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1. How to get to Lima – Compare transportation options. 2. Sightseeing and Tours in Lima– A list of the most popular activities for travellers. 3. Must see in Lima– The sights you cannot miss. 4. Arts & Culture in Lima– The best museums and areas with cultural art to see. 5. Cinema/Music/Theather in Lima– Where to see live shows, acting and movies. 6. Nightlife in Lima – Good places to go for a drink. 7. Souvenirs & Shopping in Lima – Places to get your gifts for back home. 8. Lima Safety Tips– Safety issues to be aware of. 9. Photo Gallery– A few of the best photos of Lima.
Located in the dangerous district of Callao, Jorge Chavez International Airport is one of the busiest airports in South America. Add to the fact that the area is reasonably unsafe and at about 17 km from Miraflores and Barranco, it is important to find a safe and secure way to get to your destination in Lima. Usually travellers stay in the Miraflores or Barranco district. If you’re staying in one of these districts, it is best to use the service of Airport Express Lima (AEL). If you’re staying in another district you can opt for a taxi or shuttle service but keep in mind that these options are more expensive and, in the case of a taxis, often unsafe.
From essentially any city in Peru you can take a public bus to arrive in Lima. The majority of the trips from other departments could take more than 10 hours through windy, old roads with no stops. Although there have been vast improvements through the years, accidents are still frequent. On arrival, you will be dropped off in the companies’ terminal which could be located anywhere in Lima, often in districts unsafe for travelers. Although these public buses are often the cheapest option, you get what you pay for.
Peru Hop offers a safe option for making your way to Lima with stops along the way to appreciate the real beauty of Peru. With a variety of passes to choose from, all counting with an onboard bilingual guide to assist you, you will be glad to have discovered so many gems on the road to Lima. Best of all, Peru Hop will drop you off right at your hotel/hostel’s door in Lima.
If impressive views and an ocean breeze are down your alley, Lima offers other walking experiences as well. Take a walk along the Costa Verde and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific coast from the cliffs of Lima.
Peru was declared the world’s leading culinary destination in 2012, with many world-famous chefs predicting Peruvian cuisine to be the next big thing, so don’t miss the chance to taste it in Lima, the heart of Peru. Lima has a thriving restaurant scene where you can taste for yourself why Peruvian cuisine has been attracting so much attention in recent years. We recommend hopsters try ceviche (the traditional raw fish dish cooked only with lemon), causa de atún, yucas, lomo saltado…we could go on and on! Quite often the best ceviche isn’t found in the most expensive restaurants, and can be found in some market stalls or street sellers, so our Peruvian guides will show you exactly where are the best and most affordable places to devour these incredible dishes.
Another often unknown fact about Peru is that it is famous for the quality of its textiles, and many world-famous brands like Lacoste manufacture their clothes here. Shopping in Lima is in abundance, from the beautiful Larcomar on the Costa Verde close to Miraflores to the monstrous Jockey plaza in Surco, which contains some of the most exclusive shops in Peru. If these malls are out of your hopster budget, there is a huge black market here in Lima, the 2 most famous markets being Gamarra and Polvos Azules. Here you can find many copies of brand name t-shirts, dvd’s, etc. for rock bottom prices, and we think you will be very surprised at the quality of these copies. Make sure all hopsters haggle for the best prices and usually most goods can be bought for one-half of the original price quotes, so play hard and get yourself a bargain. Be careful in these areas as pickpockets loom. Don’t venture too far off the main streets, and try to go along with a friend where possible.
Lima is a sprawling city, and away from the main tourist areas above, there are many gems 30minutes/1 hour north and south of Lima. In the south, there is a place called Asia, a stretch of about 50kms of beaches with modern restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and it is normal to see Lima’s top nightclubs deserted during Summer weekends as everybody flocks here to party. To the north there is a place called Caral, a UNESCO world heritage site thought to be the America´s oldest city (over 5,000 years old) and only recently made open to tourists. We can´t forget Pachacamac, 30 minutes inland to the South where we can visit the famous pre-Inca Citadel which attracts thousands of visitors every year, or Mamacona, famous for its bull ring and cock fighting that takes place every Sunday during the Winter and basically involves an all-day party. Trust us, move away from the tourist traps and Lima has a lot to offer the adventurous and intrigued hopster.