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Lima is the capital city of the Republic of Peru and is located on the coast along the Pacific Ocean. Lima enjoys mild weather all year long due to its proximity to the beaches and lack of rain. The city of kings is known by its history. Lima, a modern city with an exquisite gastronomy, excellent infrastructure and large entertainment centers, is considered the main political, cultural, financial and commercial center of the country. With more than 8 million population, Lima occupies the fifth among the most populated cities in Latin American and the Caribbean. The capital is distinguished by its modern buildings, beautiful parks and plazas. Lima has the highest concentration of major hotels, restaurants, malls, art galleries, cafes, casinos, theaters and night entertainment throughout Peru. Lima has more than seventy museums and numerous archeological sites in the nearby region.
Lima’s climate is dry and warm in the areas near the coast. There is high humidity and a lack of rain throughout the year.
High 27C / 81F
Low 14C / 57F
Peru’s climate can be divided into two seasons-wet and dry-though the weather varies greatly depending on the geographic region. Because Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere, the “summer” is considered to be from January to March. During these months, the weather is usually sunny and warm on the coast and on the western slopes of the Andes. Coastal temperatures are normally between 75 and 85 degrees in the summer. In the high Andes, however, January to March is the wet season, when rains can be heavy but the vegetation much greener. Summer temperatures at high altitudes are usually mild during the day, 55-70 degrees, and colder at night, 40-50 degrees.
During the winter, or dry season (April to November), the coast is usually cloudy and colder. In the high Andes regions, the weather is dry and sunny during the day, but temperatures can drop below freezing at night. The dry season is the most popular for travel in the Andes and the jungle areas.
Peruvian time is -5 hours ahead of the Universal Time; and it reflects the United States Eastern Standard Time.
The official currency in Peru is the “Nuevo sol” and its symbol is S/. The average exchange rate is $1.00 = 3.24 Nuevo Soles (at 05 October). It is not unusual to see prices stated both in US dollars and Soles.
Lima is at sea level, 54 meters (177.17 feet) above sea level; Cusco is at 3,360 meters (11023.60 feet) above sea level; Arequipa is at 2,350 Meters (7709.96 feet) above sea level and the Colca Canyon is at 3,500 Meters (11482.92 feet) above sea level. At high altitude you can feel a slight headache for one or two days.
- Regular flights to main cities around the world via the Jorge Chávez International Airport (located in Callao Province, 40 minutes from Lima).
- Peru’s electricity runs on 220 volts and 60 cycles (except for Arequipa where it is 50 cycles)
- There is no pre-established amount for gratuities, it depends on the customer’s level of satisfaction with the service. 10% of the check is usually considered adequate.
- Health Information for Travelers to Peru: Center for Disease Control and Prevention link here