Getting Around on Foot in Lima

Getting Around on Foot in LimaGetting Around on Foot in Lima

Although heavy traffic and pollution might discourage you from walking around, some places in Lima are best discovered on foot, but be aware that pedestrians actually don't have any rights in Lima. So be more careful than you are used to! Don't expect drivers to stop at cross-walks. They also won't give way to a pedestrian or break when someone is crossing the street. Instead they speed up and honk at you. And even if pedestrian lights are green, look both ways and make sure all cars have stopped before crossing the street. Always wear comfortable shoes, because quite a few sidewalks are badly damaged or can be very slippery with Lima's humidity.

Discover Lima on Foot

After all exploring Lima on foot can be a great way to get to know the city. In Lima's historical city center distances between the numerous sights are short (see Distances Lima-Sights) and the beauty of the old Colonial city with its several churches, historical buildings and plazas can be best admired when you are actually in the middle of them. Unfortunately only the famous Jr. de la Union that connects Lima's main square, the Plaza de Armas, with Plaza San Martin is a pedestrian zone.

Additionally Lima's tourist and business districts of Barranco, Miraflores and San Isidro are worth being explored by foot and quite pedestrian friendly. Enjoy the charm and authenticity of the bohemian district of Barranco while wandering around. At some places all hustle and bustle of the city seems far away. For more info on Barranco have a look at our section dedicated to that district.

Miraflores is a great place to wander around, because the distances are relatively short. From the main parks you are either on one of the two main roads that are plastered with numerous shops, cafes and restaurants in around 15 minutes at the Ocean with its beautiful Malecon. Or you choose to stroll around the numerous small side streets which are not only home to more nice little stores, but here and there you will discover some old residences, last reminders of how Miraflores once used to be.

And last but not least San Isidro is not only Lima's financial district, but also a district with many gardens, parks, exclusive shops, excellent restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels that are all within walking distance from each other. Take your time and get to know this beautiful modern and at the same time traditional district on foot.


#Melinda Escobar2013-09-29 05:09
Hi there, I'm planning to study abroad in Lima Peru at Pontificia Universidad Catolica and I was wondering where a safe place may be to rent an apartment with my boyfriend?
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#Eva - Editor2013-09-29 14:19
La Pontificia Catolica is located in San Miguel (""), a working to middle class district that developed quite a bit in the last years with shopping mall, lovely restaurants here and there and new apartment buildings popping up. There are a few not so great areas especially between Av. La Marina and the coastline or the part to Callao, but generally it's a nice district. If you look for a place on the other side of Av. La Marina, for example around Parque de las Leyendas ("") (just opposite de university), Plaza San Miguel you should should find a nice and safe place.
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#Chase Renninger2017-11-20 22:06
Hello, I am planning a 25 day stay in Peru and I will be landing in Lima and hope to spend a few days there. When you say some areas are not so great, does that mean things like being robbed at gun-point, scams, pickpocketing, begging, poverty, robbed at knife-point, or gang activity?

The last place I visited in another country was Madrid, Spain where I studied for 5 months and I was able to walk in every direction from my house for hours without a worry. As a 6 ft (1.8 meter) 200 pound (90 kilogam) gringo that speaks relatively fluent Spanish, should I worry about walking aimlessly in Lima, or is it more of a problem for the more vulnerable populations? (old women, young girls, clueless tourists, etc.) Also, I come from a part of the United States with cities (Philadelphia) that have very bad areas and know how to spot them for the most part, just trying to figure out what kind of crime is in Lima.
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