Sailing or Flying to Lima

d4f97f83124b4c77ec540c836c4d314eMany international cruise liners dock at Callao, Lima’s port town, which is only 15 kilometers from downtown Lima. Princess Cruise Liners and the Seven Sea Liners are frequent visitors to the docks at Callao. Radisson Seven Sea Cruises arranges for cruises from Los Angeles and Sydney into Callao.

It is also possible to get on to a riverboat or a freight ship to get here from Columbia or Brazil to Iquitos. While this may sound very adventurous, it is also very dangerous. Once you arrive at Iquitos, you can take a bus to Lima.

The Jorge Chavez International Airport is about 20 minutes from downtown Lima and handles both international and domestic flights. International flights from major cities in Europe; the United States; Canada; South, North and Central America; Asia; and the United Kingdom all have flights to Lima.

Major airlines operating regular, direct or connecting, flights to Peru include American Airlines, Air Canada, Alitalia, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, KLM, United Airlines and many others. Flying time from Lima to New York is about 9 hours; 5 hours to Miami; 6 hours to Los Angeles; 12 hours Madrid; 14 hours to Frankfurt; 15 hours to London; and 20 hours to Tokyo.

The airport facilities are among the best in South America and the airport has been rated as one of the most modern in the region. Facilities at the airport include the first-rate Peru Plaza shopping center, banks, ATMs, car rental outlets, a post office, public telephones, restaurants, a left luggage service and a tourist information desk.

Public yellow cabs do not have meters, and prices should be negotiated beforehand. Lima has several companies that run private cabs, and these are usually more reliable. Tourists should use taxis found in front of hotels, as these are generally private cabs. Prices and conditions of taxis vary tremendously, with private cabs being the most expensive. Yellow public cabs and private cabs can be stopped anywhere in Lima.