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Lima is one of South America’s best kept secrets. Once treated as a stopover by travelers on their way to the famous Machu Picchu, the capital of Peru has always been a vibrant destination in its own right. It’s a mix of modern, and traditional, with colonial architechture, museums, and art galleries. If you are looking for adventure, Lima has plenty to offer, from surfing to paragliding. Refined, elegant, rich in history, and boasting one of the finest gastronomic scenes in the Americas, Peru’s capital city truly deserves to be called the “City of Kings”.

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Lima City

Meet the culinary capital of South America for several years running. This vibrant metropolitan city is perched on a cliff and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Lima is no one´s layover, it plays a bigger role than purely being a necessarily starting point to more well-known attractions in Peru like Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines, the Amazonia or northern beaches. It is the political and administrative capital of Peru, with over 10 million residences. Its skies are often covered with clouds with down fog, gaining the unfortunate nickname of the ¨gray city¨. However, this unfortunate nickname creates the perfect conditions for the perfect surfer’s paradise. Walking down the boardwalk you can find a number of point breaks suitable for different types of surfers from beginners all the way to professionals. For shortboarders try Punto Roquitas, long boarders will have a better time at Playa Waikiki and for the professionals looking for the famous big waves, then look no further than La Herradura.

Nightlife in the city is not to be missed. Pizza street in Miraflores, La Plaza in Barranco and the Historical center have an active and concentrated nightlife. With patrons starting their night at around 11pm until the early hours of the morning. After a heavy night out, there is no better hangover cure in the world than the fresh ceviche made in many Cerveceria’s around the city. Peru originated this now international dish and Lima perfected it. The fish is always fresh and you always get to choose your own level of spice. The food is to die for, they have 2 of the top 10 best restaurants in the world and is home to the famous chef: Gaston Acurio. Join a culinary tour, to sample the best dishes this nation has to offer. While trying the food, don’t forget to stop over at the oldest China Town of the Americas and try some Chifa, a mix of Peruvian and Chinese cooking.

Larcomar Mall is worth a shopping trip, located outdoors on the cliff of Miraflores. It has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the city. Another great shopping alternative is the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco with its eye-catching colorful houses and murals.

Lima has a rich history that deserves to be explored. It once was the Spanish capital in South America. This is clearly evident in colonial-style Plaza de Armas. Find a number of Baroque style buildings flanking the historical center. East of the plaza is Palicio de Goborio that serves as the current residence of the president of Peru with Moroccan style balconies; very unusual in Peruvian architecture. It’s also knows as the Presidential Palace. Other great buildings include, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop´s Palace and the Municipal Palace. For pre-Columbian artifacts, make your way to the massive National Museum of Lima and the Museo Larco which is more known for its erotic collection of art pieces.

Finally, delve into the two activities that define the tourism of Lima. Firstly, paraglide over the Pacific coastline. It’s a great popular activity offered throughout the city for just over 300 soles. Lastly and certainly not least is the spectacular EL Circuito Magico Del Agua (directly translates to: The magic circuit of water). Located in Parque de La Reserva, it’s an aptly named spectacle of a water show. There are 13 fountains that illuminate with rainbow lights after sun set. This showpiece is a spectacular fountain show with lasers that follow a choreographed water routine. The colorful streaming water moves in unison with music, spouting different colors of the rainbow and takes you on a virtual journey of Peruvian culture.

Lima is a city that will capture your heart with its rich culture, lively atmosphere, and stunning landscapes.

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View Lima, the capital of Peru

Located on the coast, the vibrant capital of Peru is a melting pot of cultures where rich history can be lived amid modern-day comforts. Our selection of custom private and small group Lima tours show you the highlights of distinct neighborhoods, introduce you to world-renowned Peruvian cuisine at the city’s best restaurants, and so much more

Let our travel experts design a special itinerary that features Lima and other incredible destinations. Guided tours, accommodations, and reliable transfers are included in all of our tour packages. Contact us to start planning the vacation of your dreams!

Paragliding Tour in Lima

Get a bird’s eyeview of the cityscapes and amazing coast line of the picturisque capital city of South America, Lima. Appreciate the long beach circuit of Costa Verde and spectecular views of the cities. Immerse yoursef in this adventure packed, adrenaline pumping activity. This activity is suitable for all ages, safe and conducted by well trained and professional guides. Join the hundreds in the skies, starting from affluent arrea of Miraflores. The views of the Lima are simply spectacular, from the tall building, to the cliffs, the well-known Larcomar shopping mall and the deep blue Pacific Ocean. Book your tour to make unforgettable memories and feel what it is to fly like the condors!

from $95 / 1 hour

Private City Tour in Lima, Peru

This full-day excursion will give you an in-depth view of Lima’s stunning Colonial, Republican, and modern architecture, as well as its religious and archaeological sites. In private service, this itinerary is first and foremost flexible, to offer a broad canvas that will illustrate Peru’s ancient past, frame the present and pose transcendental questions about its future. We cover Lima’s top places from all its epochs: the pre-Hispanic, the time spent under Spanish rule and the independent, modern times which started in 1821.

Attractions Included in this tour:

  • Huaca Pucllana (pre-Hispanic)
  • Lima Historical Downtown
  • San Martin Square
  • Lima Plaza de Armas (Main Square)
  • Larcomar (Elegant mall by the sea)

from $99 / 1 day

FAQs about Lima.

Lima is the capital of Peru and one of the largest cities in South America. Visiting a city this large requires some planning and some help with navigating the ins and outs. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are some things that you should know when planning your trip to Lima..

Absolutely, Lima is worth visiting because there is something here for everyone. Art galleries, museums, and historical ruins are dotted throughout the city, while great shopping and top-rated restaurants like Central can be found within a short distance of practically any hotel.

Yes, but take standard precautions. Lima is a large city with a population of over 10 millon people, so travelers are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and belongings. Pick pocketing can occur in crowded areas, so valuables should be kept hidden or at the hotel. Certain neighborhoods in Lima are safer than others, so stick to the Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro districts.

Lima can be visited year-round however, the summer months (December to March) offer sunny skies, hot weather, and the most spectacular sunsets. The winter months (June to September) have overcast skies and high humidity in Lima and are the most popular months to visit Machu Picchu.

We recommend 2 days in Lima. You’ll be able to sample famous Peruvian cuisine, visit exciting museums, and tour the top spots of Lima. More adventurous travelers can take part in thrilling activities like paragliding over the Lima skyline or surfing.

No. Travelers will not experience symptoms of altitude sickness in Lima, located right on the coast Lima has an altitude of only ~500 ft. above sea level.

The Lima airport is located in the province of Callao.

  • to/from historic city center: 7.5 mi /12 km
  • to/from Miraflores: 12 mi / 19 km
  • to/from Barranco: 14 mi / 22 km

*Drive times vary depending on traffic conditions.

The journey from Lima to Machu Picchu involves several methods of transportation and a couple of nights of hotel accommodation. First, you’ll fly one and a half hours from Lima to Cusco. It is highly recommended to acclimate in Cusco or the Sacred Valley for at least 24 hours before visiting Machu Picchu. From Cusco, a three-hour and fifteen-minute train ride will bring you to the base of the mountain where the Machu Picchu citadel stands. A twenty minute shuttle bus will transport you from the base of the mountain to the Machu Picchu main entrance. After your tour, it’s possible to stay overnight in beautiful Aguas Calientes or take a train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo or return to Cusco.

Why Travel with Us?

Sam Corporations is a 100% Peruvian family-owned company with no shareholders. We offer a highly exclusive personalized service of the highest quality. Our treks are operated by our regularly trained and highly experienced SAM CORPORATIONS staff and guides. We strive to be environmentally sustainable and a responsible tour operator by incorporating the most important universal principles of tourism. Our team has been trained within these principles.

We have put together packages that include locations that we have personally experienced. Traveling the great length of our country we have compiled the most compelling, must visit location in Peru. Sam Corporations will take you on an unparalleled journey in our modern vehicles, in small intermate groups, whilst upholding our reputation as an outstanding service provider.

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