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The travel in Peru always starts from Lima. The Lima airport is modern and well arranged. (By the way it is as far as we know the only airport with chapel!) The taxi to Lima is about 17 US $.

Lima has a nice and attractive centre with old buildings from colonial times. It was declared a WorldHeritage by UNESCO. In the colonial centre you can feel save because many tourist polices are around, but, nevertheless, you have to take care. And don´t go over the bridge Puente de Piedra to quarter Rimac, an extremely dangerous area for tourists. From the Placa Mayor to Placa San Martin runs the Jirón de la Unión, a interesting pedestrian area with attractive shops and pretty houses.An acceptable hotel in the centre close to place San Martin: Continental Hotel Lima, cheap. Near by (one bloc) an excellent super market: Metro.
Very recommended are the museums, especially Peru´s Gold Museum (Museo oro del Perú) in quarter Monterrico (taxi from centre about 35 Nuevo Sole) and Museo Rafael Larco Herrera (in this excellent museum is allowed to take photos!!!) in quarter Pueblo Libre.
Miraflores is the “finer” part of Lima, in this quarter are the embassies and the international companies, of course here all is more expensive than in other quarters. Here are also the beaches. A shopping and recreation centre at the shore side is Larcomar with nice view over the sea shore. Miraflores is a modern city as you can find everywhere, so not typical Peruvian but more international. Nevertheless it has some nice areas and good hotels and good restaurants.
Miraflores: Hotel Larcomar View (info@larcomarview.com) good quality, internet. One bloc to Larcomar and the main shopping street Av. Larco.

A hotel relatively near to the airport is Manhattan Inn: good quality, but because it is situated far from any places of touristic attractions it is best only overnights for connection flights.


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