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Lima Maps

Lima is a sprawling metropolis that comprises Peru’s financial, industrial and political center.  Travelers on international flights to Peru usually arrive at Jorge Chavez Regional Airport in Lima, and passengers then travel on to other destinations by domestic flights in Peru or by bus. Many people don’t take the time to explore the city itself, as they make their way on to Cuzco, Machu Picchu or the jungle.  But there are many sights to see and discover in this City of the Kings.

Founded by Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizzaro in 1535, Lima is now the 5th largest city in Latin America and was one of the most important cities in S. America during the Spanish control of Peru. It became the capital of Peru after the country won its independence from the Spanish in 1821.

The city is heavily overcast for most of the year, although very little rain falls. The sun makes its appearance in late spring through summer. The weather is mild, with temperatures averaging 21 - 29 °C (70 - 84 °F) in the summer and 15 - 19 °C (59 - 66 °F) in the winter. Some people find the mild temperatures deceiving, as the humidity can make it seem cooler in the winter and hotter in the summer.

The seemingly haphazard layout of the roads, along with the hectic pace of traffic can make Lima confusing for new arrivals. It’s always a good idea to have a route mapped out to help you find your way safely to your destination.  For more information about the provinces outside of Lima, see Peru Maps and Geographical Information.

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