Lima, the capital of Peru, is one of the largest cities in South America and by far the largest in Peru. It also sees a large number of international visitors, because it houses the only international airport in the country.
With its coastal location and modern shopping and dining districts, many travelers choose to spend at least a few days in Lima during their Peru trip. Here are 10 Lima travel tips to help you make the most of your time in Lima.
Tip 1: Remember the seasons. As a southern hemisphere country, Peru experiences seasons at opposite
times of the year compared to the United States, Europe, and other countries in the northern hemisphere. This means that if you visit in July, perhaps the hottest time of year in your hometown, it is likely to be the coldest time of year in Peru.
Tip 2: Book ahead. Although Lima isn’t the hot spot destination Cusco is, quality hotels do fill up, so it is best to book in advance. Plus, it is nice to know where you’re going to stay before you arrive so you don’t have to waste time hunting around for a hotel.
Tip 3: Check Google Maps. If you’re going to spend a few days wandering around the city, looking at the layout of Lima on Google Maps is a great way to orient yourself.
Tip 4: Go out to eat. Lima is home to some of the best seafood in the world. Indulge in some local dishes by going out to eat a couple of times during your stay in Lima. Ceviche is the most famous, and seafood causa (a delicious mix with creamy potatoes) is a must-try.
Tip 5: Pack a jacket. If you’re going to be near the coast, a jacket is a must. The ocean breeze can be brisk, and if you’re visiting during Peru’s winter, it can be downright cold during the day, not to mention in the mornings and evenings. It also tends to mist a lot in the winter, so bring a jacket that will keep you dry and has a hood.
Tip 6: Bring sunscreen. When the sun does come out, it comes out with a vengeance. As if to make up for a lost time, the sun in Lima can be very strong. Protect yourself with sunscreen and a hat.
Tip 7: Drink like a local. The popular district of Miraflores is full of bars and restaurants. Make sure that when you visit you taste the local beverages, like a pisco sour (an alcoholic cocktail) and chicha morada (a sweet purple drink made from corn).
Tip 8: Visit museums. Lima is full of wonderful museums. Be sure to visit at least a few. One of the best is the Larco Museum, located in the district of San Isidro.
Tip 9: Know the customs. To try to blend in a bit more, read up on local customs, such as a quick kiss on the cheek when people greet each other.
Tip 10: Have fun. This one is pretty self-explanatory; you’re on vacation, so just relax and have fun!