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About Lima

Lima History

With a population approaching 10 million, Lima, the country’s capital, is the largest city in Perú and the fifth largest in the Americas. Founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as “Ciudad de Los Reyes,” or “The City of Kings,” Lima was the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Perú. In colonial days, as the center …

Languages in Peru

Castellano, more commonly Spanish, or español, is spoken by approximately 84% of the population and is the official language of Perú. There are 350 million Spanish speakers worldwide and it is the official language of 21 countries on 4 continents. Each country or region has its own distinct dialect and native speakers worldwide are usually able to tell where a person comes from accordingly. …

Money / Economy in Peru

The official currency of Perú is the Nuevo Sol, more commonly referred to as soles. The U.S. Dollar is a widely accepted second currency, particularly at stores and restaurants frequented by tourists. Credit and debit cards, or “tarjetas,” are accepted at most larger businesses or restaurants in Perú. Small shops, street vendors and taxis, however, usually do not except anything but cash, or “efectivo.” …

Transportation in Lima

The large majority of drivers in Lima, particularly it seems those that operate taxis and busses, drive fast, selfishly and to be quite honest, recklessly. Driving here is not for the faint-hearted, with a constant “game of chicken” being played as drivers vie for position. It becomes mandatory to develop a style of driving that is both defenses, to protect yourself and your car, …

Food in Peru

In Perú, food is honestly one of the most discussed subjects both amongst Peruvians and between Peruvians and foreigners. Cuisine being an area of immense pride for most nationals, the topic will definitely come up in conversation with locals and with taxi drivers in particular. Because the food here is, in reality totally amazing, you will have no problem making fast friends with locals …

Local Customs in Lima

Limeño greetings, particularly in commercial settings, are of a friendly yet formal nature. Normally salutations, depending on the time of the day, begin with “Buenos días,” “Buenas tardes,” or “Buenas noches,” followed most commonly by the appropriate title of Señor, Señora, Caballero, or Señorita. When meeting or leaving a friend or relative, a quick kiss, really more of a brushing of cheeks, is the …

Lima Weather

Like the cuisine, the climate in our city is quite unique. Although located directly on the Pacific Coast, Lima is actually a desert city, and of this type, second only in size to Cairo. Maintaining very high year-round levels of humidity, it nonetheless almost never rains. Given that we are located in the tropics, just a bit little south of the equator, you might …