Bustling Lima, Peru, is a city in the middle of a cultural renaissance, so whatever you’re looking for — from beachfront fusion dining with locally sourced seafood to street art adding to the city’s youthful draw — you’ll find it. You’ll also find locals who are welcoming to globetrotters and proud to share knowledge of Lima’s many UNESCO World Heritage gems.
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WHEN TO GO
Dec. – April: Peak weather in Lima. Sunny and warm days are ideal for beach activities and festivals.
May – Nov.: The cooler months bring a fog that locals call “la garua” — a thick sea mist.
NEED TO KNOW
Visas: U.S. citizens do not need a visa to visit Peru, just a passport valid for at least six months past the travel date. Visitors must also provide proof of return or onward travel.
Money: The sol is the standard currency of Peru. Most local destinations take credit cards, and ATMs are plentiful.
Travel Health: Check with the Peruvian government’s travel bureau for the latest health safety information, including travel protocols and requirements like filling out an electronic sworn health statement, negative molecular COVID-19 tests, quarantines, mask mandates, testing before leaving the country and more in connection with COVID-19. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away.
Getting Here: Jorge Chavez International Airport is about an hour from the city center. Check flat airport rates for taxis in advance.
Getting Around: Taxis and Uber are the primary modes of transportation. Bike-shares are also a healthy option for traveling between destinations.
Local Lingo: Lima residents primarily speak Spanish, followed by Quechua and Aymara. Greetings are important in Peruvian culture, so be ready with buenos días (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon) and buenas noches (good night).
Must-Have Apps: Uber; iTranslate; CityBike Lima
Insider Tip: Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Lima and the Pacific by paragliding over popular Miraflores Beach. Rates vary; bring cash for the ride and a tip.