Lima Capital of Perú

Lima, the capital and largest city of Peru, was founded by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro in 1535, as the City of the Kings, or «the city of the Kings.» It is located on a deserted coast facing the Pacific Ocean. With a population of 9 million, Lima has become a bustling metropolis with a mix of colonial mansions and modern buildings, beautiful parks and bohemian bars. The historic center of Lima was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988 due to the large number of historical buildings dating from the Spanish colonial era such as the monumental Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and the catacombs of the Convent of San Francisco. San Isidro is the elegant residential area where most of the embassies have their offices. Miraflores, mainly a commercial area, is the district where most of the hotels and restaurants are located. Lima is known as the Gastronomic Capital of the Americas with Creole food, Chifas (Chinese food), Cebicherias (seafood) and Pollerias (grilled chicken). The climate is mild and comfortable. Temperatures rarely drop below 12 ° C (54 ° F) or rise above 29 ° C (84 ° F) throughout the year.

Weather in Lima, Perú

The Weather in Lima, Perú is humid due to its proximity to the sea but at the same time with high cloud cover during most of the year, the weather in Lima, Perú is not typical combination for coastal cities, which is why it is a remarkable phenomenon.

The temperature varies according to the time of year, since there are a couple of seasons marked summer and winter that does not bring snow, only that the temperature drops more than usual.

On the other hand, Lima is a city at the same time desert because it practically never rains, a factor that favors walking tours during a trip to the city.

Best times to visit Lima

According to its characteristics, the eeather in Lima, Perú is very pleasant and cool, so any time of the year is good to visit the city.

However, to enjoy Lima in its greatest splendor, the ideal is to visit it during the summer because the cloudiness decreases considerably and allows, among other things, to enjoy the beauty of the sea.

Whether summer or winter, in both cases it is important to use sunscreen to take care of the skin.

Gastronomy – Lima

Lima’s gastronomy offers the visitor a great variety of typical dishes; exquisite stews with the best seasoning in America that delight even the most demanding palates. This city offers visitors excellent restaurants (from 3 to 5 forks) that have qualified personnel and the best service that put it at the level of the great cities of the world. Among the main dishes of Lima gastronomy we have:

  • Carapulcra.
  • Cau Cau.
  • Ox heart anticuchos.
  • Lima cause.
  • Lomo saltado.
  • Aji de gallina.
  • Ceviche.
  • Marinade.
  • Tacu tacu.
  • Chicken rice.
  • Rice with duck.
  • Rice with shells.
  • Stuffed potato.
  • Grilled chickens.

To drink, we recommend the ice-cold and refreshing chicha morada, also be sure to try our famous PISCO SOUR. Sweets and desserts such as Mazamorra Morada and Arroz con Leche, sigh a la Lima, doña pepa nougat and picarones.

Access Roads

Land: The most popular way to travel in Peru is by land. From Lima there are interprovincial transportation services through the North and South Pan-American Highways, the Central Highway and the Pativilca – Huaraz penetration route; via asphalt roads.

Air: Jorge Chávez International Airport (located in the Constitutional province of Callao, 30 minutes from downtown Lima) is the main gateway to Peru. From here, you can find flights to the different tourist destinations and cities in the country, with the exception of Huancayo and Ica. All international flights arrive and depart from this airport.

Things to do in Lima, Perú

Here is a list of the best things to do in Lima, Perú

Huaca Pucllana

The Huaca Pucllana is an archaeological site in the heart of Miraflores. This truncated pyramid was the site of ceremonies for the Lima Culture, the Wari and the Ychsma, 3 pre-Inca societies. A walk that will make you travel years back.

If you have time, we recommend you also enjoy the restaurant inside.

Miraflores boardwalk

Los Malecones de Miraflores, one of the must-see things to do in Lima is the Malecón of the Miraflores district from where you will have the best view of the coast.

Explore perfectly manicured parks and gardens, as well as the Kiss monument and CC Larcomar.


Larcomar, a shopping center nestled on the Miraflores cliff. Here you can go shopping, eat in excellent restaurants, have a good time but above all.

From here you will have one of the best panoramic views of the Costa Verde and the beaches of Lima.

Magic Water Circuit

The magic water circuit is an open-air night tour full of lights, music, water and lots of magic, it is perhaps the most visited tourist attraction in Lima.

An unmissable visit to do in Lima and one that you will not regret, especially if you travel with children.

Lima cathedral

The cathedral of Lima is the most important in Peru because it is considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Inside are the remains of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima, as well as the museum of religious art with an extensive collection of “santísimos”.


Below the Convent of San Francisco de Asís are the Catacombs of Lima that served as crypts for members of associations of the city’s Catholic faithful.

It is shocking to see how the bones and skulls of the corpses were organized inside the catacombs in order to make better use of the space.

Green Coast

The Green Coast is the road that runs along the beaches of the Lima coast and has parks and boardwalks for the enjoyment of locals and tourists. From here you will have a different perspective of Lima.

Favorite place for surfers and you would have the opportunity to learn to surf.

Bridge of Sighs

The story behind the Bridge of Sighs says that if you walk across this bridge holding your breath, your wish will be fulfilled.

True or not, we recommend you visit this picturesque place in Barranco, with beautiful gardens, churches and a variety of excellent bars and restaurants around.

Main Square

The Plaza de Armas is the most emblematic point of the historic center, that is why it is included in the list of what to do in Lima.

In this square the city was founded and independence was proclaimed. Around this square are important buildings such as the Government Palace of Peru and the Cathedral of Lima.

Other things to do in Lima, Perú: Visit museums and some islands with sea lions

Larco Museum

Steeped in history and valuable collections of gold and silver from Peru from pre-Columbian times, the Larco Museum is a recommended visit for travelers with at least a week in the city.

It is the most famous museum. It takes about half a day to visit it. In addition to the museum, you can explore its gardens and enjoy a coffee inside.

The Palominos Islands

The Palominos Islands belong to the trio of islands home to the sea lions, part of the Peruvian marine life. Getting there must be from Callao.

The rides on these islands are done by boats and it depends on the weather sometimes you can swim with the wolves. Recommended visit to do in Lima during the summer.

Touring Peru is discovering endless mysterious places, with hidden stories in corners that you may have never seen before stepping on this country. We recommend you to visit another impressive destinations in Cusco like the tour to rainbow mountain peru or the humantay lake tour from cusco, which only takes one day. But if you are gonna to stay more days in Perú, other archaeological places you can know will be the choquequirao trek peru, the salkantay trek to machu picchu, and the classic inca trail 4 days 3 nights.

TripAdvisor Reviews

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Fernanda L
Fernanda L
Mariela es muy especial! Fue todo perfecto! Mariela es increíble y hizo todo para que nuestro viaje fuera inolvidable. La dedicación de Mariela por su trabajo y por su familia también son muy bonitas. Eso hace todo aún más especial.
Cusco Visitei Cusco em Junho/2023 e reservei todos os passeios com a Qorianka. Equipe muito atenciosa, todos os passeios foram ótimos e bem organizados.
Da F
Da F
Perfeito!!!!! Quando fui planejar a viagem para Cusco pesquisei muito os locais que queria conhecer e as empresas que faziam os passeios, encontrei a Qorianka Tours entrei em contato e fui super bem atendida pela Mariele que esclareceu todas as minhas dúvidas. Quando estamos planejamento uma viagem sempre surgi o medo de não ser o que esperávamos, mas falo com vocês que foi melhor do que eu esperava, me surpreendeu o comprometimento, a atenção de toda a equipe que esteve comigo e com meu marido no período da viagem. Vou detalhar um pouco como foi, quando chegamos no aeroporto já tinha uma pessoa esperando para levar até o hotel, nos dias de buscar para os passeios foram todos extremamente pontuais, os guias sempre alegres e com toda atenção explicavam as histórias dos locais, os locais de café da manhã e almoço muito bom e agradáveis e no fim da viagem também nos buscaram no hotel e levaram até o aeroporto. Ficamos 9 dias em Cusco, foi uma viagem maravilhosa, um sonho realizado. Agradeço toda a equipe da Qorianka Tours que conseguiram transformar minha viagem em algo mais surpreendente do que eu espera. Se vc estiver planejando super indico a Qorianka Tours, não tem nenhum ponto negativo para reclamar. Podem confiar.
Solange Puga
Solange Puga
AGÊNCIA CONFIÁVEL!! A agencia é confiável, fiz a reserva pelo Brasil,só paguei uma pequena reserva,em um banco no Brasil,fiz o resto do pagamento diretamente com a Mariella em Cusco. Eles são honestos,mas meio informais. . No city tour,eles atrasaram, logo após 20'' de atraso eu liguei,esqueceram de nós,mas logo Mariella resolveu o problema e mandou um carro para nos levar até o grupo. Adoramos os guias de cada passeio,Aidê,Roni,Ivan e Mari,são eficientes,educados e divertidos . As Vans eram confortáveis. O hotel do pacote em Aguas Calientes,,era bom e bem localizado,foram nos buscar na estação.
Silvia P
Silvia P
7 lagunas con Diego Go!! La mejor experiencia!!! desde inicio hasta al final... cuentan con servicio de desayuno, almuerzo típico delicioso? Además de conocer y hacer amistades de otros países? y lo más importante el guía quién nos orienta e explica durante todo el trayecto.... totalmente agradecida y muy feliz Guía: Diego Suna Quispe
Rocio O
Rocio O
TOUR 7 LAGUNAS CON DIEGO GO! La mejor experiencia de la visita a las 7 lagunas además de contemplar su belleza natural fue que el guía Diego nos dejó tomarnos el tiempo necesario para captar las mejores fotografías y hacer videos, ya que estas imágenes quedarán guardadas por siempre para el recuerdo. También agradecer por la alimentación que estaba deliciosa con ingredientes propias de la zona. Un consejo para las personas que deseen aventurarse en este tour (o alguno otro, ya que el guía es experto en muchos tours) no se arrepentirán en tomarlo como guía a DIEGO GO! ( como lo bautizamos ???) su nombre real es DIEGO SUNA QUISPE
Rafa Rodriguez
Rafa Rodriguez
Todo el viaje valió la pena El viaje fue súper cansador pero llegar a la montaña de colores compensó todo el cansancio! Además con el guía Ronald aka Picasso hizo esta experiencia mucho más gratificante y hermosa!
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