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About Lima

Lima, the capital of Peru, has about eight million inhabitants and is growing as a large modern and cosmopolitan metropolis, an important evolution that is complemented by the history and tradition of the city. In addition, Lima is the only capital of Latin America that has an outlet to the sea. It is located on the central coast of the Pacific Ocean.

Francisco Pizarro founded the city of Lima known as “City of Kings” on January 18, 1535. It was the most important city during the colonial era; however, it has history since the earliest times. It is probable that Lima has developed the first civilizations in America like Caral. Proof of them are the different huacas of pre-Hispanic cultures and prehispanic archaeological vestiges such as the Sanctuary of Pachacámac.

In addition to history and culture, it is also known for its gastronomy. In Lima, you can taste various typical dishes around Peru like ceviche, causa rellana, lomo saltado, among other dishes. Here you will find several first class restaurants as well as the well-known “huariques” that surprise with their seasoning.

Lima has an arid and semi-warm climate. clima lima

Access routes to Lima:

The most popular way to travel in Peru is by land.
The Panamericana highway interconnects all the cities of the Peruvian coast, to the North the highway continues by Ecuador and Colombia, to the south the Panamericana continues by Chile.
The Central Highway communicates with the cities of the sierra (Ticlio, La Oroya, Jauja, Huancayo) and central jungle (Huánuco, Tingo María). International bus lines link the capital with the main South American cities. From Lima, there are services of interprovincial transports through the Roads.

Distances from Lima by land:


Lima is connected by air with all the cities of Peru and with the main cities of the world. The Jorge Chávez International Airport - selected the best airport in South America for 8 consecutive times, is located in the Callao Region, 30 minutes from the center of the city of Lima, flights from all over the world and major commercial airlines. From the Jorge Chávez, the flights depart to the different tourist destinations and cities of Peru.

Jorge Chávez International Airport. Av. Faucett s / n, Callao. Tel: (511) 595-0666 (reports domestic and international flights).
Website: www.lap.com.pe Attention: 24 hours.

Lima is known as the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America. Tourists from different parts of the world come here to try our famous dish: ceviche. The cuisine of Lima has inherited the pre-Hispanic and colonial culinary secrets and has managed to merge them with the most delicious gastronomies of the East and Europe.

Lima is also has numerous desserts such as Suspiro de Limeña, mazamorra morada, arroz con leche, picarones and the classic Doña Pepa that is consumed in October during the festival of the Señor de Los Milagros.
You can find very good food for every pocket in every corner of the city of Lima. In the famous huariques (small restaurants that are recognized for offering some dish of original or exquisite flavor) can be eaten very delicious and at affordable prices; We also have restaurants offering cheap menus. Lima also offers first class restaurants, renowned world-class chefs where the best of Peruvian gastronomy is offered in the best way.

Cocina Novoandina
Novoandina cuisine was born in the late eighties as a way of rescuing the inputs of Andean origin: quinoa, kiwicha, tarwi, oca, olluco and alpaca meat to incorporate them into a modern kitchen. Contemporary technical techniques of European cuisine.

Main typical dishes that you have to try if you visit Lima:

  • Cebiche (fish filet cut into pieces cooked with lemon, onion and lemon slime).
  • Escabeche (fish or chicken marinated with vinegar and sweated to the pot).
  • Carapulcra (dried potatoes and stewed with meat of pig and chicken, ají panca and mirasol, garlic and other spices).
  • Cau-cau (mondongo stew in small pieces with potato, toothpick and spearmint).
  • Anticuchos (beef brochettes macerated in vinegar and ají panca, roasted on the grill).
  • Lomo Saltado (beef tenderloin chopped in strips and sautéed with onion, tomato, chili and various herbs, served with French fries and rice).
  • Ají de gallina (hen cooked in chunks with milk, cheese, chili and nuts).
  • Causa rellena (yellow potato paste seasoned with ground pepper, stuffed with tuna).
  • Choros a la chalaca (mussels encebollados with a pinch of chili and seasoned with lemon juice).
  • Tacu-Tacu (reheated of scrambled beans with rice accompanied by chopped steak and onion sauce).
  • Parihuela (soup of fish and seafood).
  • Sancochado (beef cooked with corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, cabbage, cassava and potatoes).
  • Pescado a la chorrillana (fried in sauce of onion and tomato to the white wine).
  • Pescado a lo macho (fried in seafood sauce, with yellow chili).

Typical desserts are:

  • Mazamorra morada (sweet corn flour and sweet potato with fresh and dried fruits).
  • Suspiro a la limeña (meringue with dulce de leche and vanilla).
  • Turrón de Doña Pepa (flour dough with butter baked and bathed with honey of chancaca and candies on top).
  • Picarones (fried rings of sweet potato and squash flour, bathed with chancaca honey or cane molasses).
  • The traditional drink is the chicha morada, made from the purple corn.

Tips for the visitor:

  • - Shops and main businesses usually open from Monday to Saturday from 10 to 20 hours.
  • - Many small shops close for two hours for lunch (1pm), and Saturdays only open in the morning until noon.
  • - The banking hours are from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm; On Saturdays the attention is from 9 to 13 hours.
  • - Most museums open from Monday to Saturday from 9 to 18 hours. Some close at lunch, usually from 13 to 15 or 16 hours.
  • - In general, shops, malls and artisan markets are open every day (including holidays) between 09:00 and 20:00 hrs.
  • - The national currency is the Nuevo Sol (S /.), Available in bills and coins.
  • - In major cities, hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards and some also travelers checks. However, it is always important to carry cash. The use of the US dollar is permitted. You can make payments directly in dollars at the exchange rate of the day or in Nuevos Soles.
  • - Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners and American Express. The use of travelers checks has limitations, check in the establishment if they are accepted.
  • - Country code Peru: 0051.
  • - Peru handles an 18% tax known as general sales tax, or IGV, is applied to all items, except those that are purchased in the street markets. Airport taxes are approx. US $ 18 for international flights, and US $ 4 for domestic flights.
  • - Gratuities for restaurants vary between 5% - 10%. Porters at hotels and airports expect 50 cents to $ 1 per suitcase. There is no need to tip taxi drivers. Tour guides and drivers expect 5 to 10 soles per day.
  • - The electrical energy in Peru is 220 V, 60 Hz.
  • It is advisable to carry a level plug adapter.
  • - Photocopy your documents, travelers check, and load these copies in another bag.
  • - Be alert, especially in places where there are many people, it is preferable not to carry valuables.
  • - Avoid taking services and products below standard of price and quality, as it can be scammed easily. Remember, by paying what is fair, you will receive what is fair.
  • - Ask hotel staff, or travel agent about safe places, and possible dangerous sites.



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