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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi everyone,

Not hearing the best reports about Lima - I'm flying in there in January and I'm trying to decide if it's worth spending a few days there before I go on to Cuzco.

What do you think? What are the things not to miss in Lima?

Thanks,

Ev ;)

2. Posted by petoperu (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Lima is a big urban sprawl, bustling city! It is not the most attractive place on the planet, but has a lot of beautiful colonnial buildings in the centre of the city.

Most times flights into Lima land at unappropriate times and a person is forced to stay overnight. If this is the case with you, then I suggest that you might as well spend at least one day there and take in a city tour.

The safest place to stay is in the suburb of Miraflores, close to the beach. It will take around plus/minus 1 hour there from the Airport. Make sure you use a licenced taxi - you can book them before you exit out of the terminal... I do recommend this if it is your first time to Lima and especially if your Spanish is not good! It is a little more expensive, but for peace of mind - no comparison!

In my opinion, there is not terribly much to see or do tourist-wise (others might have a different opinion), but I think there is a lot more to see and enjoy in the Cusco region - so spend you time down there instead!!

Enjoy your trip to Peru!

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Thanks Peto! That helps ;)

4. Posted by peruexplor (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Lima is a powerful city my friend, I love it a lot, I live here! Yeah of course like every big city it has its dangerous, nice and safest places. Tourist always goes to Miraflores, but Barranco and CHorrillos are also beautiful. San Isidro and La Molina are also between the safest place of Lima.

The traffic is a problem for us, overall in downtown. But in Chorrillos, Barranco and Miraflores that is not a problem. There are also problems in San Isidro.

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5. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

In all seriousness i think that Lima is a dump. I hated it, we stayed in the rich part, which was overpriced, but there is no way i would want to stay in the cheap part. Out of most of the areas i went i felt the least safe here.
Steer clear in my opinion, peru boasts thousands of other places you should be

6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

Hi Ev,
We spent a coupla days in Lima twice, jagged the best times to ge there and really enjoyed it.
Firstly we flew into Lima fron Arequipa with an internet booking at a reasonably cheap ($30 USD) hotel/hostel just on the edge of Miraflores, but the owner (dodgy Dan?) told us on arrival that his place was closed for renovations and he had booked us into a 3 star hotel right in the middle of Miraflores for only $10 USD more.
We were very dubious but he was true to his word. Got a few nights at the San Agustin, San Martin Street just off Avenida Jose Larco right in the middle of Moraflores.
Anyway, Miraflores is definetly the place to stay in Lima. I had originally tried to book the Hospedaje Diana (http://es.geocities.com/hospedajediana/) in Miraflores but the net in Arequipa was a bit flaky. I did find the Diana one afternoon, walked into reception and asked for the rates.
$25 USD per night (might be over the odds for your long trip), but it has a great location and looked pretty good.
The 'Albuerge Juvenil International' in Miraflores get a very good review in my LP book so who knows.
Lima was pretty cool. Got there at Easter so check out my Lima pics. Miraflores is a walk away to Larcomar, both the beach and the clifftop shopping centre overlooking the ocean.
Check out the Cathedral, Monasterio de San Francisco, the Spanish Inquisition museum and veg on the beach for a few rays.
We spent 1 day in Lima when we flew back from Iquitos on our way to Havana, and rocked down to Larcomar beach for a lay down.
There are some pretty good tourist markets just north of Miraflores which are bargainable.
There is a good Asian/Chinese restaurant with an outdoor eating area on the left hand side of Avenida Jose Larco as you walk down to Larcomar(about 1/3 way down the Avenida). Good food and reasonably priced.
A nice change after guinea pig and llama steaks.

Anthony

7. Posted by jenmc (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

HOnestly, we found Lima dirty and frustrating. The people were very friendly and helpful, but the air pollution was just too much! The restaurants, hotels, taxis and markets were more expensive than other Peruvian Cities. However, if you're a city person I'm sure you may appreciate it more than we did....if not, minimize your time there.

8. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

I really enjoyed Lima, but like most, only as a passer through. I stayed in Barranco, never felt threatened and had a bloody good time at the bars. I also spent a day walking around Miraflores, which I also found quite nice. Cleary, there are some areas to avoid, but I wouldn't avoid the city all together because of that.