Lima is the coastal capital of Peru that is famous for its mountains. Most adventurous travelers pass through here to hike Inca Trail and see Machu Picchu. Lima has many historical monuments and is popular for its vibrant nightlife, which is probably the best in the country. Because of the Humboldt Current, Lima is covered in fog seven months of the year. Lima gets very little rain throughout the year, and the sky is almost always overcast.

Miraflores , Lima Peru
A view of high cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, Miraflores

Best Time to Visit Lima

Lima has a sub-tropical climate, and due to the cool water of the Pacific Ocean, the city enjoys much cooler temperatures. The temperature rarely falls to 54ºF (12ºC) or above 84ºF (29ºC).

The peak season in Lima is between December to April, the city’s summer season. The temperatures during this time vary between 64ºF – 78ºF (18ºC-26ºC). Skies are mostly cloud-free during the daytime, with occasional foggy days during this season. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular and colorful sunsets that are quite famous.

Winter is between June – October with breezy conditions, gray skies, and humid plus cool temperatures that are not so popular for travelers. The average temperature remains around 60ºF (15ºC). Dark skies may overcast the city for a week, or more at a stretch, or thick gray fog known as ‘Garua’ covers the city making it less appealing to tourists.

Mira Flores, Lima, Peru
A view of Mira Flores

How To Get Around

The best way of getting around in the city is a public transportation system; take the Metropolitano (public transportation system). It connects the popular neighborhoods of Barranco and Miraflores to the historic center. They are often crowded, but they are a quick way to reach your destination and avoid sitting in traffic.

Top Things To Do In

Visit Plaza de Armas

Lima’s Plaza Mayor (main square) is central Plaza de Armas, the city’s historic heart and birthplace. It is Landscaped with palm trees, elaborate lampposts, flower beds, and greenery; the square’s highlight is the 1650-tiered bronze fountain in the center and the statue of Francisco Pizarro on horseback nearby. To watch the changing of the guard at 11:45 am or visit any time to find an empty seat and watch the world wander by.

Plaza de Armas, Lima
Lima’s Plaza Mayor (main square) is the beautiful central Plaza de Armas

Explore Plaza San Martín

The Plaza San Martín is one of the most representative public spaces of the city. It is located at the ninth block of Colmena avenue, within the Historic Centre of Lima, declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 by UNESCO.

The Plaza San Martín, Lima
The Plaza San Martín is one of the most beautiful squares

Check Out Larco Museum

The Larco Museum is a privately owned pre-Columbian art museum in the Pueblo Libre District. The museum is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid.

Municipal Palace of Lima

The Municipal Palace of Lima is a public building that serves as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima.

Old Town Lima, Peru
I could not stop taking pictures of the beautiful windows

Government Palace

The Government Palace, also known as the House of Pizarro, is the seat of the executive branch of the Peruvian Government and the official residence of the President of Peru.

House of Pizarro in Plaza Mayor, Lima
The Government Palace (House of Pizarro) in Plaza Mayor

Cathedral of Lima

The Basilica Cathedral of Lima is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Plaza Mayor of downtown Lima. Construction began in 1535, and the building has undergone many reconstructions and transformations.

Catedral de Lima, Peru
Exterior view of Lima’s Cathedral

Monastery of San Francisco

One of the “must-dos” in Lima is a highly recommended tour through the monastery. It gives an impressive inside into how religious life was during Spanish colonial times. Convento de San Francisco is the Spanish name for Saint Francis Monastery, located in Lima, south of Parque la Muralla and one block northeast of the Plaza Mayor.

Saint Francis Monastery in Lima
Saint Francis Monastery

Palacio de la Exposición

The Palacio de la Exposición is located on Colon Avenue in downtown Lima. It was constructed in the 19th century together with the Park of the Exposition to house the International Exposition of Lima in 1872.

Torre Tagle Palace

The Torre Tagle Palace is a Spanish Baroque palace located at Jr. Ucayali 363 in downtown Lima, Peru, a couple of blocks east of the Plaza de Armas. The palace is currently home to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas

The Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas is a church in Lima. It is the site of the Peruvian Catholic procession of the Lord of Miracles, Señor de Los Milagros, who is also the city’s patron.

Monastery of Santo Domingo, Lima
Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo)

Local Food in Lima

You can eat cheaply in the city, especially in those traditional buffet-style restaurants. They also offer a fixed menu of starters, main courses, and sometimes even desserts.

Cala Restaurant, Circuito de Playas, Barranco, Peru

Restaurant Huaca Pucllana, Cdra 8, Calle General Borgoño, Distrito de Lima, Peru

Peruvian Dish

Peruvian Fish curry (Pescado) – The colors of Peruvian cuisine are fantastic. A whole fish fried then cooked in tomato sauce, yucca, and vinegar with the twist of sugar that gives it a delicious sweet and sour taste. The portion is huge, definitely a family size.

Crispy Fried whole Fish (Pescado) – The crunchy fried fish is delicious, cooked in sizzling hot oil, served with yucca, lime marinated onion, salad, and white rice. It has a unique flavor that hard to get in a Peruvian Restaurant in the USA.

Hotel Where We Stayed in Lima

Bayview Hotel, Miraflores, Lima
Bayview Hotel, Miraflores

Bayview Hotel, Las Dalias 276, Miraflores, Lima

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Hasan Mahmud

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