Lima Holidays

Peru’s UNESCO World Heritage capital, Lima is one of South America’s largest cities, a sprawling, bustling metropolis. Set on Peru’s arid Pacific coast, Lima holidays offer a tantalising combination of city delights and culinary excellence. Lose yourself in historical intrigue, beautiful architecture and frothing surf breaks.

Lima holidays are best spent roaming the city, experiencing first-hand the vibrant amalgamation of past and present. The city boasts an array of historical attractions. Wander one of the many respected museums, including Museo Larco, home to an impressive collection of ancient ceramics and pre-Colombian artefacts. Part of Lima’s UNESCO Historic Centre, explore Basilica de San Francisco and its catacombs - a beautiful display of colonial architecture. While you’re meandering, head to Plaza de Armas, Lima’s central square. Here you’ll find the ornate Government Palace, the vast Cathedral of Lima and the brightly-painted Municipal Palace.

Lose yourself in winding city streets on a Lima holiday

Emerge from your historical explorations to green tranquillity and beautiful views in the palm-speckled parks of Miraflores. El Malecón, in particular, spreads an array of green spaces, clinging to the cliffs above the coast. Another popular neighbourhood, Barranco offers its own appeal. Discover colourful buildings, captivating street art and some delightful coffee shops. As dusk falls, wander over the romantic La Puente de Los Suspiros (the Bridge of Sighs).

The myriad culinary treasures would be reason enough for a holiday to Lima. Lima’s world-class culinary scene introduces you to all that is great and glorious about Peruvian food. Stroll through the Boulevard of Gastronomy in the Surquillo district for an impromptu foodie tour of Peru’s culinary capital. Savour crispy calamari, succulent shrimp cioppino, the famous Peruvian ceviche (and oh, so much more). Toast pisco sours as you watch the sun set over the ocean.

If your mouth is already watering, it’s time to book your Lima holiday. Get in touch with one of our Destination Specialists today.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit the unique and fascinating Museo Larco, discovering the huge collection of ancient ceramics, textiles and artefacts
  • Wander Lima’s central square, Plaza de Armas, and its plethora of vast and ornate colonial buildings
  • Tour the Gold Museum and its display of valuable artefacts, from gold works to weapons from all over the world
  • Explore the Basilica de San Francisco, an impressive and well-preserved example of colonial architecture

Time Zone

GMT -5

Flight Time

Approx. 12–13 hours; direct flights are available from London Gatwick three times a week March to October. Indirect flights are available from other UK airports.

Currency

Peruvian sol (PEN)

Visa Information

British citizens will not require a visa for travel to Peru.

Language

Spanish

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Peru.
  • Church of San Francisco

    Lima is filled with colonial churches, but the Church of San Francisco is the best preserved one. The inside is ornate, with the main alter and choir stalls carved out of wood, the side naves painted in a Spanish and Moorish style, and an elaborate lattice dome. Beneath the church are intriguing catacombs that hold about 75,000 bodies. Many of the remains are exposed or stacked in circular stone pits. Next door, the monastery has a large collection of ancient religious texts to peruse.

  • Miraflores

    Literally meaning, 'look at the flowers', the district of Miraflores is filled with iris, cactus, and palm-filled parks interrupted by swaths of verdant green grass and modern shopping areas. Along the cliff tops high above the Pacific Ocean, the six-mile stretch of parks that make up El Malecón is perfect for jogging, bicycling, or just absorbing the magnificent view.

Best time to go to Lima

Positioned as a coastal desert, Lima experiences moderate temperatures throughout the year, with little rainfall but plenty of high humidity. The best time to visit Lima is between the months of December and April (temperature averages of 22 ̊C-24 ̊C). May to November offer Lima’s coolest months, and are often foggy and overcast.

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Average weather in January

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23ºC
15mm

Average weather in February

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Lima
24ºC

Average weather in March

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Lima
23ºC
6mm

Average weather in April

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Lima
22ºC

Average weather in May

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Lima
20ºC
2mm

Average weather in June

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Lima
19ºC

Average weather in July

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Lima
18ºC

Average weather in August

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Lima
17ºC

Average weather in September

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Lima
18ºC

Average weather in October

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Lima
19ºC

Average weather in November

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Lima
20ºC

Average weather in December

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22ºC
  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Parque Kennedy - named after the 35th US president - hosts nightly events, from dancing shows to art exhibits. It’s also home to hundreds of cats that prowl the park at night. Spend an evening watching the cats and the people, while snacking on picarones - a delicious Peruvian desert of fried sweet potatoes dipped in honey.”

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “The Miraflores boardwalk runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean, providing miles and miles of stunning views. Rent a bike from one of the rental companies and enjoy a scenic bike ride up and down the coast.”