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Distances in Lima
The articles in this listing will give you a good overview of some distances within Lima. The listed distances are an approximate when driven or walked and might vary depending on the actual route.
Although most distances don't seem far, traffic in Lima is horrendous and congestion especially on the main roads are a common daily occurrence. While you might be able to reach the airport from Miraflores on a quiet Sunday in 20 minutes, it's also possible it takes you one and a half hours on a weekday. Or the few kilometers from the city center to Miraflores might take an hour on a bad day. The same applies for trips to Lima's outer districts: for 30 km or 40 km you might have to plan an hour or two to reach your destination. Best ask at your hotel or hostel how much time is needed for a special trip and plan accordingly.
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The main attractions in the Lima City Center are close and you can easily walk. On the contrary many other interesting sites like museums, archaeological sites, parks... are spread all over the city and visiting them should be well planned taking into consideration that the city suffers badly during the morning and evening rush hours. Also when planning your trips crossing various districts remember that traffic in Lima is generally horrendous.
Lima has an area of over 2700 km², stretches 80 km from North to South (along the Pacific Ocean) and 40 km from west to east right to the Andes. Travelling from one district to another can become a real journey and during rush hour an absolute nightmare. In this article you'll find the approximate driven distances between Lima's City Center and Miraflores to all other districts belonging to the capital including Callao.
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