

Health:

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

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