Lima, the capital of Peru, lies on the country's arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial centre is preserved, it's a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. It's home to the Museo Larco collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century Cathedral are the heart of old Lima Centro.
How to get to Lima
We took a short flight from Santiago, Chile to Lima with Sky Airlines.
Lima is an international airport so flights can arrive from anywhere.
Getting to Lima from the airport
Taxi – use the airport taxi stand and don’t accept anything other than this. Make sure the meter is on. Sometimes they have a baggage limit. Also not that most of the car contain LPG tanks in the trunk which take up most of the room.
Bus – safe and cheaper than a taxi
Uber – There is a very good uber network here. Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.
Where to stay in Lima
Central Lima - This is the Historic centre of Lima. You will find sites such as the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), the Government Palace, and the Convent of San Francisco. Budget accommodation to high end hotels are readily available to suit all tastes.
Miraflores – Best location for first timers, safe during the day and night (but still be vigilant). Good for bars, clubs and shopping. Miraflores is walking distance to the beach. It has accommodation ranging from hostels to hotels and many very good Airbnb apartments.
San Isidro – Very upmarket area, hardly and hostels here, very expensive and very safe.
Barranco - (bohemian district), walkable from Miraflores and heaving with cafes and restaurants and street vendors. There is a very relaxed and chilled out vibe in Barranco, definitely worth having dinner and drinks here. Accommodation is cheaper than in Miraflores. This all makes it attractive but be wary as it’s not as safe at night compared to neighbouring Miraflores.
In Lima we booked an Airbnb apartment in Miraflores. This is a modern and very stylish area in a very trendy part of town. Plenty of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and endless retail for those who love to shop! The supermarkets here are fully stocked with everything you could possible need, from local delis to home comforts, you’ll find everything!
Although there is a beach in Miraflores, it is not one of the nicest. Your best bet is to enjoy the sea views from the promenade from Lacromar shopping centre (Nb: You can buy your bus tickets to Machu Picchu from Lacromar also).
Things to do in Lima with children
In Lima we took the metro into the city where we visited Plaza de Armas, and the Cathedral. Walking and navigating your way around the city is easy. The streets have such wonderful character and the gardens are impeccable.
Parquet De La Reserve - Where we watched the Magical Water Show. Go early if you have children as they can play amongst some of the fountains (take wet shoes and a change of clothes), there is also a small train which you can take through the park which our son loved. The Water Show is awesome, we don’t spoil it for you, but it is worth hanging around for!
Barranco District - (bohemian district) Walkable from Miraflores and heaving with cafes and restaurants and street vendors. There is a very relaxed and chilled out vibe in Barranco, definitely worth having dinner and drinks here.
Kennedy square,- Full of shops and restaurants all competing for your custom. The drinks are cheap here and usually always on ‘Happy Hour’. If you’re looking for a good night out Kennedy Square has plenty to offer.
Paragliding – Paragliding over the beach here is a popular activity.