Lima the Capital of Peru

Lima is Peru's capital and largest city, located on the country's central western coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Here are some important facts about Lima.

Lima, often known as "The City of Kings," is not only Peru's capital but also its largest metropolis. It combines colonial architecture with world-class food and modern buildings.

The greatest time to visit Lima is during the summer, which lasts from December to April. The weather is warmer and clearer throughout these months. Even in the summer, Lima is frequently cloudy and foggy.


The official language is Spanish. In tourist regions and upscale hotels/restaurants, English is spoken.


The official currency is the Peruvian Sol (PEN).


Lima, like many large cities, has safer neighborhoods than others. Tourist locations like Miraflores and Barranco are normally safe, but remain cautious, especially at night. Keep your belongings close and avoid displaying pricey items.

Getting Around:

Taxis: Taxis are plentiful, but make sure to negotiate the fee before beginning the ride or confirm the cab has a meter.

Lima features a bus system as well as the Metropolitano, a fast transit bus system. If you prefer to use routes, familiarize yourself with them.

Lima has ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Cabify.


  • Lima has a thriving culinary scene. Don't overlook:
  • Ceviche: marinated fresh fish in lime and seasoned with chile peppers.
  • Stir-fried beef with onions, tomatoes, and fried potatoes (Lomo Saltado).
  • Pisco Sour: A grape brandy-based drink mixed with lime juice, syrup, egg white, and bitters.

Major Attractions: 

  • Historic Center, which includes the Plaza de Armas, Lima Cathedral, and Government Palace.
  • Miraflores: A contemporary neighborhood famed for its shops, gardens, and beach.
  • Barranco: A bohemian neighborhood with art galleries, bars, and a coastal vibe.
  • The Larco Museum houses a large collection of pre-Columbian art.
  • A park featuring lit fountains that dance to music is known as the Magic Water Circuit.
  • Huaca Pucllana: Miraflores' ancient adobe and clay pyramid.


For handicrafts and gifts, go to the Indian Market in Miraflores. Larcomar, a shopping center overlooking the Pacific, is ideal for upmarket shopping.

There is a wide choice of housing available, from luxury hotels to hostels. Tourists frequently stay in Miraflores and Barranco.

Cultural Etiquette:

  • A single kiss on the cheek is a frequent greeting among ladies and between men and women.
  • Tipping is prevalent in restaurants (often 10%).


Wi-Fi is offered at the majority of hotels, restaurants, and cafes. For mobile data, you can alternatively purchase a local SIM card.

Nearby Excursions:

  • Excursions in the Area: Visit the Pachacamac archaeological site, a pre-Incan sacred complex. 
  • The Pantanos de Villa natural sanctuary is a great place for bird watching for nature lovers.

Finally, always respect local customs and traditions. Lima has a rich past as well as present culture, so there is something for everyone.