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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Lima Money-Saving Tips

Stay Safe

Try to book a hotel in Miraflores instead of downtown Lima (Centro), where safety can be an issue. Prices may be higher, but tourists are welcome, restaurants and bars abound, and most people speak English.

(Un)friendly Beaches

True, it’s set on the Pacific coast, but the waters are polluted, inundated by strong currents, and plagued by thieves. Head south of Lima between December and March for nicer, safer sands and clean, surfer-friendly waves.

Ceviche Fever

Located on the coast, Lima’s seafood is exceptionally fresh. Be sure to try the nation’s signature appetizer – ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime or lemon juice with olive oil and spices). It’s best complemented by a traditional pisco sour.

Getting Around

Look to hotels for taxi transportation to and from the airport. If you must hail a cab in the street, call one with a red-and-white “Taxi” sign and establish fares before you hop in (meters are nonexistent).

Exchanging Money

Most businesses accept U.S. dollars as payment (top quality only; no frayed no ripped bills) – but you can exchange cash at local banks and tellers around the city. Change is hard to come by, so ask for small bills.

Departure Taxes

On international departures, expect to pay (in cash) an airport international departure tax of $28 and a tourist promotion fee of $15; the cost for domestic flights is about $6.


Sales tax and gratuity are added to all restaurant bills, but, as in the United States, it’s customary to leave between 15 percent and 20 percent tip.

Lima Herald

For up-to-the-minute cultural events, check this English-language newspaper, available on newsstands every Friday.

Find Airfare Bargains

May to November is cloudy in Lima, but heavy rain is scarce and airfares can be reduced by as much as 50 percent.

Budget Hotels

By U.S. standards, Peruvian hotels are a steal – top-of-the-line properties rent out rooms between $200 and $300 nightly, while moderate accommodations go for under $100 a night. With rooms priced at $40 or less, budget hotels cost less per night than a nice dinner in a North American city.

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