Due to the garua (fog) that surrounds the city for much of the year, it has earned the nickname of " Lima the Grey". However, this meteorological peculiarity does not prevent the approximately 9 million limeños (inhabitants of Lima), evolving across the city's 2,644.67 km² area - making it the world's largest desert city, outside Cairo - from developing ardour and vitality. The visitor will be struck by the cohabitation of islets with noisy wealth with shantytowns without water or electricity. The first developed on the coastal plain (Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco), while the young Pueblos, where the younger generations from the rural exodus live, attacked the emaciated hills along the river (río Rímac). Starting with the famous Plaza de Armas, Lima's tour guide will take you on a journey of discovery through this city of beautiful energy and constant excitement. Gastronomy in the lead (UNESCO's heritage), it is increasingly becoming an essential stopover for its architectural and cultural richness, its new projects, its museums too. The World Travel Awards have also recognized Lima as a leader in the South American region as a weekend destination. Bienvenidos !

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When to go to Lima?

When to go to Lima? There are two seasons to consider when to leave for Lima: while the high international tourist season extends from May to November, Peru's long school holidays run in January and February, when Lima is less populated than usual. If you are looking for a little peace and quiet in the big city, the best time to go to Lima is from December to April, the lowest tourist season, although at the peak of summer (December-March), it can be very hot in Lima, so targeting the months of November-December and April-May is not a bad idea.

How to go to Lima? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Peru is of course a well known destination for tour operators and other tourism specialists. However, the city of Lima in particular is often only one stopover before going on an assault on the wonders of the country. It is nevertheless possible to focus your trip only on the capital, by orienting your trip (wedding, family, solo) on gastronomy, history, architecture... Or all at once.

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From France, the average price of a flight to Lima in July (high season) is about €1,000. From about 700 € in low season. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. Remember to buy your tickets six months before departure!

As in many capitals, there is no shortage of means of transport in Lima: "combis" (these colourful local minibuses that hold about twenty people), buses, the metro (Line 1 offers an air trip that can be interesting to see this popular Lima and its districts built on the hills of the desert where you will not necessarily have the opportunity to venture), taxis as well as many applications such as Uber, Easy taxi, VIP Taxi, Cabify....

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When to travel?

When to go to Lima? There are two seasons to consider when to leave for Lima: while the high international tourist se...
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Weather forecast

In Lima, the weather varies: from December to May, it is rather hot and dry, while from May to November the sky tends...
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Budget

Peru's currency is the nuevo sol (plural soles) and is symbolized S/. Even if the price of liv...
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Formalities

For a tourist stay of less than six months in Lima and Peru, no visa is required and a valid passport is sufficient....
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Health

Health conditions and medical facilities are very modest in Peru (apart from private clinics), and the further you mo...
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How to travel by yourself?

From France, the average price of a flight to Lima in July (high season) is about €1,000. From about 700 € in low...
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How to get organized?

Peru is of course a well known destination for tour operators and other tourism specialists. However, the city of Lim...
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Getting around

As in many capitals, there is no shortage of means of transport in Lima: "combis" (these colourful local minibuses th...
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