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Where to stay in Lima

Where to stay in Lima, the foodie heaven of South America

If you’re looking for a travel destination in South America that has it all, you can’t go wrong with Peru. In case you’re unsure where to stay in Peru, Lima is a great choice. The rich culture and interesting history together with fun nightlife, parties, and most delicious food all await in this wonderful City of Kings. With more than 10 million residents, Lima is a huge place with a lot to explore. This is why we have decided to make things easier for you and round up the best Lima neighborhoods that will fit all your needs and desires.

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Transportation in Lima

Even though Lima doesn’t have a metro station, the transport between different city areas is made easy thanks to the well-connected bus system. El Metropolitano is the main bus line that gets the passengers from one district to another with almost no traffic jams or delays.

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Lima, Peru

As the second-largest city in the Americas, Lima has a lot to offer to its visitors. The city is divided into 43 districts, all of them very charming and interesting. When you’re looking where to stay in Lima, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed. We considered several factors to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you:

  1. The neighborhood vibe and atmosphere
  2. The cultural and historical value
  3. Fun and interesting things to see and do
  4. Safety of the neighborhood
  5. Cost of accommodation
  6. Ease of transportation
Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Lima, Peru
Miraflores For first-time visitors
Historic Center For a budget-friendly stay
Barranco For a cool atmosphere and great nightlife
San Isidro For high-class experience
Pueblo Libre For families/long-term stay

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Where to stay in Lima for the first time – Miraflores

Miraflores is one of the safest areas in Lima and known as the traveler’s hub. This is precisely why this is the ideal neighborhood when you’re looking where to stay in Lima on your first visit. Its coast location makes the whole area very popular. Coffee lovers will find their fair share of enjoyment here, for sure. Parque Kennedy, also known as Cat Park, is one of the biggest hotspots of the Miraflores neighborhood, not just because of its feline population but the many cool bars, restaurants, shops, and a movie theater around it.

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Where to go in Miraflores

For a first-time visit, Miraflores won’t leave you with a moment of time to feel bored.

  • Larcomar mall for a unique shopping experience
  • Ancient pyramid at Huaca Pucllana for some historical and cultural insight

Best for shopping fun: Larcomar

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If you’re looking for a place that can satisfy all of your shopping needs, make it a point to visit the Larcomar shopping mall. Aside from the actual shops, Larcomar will prove to be an unforgettable experience as it’s an open-air mall built into a cliff overlooking the sea. Don’t miss the chance to watch the sunset from the mall’s terrace.

Best for history buffs: Ancient pyramid at Huaca Pucllana

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The ancient pyramid at Huaca Pucllana is the only pre-Inca ruin that still stands in Lima, which is a sight to behold! It’s thought to have been an administrative and ceremonial center in ancient times and now stands as an important cultural and historical monument. You can take a walking tour, rest at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, and check out the Larco Museum.

Where to stay in Miraflores

The average price per night of Airbnb accommodation in Miraflores is around $24. These are our favorites:

This lovely house for a very reasonable price

This beautifully decorated studio.

This gorgeous place with the view of the ocean.

Not what you’re looking for? Check out more options here.

Where to stay in Lima on a budget – Historic Center

Historic Center of Lima District is also known as El Centro, and it’s the center of the city with many architectural beauties such as Plaza de Armas, Government Palace, Convent of San Francisco, and so on. This entire district is a UNESCO Heritage Site. Not only is this an ideal neighborhood to stay for every history buff, but it’s also very budget-friendly, which is ideal for frugal travelers. Peruvian-Chinese buffets are the best for the ultimate palate satisfaction. Just keep in mind to stick to the main square and streets once night falls.

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Where to go in Historic Center

The beauty and historical significance of Historic Centre buildings, architecture, and monuments won’t leave you indifferent.

  • Baroque-style churches and convents
  • Mansions that belonged to great people

Best for old-world enthusiasts: churches and convents

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The whole district is a huge historical and cultural treasure, but if you’re mostly interested in religious buildings and their breathtaking baroque-style architecture, make sure to visit Cathedral Basilica of Lima, Basilica and Convent of Santo Domingo, Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, and Basilica and Convent of Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

Best for people interested in olden lifestyle: glamorous mansions

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The glory of old times is not only apparent from important buildings but the actual homes that belonged to fabulous people. Check out mansions such as Casa Aliaga, Casa de Osambela, and Casa de la Riva to learn more about how they lived.

Where to stay in Historic Center

The average price of Airbnbs located in or near the Historic Center is $20 per night. These are our top picks:

This small and cozy budget option

This gorgeous traditional house.

This luxury option.

Not what you’re looking for? Check out more options here.

Where to stay in Lima, Peru for nightlife and boho vibe – Barranco

If you’re looking for the coolest place to stay in Lima, Barranco is your neighborhood! Not only is this the area where you want to go to party all night long, but it’s also a place with plenty of soul and strong bohemian spirit. Once a hotspot for artists, writers, and other creatives, Barranco will delight you with amazing music, cozy cafes, and incredible street art.

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Where to go in Barranco

There’s not a sliver of doubt that you’ll find great fun and inspiration in this charming Lima neighborhood.

  • Plaza de Armas for art lovers
  • Cozy cafes and boho bars

Best for people who appreciate street art: Plaza de Armas

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Plaza de Armas is located in the very center of Barranco. This is a great place to hang out with friends and meet new people. You’ll get a chance to see artists and painters at work, together with writers and musical performers. If you’re interested in modern art, you can also head to the Museum of Contemporary Art or enjoy fashion photographs in Mario Testino’s museum.

Best for foodies and party-goers: Tostaduria Bisetti and Ayahuasca

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Tostaduria Bisetti is the spot to go to if you want to taste the finest and most delicious white chocolate and passion fruit mousse pie topped off with a cup of slow-brew coffee. To continue with nighttime partying, head over to Ayahuasca for a cocktail (or more). This is a colonial mansion transformed into a boutique bar with amazing charm and a great vibe.

Where to stay in Barranco

The coolest neighborhood in Lima offers amazing Airbnb options for the average price of $40 per night. Just look at these lovely apartments:

This budget option with a pool

This mid-range apartment with a lovely patio

This sleek apartment for a high-end stay

Not what you’re looking for? Check out more options here.

Where to stay in Lima for a high-class experience – San Isidro

San Isidro is Lima’s elite neighborhood and financial center with plenty of fancy hotspots. Glamorous bars and restaurants, top-class golf courses, high-end shops, gorgeous parks, and amazing art galleries in San Isidro will let you taste the luxurious living.

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Where to go in San Isidro

This elite neighborhood can provide great fun even without a high price tag. 

  • Bosque del Olivar for nature lovers
  • Huaca Huallamarca and Huaca Santa Cruz for history buffs

Best for outdoor lovers: Bosque del Olivar

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Bosque del Olivar is a gorgeous park in San Isidro with olive trees dating back to the colonial era. Don’t miss your chance to take a stroll through this forest-like park and marvel at the scenery.

Best for people who appreciate history: Huaca Huallamarca and Huaca Santa Cruz

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This archeological site features a pre-Columbian adobe pyramid and museum that’s definitely worth a look. You don’t even need a guide to enjoy a wholesome tour of the past times.

Where to stay in San Isidro

Even though San Isidro is the elite neighborhood in Lima, it’s possible to find Airbnbs for as low as $19, with an average price of $30 per night. Take a look at our favorites:

This cozy and budget-friendly studio

This mid-range apartment in a great location

This design luxury apartment

Not what you’re looking for? Check out more options here.

Where to stay in Lima long term – Pueblo Libre

International travelers looking where to stay in Peru for a longer period should definitely check out Lima’s neighborhood of Pueblo Libre. Pueblo Libre is rather similar to San Isidor, but not as expensive. This is a quiet, safe, and residential district with a slow-paced lifestyle, museums, and lovely parks, which makes Pueblo Libre ideal for a long-term stay or traveling with your family.

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Where to go in Pueblo Libre

Just because Pueblo Libre is a quiet and residential district doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

  • Simon Bolivar’s mansion for history fans
  • Parque de las Leyendas for nature and animal lovers

Best for people eager to learn more about history: Simon Bolivar’s mansion

Simon Bolivar was a man who liberated a big part of South America. His colonial mansion in Pueblo Libre is now turned into the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru.

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Best for outdoor and wildlife lovers: Parque de las Leyendas

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Parque de las Leyendas is a fairytale-like zoo park with amazing botanical gardens and more than 2000 animals. The zoo features 4 themes: Coast, Sierra, Jungle, and animals from abroad, which makes things infinitely more fun for both kids and adults.

Where to stay in Pueblo Libre

Pueblo Libre has great Airbnb options for a reasonable price, with $25 per night on average. These are our top picks:

This budget-friendly minimalist apartment

This modern mid-range apartment

This cozy apartment for a lux stay

 Not what you’re looking for? Check out more options here.