Lima Layover Guide (LIM)

Jorge Chávez International Airport (IAH) is the major international and domestic airport found in Callao, Peru. It is located on the 11 km (7 mi) from the capital, Lima. The airport has had commercial flights since 1965. Peru’s capital, Lima is one of the largest cities in South America and is home to most of the beautiful ancient art and culture of the Inca.

Can you leave Lima Airport (LIM) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible for certain travelers to visit Lima during a layover but depending on nationality others will need a tourist visa. (more info).

Tours/To do | Relax/Sleep | Internet/SIM | Transport | Storage | Money

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Organized Tours

Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

Explore an ancient Inca site three times larger than Machu Picchu, only 30 minutes southeast from Lima. Discover all about the culture and traditions of the Inca Empire at the Pachacamac Museum. Explore the sacred land leading to the Temple of the Sun, once inside a explore its secret and get stunning view of the Pacific Ocean from the pyramid. » book this tour

Palomino Islands: Swim with Sea Lions in the Pacific Ocean

Enjoy a day swimming with thousands of friendly sea lions in their natural habitat in the Pacific Ocean in a protected area. You will be taken there via yacht towards Palomino Islands. Get to see the the islands of Callao and along the coast of San Lorenzo Island on the unforgettable 4-hour journey. When swimming you will be well suited with neoprene wetsuits and life jackets. Learn about the sea lions and local marine life, as well as Guano Birds and Humboldt Penguins. » book this tour

Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

Enjoy Barranco, the bohemian district of Lima known for its art and restaurants. Highlighted landmarks include Barranco’s Central Park, its Municipal Library, and the Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge that stretches over the neighborhood. The tour also takes you to Barranco as well as which is known for its nightlife. The next stop on the tour is Chorrillos that has an ecological reserve called “Pantanos de Villa.” Pachacamac is the final destination and an important ceremonial site on the Peruvian coast during pre-Inca and Inca times. Marvel at the many ancient pyramid-shaped temples such as the Aboditos Temple, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, and the Temple of the Sun. » book this tour

Things to do / Sightseeing

Miraflores District

Miraflores has the best view of the Pacific ocean in a safe neighborhood. While taking a long enjoyable and memorable walk alone or with a loved one, you may have to make many stops at beautiful scenery like the Park of Love (Parque del Amor), El Beso, and a site where kissing contests and Valentine’s Day celebrations were held in the past. There’s a place for everyone in this district as surfers would love Costa Verde, animal lovers would have a thrill at Kennedy Park and so much more.

Time required: You’ll need a full day to experience the whole beauty of this district.

Airport to here: It usually takes 30 minutes to get here by taxi or 1 hour 30 minutes by train.

Museo Larco (Larco Museum)

Established in 1926, Museo Larcois where you can find the largest collection of Pre-Columbian erotic poetry and art. Even though it is privately owned, it is accessible by the public to an extent where tourists can view the storerooms where shelves are filled with more pottery. Possessing 5000 years of history, gold and jewelry used by ancient Peruvian rulers can be found here.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours to have a feel of what beauty the past holds.

Airport to here: It may take 20 minutes to get here by taxi.

Plaza De Armas

This is one of the most famous places in Lima that should not escape a tourist. Colonial architecture is such a way that it catches the eye of a passerby to stand and enjoy the view for a while. Plaza De Armas is one of such places as it was built by Francisco Pizarro to serve as Colonial South America’s capital.

Time required: 2 hours to explore this beautiful architecture.

Airport to here: It usually takes 25 minutes to reach here by taxi.

Museo Pisco (Pisco Museum)

This is not your typical museum, it is actually partly a museum and partly bar. One can enjoy the scenery here and take a little or a lot of time at the bar here. You’ll love this! The artisanal cocktail bar pays homage to the rich heritage and history of Peru’s national liquor, traditional vineyards and pisco distilleries of Ica.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: It takes 30 minutes to get here with a taxi.

El Circuito De Mágico Del Agua (Magic Water Circuit)

This a wonderful place to be with the kids or a loved one considering the nature of the indulgent series of illuminated fountains and it magical appearance just as the name suggests. It looks stupendous and has the tendency to induce love in its own special way. Why don’t you pay a visit here and enjoy the view.

Time required: 2 hours should be enough.

Airport to here: It will take 30 minutes by taxi to get here.

Basilica and Convent of San Francisco

This is the Spanish name for Saint Francis Monastery at the south of Parque la Muralla and one square upper east from the Plaza Mayor. It gained even more recognition after it was added to UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991. It contains a library and tombs beside the congregation and cloister. Jude the Apostle is revered in this congregation. Take some quality time to satisfy your curiosity and urge for convent matters here.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: It usually takes 30 minutes to get here by taxi.

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are numerous VIP lounges in each terminal Airport. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There is a transit hotel close to the airport and others nearby. » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There is no known designated rest area within the airport.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at the airport for 1 hour from the first time you login. Connect to the ”.FreeAeropuertoLima”

SIM Card: There are several shops within the airport that sell SIM cards.

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: There are licensed taxis available at the airport.

Train: There are no trains available.

Bus: We currently have no information for buses for this airport.

Shuttle: Airport Express shuttle provides a safe and affordable way to leave and arrive at the airport.

Car rentals: Car rentals are available from the airport. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: The parking lot is found in front of Jorge Chávez International Airport's main building.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

There are no luggage storage services.

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Lima Airport (LIM) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks
- Order your foreign currency ONLINE and PICK IT UP at the airport!