Destination guide: Lima, Peru
Lima is the capital of Peru and is on the country’s central Pacific coast. Lima is also known as the “City of the Kings” and was formally the richest viceroyalty in South America. This important metropolis still has a beautiful colonial architecture that surprises visitors, as well as offering world-class cusine.
Purchase your flights to Lima and discover tourist attractions sich as the Pachacamac ruins, the Paracas National Reserve, the Nazca Lines and the Lima mountain range, among others.
Lima - Transportation
To & From the Airport
As you come out of customs, inside the airport to the right is the official taxi service: Taxi Green ([tel] 484-4001; taxigreen.com.pe; Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez; 1-3 people to Central Lima, San Isidro, Miraflores & Barranco S45). Outside the airport perimeter itself, you will find ‘local’ taxis. . It is best to use the official airport taxis, or arrange pickup with your hotel.
In a private taxi, allow at least an hour to the airport from San Isidro, Miraflores or Barranco.
Though it is a major urban center, Lima has long functioned without a citywide public transportation system. This has been partially rectified by a new trans-Lima bus network (fuelled completely by natural gas) called Metropolitano. The system consists of a north-south route servicing 16 districts (from Chorrillos in the south to Comas in the north) but as it doesn't cover the whole city, the current network of small private buses (called combis and micros) will remain vital. Spanish-speakers can find out more at www.metropolitano.com.pe.
The most useful routes link Central Lima with Miraflores along Av Arequipa or Paseo de la República. Minibuses along Garcilaso de la Vega (also called Av Wilson) and Av Arequipa are labeled ‘Todo Arequipa’ or ‘Larco/Schell/Miraflores’ when heading to Miraflores and, likewise, ‘Todo Arequipa’ and ‘Wilson/Tacna’ when leaving Miraflores for central Lima. Catch these buses along Av José Larco or Av Arequipa in Miraflores.
To get to Barranco, look for buses along Av Arequipa labeled ‘Chorrillos/Huaylas/Metro’ (some will also have signs that say ‘Barranco’). You can also find these on the Diagonal, just west of the Parque Kennedy, in Miraflores.
Lima’s taxis don’t have meters, so negotiate a price with the driver before getting in. Fares will vary depending on the length of the journey, traffic conditions, time of day and how well dressed you look. Plan for paying extra for registered taxis and any taxi you hail outside a tourist attraction. As a (very) rough guide, a trip from Central Lima to Miraflores costs around S12, while Central Lima to the airport will run about S20. Fares from Miraflores to the airport generally start at about S40. You can haggle the price – though this is often harder during rush hour. If there are two or more of you be clear on whether the fare is per person or for the car.
Registered taxis can be called by phone or found at taxi stands, such as the one outside the Sheraton in Central Lima or outside the LarcoMar shopping mall in Miraflores. Registered taxis cost about 30% to 50% more than regular street taxis and can be hired on a per-hour basis.
The following companies all work 24 hours and accept advance reservations:
Moli Taxi ([tel] 479-0030)
Taxi América ([tel] 165-1960)
Taxi Lima ([tel] 271-1763)
Taxi Móvil ([tel] 422-6890)
Taxi Real ([tel] 470-6263; www.taxireal.com) Recommended.
Taxi Seguro ([tel] 241-9292)