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Brief notes for visiting Lima


  Climate - Clothes to take
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  Expenses - An idea of various costs- taxis and other
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  Holidays & Holy Days
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  Language- Tips & Phrases
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  Other City Info & Tips
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It's interesting that Peru has many micro-climates around the country, where at any given time the weather conditions can vary drastically. This also applies to the city of Lima itself, which is a city founded in a desert valley. The city is located along the Pacific coast, to the west, and various small mountains (called "cerros") near its eastern side. The ocean moisture or breeze in the air, can cause it to feel cool or damp in the western side of the city, while the eastern side will feel warm and dry. For example, you may need to wear a sweater while in the Miraflores district along the coast. Then, at the same time, being in La Molina, at the eastern side of the city, only a short sleeve polo would be worn due to the warmth. During the winter months, about June to August, many days Miraflores may be cool with some fog or mist all day, while the opposite side of the city will be warmer and can be partly sunny. Winter in Lima, may be like a cool March or April day across the northern U.S. or in London without the rain, for example.

As a general guide:

The closer you are to the ocean, the more breezy it is, which will feel good on a hot day, and the more moisture there is in the air which will feel damp on an evening during the cooler months.

-March to May can have warm days and cool nights.
-June to September would have cool days, and cool to very cool nights. Districts along the coast (such as Miraflores, San Isidro and San Miguel) do have a lingering morning mist, and is mostly cloudy.
-October to November can have can have cool to warm days with increasing sun, and cool nights.
-December to February would have sunny, hot days (upper 80° 's, up to the low to mid 90°), and warm nights.

Expenses - An idea of basic costs

Expenses in Peru - The following list gives you some indication to plan for your stay in Lima.

Taxis, short trip within district- $1.00 to $1.75
Taxis, trip into adjacent district- $2.00 to $3.00
Taxis, trip across a full 2 or 3 districts- $5.00 to $6.50
*fares negotiated or charged depend on time of day, and demand. This does not include to/from the airport.

Combi, local transport- US$0.20 to $0.70 (In soles- s/0.50 centavos for a mile or so. Mostly combi rides are s/1.00 to s/1.50 traveling across one to three districts. Traveling further within the city would be s/2.00. Traveling just outside the city, such as to Pachacamac, may be up to s/5.00 (a taxi might charge about s/30.00 to s/50.00 Soles)
*a discount is given to students/universitarios.

A prefix meal/"menu" in restaurant for lunch- $2.50 to $5.00
A large glass of fresh juice- $1.00 to $1.50
Empanada - about $0.75
A beer in a nightclub- $1.75
A coffee in a trendy café/bar- $1.50
A pizza in a restaurant- $9.00
International phone call- about $0.15 per minute to North America
Laundry service- $1.00 per kilo (Lavanderias offer discounts- such as 5 kilos for s/10.00)
Dry cleaning a dress shirt- $2.50
Long distance motorcoach transport- about $22.00 for up to a 12 hour trip, for example
Email-Internet service- US$0.50 to 1.50 per hour.

UPDATE- the airport DEPARTURE TAX- is now included with the fees in the ticket cost. It is no longer paid separately at the airport.


The internationally known fitness center "Gold's Gym" has many locations throughout Lima. The most convenient for travelers are the locations of San Miguel or Miraflores.

The location nearest the airport is about ten minutes south of Avenida Elmer Faucett, about two blocks west of Avenida La Marina in San Miguel district. If you have a long layover of at least a few hours, it is possible to swing by and work off some stress and airplane food. (Av. Faucett is the highway that borders the airport entrance/exit.
Address: Centro Comercial Shopping Center San Miguel, Av. Prolongación La Mar 2275 San Miguel. Tel. 452-4554
Hours are: Monday to Friday 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. Saturday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Sunday and holidays 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Miraflores location near the Parque Kennedy, is close to many of the hotels, shops, casinos and restaurants that are frequented by the majority of visitors to Peru. It is about two blocks west on Av. Larco, from the Parque Kennedy.
Address: Centro Comercial Expo, Av. Benavides 347, second level, Miraflores. Tel. 447-4200
Hours are: Monday to Friday 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. Saturday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sunday and holidays 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Gold's Gym offers you a one day entrance, or a temporary pass, such as for 30 days. Their fees are nominal, and may be a little more than the average gym in Lima, which might not have the amenities of Gold's...such as showers and sauna. This will give you an orientation to the facility with use of the locker room and sauna (schedule permiting). Also included is use of the machines, and classes that may be scheduled, such as: pilates, yoga, dance, Tai Bo, steps and spinning or cycling, and others. Register for the class, at least 30 minutes beforehand.

You can find detail schedules of classes on their website:

Holidays & Holy Days (a partial list)

January - Lima week. Ceremonies and festivals commemorating the anniversary of the foundation of Lima, on January 18, 1535.

March - last week of the month there is a wine harvest festival in Surco, with activities hosted by the mayor and elected Queen.

March or April - Holy week before Easter called "Semana Santa," with processions through the streets remembering the passion of Christ, very reaffirming to be among the masses that come to watch.

May- the third week, the national Peruvian Gait Horse contest, in the village of Mamacona very near the ruins of Pachacamac. It is fascinating to watch the unique style of pace of this breed, trained in Peru.

July 28th (and 29th)- Independence Day. Exhibitions and fairs in various districts, school parades and a large military parade in the city. There are races at the Monterrico Hippodrome, and an international music festival in La Molina.

July- the last week of July there is a national crafts "artesania" festival held in Lima, at the Museo De La Nacion along Av. Javier Prado in San Borja. Producers of handmade items of all kinds come from around the country to exhibit their products and skills.

August - during the fourth week there are surfing competitions at the coastal town of Cañete, 147 kms. south of Lima.

August 30th - Festival of Santa Rosa, the first South American saint.

October - The month of Señor de los Milagros "Our Lord of Miracles," the patron Saint of Lima. A very unique procession takes place on the 18th, 19th and 28th of the month, as a very large painting of the Lord is taken out of a church and carried through the streets by dozens of the faithful and followed by many more. It was painted in 1650 and has miraculously survived destruction various times, escaping fire and a church collapse. The protected existence of this painting of Christ adds to the devotion and spirit of this holy event. The painting is framed in solid gold and silver, making its cart very heavy for the devotees to carry. Again, it is very moving to among the faithful to watch the procession.

October into mid-November- The bullfighting season begins during the end of October, held at the 200 year old Plaza de Acho in the Rimac district, where it is best to travel with others.


Language- Tips & Phrases

**Tip: When greeting a female or being greeted by a female, the norm is to include a light kiss on the cheek. And again upon departing, as part of saying goodbye.


Hello! - "Hola!" - it will give a good impression if you would say Hola to anyone you make eye contact with, even in passing.

Mrs. or mame - Señora (sen-your-uh). **Anytime you see the " ñ ", the pronounce the "n" with a "y" sound.
Mr. or sir - Señor (sen-your)
Tomorrow - Mañana (man-ya-nuh)

Good Morning- "Buenos dias"
Good Afternoon- "Buenas tardes"
Good Evening/Night- "Buenas noches" (also used as a Good Bye if at night)

Nice to meet you- "Un placer encontrarse" - Placer (pleasure) is promounced "Plas-air."
Pleased to meet you- "Mucho gusto" which is a shortened spanish version of- it pleases you to meet or pleasure to meet.

My name is ___ - "Me llamo ___ " (double LL is always a "Y" sound) - Llamo is pronounced as "Ya-mo"
I - "yo"
My- "mi," as in your possession
Me- if you used in a sentence in reference to you, "me"

You- "Usted" for a formal conversation with a stranger, recent acquaintance, older person or to show respect.
You- "Tu" as an informal use with a friend, relative or youngster.
You all- "Ustedes" when communicating to more than one person.

How are you? - "Como esta?" as a formal use.
How are you? - "Como estas?" as an informal use.
How are you all? - "Como estan?" for more than one person.


Please- "Por Favor"

Right now- "Ahorita"
Wait!- "Espera"
One person- "una persona," personas
People- "gente" (hen-tay)


Where is the bathroom? - "Donde está el baño" - Baño is pronounced "Ban-yo"
Where is a doctor? - "Donde está un medico?"
I need help- "Necesito ayuda"
I need a drink- "Necesito una bebida" (water- "agua" - og-wa"
I am sick- "Estoy enfermo", he/she is sick "Está enfermo/a"
Hurry- "Apura"
Urgent- "Urgente" - pronounced "ur-hen-tay"
Call the police- "Llama la policia" - LL is a Y sound- pronounced "Yama"


Dollars - Dolares (most all pricing will be in Soles (s/. _)
Exchange money - "el cambio" or "casa de cambio",
How much is the exchange rate?- "Cuanto es el cambio?"
I would like __ - "Me gustaría ____" .
We would like - "Nos gustaría __"
How much does it cost? - mostly used is "Cuanto sale?". or less used is "Cuanto cuesta"


I would like to go ___ - "Me gustaría ir ____" . (to the cinema- "al cine")
We can meet there- "Podemos encontrarnos alla"
Here- "aca" or "aqui" ("a-kah" or "a-key")
There- "alla"
Do you pass by __ - "Pasa por ____ " . Example- Do you pass by Av. Javier Prado?-" Pasa por Javier Prado".
How much do you charge? - "Cuanto cobra?"
How much would you charge- "Cuanto cobraria?"


Goodbye- "Adios", "Chau" (chow), "Saludos" (health or salute)
See you later- "Hasta Luego"

Take care of yourself- Formal is "Cuidase" like "qui-da-say" or "Cuidate" for informal.
Take care of yourselves- "Cuidense" as "qui-den-say"

Hope all goes well! or have a good time- "Que se vaya bien" for formal use. "Que te vaya bien" for informal use. Pronounced - "kay say bye-yuh be-en" or "kay tay bye-yuh be-en." The word "se" is a formal reference used in conjunction with a verb in reference to "you," for someone you do not know or just met or to show respect. "Te" is used in conjunction with a verb that refers to "you" informal for a friend or relative or youngster.



Other Info & Tips

Airport Departure Tax-
**UPDATE - this tax is now included in the purchase of a ticket. No longer will passengers have to pay separately at the airport. (12/2010)

Business Hours: Most stores are open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, except that panaderias open very early. Office hours are normally until 6pm with a half day on Saturday. Lunch time in Lima is at 1pm. (not noon). Businesses and doctors offices may take a lunch break between 1:00 pm and 3::00 pm. Generally, banks are open in the morning from 9 am to 1:00 and from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. However, banks have branches in supermarkets that are open to 9pm most every day. (Reminder, do not use a ATM on the street or where others are watching. Look around at who may be there.)

Carrying of Documents on Your Person- It is advised to Leave your original passport in your hotel or on the cruise ship. This is the safest, to guard against loss or theft. Make a photocopy of the passport, and carry that copy with you. You can also carry your drivers license as a backup ID. in case needed. It is highly unlikely that you are going to have to show your ID or be stopped by Police, unless involved in an accident or some suspicious behavior, which the original can easily be obtained later.

Free Samples! Stores in Lima that make their own ice cream and sorbets are called "heladerias" who sell their own flavors and/or those of a larger manufacturer. Ice cream is "helado" and sorbet is known as "helado natural." Either way, most all of the heladerias offer you free sampling of any flavor you would like to try. There are some flavors that you will recognize and many that will be new to you. They are delicious!!

Be friendly! Say "Hola" or "Buenos dias" to everyone you make eye contact with. You will leave a good impression on others, and make you feel good at the same time. Always say "please" ("Por favor") and "thank you" (" gra-cias") for anything, to anyone. Peruvian people tend to be polite and mannerly; good manners will win the approval of those around you. Sometimes it can sound rude if somebody calls you and you answer with just a "uh?"--the proper response being Mame? "¿Señora?" or Sir? "¿Señor?", depending on who's calling you. ("ñ" sounds like an "n-y" combination as in- sen-yur-a)

Clothing- These tips will help if you'd like to fit into the culture, and attract less attention as a tourist. The locals do not wear sunglasses, shorts, waist or gunny sacks, or flip-flops. And the average local is not wearing jeans. Those are distinct signs of a tourist. It's normally kids, teens that can be seem wearing shorts, unless during sports or fitness activities. The local men do wear long pants even in warm weather (standard pants are cotton twills, chino type). The men and boys do wear baseball-type hats all year.

Electricity- 220 volts, 60 cycles. Always good to take a small flashlight.

Just Say No, Without Speaking - When approached by vendors or others trying to solicit a sale, say "no" without speaking. Shake you head or your index finger to indicate "no." Because, the second you open your mouth, it will be obvious that you are a foreignor and may encourage further solicitation. DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO KIDS, this just encourages a very bad practice. If you feel as though you'd like to help, it might be a better idea to offer something like an empanada and a milk or yogurt from a local panaderia (bakery) or bodega (neighborhood store).

Stay Aware - Do not be an oblivious tourist. BE AWARE of yourself and your surroundings. For example, do not talk overly loud in public places (as in obnoxious), do not flaunt money or wear flashy jewelry or watches that are going to attract attention and perhaps a theft or other problem for you or your group. Keep wallets in your front pocket to deter pickpocketing. Carry a photo-copy of your passport, not the original. Do not leave money and passports lay around openly in your room. As in any large city, it is always good to walk with others, especially towards evening.

Toilets TP- Peruvian toilets rarely have toilet paper, except the better restaurants. It is best to take your own around with you, perhaps a partial roll, especially if traveling outside the city. Do Not put paper down the toilet as it might cause a block. First, look to see if there is a small receptacle next to the toilet, even in the houses, and these are regularly emptied.

- No need to be alarmed or afraid. This is just another bit of good information, just as is first aid. For those who may not know about building fires or earth tremors, we include this as a basic guide in case it should be helpful in a traveler's future, in any country. First, and once again, Be Aware of your surroundings, especially where you are staying and what may give the best cover or quickest exit. You should do this everywhere you travel.

Fires can occur at any time. Once at your place of lodging, be aware of the quickest exit and a secondary exit. Check for a location of fire extinguishers, perhaps in the hallway or kitchen cabinet. If awakened by fire or thick smoke, crawl on the floor to the exit as this is where the air will contain less smoke.

Tremors usually begin with a noise sounding like a tractor trailer is passing by with minor vibration, and can become louder. This is the time to move to a reinforced or secure area, not to wait to see if it will end. There might be up to a few seconds before the main part of the vibrations arrive. As you walk through buildings, you will see a square sign with a large letter symbol, posted on an upper part of a column or wall. The symbol is designating that area as a place for cover, based on it being a load bearing, reinforced point of the structure. These might be in the hallways and lobbies of hotels and hostals, and any other public space of buildings, which most have been constructed or retrofitted to better withstand tremors.

If you are inside, move to the designated area of the posted symbol. If a quicker alternative is needed, the doorway is an alternative if it is on a load-bearing, permanent wall, away from windows. If not, look for a sturdy table or counter. Do not use revolving doors or elevators ("sen-sor"). Use your arms to shield your face and back of neck. Afterwards, turn off the stove or heater gas if you smell a leak. Do the same for any aftershocks.

If you happen to be outside, move to an open area away from power lines, trees, buildings and windows.



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