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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Lima

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Lima each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

January 18: Foundation Day (national holiday)

Lima celebrates the founding of the city by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on this day in 1535 with military and religious ceremonies, a parade, dances, traditional music and fireworks.

February: Lima Carnival (celebrated nationwide)

Carnival is a very colourful celebration in Peru, with elaborate costumes, music and dancing, drawing visitors from around the world every February. This is a warm time of the year in Lima and throwing water at passers-by is a traditional carnival pastime!

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

July 28–29: Independence Day (national holiday)

The anniversary of Peru's declaration of independence on July 28, 1821 is the occasion for a large celebration: firing of cannons in Lima, military parade, ceremony at the cathedral, traditional music and processions.

August 30: Santa Rosa de Lima (national holiday)

To commemorate the first canonized saint from Latin America, Santa Rosa de Lima, huge processions are held on this day in Lima. Pilgrims from throughout the country converge on the capital city.

October 18–28: Lord of Miracles (local event)

Celebrated since 1687, this major religious festival features large and solemn processions, drawing millions of faithful believers into the streets of Lima.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Lima

Lima has a subtropical desert climate. Rainfall rarely amounts to much more than a drizzle, with an average of around 0.2 inches per year. Nevertheless, relative humidity is quite high (100% from June to December). Temperatures are moderate at this latitude: lows range from 12°C to 19°C (54°F to 66°F) and highs from 19°C to 26°C (66°F to 79°F) over the course of the year.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 19/66 26/79 0.8/0.03 Good period to go Good period to go
February 20/68 27/81 0.4/0.02 Good period to go Good period to go
March 20/68 26/79 0.4/0.02 Good period to go Good period to go
April 18/64 24/75 0.1/0.00 Not the best period to go
May 16/61 22/72 0.3/0.01 Not the best period to go
June 16/61 20/68 0.7/0.03 Not the best period to go
July 15/59 19/66 1/0.04 Not the best period to go
August 15/59 19/66 1,5/0.06 Not the best period to go
September 15/59 19/66 0.7/0.03 Not the best period to go
October 15/59 20/68 0.2/0.01 Good period to go Good period to go
November 17/63 22/72 0.1/0.00 Good period to go Good period to go
December 18/64 24/75 0.2/0.01 Good period to go Good period to go
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Jorge Chávez International Airport

Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport is located about 11 kilometres (7 miles) from the city centre.

  • One terminal
  • Getting from the airport to Lima and back:
    • By car
      • Via Expresa Elmer Faucett connects the airport with the city centre.
      • A short and long-term parking lot is located just opposite the main terminal building (PEN 5.50 for up to 1 hour, PEN 49.00 for up to 24 hours).
      • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals halls at the airport.
    • By taxi
      • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the arrivals halls. The trip to central Lima costs around PEN 40.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +51 (0)1 517 3100
  • Website: https://www.lima-airport.com

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GETTING AROUND Lima

Lima covers a very large area. Buses are the best option for getting around the city. Given the constant traffic jams, not to mention the often reckless local drivers, using a car to get around Lima is best avoided!

By bus

Lima's bus network offers extensive coverage of the city and is quite efficient. Thousands of buses run on routes criss-crossing all districts. Fares range from about PEN 0.50 to PEN 2.00. If you need to cover long distances within the city, the Metropolitano buses use special reserved lanes along major thoroughfares. Fares on these buses may only be paid using a rechargeable card, which you can purchase for PEN 5.00, plus PEN 1.50 per ride. The fastest way to get around Lima.

By taxi

Tens of thousands of taxis operate in Lima. Short trips within the city usually cost between PEN 5 and PEN 15. You should be aware that taxis do not always follow the Highway Code.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Lima, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

iPerú Tourist Information and Assistance

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc).

  • Lima Airport: Jorge Chávez International Airport (domestic check-in and departure hall, international arrivals hall and mezzanine)
    Opening hours: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
    Telephone: +51 (0)1 574 8000
  • Lima Larcomar: Plaza Gourmet Nivel 1, Stand 211
    Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to SundayTelephone: +51 (0)1 234 0340
  • Lima Basadre: 610 Av. Jorge Basadre, San Isidro
    Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to FridayTelephone: +51 (0)1 421 1627 / +51 (0)1 421 1227
  • Website: http://www.peru.travel

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency of Peru is the Peruvian Sol (PEN).

EUR 1 = PEN 3,86

PEN 1 = EUR 0,26

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is important to consider obtaining appropriate insurance before you leave home, covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation.

Vaccinations

Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccines are recommended.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Avoid drinking tap water. It is best to drink bottled water.

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Administrative formalities

Travellers wishing to stay in Peru for more than three months need to obtain a visa and must be in possession of a passport valid for the duration of their proposed stay.

For further information, visit the website of the Peruvian Directorate of Migrations: https://www.migraciones.gob.pe/index.php/inmigracion-y-nacionalizacion

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Lima, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Spanish phrases that will make your stay in Lima a little easier:

Good day / Good morning: ¡Buenos días!

Good afternoon / Good evening: ¡Buenas tardes!

Good evening / Good night: Buenas noches

Good-bye: Adiós

See you (later): ¡Hasta luego!

Yes:

No: No

No, thank you: No, gracias

Thank you very much: Muchas gracias

I don't understand: No entiendo.

Could you repeat that?: ¿Puede repetir?

Please: Por favor

What time is it?: ¿Que hora es?

Excuse me: Disculpe (to say sorry) / Con permiso (to get past) / ¡Por favor! (to get attention).

Airport: Aeropuerto

Train station: Estación de trenes

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Hotel

Hospital: Hospital

Bank: Banco

Telephone: Teléfono

I'm (…): Yo soy (…).

I'm looking for (…): Estoy buscando (…).

How much is it ?: ¿Cuánto es?

Do you have (…) ?: ¿Tiene (…)?

Where can I find (…) ?: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar (…)?

Where can I buy (…) ?: ¿Dónde puedo comprar (…)?

I'd like (…): Quisiera (…).

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Good to know

00 51
+ phone number without the 0
-6 : 00
of time difference with
Dublin

Banks
Usually open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (winter hours) and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (summer hours)
220 V / 60 Hz

Tipping
Tipping is not mandatory in Peru, but any amount will be appreciated accordingly. In restaurants, if you are pleased with the service, you can leave a tip of 3 to 5 PEN. You can also leave a few soles in bars. For taxis, the gratuity is already included in the fare.