Lima, Peru Tours continue to attract travelers from all over the world. Get in touch with our specialists for a Lima travel experience to remember!


Lima is the capital city of Peru, founded in 1535 and now one of the largest cities in South America. The bustling city is often overlooked by travelers, seen only as the entry point to Peru and a stop on the way to the popular Machu Picchu. Lima, however, has transformed over the years into a city worthy of tourists’ attention.

The city is usually the starting and ending point of Peru tours, but is now also a prime destination in its own right. Lima is one of the country’s historic regions and continues to house important cultural and architectural landmarks such as the Huaca Pucllana and the Government Palace. It also sits perfectly on the coastal area between the Pacific ocean and the Andes, offering a number of beautiful beaches and a variety of water activities.

Tours and Travel Packages Featuring Lima

The big city of Lima can be intimidating to travelers, especially with its scattered destinations.
Fortunately Tailor Made Peru offers tour packages that feature the best spots,
not only in Lima, but all over the country.

What To See and Do During Your Trip To Lima?

Many tourists often spend limited lime in traveling Lima, mostly to begin or end their Peru exploration.
If you only have a day in Lima, here some of the top sights in the city:

Lima Travel Guide and Frequently Asked Questions

How To Travel To Lima?

Lima, Peru is often reached through Jorge Chávez International Airport. This is the country’s main domestic and international airport, located in the port area of Callao some 11 kilometers away from central Lima. It services most flights from major South American cities and some European and North American cities; it is also the main hub for domestic flights.

There are several transport options from the airport, primarily taxis and buses. Several visitors have complained about how chaotic the airport can get and how unsafe the immediate area can be. It is recommended to take company taxis and make sure to negotiate the fare before hopping in. Known airport taxis are Taxi 365, Taxi Directo and Taxi Green; alternatively, you can also call cab companies Taxi Satelital or Taxidatum for airport pickups.

Of course, there are other ways ensure a smooth transit from the airport to your chosen accommodation in Lima. Booking Tailor Made Peru’s Peru Luxury Tours, for example, gets you a private roundtrip airport transfers and access to the the airport’s VIP lounge.

How To Get Around Lima?

Like most major cities around the world, several vehicles ply the streets of Lima and traffic can definitely overwhelm the city’s visitors. Many informal taxis reportedly take advantage of tourists and public buses often get overcrowded. Getting around the city is definitely easier if you speak Spanish, which is Peru’s official language.

Apart from taxis, main transport in the city include a single metro line, modern buses, coasters and combis.

When Is The Best Time For Lima Tours?

Temperature in Lima does not get too crazy and the city has only two seasons, summer and winter. Peak season for Lima trips is during the summer months of December to April; February is the hottest month, when the average temperature high straddles around 24°C. This period boasts of colorful sunsets from the city.

The colder months span from May through November, with August as the coldest at an average temperature of about 17°C. During this winter season, tourists are likely to see “la garua,” a misty sea fog that hangs over the city caused by warm winds interacting with the ocean’s cold water.

Traveling in Lima is possible all year, since the city gets relatively little rain, mostly in March and September. It is also important to note that Easter and other religious holidays are national Peruvian holidays, so some establishments may be closed.

What Are The Safety Tips During Tours In Lima?

Exploring a big city like Lima sure has its risks. Tips for city trips will always include those for safety, especially since there parts of the capital that are known to be more prone to pickpockets and petty theft.

Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro are generally the central hub for tourists, and where most accommodations are located. These regions are considered the safest, but it is advised to always be cautious especially when walking around at night.

Hailing a cab off the streets to explore the city can be unsafe; it is helpful to take note of the popular company taxis like Taxi Satelital and call for a cab service instead. Remember, always negotiate the cab fare before hopping in.

As a general rule, wearing fancy jewelry and carrying expensive stuff are discouraged in the city. It is recommended to maintain a low profile when touring Lima, and keep a friendly, smiling attitude. We recommend taking our guided tours of Lima for a fun, safe and hassle-free excursion in the city.

How To Enjoy More Of Lima?

If you’re lucky enough to have more than a day to spend for tours in Lima, here are some more destinations worth visiting in and around the Peruvian capital.

Ruins – Lima has over 30 archaeological sites including the following:

  • Huaca Hullamarca in San Isidro
  • Pachacamac religious complex southeast of Lima
  • Caral, known to be one of the oldest cities in the Americas

Museums – Peru’s capital is home to several museums. Among the most popular ones are:

  • Larco Museum
  • Mario Testino Gallery or Museo MATE
  • Gold Museum
  • Lima Art Museum

Highlands – Despite being the capital city of Peru, a number of highlands are accessible from Lima. These are some of the highland regions for short treks and amazing landscapes:

  • the Marcahuasi plateau perched in the Andes mountains
  • Viñak district in Lima region’s Yauyos province
  • Huancaya district in Yauyos
  • Lunahuana town south of Lima

Beaches – As previously mentioned, Lima (particularly the southern area) has a number of beach towns and some popular surf areas such as:

  • Pucusana, a nearby and traditional fishing village
  • Chorrillos, located just after Barranco
  • Asia, one of the more expensive locations lined with luxury establishments
  • Cerro Azul, a small southern town known as one of the best surf spots in the area
  • Punta Hermosa, just an hour away from Lima and popular for big wave surfing
Looking to get more out of your trip to Peru? Contact us for your own tailor-made Peru luxury tour package at no added cost. Just fill out this form.
Together, we'll choose the best destinations and adventures just for you!