Don't just see Lima as a gateway to Cusco. Lima has lots to offer: great food, historical sites and definitely don't miss the Circuito Mágico del Agua.
Fun for the whole family and very safe.
This was my first time in South America and we flew into Lima. Journey from airport, traffic was horrible, took us over 2 hours from airport to hotel in Miraflores so allow plenty of time in peak hours.
Mira flores is a really nice place. We did the free city tour (tip at end). Really informative and also a nice way to kniw how to get around the city, which areas are safe etc. We also did the bus tour which was ok. We came across Peru hop, which is a bus company that starts in Lima and works on a hop on hop off basis to Huacachina, Arequipa, Juliaca and Cusco. Great way for flexible travelling in Peru. Down side Lima is the transport system is not that we,l organised so getting a museum, restuarant etc needs planning and also takes time.
Otis ok just to see the main square and few other historical sites ...But I believe most people just stop over in Lima before going to Machu picchu which is the main attraction for peru
Avoid this city or reduce your stay as short as needed. The traffic is one big disaster and drivers honk the whole time.
After a day in the traffic you get a headache of the noise and the stupid drivers. I traveled almost the whole world and I found that this city is one of the worst places I have seen for traffic. I compare this city with Mumbay, Cairo. Due to the traffic infract the city smells and has a high air pollution problem. My wife is asthmatic and she suffered a lot of the pollution. There is also the safety problem. When you choice for a hotel, look for one in the Miraflores district. This is the safest area of the city.
Lima is a very large city with many historic sights worth visiting including the San Martin and Main Square, San Francisco Monistary and Caticums and the Huaca Pucllana ruins in Mira Flores.
The Magic water fountains are supposed to be great but they were closed when we went so check first. Taxi's are plentiful and cheap but not many english speaking drivers so brush up on your Spanglish!
The hotel area is clean and very safe, there are placed which are not reccomended to vist by night, dangerous, very few people speak English