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Lima is the largest city of Peru and also its capital. It is located on the Pacific coast. A whopping 10 million people reside in Lima making it Peru’s most populous metropolitan area.

The city of Lima has a unique and rich history. The most famous residents of Lima were the Incas who lived there during the pre-Columbian era (referred to as the period before Christopher Columbus’s voyages of 1492). The Incan empire was the largest empire in America before the 1500s. The empire arose in the 13th century and its last stronghold was defeated by the Spanish in 1572. Major parts of Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Columbia and of course Peru came under the Incan empire. Power was wrenched from the Incans when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro defeated the Inca ruler Atahualpa. The empire was taken over and consequently, Lima was founded in 1535.

Lima’s geography is as interesting as its history. From mountains, valleys, to hills, beaches, and dunes—it’s got everything. Lima also holds the distinction of being the second largest desert city. Cairo, Egypt takes first place here. Its history and unique topography has given quite a boost to Lima’s tourism industry. A great place to visit if you’re a fan of solo travel. Lima is also the industrial and financial hub of Peru. Two-thirds of industrial production also comes from the city.

Its history will entice you; its unique gastronomy will delight you. Its many hues and views will steal your heart. Here is your travel guide to this enchanting, seductive city. It’s time to plan your itineraries and head there!

Lima Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Lima tips for your visit

  • Since skies during summers are generally cloud free, don’t forget to carry sunblock.
  • Crime is unfortunately high in the city of Lima. Head to the tourist information office and load up on all the info you will need to avoid being a victim of pickpockets or fleecing.
  • Do not hail a cab outside the airport; they overcharge and are unsafe. Hire a taxi from inside the airport. Go for reputable companies like Mitsui Taxi Remisse, Green Taxi and CMV.
  • If you are traveling by bus, book your tickets through a reputable company. Highway robberies are not uncommon. It’s also risky if you’re a lone female traveller. Be on your guard.
  • Buses (not to be confused with micro buses) are wheelchair accessible. 

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Facts and Stats for Lima*

  • Pollution Statistics in Lima

    Know the pollution level of Lima before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 81.25 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 81.03 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 74.14 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 69.3 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 63.98 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 61.86 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 63.56 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Lima: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Lima for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lima.

    • Burglary and Theft 56.65 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75.27 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 80.91 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 87.63 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 60.48 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 69.57 (High)
    • Attacks 59.04 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 63.98 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 44.41 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 18.28 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 47.8 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 31.65 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 76.86 (High)
  • Living in Lima - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Lima is 83.35 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 31.14 (Low)
    • Climate Index 97.69 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 85.6 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 47.9 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 40.48 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 55.05 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.74 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 37.49 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Lima

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Lima

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.41 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.37 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.41 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.06 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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