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Lima Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Lima, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Spanish
Time Difference -6 hours
Currency Peruvian Sol
Voltage 220 volts

Perched on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Peru’s lively capital is one of South America’s largest cities. This bustling metropolis offers innovative art and architecture, alongside diverse museums, brash nightlife and a world-renowned culinary scene.

The Historic Centre of Lima, once known as the ‘City of Kings’, was founded by the Spanish conqueror, Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Now on the UNESCO World Heritage list, it provides a unique insight into Peru’s complex past, including the influence of Catholicism, a religion brought to Peru by the Spanish and embodied by the splendid 16th century cathedral at the heart of the city. Lima is the second-driest world capital after Cairo, but although a desert, the climate is tempered by its proximity to the Pacific coast, making Lima a year-round destination.

Highlights+
San Francisco Monastery and Church

Colonial churches are ubiquitous in downtown Lima and Monasterio de San Francisco is the best-preserved example. Its impressive Baroque frontage leads to an interior of spectacular altars, a splendid lattice dome, hand-carved wooden pulpits and a hallowed collection of multilingual texts dating back to the 1500s. Not for the faint hearted is a tour of the bone-lined catacombs underneath the church. Part of Lima’s original cemeteries, housing an estimated 75,000 bodies, the bones are laid out in eerie shapes and patterns.

Museo Larco

Built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple and housed in a former mansion, Mueso Larco displays a host of Peruvian relics, including mummies, revealing how the Incas and other historic civilisations lived. Alongside the many ceramics, textiles and other artefacts, is a rather unusual collection of erotic pots. These somehow survived being smashed by the deeply religious Spanish conquerors, notoriously offended by the explicit nature of such works.

The Government Palace

The daily changing of the palace guards takes place at noon at the majestic Government Palace on the Rimac River. The official residence of Peru’s president, the site was also the home of the last Inca chief in Lima before becoming Spanish conqueror, Francisco Pizarro’s 16th century settlement. Bestowed with the intricately carved wooden balconies famous in the downtown area, it sits on the north side of the Plaza de Armas, Lima's central square. The square is also home to the Cathedral of Lima, the adjoining Archbishop's Palace and Municipal Palace.

Huaca Pucllana

Lima boasts an array of historic ruins and Huaca Pucllana, an ancient adobe clay pyramid, found in the residential and upmarket Miraflores district. It is estimated to have been built in around 500AD by the Lima culture, a Pre-Incan coastal civilisation. Beautifully illuminated by night, visitors can dine in at its celebrated restaurant.

Food Scene

Lima’s famed gastronomic delights showcase the diverse Peruvian culinary traditions that have cemented its reputation as South America’s foodie capital. Employing ingredients from the ocean, Amazon and the Andes, fused with local and Asian influences, cuisine ranges from Peru’s national dish, ceviche, to sánguche (traditional Peruvian sandwiches), and can be enjoyed as street food or in gourmet restaurants throughout the city, especially in the stylish Miraflores district.

Climate+

Despite its tropical desert location, temperatures are clement in Lima, due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, ranging from a low of 12°C to highs of around 29°C. There are two seasons: summer runs from December through to April and winter from June to October. May and November are transition months, with a more dramatic warm-to-cool weather transition, while humidity is relatively high, particularly in the mornings.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Lima.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January231
February247
March233
April220
May200
June190
July180
August170
September180
October190
November200
December220

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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