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12 hour layover at LIM

12 hour layover at LIM

Old Aug 18, 14, 4:36 pm
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12 hour layover at LIM

Hey guys,

For you experienced Lima visitors,
What would you recommend to see, eat, shop at ..
Should I hire someone for the whole day..pickup and dropoff at the airport?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old Aug 18, 14, 6:44 pm
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No need to hire..they will probably charge an exorbitant amount. I would do a. City Center (Plaza de Armas, Catedral, Palacio de Gobierno, etc), or b. Miraflores. My answer depends on whether you have been to Lima before. Option a. is about 30-60min drive, depending on the time of day, and lots to see. Touristy as it holds the colonial past of Lima and you can eat/shop at relatively cheap prices. Option b. is a bit farther at about 1-1.5hr each way. You can get of at Larcomar (shopping/restaurants) and walk around. One more note, if your flight out of LIM leaves late at night: the later in the day it gets, the harder it will be to find a taxi. Basically, the later it gets and the farther the distance, the less they are willing to drive. Good luck!
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Old Aug 20, 14, 8:44 pm
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Thanks IncaTrails..much obliged!
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Old Sep 2, 14, 4:38 pm
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I did the Miraflores option a few months ago when I had a long layover before my late night flight back to the US. Right past the baggage claim area is a luggage storage company that I used to store my carryon. Several taxi drivers were standing nearby soliciting passengers. I found a group of 4 or 5 other people who also wanted to go to Miraflores and we got a taxi-van and split it to help off-set the cost. Spent a few hours walking around, made it down to the beach, went in the casino, etc. When I finally got bored/hot, I found a taxi stand right in the main area and negotiated a rate to get back to LIM. Upon arrival back at LIM, the driver asked if I minded being let off at the main road a short walk to the terminal, saying that he would have to pay some fee to enter the taxi area (??). Since I had gotten a pretty good rate and it was daylight and fairly deserted, I reluctantly agreed and kept an alert eye on the short walk back. I enjoyed walking around Miraflores and checking out all the small parks with great landscaping and interesting art. I'd be happy to share some of the photos of my walk if interested.
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Old Sep 2, 14, 7:41 pm
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Thank you for the help zitozac!
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Old Sep 2, 14, 8:05 pm
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I had this situation earlier in the year with a morning arrival from IQT and nighttime departure to FLL. Dropped the bags at left luggage and took a taxi into Centro first, looking around a bit (with the street with antique places and a few book/record places not far from the Gran Hotel Bolivar an interesting draw). Then took the metro to Miraflores and ate at Punto Azul & got some Juan Valdez coffee at Larcomar. Had to ask about 5 different taxi drivers before I got one to go to the airport around 8:30 p.m. (a rather beat-up cab for 45 soles).

Overall it's very do-able.
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Old Sep 3, 14, 10:45 am
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Consider using lima cabs www.limacabs.com They'll pick you up at the airport and give you a tour and bring you back.
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Old Sep 4, 14, 2:08 pm
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Hola!
More Lima long layover questions.
My boyfriend and I arrive late at about 9pm on a Monday for a delightful 13 hour layover.
We would be interested in heading anywhere that serves food and enough cocktails so we can sleep/pass out for a few hours in the airport before our flight.
So, my questions.
Where should we go? Milaflores?
What time does everything shut down?
What is the price for taxis and availability at that hour?

We have perfect Spanish, so are able to negotiate/communicate.
Thank you for your advice!!
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Old Sep 4, 14, 7:35 pm
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Originally Posted by ameliamcfoto View Post
Hola!
More Lima long layover questions.
My boyfriend and I arrive late at about 9pm on a Monday for a delightful 13 hour layover.
We would be interested in heading anywhere that serves food and enough cocktails so we can sleep/pass out for a few hours in the airport before our flight.
So, my questions.
Where should we go? Milaflores?
What time does everything shut down?
What is the price for taxis and availability at that hour?

We have perfect Spanish, so are able to negotiate/communicate.
Thank you for your advice!!

Calle de las Pizzas, en Miraflores! Only 2 blocks long but plenty of bars and restaurants. Many locals and foreigners and quite big social scene, though this also depends on day of week (have never been there on a Monday night). Most places don't close until at least 3-4am--regardless, do hope Monday night is lively enough for you 2. Prices for taxis can run a bit high given the time of night but you could try LimaCabs (link above) but more so for a secure drive back to LIM.
A much closer option would be Plaza San Miguel. There are a couple restaurants that stay open late but different atmosphere than Miraflores. Have fun!
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Old Sep 19, 14, 8:19 pm
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12 hour layover at LIM

While my visit was three days a bike tour is easy to do (although traffic was a bit frogger like), I loved my SkyKitchen cooking class - great to do for dinner with new friends and then taxi to airport. At night the magic water circuit park was a bit of magic! all easy to do and fun - here are my Lima posts http://philatravelgirl.com/tag/lima/

Note for night arrivals, my wait in immigration was close to two hours - I had pre-booked taxi also to make things easier late night
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Old Nov 6, 14, 1:42 am
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I would echo what others have said about going to Miraflores for a few hours. Lima is not that spectacular if you heave already been to other bigger souther american cities.
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Old Nov 16, 14, 8:09 am
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I understand that one could possibly save money by looking around without a tour or a guide, but with only 12 hours, time is not on your side. A guide could maximize your sightseeing and provide cultural insights that you wouldn't get by yourself.

I have a specific recommendation for you: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...0&postcount=12 I am not one to engage in unnecessary hyperbole, but this was one of the best "tours" I have taken, anywhere.
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Old Dec 1, 14, 1:31 pm
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Thank you so much for your advice!
Perfect!

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