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About Lima

The capital seaport city of Lima is located in the central coastal region of Peru. Influenced by European, Andean, African and Asian cultures, the city is a cultural melting-pot. It’s Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring colonial architecture and museums. Its golden beaches, delectable cuisine and ancient Inca ruins attract visitors all year round.

Cheap flights to Lima are now available for a limited time only, so book your flight today and prepare to be amazed at the vibrant landscapes and ancient roots of this cosmopolitan city! Lima is home to Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), a 20-minute drive from the city centre. LIM serves a few airlines, including LATAM Airlines, British Airways and LAN Airlines. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Lima, but connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 18 hours, 25 minutes.

Why visit Lima

historical gems

Historical Gems

Explore the fascinating Inca ruins of Huaca Pucllana; the colonial buildings lining the streets are as old as the city itself, housing interesting collections of Peruvian art and artefacts.

appetizing cuisine

Appetizing Cuisine

Famed as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, Lima serves up the best in Peruvian cuisine, while creating fusions with traditional and modern ingredients. Try the irresistibly fresh ceviche and lomo saltado, best complemented with a Pisco Sour.

a coastal paradise

A Coastal Paradise

View the incredible coastline from above as you paraglide over the city, or take a stroll along the boardwalk watching the romantic sunset. Kayak, surf or sail through the sapphire waters, taking in the gorgeous surroundings.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Peru
Currency Peruvian Sol (PEN)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = S 0.234
Language (Peruvian Coast) Spanish
Hub Airport Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)
Airline LATAM Peru
Time Zone GMT – 05:00
Travel Adaptor Type A / C

Best time to visit Lima

Lima is a wonderful city with much to offer all year round! The country experiences two major seasons: the hot, dry summer season between December and April; and cold, rainy winter days between June and October. The city’s sub-tropical climate and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean enables cool, breezy conditions with stable temperatures throughout the year. Colourful sunsets and inviting beaches attract many crowds during the summer. Winter is perfect for hiking and outdoor activities. Lima, like much of South America, likes to celebrate festivals throughout the year. The beginning of November sees thousands of people gathering to celebrate Senor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles). Other festivals include the February Carnival, Fiesta of Grape Harvesting and Wine Making in March, and the Santa Rosa de Lima in August.

Weather & Climate in Lima

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 18°C 18°C 18°C 16°C 14°C 13°C 12°C 12°C 12°C 13°C 14°C 15°C
High °C 27°C 28°C 28°C 26°C 23°C 20°C 19°C 19°C 19°C 21°C 23°C 25°C
Rainfall (mm) 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 0

Overview

The capital city of Lima, in Peru, is a port town overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The city’s high rises conceal some wonderful pre-Colombian temples, Moorish-style colonial mansions, Baroque churches ornamented with skulls, and even the occasional modernist building. Its bustling streets house fascinating museums, edgy galleries, jumbled book stores, and host religious processions whose roots go back to the distant 18th century.

Aside from the museums, sprawling beaches and golf courses, Lima is famous for its food. As the “Gastronomy Capital of the Americas”, Lima is undoubtedly the best place to experience authentic Peruvian cuisine. Ceviche is the Peruvian national dish and ingredients are sourced from the surrounding regions.

Work off the previous night’s indulgences and go on a bicycle tour of Lima to see the sights. The Huaca Pucllana is an Incan ruin dating back to 500 A.D. and is a definite must-see. A trip to the Pachacamac Ruins just out of the city centre will delight any historian. You’ll also want to check out Aliaga House, the Government Palace, Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco.

The riverside district of Miraflores has breath-taking ocean views, along with a huge variety of shops, markets and parks. Pick up some alpaca-wool sweaters or some hand-worked silverware as a souvenir.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do not need a visa to visit Peru for up to 90 days. Ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

The South African Embassy to Peru is situated in Lima at the following address:

Av. Victor Andres Belaunde 147, Edificio Real Tres "3", Office 801, San Isidro, L.27, Lima.

Phone: + 511 612 4848

Email: general.peru@dirco.gov.za

Health & Safety

Like most South American cities, Lima is made up of both wealth and poverty, resulting in petty crime and scam tactics. Remain vigilant of your surroundings at all times. Do not wear flashy clothes or jewellery and try to blend in as much as possible. Do not walk around with your camera hanging around your neck, keep it securely closed in a bag and never leave cameras on tables in restaurants or cafés. Pick-pocketing is fairly common in crowded areas like bus terminals, markets and events.

It is not advisable to walk around at night – unsavoury neighbourhoods like Rimac, Callao, Los Olivos and San Juan de Lurigancho attract criminals, so rather take an official taxi organised by your hotel (taxis do not have meters and will try to scam you unless a price has been agreed upon). Airports are also hotspots for petty crime so do not linger outside passenger areas.

Peru does not require any Yellow Fever certificate of vaccination to enter the country. However, the South African authorities may require a valid Yellow Fever international certificate when returning to South Africa. Contact the South African Dept. of Home Affairs for further information: http://www.dha.gov.za/. Vaccines against Typhoid and Hepatitis A are recommended.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG LIMA
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 51
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 25
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 35
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 21
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 38
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