Lima Vacations

Although the Peruvian capital is a grand and storied city well worth its own visit, many visitors pass through Lima on their way to Peru's other exquisite destinations -- Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Amazon, the Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, et al. The historic city is filled with treasures, from archaeological ruins and colonial architecture to ... Read more
hip nightclubs and sultry beaches. Start in the Plaza Mayor with a stroll past the city's colonial capital buildings to get a sense of the grandeur of this city. Visit history on a day trip to Pachacamac, a complex of Inca and pre-Inca temples outside Lima. Or spend a day on the beach in Miraflores, where shopping, surfing, trendy hotels, and seafood restaurants are highlights. Heralded as the "Gastronomical Capital of Latin America," Lima’s culinary scene shows off the best of Peruvian cuisine: ceviche or 'Chifa' (Peruvian-Chinese restaurants), topped off with Peru's famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Shop the enormous Central or Indo Markets for bargains on silver and Peruvian handcrafts. In Lima’s Barranco club district, you’ll never be short of partying options.

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Lima things to do and experiences

  • Miraflores
    9.178 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Neighborhood
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  • Parque del Amor
    9.057 reviews
    Outdoors, Park
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  • Larcomar
    9.055 reviews
    Shopping, Mall, Shopping Center
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  • Plaza de Armas
    9.050 reviews
    Outdoors, Plaza




On the books, Lima’s weather looks nearly perfect: daytime highs ranging from the low 60s (16C) in the winter (June - August) to the mid 80s (30C) in the summer (December - February), with hardly a drop of rain ... Read more
in sight. But a coastal fog, called a garúa, settles in from May to November and makes the whole city seem gray and dreary for months on end. If you like the sun but don’t mind the crowds, Lima and its beaches are most lively and beautiful between Christmas and Easter. Just don’t forget to bring the sunblock.

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San Diego, California

If you are a foodie, you definitely want to come to Lima and stay for a bit. There is so much to try, and they do an amazing job with the meals. There is plenty to do in Lima, check out the Circuito Magico del Agua at night and marvel at the fountains. Go to the San Francisco Cathedral and check out all the skulls in the catacombs. And where else can you find a working archaeological site right in the middle of a city? Lima is definitely an interesting city, with lots to do.

Recommended for:Family TravelersFoodiesHistory Buffs
New York City, New York State, USA

Lima is considered one of the centers of Peru (mainly because its your access point to travel to from other countries). The city is very modern and shows different aspects of the culture you won't see in other cities. But I was very underwhelmed at how the city has lost a little bit of it's history to keep up with the time. It's also very smogy and dirty. It was nice to go for a 2 day trip but you really don't need a ton of time here as a lot of the ruins and history are all on the outskirts of the actual city.

Recommended for:BackpackersHistory Buffs

Lima is a city full of beauty, history, and lots to do. Each district in Lima has a different little something to offer. The food is incredible, and everything is generally inexpensive.

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Pittsford (town), New York

This is the capital of Peru and lies on the country's arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial center is preserved, it's a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities.Great architecture, terrific people watching.

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San Jose, California, USA

The more of Lima I see, the more I like it. Its neighborhoods are colorful and loud, calm and poised, eclectic and unique. The people are quite nice, if a little cautious, and it's easy to make friends. There's a big food scene here, so for all you foodies out there, definitely check out the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants and Latin America's 50 Best -- you'll find some of the top locales here in Lima.

Recommended for:Budget TravelersFoodies
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Lima is as most say "just another big city" but it did have some nice perks including some great food and though the skies were continually grey the weather was mild. I've heard though that if you stay for a while this place starts to grow on you.

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Lima was a surprise. I wasn't expecting to find the city so charming, the people so friendly, and the food to be THAT good. I knew I was going to like it, but I wasn't expecting to adore it! That said, I stayed mostly in Miraflores and Barranco, with a venture out to the historic district. I wasn't exploring all over the city, but what I saw I thoroughly enjoyed! Also, the pricing is so affordable. It's no wonder why backpackers love Peru.

Recommended for:Budget TravelersFoodiesTrendsters
Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Lima is a big city with a nice coastal town like vibe. It's colorful, vibrant, and serves great seafood everywhere. Walking is the most convenient option, but taxi is also quite reliable.

Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
Edinburgh, UK

This is perhaps my favorite city in the world. Don't get me wrong -- it has its quirks and rough spots. But like all good cities, there is life that thrives in all of the chaos. I have spent the better part of a decade convincing people to stay in Lima for a few days instead of just stopping over for a night on the way to Cusco. There are fabulous parks, fascinating historical sites and museums, and now a world-class restaurant scene that is attracting people from around the globe. Lima is developing at lightning speed, and every time I go back there is always something new and exciting to see.

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Lima, Peru

Lima is the capital and the largest city of Perú. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coast part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population approaching 9 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru, and the fifth largest city in the Americas (as defined by "city proper").

Lima was founded by the Spanish conquer Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Today, around one-third of the Peruvian population lives in the metropolitan area.

In October 2013, Lima was chosen in a ceremony in Toronto, to host the 2019 Pan American Games. It will also host the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference in December of that year.