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Layover in Lima, Peru

| February 1, 2014

Stuck on a Lima layover at the Jorge Chavez Lima-Callao International Airport (LIM) in Peru? As Peru’s main international and domestic airport, there are many services and activities to help keep you occupied on your wait. If you have a long layover and are able to leave the airport, the historic center of Lima is 7 miles away from the airport. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Lima layover click here for useful tips.
Lima Peru LayoverIf you’re stuck in the airport during your Lima layover, you can find a number of coffee shops and restaurants. Peru Plaza is a retail area of the airport located in the foyer of the new terminal. It has domestic and international shopping including silver and gold jewelry, alpaca clothing, leather, and T-shirts. There is also duty free shopping in the International Terminal and International Arrivals Area. In addition, the airport has banking services with Interbank in the Peru Plaza and International Arrivals Area, the Serpost post office in the Mezzanine Level, a VIP Lounge in the International Terminal, Travelers Assistance in the Main Hall, baggage wrapping and protection in the Main Hall, Cell Phone rentals in the Peru Plaza and International Terminal, Internet kiosks in the Peru Plaza, and Condor Travel Agency. There’s also a medical centre, which can provide a vaccinations on the Mezzanine Level

If you’re interested in ditching your luggage to see some sites, the airport has a Left Luggage facility at the Domestic Arrivals Area. For more information including rates, you can call (511) 517-3217.

The Costa Del Sol Ramada hotel is located within the airport and is a great place for those looking to rest or catch some sleep. The hotel has free internet, a gym and fitness center, meeting facilities, pool and restaurant. Each room features a 26 inch LCD TV with Cable, complimentary wireless internet access, marble bathroom with tub and shower, individual climate control, Mini-Bar, in-room safe and hairdryer. In addition our spacious suites offer a jacuzzi, 32 inch LCD TV, separate living room with sofabed. For a list of hotels near the airport click here.

If you decide to leave the airport on your layover, you can find taxis at domestic and international arrivals. Taxi companies include CMV, MitsuTaxi and Green Taxis (to reserve, email the following respectively [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]) Car rentals are available through Budget Car Rental and Hertz in the International arrivals area. Super Shuttle Airport minibuses run to/from central Lima, stopping at Lima’s main avenues.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Lima Layover:

Lima Tours
If you’re stuck on a long layover but are somewhat strapped for time, a tour of the city can be a great way to see a bunch of sights in a relatively limited period of time. There are bus and walking tours, boat rides, day trips, cultural, food, wine, dinner theater, nighttime tours and tons more!

Plaza Mayor
The heart of old town Lima is the Plaza Mayor (known as the “armed plaza”). Watch the changing of the guard outside the palace (Mon-Sat at 11.45am) and there are free guided tours in Jirón de la Unión (daily 10am), which last a couple of hours.

Museo e Iglesia de San Francisco
The Convent of San Francisco, and the Capilla de la Soledad y del Milagro (Chapel of Solitude and of the Miracle) date back to 1542. They are famous for their tile work and feature impressive catacombs underneath.

If you have a long layover, the city of Lunahuana is located 150 kilometers south of Lima and is a great place for outdoor activities including canoeing, paragliding, trekking, fishing, biking and more.

None of these float your boat? How about the Museo Larco, checking out the fun fountains at night at the Parque Reserva, or any of these Lima activities.

Have a suggestion or advice for Lima, Peru layovers? Leave a comment below!

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  1. EV says:

    The Pachacamac Sanctuary located 25 km. south of Lima is also an option to have in mind.


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  3. Tiffany says:

    Excellent information. Excited to spend our 10 hours in Lima. Thank you!

  4. Anne Boomer says:

    On Monday, Oct 29, I bought about 20 postcard stamps from the sales person and she charged me $3.00 US dollars for each stamp. She started putting them on each card and I said I could do it but she did it. Stamps in Argentina are .70 cents US. My postcards have not arrived in the US yet. Would you please do some investigation on this problem. I feel very frustrated being apparently cheated this way
    Thank you

  5. Robert Brenner says:

    Be sure to leave about 3 hours for processing through the airport upon your return. Usually it only takes 45 minutes or much less, but sometimes it takes hours upon hours.

  6. Neill Throne says:

    We have recently taken a full day tour from Lima to Paracas and Huacachina (desert oasis!!) and back to Lima airport with Peru Hop. We got to sandboard which was awesome. Lima airport does not have free wifi for longer than 10 minutes and poor lounge facilities so it was great to get out for the day 🙂 Pachacamac as already sense is also nice.

  7. Nilson says:

    Hi there Thank you so much for your article which is very helpful but I was wondering if you could tell me how do you gain access to the VIP lounges in the Airport as I got a Stopover for six or so Hrs during the night and I rather not leave the Airport as I may miss my flight?

    Thanks in Advance