Peru’s capital, Lima, lies roughly midway along the country’s Pacific coast and with close to ten million residents it’s by far the largest and most diverse city in the country. Founded way back in the 16th century, Lima has a long, rich history revealed in its impressive collection of historic monuments, architectural wonders and fascinating museums. While the city is undoubtedly proud to showcase its past, today it successfully combines the historic with the contemporary.
Whilst Lima is not always high on the list of highlights in Peru, most visitors usually end up staying a couple of nights either at the beginning or end of their trip simply because of flight connections and we think it is well worth it for an insight into contemporary Peru and its buzzing food and art scene.
Due to its arid desert location, Lima is the second driest capital city in the world after Cairo, yet thanks to the cool Pacific breeze, temperatures are somewhat lower than average for a desert city; the climate tends to be favourable, but not overbearing. There's plenty of sunshine throughout the year and the hottest time is generally from January to April. The wettest months are July and August, although rainfall tends to be fairly minimal overall. Accommodation is spread out across all parts of the city from the older, more economic areas to the more touristy spots of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro.
We tend to recommend hotels in the trendy Miraflores neighbourhood, which is a hotspot for nightlife and shopping and is one of the city’s more upmarket areas. Lima Centro is the historic heart of the city and is replete with all sorts of lovingly preserved buildings, many dating back several centuries.