Hostal Kontiki Miraflores

Jr. Piura 699, Miraflores, Lima, 18, Peru
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Lima for 6 days......

by cottonwood

When visiting Peru, I'm possibly going to be in Lima for 6 days at the most. How sane is it to rent a car as compared to taxi/public transportation and my own 2 feet for this time period? Just curiouse.

Re: Lima for 6 days......

by dansak

the traffic is terrible, some drivers don't respect the laws ... here in Lima, you might get crazy if you drive a car.
It would be the best if you take a cab.

SANDRO

Re: Lima for 6 days......

by robine

Yes, insane, for sure.

Re: Lima for 6 days......

by melosh

Stupid, not insane.
The shortest day trip from Lima is the drive in a rental car from sanity to insanity.

Re: Lima for 6 days......

by adelinemmc

Public transport is very good in Lima. Collectivos are criss-crossing town every 30 seconds or so and cost virtually nothing.

Taxis are plentiful, just make sure you take green & white taxis with the official sticker outside (ask your hotel what it should look like, I can't remember).

I found using collectivos in Lima a great way to get real close to Peruvians and observe the world inside and outside of those minibuses. At first the routes etc.. are a bit bewildering but once your Lima mind map is built, you'll enjoy hoping on & off all over town.

A

Re: Lima for 6 days......

by risse73

If you opt to be happy in your trip, avoid driving in Lima. I observed that Limenos are comparable to the crazy drivers you often find in large metropolitan cities (e.g., New York, etc.). As already indicated, use public transport/a cab to navigate around. Goodluck & enjoy beautiful Peru!

Re: Lima for 6 days......

by cottonwood

ok, cab it is, a trip of insanity is the last trip I want to take.

Re: Lima for 6 days......

by ACSL17

Hi,

of course you can rent a car but I don´t really recommend it to you cause is not easy to drive in here. Lima is full of cars, and somehow a chaos.

For your own security you should better hire someone to drive u around.

Good Luck

Travel Tips for Lima

Plaza Dos de Mayo (May 2nd)

by grandmaR

This square was located in the historic center of Lima. The monument in the middle was commissioned by the Peruvian government to commemorate the Battle of Callao which occurred on May 2, 1866 between a Spanish fleet under the command of Admiral Casto Méndez Núñez and an alliance of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Ecuador, in the Peruvian port city of Callao during the Chincha Islands War.

The Spanish fleet bombarded the port of Callao (or El Callao), but eventually withdrew without any major damage to the city structures. In the aftermath, the Peruvians celebrated the battle as a victory, claiming that they had stopped the Spanish from trying to re-colonize South America. On the other hand, since Spain had not yet recognized Peru as an independent nation, the Spanish claimed the battle as a Spanish victory since the intention was to punish Peru, not invade it.

The central monument was constructed in France and arrived in Lima between 1873 and 1874. The monument had to be reassembled and erected in a square that had previously been known as the Oval of the Queen. It had been one of the gates of the city. Buildings of Haussmann influence were popular along the avenues that led to this square. In the late 20th century a tunnel was constructed under the plaza so as to relieve vehicular congestion.

this is a off the beaten path...

by utttz

this is a off the beaten path really off the beaten path.... if you ask where you can see some sealion in peru, every one will send you to paracas, some hundreths kilometres south of lima.... well we found a lot of them just half a mile out lima....

URBANITO bus from the airport

by SirRichard

If you wanna go from the airport to the centre, the most economical way is the Urbanito bus. It is a private shuttle that stops in:
- Centre: 6 USD
- Miraflores, Barranco: 8 USD
It is safe, but IT ONLY LEAVES WHEN FULL, so you might have to wait for very long to leave.
To buy a ticket, you will find a desk after passing customs, still inside the airport, at the right.

If you want to take it from the city to the airport, you can call them to their telephone number 5171893.

take a chance on cerviche....

by richiecdisc about Heydi

This is the kind of place I travel for. Even if there were no Cordillera Blanca or Machu Picchu, I would go to Lima just to eat here. It just buzzes with energy from the whizzing waiters to the loudly chatting customers. It's a no frills affair and while not a super expensive place, it's not cheap by Peruvian standards. You can tell the people that frequent the place either make some money or it's a special meal for them. At any rate, people come here in hordes and it's hard to get a table, but well worth the wait! There is a fairly extensive menu of seafood but the specialty of the house is cerviche de corvina. This is a sea bass that is marinated in lime, chilli and onions. The acid of the lime "cooks" the fish so it's not technically raw though it is sushi like in texture. It's served with cold sliced potatoes, white and sweet, corn on the cob and cancha (roasted corn, like popcorn that hasn't quite popped). Washed down with the local Crystal beer, this is a meal you will never forget. And keep in mind, a small portion will feed two people easily as an appetizer or as a meal for a normal person.

Shopping at Larcomar

by risse73

If you need souvenir items, postcards, and general items for yourself--go to Larcomar. Not only do you get a gorgeous view of the ocean at this shopping complex, but you can also find a wonderful assortment of high quality ready-to-wear, scarves, jewelry as well as handicrafts. The prices tend to be higher than average as this mall offers upscale and trendy shops.

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