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 many 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.
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 major parks you are on one of the two major roads that are plastered with many shops, cafes and restaurants in around 15 minutes at the Ocean with its beautiful Malecon. Or you choose to stroll around the many 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 traditional district on foot.