Region of Lima

Visiting Lima &

Getting Around

Lima is located a little west of the center of Peru. Its strategic location is one of the reasons it was chosen to be the capital of the country; it can be accessed from all regions of Peru.

Lima can be visited by air, sea, and land. It holds the only international airport welcoming travelers from all over the world. The Jorge Chavez International Airport is located in el Callao, Lima. In addition to the port of El Callao welcoming cruise ships from all over the world, it is a destination for relaxation, where travelers can spend a few days visiting the city or other regions. Lima can be accessed by road from all surrounding regions. The most traveled route (south and north) is the Panamericana.

Moving around Lima can be a challenge if you don't speak Spanish. Lima is in the process of implementing a transportation system, and the way it works is still not clear for many Peruvians. Like any other big city, Lima can be dangerous, but if the traveler is cautions and knows how to avoid the potential dangers, the trip can be both safe and as incredible as planned.

Visiting Lima by Plane

 

Location: Elmer Faucett Avenue (no number), City of Callao, Region of Lima.

Phone: +51 1 517-3100.

Arrivals and Departures: This airport receives flights from all the main cities in the world and Peru. All international and domestic departures and arrivals can be checked at the Jorge Chávez International Airport site.

Highlights: There are bookstores, handcraft stores, a storage room at a cost, pharmacy, Internet shop, coffee shops, and a food court, which are open to the public. The storage room is located on the first floor next to the domestic arrivals exit doors

Transportation from and to: If transportation hasn't been arranged to take the traveler to his/her accommodations, an unauthorized taxi shouldn't be hired (rate of travelers robbed is high). The only authorized company is ”Taxi Green” (The only downside is that drivers don't speak English.) There is a “Taxi Green” booth located outside the domestic and international exit doors. If pick-up is arranged through a tour company, the reliability of the provider should be triple-checked to avoid disappointments. A private ride from the airport to the districts of Miraflores or San Isidro costs $20.00 - $40.00 (depending on providers and service needed).

Domestic Airlines:

  • Lan Peru: (Ave. Jose Pardo 513, Miraflores District).
  • Star Peru: (Ave. Comandante Espinar 331 - 4th Floor), Miraflores District).
  • Peruvian Airlines: (Calle Elías Aguirre 331 - Of. 301, Miraflores District).
  • LC Peru: (Ave. Pablo Carriquiry 857, San Isidro District).
  • Avianca: (Ave. Jose Pardo 831 - 4th Floor, Miraflores District).

Average Flight Duration

Arequipa

1 hour - 30 minutes

Cajamarca

1 hour - 20 minutes

Chiclayo

1 hour - 30 minutes

Cuzco

1 hour - 20 minutes

Huaraz

1 hour - 05 minutes

Iquitos

1 hour - 55 minutes

Juliaca

1 hour - 40 minutes

Piura

1 hour - 40 minutes

Puerto Maldonado

1 hour - 35 minutes

Tacna

1 hour - 45 minutes

Trujillo

1 hour - 15 minutes

Tumbes

1 hour - 55 minutes

Visiting Lima by Road & Getting Around

 

The most common mode of transportation visitors from all parts of Peru and nearby countries use to get to Lima is by bus or private transportation. Lima offers a big variety of bus companies, private transfers, and car rentals. There are hundreds of bus companies, but not all of them have been authorized to operate, and, most importantly, some aren't safe for the traveler. Below is a list of bus companies which are known to offer good service:

  • Expreso Cruz del Sur: It provides different quality services, the most comfortable being the Cruzero service (bed-style seats). A cheaper option is the Imperial service, which is next in quality and comfort. Cruz del Sur has offices at Urb. Fiori Calle Gerardo Unger 6917 (Independencia District) and Ave. Javier Prado Este 1109 (La Victoria District).
  • Expreso Internacional Ormeño: It provides a bed-style seat service. Ormeño has its main office at Ave. Javier Prado Este 1057 (La Victoria District). Oltursa: It provides a bed-style seat service and a good price.
  • Oltursa: has a main office at Ave. Aramburu 1160 (San Isidro District). It doesn't travel to Puno or Puerto Maldonado.
  • Movil Tours: It provides different quality services, the most comfortable being the Premier Service (bed-style seats). Cheaper options are available. Movil Tours has offices at Paseo de la Republica 749 (La Victoria District) and Ave. Alfredo Mendiola 3883 (Los Olivos District). It doesn't travel to Arequipa or Puno.

Distances & Average Driving Time driving from and to Lima

Arequipa

1030 Km - 15 hours by road

Cajamarca

872 Km - 12 hours by road

Caral

187 Km - 3 hours by road

Chiclayo

780 Km - 12 hours by road

Cusco

1500 Km - 20 hours by road via Nazca

Huaraz

410 Km - 8 hours and 30 min by road

Ica

325 Km - 4 hours by road

Mancora

1164 Km - 16 hours by road

Nazca

460 Km - 6 hours by road

Paracas

240 Km - 3 hours and 15 min by road

Puerto Maldonado

1970 Km - 30 hours by road

Puno

1700 Km - 21 hours by road (via AQP)

Tacna

1348 Km - 18 hours by road

Trujillo

570 Km - 9 hours by road

Lima also offers many private transportation companies, but if an English-speaking driver is needed, the options are minimal. A traveler should never take a cab from the streets due to the high incidence of robberies in cabs. Below is a list of reliable transportation companies:

Taxi Real:

Provides a private service; it can be reached at 012151414. (If calling from outside Peru add 011-51 in front of the number.)

Taxi Lima Peru:

Provides a private service; it can be reached at 9951-858000. (If calling from outside Peru add 011-51 in front of the number.)

There are several options to rent cars in Lima, but getting around isn't an easy task. Driving in Lima can be a real challenge because traffic rules aren't respected unless there is a traffic light and drivers are extremely aggressive. Travelers are able to drive with their country’s driver’s license, but passport and immigration card need to be carried at all times. When renting a car, the traveler will be asked for a credit card, a deposit amount, passport, immigration card, and driver’s license. Below is a list of reliable rental companies:

Budget Peru:

Reliable company but not the cheapest one.

Premium Rent a Car:

Reliable company offering good prices with a limited stock.

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