Destination guide: Lima
Useful information about Lima
Because of its proximity to the sea, Lima's cuisine is primarily based in fresh fish and seafood including ceviches (raw fish cured in lemon juice and seasonings); conchitas a la parmesana (clams on the half shell covered in Parmesan) or a fish platter "a la chorrillana" (served with fried onion, roasted potato and rice).
Other traditional dishes include papas a la huancaina (potatoes dressed in a chili sauce made of milk, oil, cheese, lemon juice, crushed crackers, garlic and onion accompanied by a hard-boiled egg, black olives and lettuce); causa limeña (mashed potatoes with chili sauce, lemon and oil, and layered with fish, shellfish or chicken); sancochado (a sort of vegetable beef soup); tacu tacu (a pan-fried mixture of mashed beans, rice, onion, green chili, salt and pepper) or cau cau (stew made with tripe, potatoes and yellow chilies).
When it comes to dessert, make room for the suspiro limeño (a white manjar sauce with meringue, cinnamon and vanilla) and the anise-flavored turron de doña Pepa (cookie bars bathed in honey or manjar). Thirsty travelers should try the chicha morada or, for something a little stronger, a tasty pisco sour.
The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.) which is comprised of 100 centimos. Bills are available in 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200 Nuevos Soles. Coins are available in 1, 2 or 5 Nuevos Soles and 1, 5, 10, 20 or 50 centimos.
An 18% General Sales Tax (GST) is applied to the purchase of all goods and services in the country except for vacation packages purchased overseas. Hotels and restaurants add an additional 10%.
By law, the tax must already be included in the end price.
The official language of Peru is Spanish. However, the Quechua and Aymara indigenous dialects are still spoken in several zones of the country.
In your travels to Lima or other Peruvian cities, you should adjust your watch to GMT -5.
Electrical outlets in Lima operate at 220 volts and 60 Hertz. If any of your electronic devices operate at a different voltage, you are encouraged to travel with a power adaptor.