Lima Tourism

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!

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. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Lima

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

    • Air Pollution 80.52 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 78.44 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70.25 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 61.59 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.96 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 65.55 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 52.53 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Lima for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lima.

    • Burglary and Theft 58.66 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 76.88 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 80.95 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 89.33 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 64.23 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 70.43 (High)
    • Attacks 62.34 (High)
    • Drug offense 63.73 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 46.06 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 20.48 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 49.38 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.27 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 76.15 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Lima is 82.33 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 30.11 (Low)
    • Climate Index 97.69 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 85.21 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 48.47 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 41.43 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 57.17 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 15.59 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 31.54 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.21 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74.9 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.92 USD

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

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