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Transports and Communications - Lima

Lima, Peru's capital, has the best airport and harbor in Peru. Lima is the main hub for international and domestic flights, as well as highways. It's recommended to use Lima as your entry city when flying to Peru.

Flights

The "Jorge Chávez International Airport" (LIM) has all every service a modern airport has to offer. It's 30 minutes away from the city.

From Lima you can find flights to the main cities in the world. Lima is also the main hub for domestic flights. If you are in a hurry, we recommend you to take a flight.

Terrestrial Transportation

Its the best way to view the beautiful landscapes of Peru, if you have enough time. Use your own car, a rented one or tourist buses.

Pan-American Highway: Completely asphalted, with some sectors build as highway. From Lima to Tumbes (1310 km. / 808 mills) and to the Ecuador border (1335 km. / 830 mills), its called North Pan-American  (see distance chart).
From Lima to Tacna (1348 km. / 838 mills) and the Chile border, its called South Pan-American (see distance chart).

"Carretera Central" (Central Highway): Road that runs from Lima to the east. It connects the main cities in the Central Andes. This roads also connects to the main cities in the high jungle in the north and Pucallpa (see distance chart).

Railroads

The Central Railroad, in standard-width lines, connects Lima with the Central Andes. The train is mainly dedicated to mineral transport to Lima. Every Sunday, eventually, a tourist train departs from Lima to La Oroya - Huancayo (299 km. / 186 mills). Its way, with beautiful Andean landscapes and deep canyons, is an unforgettable experience. The train crosses Ticlio (4,818 m. above sea level. / 15 807 feet), the highest railroad point in the world. From Huancayo, there are daily departures to Huancavelica (146 km. / 91 mills).

Maritime Transportation

El Callao, the main sea harbor in Peru.

 

Taxis

Taxis use no taximeters in Peru. You should ask for the fare before taking the service. Using established taxi companies is highly recommended; you can get a taxi with a phone call. Using taxis, other than the yellow ones, is not recommended. No tipping is advised. Taxi fares in the city are between S/. 5 and S/. 20; to the airport, between S/. 20 and S/. 50.

Communications

Lima is a modern metropolis. You can find any latest-technology communication service.


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