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Travel to Lima

Flying to Lima

British Airways has direct flights to Lima, but there are several options with one change, including flying with Air France via Paris, KLM via Amsterdam or Iberia via Madrid. Airlines offering direct flights from the USA include LAN and United.

The pricier seasons include June to August, because of European and North American school holidays, and Lima’s hottest months, December to March. You may find a cheaper deal outside these times.

Flight times

From London - 15 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); New York - 8 hours; Los Angeles - 8 hours 30 minutes; Toronto - 10 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Sydney - 20 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Road travel in Peru can be hazardous, due to reckless driving and the poor condition of the roads, many of which are dirt tracks. The main road artery of Peru, the Pan-American Highway, runs the length of Peru's coastline and is generally in good condition, as are the main routes up towards the Andes (but not within). Several roads are tolled.

Traffic drives on the right and the minimum age for driving is 18 years. Speed limits are 100kph (62mph) on motorways, 80kph (50mph) on other major roads and 30-60kph (19-37mph) in built-up areas. Few Peruvians seem to stick to these limits. Foreign driving permits are valid for 30 days from the date of arrival. An International Driving Permit is required for longer stays.

The Touring y Automóvil Club del Perú - TACP (tel: 615 9315, in Peru only; www.touringperu.com.pe) can provide more information as well as driving permits.

Emergency breakdown services

Touring y Automóvil Club del Perú (tel: 611 9999, in Peru only).

Routes

The main roads in Peru are the north-south Pan-American Highway and the Marginal Jungle Highway, which runs from the northern jungle almost to the Bolivian border. From the coast, heading inland is the Central Highway, which starts in Lima and runs up to the central highlands and down to the Chanchamayo jungle valley. The Interoceanic Highway connects Peru with Brazil.

Coaches

Cruz del Sur (tel: +51 1 311 5050; www.cruzdelsur.com.pe) is a recommended bus company with regular services to Cusco, Puno, Arequipa and other major destinations.

Ormeño (tel: +51 1 472 1710; www.grupo-ormeno.com.pe/destinos.html) is also reliable, offering regular services to Quito (journey time - 30 hours) and Santiago (journey time - 54 hours).

Many intercity buses leave from one of the main bus terminals between the Hotel Sheraton and Parque Universitario in Lima's centre, or in the district of La Victoria along Avenida 28 de Julio and Prolongacion Huanuco.

Time to city

From Cusco - 16 hours; Puno - 19 hours; Arequipa - 14 hours; Nazca - 6 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

The train from Huancayo to Lima (tel: +51 1 226 6363; www.ferrocarrilcentral.com.pe) arrives at the capital's Los Desamparados railway station. It is a 591km (367-mile) odyssey, passing 27 stations, crossing 58 bridges and passing through 69 tunnels (journey time - 12 hours).

There are two services a month between April and November, but it doesn’t run from December to March because of the threat from landslides. Trains usually depart from Lima on Friday morning and leave from Huancayo on Sunday evening.

Travel by boat

Lima's main port of Callao, 15km (9 miles) northwest of the city, is occasionally used by cruise ships. Callao is the country’s largest port, and was founded back in the 1500s. The Peru port authority, Empresa Nacional de Puertos del Perú - ENAPU (tel: +51 1 651 7828; www.enapu.com.pe), manages the port.

Ferry operators

Regent Seven Seas Cruises operates cruises between Lima to Buenos Aires.

Transfer

Cruises tend to put on a shuttle service for their passengers from Callao’s port into central Lima. Some do this free and some charge – check with your cruise liner. Otherwise, central Lima is a short taxi ride away. Taxis tend to cluster in good number at the port; make sure yours is an official taxi, and confirm the price before getting in.

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JW Marriott Hotel Lima

The Lima offering from this reliable international hotel chain is a comfortable concoction of well-dressed rooms with sea views. Eat in at the second floor restaurant La Vista, offering Peruvian and international flavours, or try the Sushi and Cerviche Lounge for fusion fish dishes. The hotel also has fitness facilities, a spa and pool.

Miraflores Park Hotel

This highly regarded hotel benefits from a stylish location overlooking the seafront and public gardens in Miraflores. Views don't come much better than from the rooftop pool and breakfast is also served sky high in the poolside Observatory Restaurant. An additional restaurant, swanky bar, an on-site gym and spa add further appeal to the luxurious experience. 

Hotel B

One of the newest additions to the luxury hotel scene, art-boutique Hotel B in Barranco has quickly earned a sparking reputation for its elegant suites and seamless service. Set in a stunning white mansion enlivened by well-curated artwork, rooms are individually decorated and come with plush linens. The intimate dining room is served by celebrated Peruvian chef Oscar Velarde.

Hotel Antigua Miraflores

Set in a pink century-old mansion, Antigua is characterful and reasonably priced, especially considering its upmarket location in Miraflores. Handcrafted furnishings, antiques and free Wi-Fi complement the inviting rooms, some with kitchenettes and baths. Opt for a front-facing room which have a sense of history and a bit more comfort than the more modern ones at the back.

Second Home Peru

For creative types, Second Home Peru won't fail to impress. The timber-framed, century-old house and expansive gardens have fairy tale allure, decked out in life-size sculptures and colourful canvases by leading Peruvian artist and proprietor Victor Delfin. Each bedroom is unique and rich in quirkiness – opt for one of the three beautiful ocean-side stays to fall asleep to the crashing of waves.

Casa Andina Private Collection

Part of the Preferred Hotels collection, Casa Andina is everything you'd hope for in a night's stay. Set in a high-rise the heart of Miraflores, it offers its own restaurant, bar, gym and sauna. Contemporary rooms are outfitted with cutting-edge mod-cons and boast impressive views across the cityscape. Breakfast is plentiful and the obliging staff go out of their way to ensure visitors enjoy their stay.