Holidays to Lima will introduce you to a captivating melting pot of peoples and traditions from around the world. Lima is the place to experience much of what Peru has to offer in microcosm. For those searching for culture, history, culinary adventures or simply a place to go out and ...
Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Wander along jungle trails on the lookout for monkeys, parrots, otters and caymans, and sleep in a nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps
Marvel at the mother of all Incan cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own
If trekking's not your thing, simply take a train to Machu Picchu instead – a great excuse to stay longer in lovely Cuzco
“What a fantastic trip. It is a little difficult to refer to it as a 'holiday' because it is so full on. But what an amazing place Peru is. The only downside is is that it is so far away, I think I could happily do it all again.”
“A wonderfully varied trip through Southern Peru, I saw and did so much in the two weeks. The itinerary gives you many new experiences, I enjoyed them all and feel really lucky to have visited such a great country. This was my first time travelling solo and I was a bit anxious, that disappeared as soon as I met the group and I started having a great time straight away. Peru was on my list of travel destinations because of Machu Picchu, I really had no idea how much more it has to offer and it is now one of my best trips.”
“This is not a relaxing holiday - as mentioned by everybody else, there are lots of early starts and you will be very tired at the end of each day. But the experience of Peru is unforgettable. I was never bored, even during the long bus trips as the scenery is breathtaking.”
“This was our fourth Exodus trip and possibly the best yet. Peru is an absolutely wonderful country to visit with some of the friendliest people we have come across. I ran out of superlatives to describe the views on the third day!”
Wonderful trip, beautiful country, great company!
Reviewed Tour: Essential Peru
5 - Excellent
“Great trip, small group (just 3 of us) so was almost a private tour and Diana our guide was brilliant. It is a busy trip but well-paced and you need to keep moving to see this country in a such short time. I feel like we saw the usual highlights but also managed to experience some of the local culture too. First time I had been at this altitude but Diana looked after us well.”
Essential Peru with Guide Sebastian Echegaray
Reviewed Tour: Essential Peru
5 - Excellent
“This holiday was absolutely brilliant: the Ballestas Islands, sand buggying in the desert, beautiful & spectacular Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley, the blue waters of Lake Titicaca and homestay on Amantani Island were all simply amazing. Our group leader, Sebastian Echegaray was great, and the other local guides and the drivers of the coaches - who joined us at different stages of the holiday- were also very informative, very friendly people. Add to that a sprinkling of alpacas, llamas, vicunias, dolphins.....we had an amazing time!”
“Hello there, I want to let you know how much WE ENJOYED our holiday to Peru, it was most exhilarating to see the ancient Inka, Wari and other cultural sites together with the unbelievably beautiful and varied landscape.
The people are very friendly. The trip was very well organised, the hotels and busses were very comfortable. The restaurants our leader took us to were well researched”
Holidays to Lima will introduce you to a captivating melting pot of peoples and traditions from around the world. Lima is the place to experience much of what Peru has to offer in microcosm. For those searching for culture, history, culinary adventures or simply a place to go out and party, a trip to Lima will have something for everyone. It is an exciting, alluring, often chaotic destination and an essential first stop on many Peruvian itineraries.
Lima is the best place to sample Peruvian cuisine and you can find everything from simple street food to gourmet dishes prepared by celebrity chefs. Look out for ceviche (raw fish with citrus juice), lomo saltado (Chinese-influenced stir-fried beef) and anticuchos (skewers of barbecued meat, traditionally beef heart).
Visit the city’s excellent museums including the Museo Larco with its collection of pre-Colombian erotic pottery, the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú and the Museo de Arte Lima.
Hunt down the Bridge of Sighs, one of Lima’s most famous landmarks.
Check out the many splendid examples of colonial architecture.
Search for bargains at the Mercado Central.
Visit the catacombs beneath the Museo de la Iglesia y Convento San Francisco. Lima’s former subterranean cemeteries hold the remains of up to 70,000 individuals.
Travel like a local in shared minibuses known as combis. Flag one down and pay the conductor when you get on or off.
Tipping is only expected in expensive restaurants – but if you feel the service is outstanding, a small tip is always appreciated.
Lima is not especially dangerous but use common sense. Tourist areas are mostly safe but areas to avoid include San Juan de Lurigancho, Los Olivos, Comas, Vitarte and El Agustino, especially at night. Avoid flaunting expensive jewelry and above all, beware of pickpockets.
Important festivals include the Carnaval in February and Fiesta de Santa Rosa held on on 30 August every year.
Peru uses two types of electric plug, round-pronged ones like in Europe and flat-pronged ones; both run at 220 volts. Best to take an adapter.
This list is not exhaustive and there are many more things to do in Lima! If you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Peru , do check out our Peru Travel Guide for more information.