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Lima at a Glance

Lima rolls up and down steep, dry mountains until it finally reaches the Pacific Ocean. Sample Peruvian food, attend excellent museums, and shop.

Fog rolls in off of the Pacific leaving Lima in a dense fog much like that of San Francisco, California. Mountains trap the fog and keep it hovering over the city. It's a good idea to have warm, water proof clothing to brave this city, but you'll be glad you did. Several things beckon to tourists from out of the fog.

Lima has excellent museums many of which trace the history and culture of Peru's ancient and indigenous peoples.  Admire handmade pottery shaped and glazed long before commercial glazes and kilns were available. Gaze on precious jewels and marvel at the handicrafts of long ago Incans and other pre-Colombian civilizations. In markets, feast your eyes on the colorful indigenous textiles and meet the artisans who practice both ancient and modern weaving techniques. No matter what you do, don't forget to sample the food. A mixture of native ingredients, African, Spanish and European influences makes cuisine both interesting and delicious. 

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June - August
Low Season
September - May
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      • Major Airport Jorge Chávez International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers from the United States, Canada and the EU need a valid passport to enter the country on trips of less than 90 days. Upon arrival, you'll be stamped and given an immigration card. Travelers must keep their passports and the card them at all times, especially in rural areas and on the Inca Trail where it is required by law. For security reasons, make a photocopy of your documents and store it in a different place than the originals. When you leave the country, you return the immigration card so it is important not to lose it. Travelers seeking more information can contact the Peruvian Embassy in their country. American citizens can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity Peru has earthquakes. Peru has dry highlands, the cold, high Andes and a coastal tropical region. In all areas, rain can cause flooding during the wet season or during an El Nino year. Nights are frequently much colder than the day in places with higher elevation. 

      Safety Concerns Pickpockets and bag slashers are common in Peru so take the precaution of holding your backs tightly in public. Leave your bag between your feet when on buses and be wary of carrying a backpack or anything you can't see. 

      Health Concerns Speak with your health care provider about vaccinations and health preparations at least two months before your trip. Visitors should come prepared to purify their water either by boiling it vigorously for 1-3 minutes or by sending it through a filter.