Fly To Lima, Peru
Lima may not be the most attractive city on the surface, but dig a little deeper into this sprawling and chaotic desert city and you’ll be surprised. There’s a lot more to Lima than immediately meets the eye.
Architecturally, Lima’s grey, blocky high rises conceal some wonderful pre-Colombian temples; lavish, Moorish-style colonial mansions; baroque churches ornamented with skulls; and even the occasional modernist building. Its foggy streets house fascinating museums, edgy galleries, jumbled book stores, and gigantic malls, and host religious processions whose roots go back to the distant 18th century.
When you book your flight to Lima, do yourself a favour and arrange to spend a few days in this city before heading deeper into Peru. With Travelstart’s online flight ticket booking tool above, you can find the cheapest flights to Lima, and use the extra cash to explore the city. It would be such a waste to let it pass you by.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Lima, Peru, for up to 90 days. Just make sure 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. Av. Victor Andres Belaunde 147, Edificio Real Tres "3", Office 801, San Isidro, L.27, Lima. Phone: + 511 612 4848.
See and do
Lima has many things to offer tourists, from architecture and museums, to beaches and golf courses, but it’s famous for one thing above all others: food. As the “Gastronomy Capital of the America’s”, Lima is undoubtedly the best place to experience Peruvian cuisine. Meals tend to be heavily spiced, so be careful if you can’t take the heat. Ingredients from various regions are used, but seafood is particularly popular, tending to be both affordable and excellently prepared. Ceviche is the Peruvian national dish. Its acidity has been known to upset the occasional foreign stomach, but it’s nonetheless a delicious and truly Peruvian meal.
If you’re looking to work off last night’s indulgences, try a bike tour of Lima to see the sights. The Huaca Pucllana is a definite must-see. It’s an Incan ruin dating back to 500 A.D., and has an on-site haute cuisine restaurant. You’ll also want to check out Aliaga House, the Government Palace, Plaza de Armas, and the Church of San Francisco.
For a shopping extravaganza, visit the Larcomar in Miraflores. It’s built into the cliff-side and has breath-taking ocean views, along with a huge variety of shops, a movie theatre, bowling alley and pool hall. Pick up some alpaca-wool sweaters or scarves or some hand-worked silverware as a souvenir.
Public transport in Lima can be complex to use, with over 500 different routes to choose from. The buses and trains are fairly reliable, however, and exercising common sense is usually more than enough to keep you and your belongings safe. Taxis aren’t overly expensive, and are often necessary in the evenings or in certain areas where buses don’t go.
Jorge Chávez International Airport – LIM
Food and beverage: Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, 4D Express, To Go, Manacaru, Caffe Lindo and Huashca.
Currency Exhange: Interbank Money Exchange is located at both the International and Domestic Arrivals Terminals, as well as in Peru Plaza, on the 2nd floor.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport’s Lost Luggage desk is located in the Domestic Arrivals Terminal at Lima Airport.
Airport Hotels: The Ramada Costa Del Sol Lima Hotel is located on the airport premises.
Car Hire: Budget, Dollar, Hertz.
Airport Hub: Jorge Chávez International Airport (code LIM) is a hub for LAN Airlines, Peruvian Airlines, Star Peru, TACA Airlines and LC Peru.