Lima

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Exposition Park featuring a fountain and a park as well as a large group of people
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.

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Where to stay in Lima

Holiday Inn Lima Miraflores, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Lima Miraflores, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Alfonso Ugarte 117, Miraflores, Lima
The price is $83 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
$83
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lima. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Market N° 1 Surquillo and Miraflores ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (81 reviews)
"Much more upscale than Holiday Inns in the US. Staff was amazing and the restaurant was excellent!"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Holiday Inn Lima Miraflores, an IHG Hotel
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
4 out of 5
Av Elmer Faucett S N, Aeropuerto Jorge Chavez, Callao, Lima, 1
The price is $158 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 6
$158
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Callao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,294 reviews)
"Location at airport made it easy to find when I returned from out in town. Staff was friendly and security was reassuring."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Iberostar Selection Miraflores
Iberostar Selection Miraflores
5 out of 5
Malecon 28 de Julio 385, Lima, Lima, Lima 18
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $134 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$134
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lima. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Park of Love and Larco Avenue are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (158 reviews)
This is where you want to stay
"Top-notch hotel. Service was great from beginning to the end. Got a free upgrade, room was stellar, views were excellent, and the whole experience was fantastic!"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Iberostar Selection Miraflores
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Independencia 279, Miraflores, Lima 18, Lima, Lima, 15074
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lima. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the property ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (393 reviews)
No Frills but a great hotel!
"I arrived at 7am and requested a dearly check-in. Unfortunately the room would not be available until 2 PM so I accepted a lesser room (still a suite) w/ the option to change for larger roomette next day! I decided to remain in the room which was only slightly smaller than the reserved suite. The ..."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Petit Palace Apart Hotel Suites
Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
3.5 out of 5
Bellavista 216, Miraflores, Lima, Lima, 18
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lima. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (391 reviews)
"Great hotel. Clean. Friendly staff. Located near several restaurants & cafes"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Estelar Apartamentos Bellavista
Radisson Hotel Plaza Del Bosque
Radisson Hotel Plaza Del Bosque
4 out of 5
Av Paz Soldan 190 San Isidro, Lima, Lima, 27
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Lima. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (69 reviews)
"muy comodas las habitaciones"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Radisson Hotel Plaza Del Bosque
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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