How to Reach Lima
By bus – Lima is well connected with neighboring countries and with main tourist destinations in Peru by bus routes. There are two new central Terminals in Lima; Gran Terminal Terrestre in Plaza Norte and Terminal Terrestre Sur Atocongo. Most bus companies still maintain their own terminals in La Victoria, lined up along Paseo de la Republica.
By plane – Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) is located in the city of Callao, within metropolitan Lima. The airport is well connected with most cities in South America. Lima is also the hub for many regional domestic flights.
Where to Stay in Lima
Lima’s Miraflores district is the most popular among tourists, and is known for its busy streets filled with many establishments and a wide variety of accommodations. Pueblo Libre is a more residential area, and houses more affordable types of places to stay in. It is also nearby some parks for visitors looking for a stroll. Barranca is a perfect area for travelers who want to immerse themselves in Lima’s art and architecture.
Travel Tips for Lima
Try Inca Kola – Don’t leave the country before you try the most popular soft drink in Peru. This is one of few sodas that Coca Cola couldn’t defeat. It’s a yellow-fruit flavored drink that tastes like cream soda/bubble gum.
Don’t take photos of people without asking – The indigenous population are certainly not fans of having their photos taken. They believe that evil spirits possess the cameras and they become very suspicious of you if you have one out.
Try churros – Churros are long sticks made of a choux pastry often potato based which is squeezed through a large star tip into hot oil and fried. They are often filled with Manjarblanco or vanilla cream and then rolled in a sugar-cinnamon mixture. While you can order them as dessert in many Eat and Drinks, Churros are best enjoyed bought from a street vendor and eaten warm. The absolutely best place to try them is in Churros San Francisco, located by the San Franciscan Monastery.
Rent a bicycle – With its green parks and the cliffs, Miraflores is a great choice for a bicycle tour. A walking tour is also a great thing to do if you have limited time in the city.
Be careful at night. There have been reports of shady things happening late at night in Lima as it has a high crime rate. During the day the city is really safe just watch out for pick pockets and petty theft.
Typical Costs in Lima
Price Range for Hotels
Hotels in Lima are generally cheap, though at the lowest ranges you will get something very basic, and maybe not in the best neighborhood. There are many really nice and affordable hotels in the beach area around Miraflores, which many travelers find to be an ideal location.
Cost of meal
Food in Lima is generally cheap as well, as a budget dinner in a Eat and Drink can cost you as low as USD 4. Drinks tend to be quite affordable as well, so once you get here it’s fairly easy to have a good time without spending too much cash.
Taxis are a good and relatively cheap way of moving around the city. A taxi ride between adjacent neighborhoods in Lima costs about S/.6 soles (US$2). A longer ride may cost from S/.9-21 (US$3-7). A reasonable price for a taxi service between the airport and Miraflores is about S./36 (US$12).
Micro Buses or Combi Vans are small vans, small mini-buses, or larger full-sized buses often packed full of people. For this kind of ride, you will usually pay between S/.0.50-1.20. Metropolitano is a faster bus system. This bus system is modern with dedicated lanes and express routes, as well as wheelchair access. Rechargeable cards are used as tickets with a minimum purchase price of S/.5.00. To enter the system costs S/2.50 soles, you may change buses within the main line of the system for free.
For the Beer Enthusiast in Lima
Barranco Beer Co – Located in the Barranco area mentioned above. This place servers great craft beer and is a great atmosphere to watch a soccer match.
Cusqueña Beer – No matter where you are at in Peru you will be able to find this. They have about 4 types of beer and to me all are worth trying.
Barbarian Craft Beer – This was my personal favorite. Their beers are definitely worth checking out. They have locations in Lima and Cusco.