Travel Budget for Lima

Departamento de Lima, Peru

How much does it cost to travel to Lima?

How much money will you need for your trip to Lima? You should plan to spend around S/.229 ($65) per day on your vacation in Lima, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, S/.52 ($15) on meals for one day and S/.18 ($5.03) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Lima for a couple is S/.293 ($83). So, a trip to Lima for two people for one week costs on average S/.3,201 ($907). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Lima for one week usually costs around S/.1,601 for one person. So, a trip to Lima for two people costs around S/.3,201 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs S/.6,403 in Lima. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Lima can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Lima?

How much does a trip to Lima cost? Is Lima expensive? The average Lima trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Lima prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Lima can vary, the average cost of food in Lima is S/.52 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Lima should cost around S/.21 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lima is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Lima is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent S/.18 per person, per day, on local transportation in Lima.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2020
Flights to Lima

How much does it cost to go to Lima? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

How much money do I need for Lima?

Typical travel prices in Lima are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Lima. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Lima can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Taxi Ride
  • Lunch for Two
  • Ice cream
  • Entrance to Museo Larco (for 2)
  • Bottle of Wine
  • Beer
  • Coffee
  • Taxi Ride
  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Donut
  • Movie Tickets
  • Cocktail
  • Postcards
  • Toilet Fee
Typical tour prices for Lima

How much do tours to Lima cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    11 days
    $ 1725
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    11 days
    $ 1700
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    6 days
    $ 925
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    7 days
    $ 1225
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Lima On a Budget
Lima Lima, Peru
Lima, the capital city of Peru, is likely to be your point of entry for the country. Lima was founded in 1535 and was the seat of the Spanish rule for 300 years. It's a surprisingly modern city despite its rich history, but many beautiful churches and colonial architecture remain today. There are also large slum areas that highlight the poverty that exists in the city. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area have a population of about 8.5 million people, many of whom came from the Andes Mountains in search of work. Unfortunately the work opportunities are limited and the poverty is obvious as you arrive in Lima.

Lima's climate is mild and warm. It's located in a desert in the tropics, but its proximity to the Pacific Ocean keeps temperatures cooler than you might expect. Temperature extremes are rare and lows rarely fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit while highs are rarely above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. There are two distinct season: summer, between December and April, and winter between June and Octobers. May and November are transitional months where temperatures are less predictable.
Lima has a historic center that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There is impressive colonial architecture throughout with highlights being the Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral, Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Palace of Torre Tagle. There are many impressive churches throughout the city that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Some interesting ones include the Cathedral of Lima, the Monastery of San Francisco, and the Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas. There are also several beaches along the Pan-American Highway that you can visit during the summer months.

Lima also has the highest concentration of museums in the country. The most famous are the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropología e Historia del Peru, Museum of Art of Lima, the Museo Pedro de Osma, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the Nation, The Sala Museo Oro del Peru Larcomar, the Museum of Italian Art, the Museum of Gold, and the Larco Museum.
There are some interesting districts in Lima. Barranco is known for its nightlife, bohemian vibe, and beachfront location. Centro Historico, in central Lima, has the highest concentration of colonial buildings, churches, and shopping areas. Miraflores is a more touristy, upscale neighborhood with great restaurants. San Isidro is a residential area with many hotels, restaurants and shops. It's a great area to walk around. Other residential areas include La Molina, La Planicie, San Borja, Surco, and Monterrico.

There are a variety of activities that you can enjoy while you're in Lima. Many of these are also great for families and children. If you're traveling here with a family, check out this family packing list for Peru, as the terrain and weather might not be what you expect.

Live folklore shows are a popular activity. Peruvian horses and Marinera Dance Shows are interesting. Sporting events are also fun to attend. Soccer is popular as is fronton, which is a racquet sport comparable to squash.

For more ideas about what to do, check out this guide to spending one day in Lima, Peru.
Food and Dining
As Peru's capital city, Lima has some of the best food in the country and it is easily the best place to sample some interesting Peruvian specialties. Some of your more interesting options include ceviche, which is very popular throughout the country, and other seafood options. You will also find all kinds of international cuisine throughout the city including Indian, Chinese, and other types of Asian. There are also some typical western fast food restaurants if you're feeling a little homesick. The city also has no shortage of bars and clubs. There are plenty of places to grab a quick drink or meet up with fellow travelers and swap stories until late in the night. You can expect to pay more at the places that are targeted specifically at tourists, as there will be a marked up price.

There's public transportation in Lima in the form of buses and a limited number of trains, but taxis are a good and cheap option in the city as well. Taxi rides between neighborhoods typically cost about US$2 if you can negotiate hard. Longer rides could cost as much as US$7. You must negotiate the price before getting in the vehicle because taxis do not typically have meters. Make sure the rate has been set before you get in the car.

Micro buses or combi vans are small buses that get very crowded. There are designated stops where you can get on, or you can occasionally flag them down. Larger buses are also available on most routes and they are slower, but slightly safer. Metropolitano is the rapid transport bus system. It's a modern system with dedicated lanes on express ways.

Metro de Lima is the metro system that has one fully functional line with 26 stations.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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