First Time In Lima



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For most visitors to Peru Lima is nothing more than a necessary entry point to the rest of the country. True, Lima is the country's transport hub and is the base for exploring the almost limitless Peru vacation destinations, but spend a little longer here and you'll find that Lima has so much more to offer the inquisitive newcomer. Lima is without doubt the best place to sample a full range of that world famous Peruvian cuisine. The finestceviche can be found here, along with other specialities such as anticuchos (deliciously tender grilled beef heart) and tacu tacu con seco (a hearty dish of rice, beans and stewed meat). The city is packed with Inca ruins, colonial gems and modern masterpieces, all competing for your attention and the diversity of its nightlife is vast. The hotels in Lima are the finest in the country and offer a range to suit every budget and vacation style. Lima's weather is famously variable, during the summer months (December - March) expect long, dry and sunny days, for the rest of the year coastal cloudprotects you from the sun. Lima is big, and can overwhelm the visitor at first. For that reason take it easy, don't try to see too much too soon and use our handy Lima map to plan your visit to this fascinating city.

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Alameda Chabuca Granda

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Alameda Chabuca Granda
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 1300


Alameda de los Descalzos

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Alameda Los Bobos
LM 25 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


Plaza Bolívar

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Plaza Bolívar
Avenida Abancay, cuadra 2
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


Museo San Francisco de Jesús

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Calle Ancash,
cuadra 3
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 427 1381


Isla El Frontón

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Isla El Frontón
A 7 kilómetros del Callao
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 1300


Colección Enrico Poli

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Lord Cochrane 466
LM 18 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 422 2437


Lomas de Lachay

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Kilómetro 105 de la Panamericana Norte - Huaura
Huaura, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


Museo Nacional de la Cultura Peruana

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Avenida Alfonso Ugarte 650
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 423 5892


La Oficina

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LM 04 Lima, Peru


Larcomar Multicines

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Centro Comercial Larcomar
LM 18 Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 446 7336


Costa Verde

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Circuito de Playas (Playa Barranquito)
Circuito de Playas (Playa Barranquito), Barranco
4 Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 477 2424
fax: 51 1 441 4100


Segundo Muelle

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Avenida Conquistadores 489
Miraflores
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 717-9999
fax: 51 1 717-7760


Monumento a Bolívar

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Avenida Abancay, cuadra 2
Cuadra 2
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


Balneario de Punta Hermosa

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Panamericana Sur, km 41
Lima 24 Lima, Peru


Palacio Municipal

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Jirón de la Unión sin número, Plaza de Armas
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia

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Plaza Bolívar s/n
Lima 21 Pueblo Libre, Peru

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tel: +51 1 463 5070
fax: +51 1 463 2009


Iglesia de las Nazarenas

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Huancavelica 515, with Tacna Avenue
, cuadra 5
Lima, Peru

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tel: + 51 1 423571


Calesas Clásicas

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Plaza Mayor
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


Cerro San Cristóbal

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Near the Rimac River
Lima 1 Cercado, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 1300


Museo Rafael Larco Herrera

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Avenida Bolívar 1515
Lima 21 Pueblo Libre, Peru

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tel: +51 1 461 1312 , 461 1835
fax: +51 1 461 5640


Santa Rosa de Lima

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Tacna, block 1
, cuadra 1
Lima 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


Day 1 - Miraflores, Lima


Cosmopolitan, accessible and friendly, the trendy shoppng district of Miraflores is an easy introduction to Lima. It is where you'll find the most comfortable hotels and best restaurants and is therefore an ideal place to base yourself during your visit to Lima. Miraflores revolves around the central Park Kennedy, a great place for people watching and home to numerous artists displaying their creations. Explore the area's museums, get a feel for Lima's character and take a peek through the shops and malls. At night, witness the best traditional music and dance show in town at the Asociacion Cultural Brisas del Titicaca.


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Sala Luis Miró Quesada

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Avenida Larco, esquina con Diez Canseco
Lima 18 Miraflores, Peru

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tel: 51 1 617 7264


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Museo de Oro del Perú y Armas del Mundo

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Calle Alonso de Molina 1100
LM 33 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 435 2917
fax: +51 1 345 1271


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Miraflores

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Miraflores
Costa central
Lima 18 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 6177272


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Señorío de Sulco

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1470 Malecon Cisneros
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 441 0183
fax: 51 1 441 0389


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Asociación Cultural Brisas del Titicaca

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Wakulski 168
Lima1 Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 715 6960
fax: 51 1 715 6961


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Hotel Larcomar View

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Calle Las Dalias 276
LM 18 Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 446 7321


Day 2 - Lima, Cercado de Lima, Cercado


Lima's historical center is a 15 minute drive north from Miraflores. The brave can take a combi bus from the north end of Park Kennedy, look for buses with Arequipa on the side and pay 1 sole to be taken to the end of Arequipa. Others may prefer to hop into a taxi - negotiate before getting in and don't pay more than 10 soles! Historic Lima is based around the Plaza de Armas but walk past Plaza San Martin on your way for an impressive statue of 'El Liberator.' Spend a full day exploring the various sites in and around the Plaza, especially Pizarro's remains in the Catedral and the bones of thousands of former Lima residents in the eery catecombs of Iglesia de San Francisco. Take lunch at one of the many cafes on the Plaza but don't miss the impressive changing of the guard at 12pm sharp (perhaps the only thing in Peru that is always on time!) Unless there is a public event on the Plaza, be sure to leave before dusk when central Lima becomes less safe for tourists.


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Plaza San Martín

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Avenida Nicolás de Piérola,
cuadra 9
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


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Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas )

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Plaza Mayor
Centro Urbano
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 1300


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Catedral de Lima (La)

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Plaza Mayor
Lado este de la Plaza Mayor de Lima, Jirón Carabaya
Lima 1 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 427 9647


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Palacio de Gobierno

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Plaza Mayor
LM 01 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 444 3027


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Iglesia de San Francisco y Museo

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Plaza de San Francisco
Lima 1 Cercado de Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 4271381


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Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo

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Conde de Superunda 200
Lima 01 Cercado, Peru

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tel: +51 1 427 6793


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Huaca Pucllana

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Avenue Arequipa 4698
Miraflores
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 242 7978


Day 3 - Lima, Barranco


Start the day with a visit to the Mueso de la Nacion, an imposing militarist building which houses, among many other exhibits, a powerful and compelling photography exhibition documenting civil conflict during the time of the Shining Path insurgency. Pay no more than 10 soles for a taxi to Barranco, Lima's former holiday town which has now become a peaceful haven for the city's bohemian artisan communities. Explore the backstreets of this pleasant neighbourhood and cross the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) while holding your breath and making a wish, local legend has it that your wish will come true. Catch the sunset over the Pacific before having a traditional meal at Ekeko or one of Barranco's many restaurants. Finish your day at Juanito's, a traditional tavern that is over 80 years old before going for a dance at the legendary La Noche live music club.


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Museo de la Nación

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Av. Javier Prado Este 2465
San Borja
LM 41 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 476 9875


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Barranco

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Barranco
Costa central de Lima
Lima, Peru


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Puente de los Suspiros

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Puente de los Suspiros
Calle Ayacucho y Bajada a Los Baños
Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 315 1300


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Ekeko (El)

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Avenida Grau 266
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 247 3148
fax: 51 1 254 1852


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Juanito's

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Grau 274
Lima 4 Barranco, Peru


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Noche (La)

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Av. Bolognesi 307
(El Boulevard)
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 477 5829


Day 4 - Miraflores, Lima


Pachacamac is the closest major archeological site to Lima and offers a fascinating insight into how the region's pre-Colombian civilizations used to live. You can spend a full day exploring the site, the attached museum, visitors center and surrounding gardens. There is a cafe on site which serves a limited and expensive selection of food. Bring a packed lunch if you prefer. You can hire a taxi to and from the ruins and ask the driver to wait (up to $6 per hour) or catch any bus signed Pachacamac from central Lima.


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Trip to Pachacamac Ruins

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MIRABUS - Miraflores Central Park
(Tourist Information Office)
Lima 18 Miraflores, Peru

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tel: +51 1 2426699, 4764213


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Sí Señor México

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Jiron Bolognesi 706
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 445 3789


Day 5 - Lima


When in Lima, do as the Limenos, and spend your last day relaxing on the beach with the locals. Lima's city beaches are popular during the summer months but for cleaner water and a more relaxing atmosphere catch a bus further south (buses reading San Bartolo head in the right direction) and get off at El Silencio, one of the most popular beaches. Keep an eye on your belongings while in the sea and be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen - Peru's fierce sun can burn even through the coastal mist. Finish your day on the ocean with a delicious meal on the seafront in Punta Sal before heading back to Barranco for one last fling with Lima's legendary nightlife.


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Playa El Silencio

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38 km al Sur de Lima
LM 24 Lima, Peru

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tel: +51 1 574 8000


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Punta Sal

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Malecón Cisneros Cuadra 3 esquina con Trípoli
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 242 4524
fax: 51 1 445 9675


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Mochileros

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Avenida Pedro de Osma 135
Lima, Peru

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tel: 51 1 477 4506


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