Important: This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

LimaPeru

Spanish colonial houses, exquisite food, musicians in traditional dress, oceanfront entertainment and fine museums make the Peruvian capital a feast for the senses. 

Enjoy a culinary andcultural experience in bustling Lima, where the desert meets the coast, whereancient history mixes with 21st-century entertainment and where Peru’s poorhope to get rich.

The settlement along theRímac River was once inhabited by Incas and earlier civilizations. After theSpanish founded Lima in 1535, they ruled for over 300 years. Today, nearly athird of Peru’s 30 million residents live in the capital. From the slums on theCerros (hills) and the colorful colonial mansions, to the Catholic churcheswith Moorish roofs and Chinatown’s red gate, Lima’s urban sprawl isdiverse.

Explore Lima’s colonialpast in the central Plaza de Armas. A grand palace with marching guards, anornate cathedral and a 17th-century fountain define this historic square. Siton a bench and people-watch or browse nearby souvenir shops for brightlycolored souvenirs. Tour the Convento y Museo de San Francisco and its16th-century catacombs. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or set out on foot andfollow the shopping avenues to the monument-rich Plaza San Martin.

Take a metered taxi to theMuseo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera in the Pueblo Libre district to seepre-Columbian art, including Moche ceramics from over 2,200 years ago. Foroceanfront entertainment, head south to Lima’s fashionable neighborhoodsMiraflores and Barranco. Try Peru’s staple seafood dish ceviche or thealcoholic drink pisco sour.

In summer, ocean breezesprovide a welcome reprieve from Lima’s desert air and smog. Winter days aremild, but often overcast. Because most Peruvians are poor and Lima attracts thewealthy, crime is an issue. Use the lockers and taxi service of your hotel andstick to the tourist areas.

Lima’s Jorge ChavezInternational Airport has connections to major global destinations. With dailyplanes and buses leaving from Lima for the surfing beaches of the PacificOcean, the lush Amazon jungle and the snow-capped Andes mountains, thisfascinating city is just the start of your Peru adventure.

Lima Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Lima

Miraflores featuring a sunset, general coastal views and landscape views

Miraflores

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,315 area reviews)

Miraflores is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the area like Kennedy Park and Miraflores Central Park.

Miraflores
Street Food in Lince
Anti cucho, Chonchori y mas!
#TroverFoodies

Lince

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Visitors to Lince like its restaurants and shopping, and Risso Commercial Center is a sight worth a stop.

Lince
Barranco which includes street scenes as well as a large group of people

Barranco

4.5/5Wonderful!(110 area reviews)

Barranco is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Bridge of Sighs or Costa Verde.

Barranco
Best Hamburger in Lima
#TroverFoodies

San Isidro

4.5/5Wonderful!(307 area reviews)

San Isidro is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Costa Verde and Costa Verde Beach while in the area.

San Isidro
One of the hundreds of #delicious food stalls in Mistura, the largest food festival in South America.

San Miguel

3.5/5Good!(26 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the bars and live music in San Miguel. You might want to make time for a stop at Leyendas Park or Costa Verde.

San Miguel
Pejesapo al vapor
#TroverFoodies

San Borja

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

You might enjoy the restaurants while in San Borja. La Rambla San Borja is a notable sight, and you can get around town at San Borja South Station or La Cultura Station to see more of the city.

San Borja

Top Hotels in Lima

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BTH Hotel-Boutique Concept
BTH Hotel-Boutique Concept
4 out of 5
Av. Guardia Civil 727, Corpac, Lima, LIMA
Free Cancellation
The price is $84 per night

Located in San Isidro, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Rambla San Borja, Grand National Theater of Peru, and Museum of the Nation. Lima Convention ...

4.4/5Excellent! (624 reviews)

"Friendly staff specially Waldin. The only recommendations I have is for the loft bed to be a king and more softer."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

BTH Hotel-Boutique Concept
Holiday Inn Lima Airport
Holiday Inn Lima Airport
3.5 out of 5
Av. Tomas Valle s/n esq Av. Faucett, Centro Aereo Comercial - Callao, Callao
The price is $135 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plaza Norte Peru, Plaza San Miguel Mall, and Costa Verde. Plaza de Armas de Lima and Plaza San ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (928 reviews)
Welcome calm during a trying time at Lima Airport

"This hotel is very convenient to the airport, with clean and comfortable service. If I had a layover in Lima and needed to be close to the airport, I would recommend staying here. Due to COVID-19 and flight changes / airport closings, I was arrived very early in the morning the last day Lima airport ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Holiday Inn Lima Airport
Padama Hotel
Padama Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. El Olivar 1238, Urb. Jorge Chavez, Callao, Lima
The price is $42 per night

Situated in Callao, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Minka Shopping Centre, Plaza San Martin, and Plaza Norte Peru. Leyendas Park and Costa Verde are also ...

3.5/5Good! (634 reviews)

"Convenient inn if you have a short stay and have to catch a plane. Its very close to the airport and they would help you with the taxi, and you dont have to deal with the chaotic Lima traffic that from Miraflores to the airport can be an hour. Clean, ok beds, but not the best area. A great place ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Padama Hotel

Popular places to visit in Lima

Plaza San Martin
Image for Plaza San Martin

Plaza San Martin

4.5/5(322 reviews)

Visit one of the most important parts of the city with a poignant statue of Peru’s liberator surrounded by elegant buildings.

Larcomar Shopping Center
Image for Larcomar Shopping Center

Larcomar Shopping Center

4.5/5(502 reviews)

Spend the day at this award-winning shopping center with an innovative design on the edge of a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Plaza de Armas de Lima
Image for Plaza de Armas de Lima

Plaza de Armas de Lima

4.5/5(570 reviews)

Visit the birthplace of Lima. It has an antique fountain at its center surrounded by a majestic cathedral, a palace and colonial buildings.

Bridge of Sighs
Image for Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs

4.5/5(248 reviews)

Make a wish. If you can cross the entirety of this bridge while holding your breath, it will come true.

Miraflores Central Park
Image for Miraflores Central Park

Miraflores Central Park

4.5/5(388 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Miraflores Central Park, a popular green space in Lima. Visit the area's shops or amble around its seaside.

Costa Verde
Image for Costa Verde

Costa Verde

4.5/5(295 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Costa Verde, a popular beach in Lima. Make time for the shops and local tours in this culturally rich area.

Top things to do in Lima

Half-Day Pachacamac Ruins Tour
Image for Half-Day Pachacamac Ruins Tour

Half-Day Pachacamac Ruins Tour

$50
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Lima Panoramic Bus Tour
Image for Lima Panoramic Bus Tour

Lima Panoramic Bus Tour

$28
Per adult
FD Tour Pachacamac, Barranco, Downtown and Magic Water Park
Image for FD Tour Pachacamac, Barranco, Downtown and Magic Water Park

FD Tour Pachacamac, Barranco, Downtown and Magic Water Park

$150
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Highlights Tour of Lima
Image for Half-Day Highlights Tour of Lima

Half-Day Highlights Tour of Lima

$35
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Full Day Tour Paracas + Huacachina From Lima
Image for Full Day Tour Paracas + Huacachina From Lima

Full Day Tour Paracas + Huacachina From Lima

$119
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lima Airport Arrival Transfer
Image for Lima Airport Arrival Transfer

Lima Airport Arrival Transfer

$15
Per adult

Reviews of Lima

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
534
5 - Excellent 44.94949494949495%
4 - Good
496
4 - Good 41.75084175084175%
3 - Okay
140
3 - Okay 11.784511784511784%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 1.2626262626262625%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.25252525252525254%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Lima and all of Perú are wonderful, fun, safe, and interesting, with great food, friendly people, and easy traveling. Take your time and experience all of Perú.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

Lima and all of Perú are wonderful and fun and easy to know. The people, the history, the sites, the ruins and the food are fabulous. Don´t miss Perú!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

Lima and all of Perú is wonderful, safe, and easy to know, with great people, food, sites, and activities of all types. Highly recommended!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 24, 2020

Beautiful, fun, safe, interesting, great food, and kind, friendly, helpful people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Friendly people. Courteous and helpful. Beautiful old center of Lima. Beautiful newer Walking park from Miraflores to Barranco. Love park. Great shopping! Great food and wine!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Great restaurants and beautiful sunsets.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Lima

Image for Lima cuisine then and now

Lima cuisine then and now

Appreciating Lima’s evolution as an international food city
Lima cuisine then and now
Image for How to Spend a Weekend in Lima

How to Spend a Weekend in Lima

Find inspiration for how to spend a weekend in Lima to enjoy all the attractions of the city and make the most of your time.
How to Spend a Weekend in Lima

Other places like Lima