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How To Arrive to Lima, Peru


1. Airlines from the greater regions of the world offer flights to Lima. There are direct flights from points in North America which can make the trip more convenient, such as from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City (such as JFK and Newark, N.J.- EWR).

2. During the flight, you will be given a small customs form to fill out, asking for your passport number and point of origination (provenance), duration of stay and a lodging or contact address in Peru, etc.

3. Upon arrival, you would deplane and follow the signs (and other passengers) through the airport hallways to the row of customs agents or "Aduana" (ad-wana). Have your passport and customs form ready to show the agent. The agent would then stamp your passport. Guard the form safely as you will need it again when you depart the country.

4. After customs, continue on to the baggage claim area. Find a cart, and collect your luggage. In this large area, there may be a group of sales reps from a telecommunications company offering cell phone rentals. This can be convenient to have, especially if you need to communicate with others in your group. This rental plan may be okay for a short stay, however better rental plans can be had from businesses elsewhere around the city.

5. After you have all your luggage, proceed towards the exit or "salida." Before the exit doors, there will be a customs agent next to a pole with two lights; a red light and a green light. Every passenger has to stop here. The agent may double check that your customs form was stamped, then will ask you to push a button on the pole. The button will randomly activate one of the lights. If the green light turns on, then you can pass through, along with any family members traveling together. If the red light turns on, then the customs agent may direct you aside, to have a check of your luggage, mainly to check for products being brought into the country which might be taxable, as well as illegal items.

6. Beyond this exit, and before leaving the terminal building, there will be many "official" taxi drivers asking if you need a ride. You can simply shake your head "no" and pass them by for taxis that are passing through the airport to drop off people; its those empty taxis are likely to give a better negotiated rate. Before negotiating, advise the taxi of the district and street address or intersection of your desired desination. Read more about airport taxis on "Getting Around Lima" on the local transportation page

7. Welcome to Lima!!

Check some of the important tips to have an enjoyable stay at the "Other City Info & Tips" section of the City Information page


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