Average flight time from London to Lima: 12h 35min
Airlines flying direct from London to Lima: British Airways
Airports in Lima: Jorge Chávez International Airport
Distance from London to Lima: 6,334 miles
Business class flights to Lima
British Airways operates flights from London Gatwick to Lima and is the only airline offering direct flights. The airline utilises a Boeing 777 equipped with the latest Club Word product, which features lie-flat seats, in-seat power, noise cancelling headsets and 10.4″ entertainment screens. When it’s time for bed you’ll be supplied with luxury bedding from The White Company so you can curl up and sleep just as you would at home. Amenity kits are also designed by The White Company and contain toiletries from the company’s Restore & Relax Spa collections, includes a Spa Relax Pulse Point Oil, Spa Restore Gentle Moisturiser and a Spa Lip Balm to keep your lips soft and hydrated.
At Heathrow airport you’ll benefit from dedicated check-in desks, fast track security, priority boarding and access to the Galleries Club Lounge, where you can enjoy a complimentary treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa.
Getting to and from the airport
Upon arrival at Lima’s international airport you can take a taxi from outside the arrivals hall. Licensed companies include Taxi Green, Taxi Directo and Taxi 365, along with VIP transfer services such as CMV and Mitsoo.
The Airport Express Lima is the official bus service of Lima Airport and is a very safe and cheap way to get to or from the airport. The luxury buses offer free Wi-Fi, security cameras and USB chargers, plus toilets TVs and semi-bed seats. There are 29 departures per day from the Airport to Miraflores and from Miraflores to the Airport – to book your trip just find the counters at the airport of you can book your seat via WhatsApp.
Rental cars are also available at the airport from companies such as Hertz, Avis and Budget.
Where to stay in Lima
The Belmond Miraflores Park is located in Lima’s hottest district, offering an urban sanctuary for both business and leisure travellers. Boasting ocean views and a rooftop pool, you can easily relax and unwind after a day of business meetings or sightseeing. Rooms feature marble bathrooms, king size beds and terraces, while the top floor presidential suites have private plunge pools. For dinner you can book a table in the hotel’s Tragaluz restaurant, which serves an imaginative menu that celebrates Asian-Peruvian flavours.
Things to do in Lima
The capital city of Peru, Lima can be found on the country’s arid Pacific Coast. Most people fly into Lima as a starting point for their trip to Peru, before heading onwards to visit the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu but it’s worth spending a few days here to explore some of the city’s attractions. As one of South America’s largest cities it is home to plenty of historic buildings and cultural buildings including the Museo Larco collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. Here are some of the best things to do in Lima:
Plaza de Armas – Any trip to Lima should begin with the Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by yellow coloured buildings and many shops and restaurants. This area is great for people watching and for soaking up the South American flair. At the far end of the Plaza de Armas, you’ll see the Presidential Palace – it’s possible to go inside but you’ll need to make an appointment at the public relations office around the corner.
Museo Larco – This privately owned museum is filled with pre-Columbian art and is open daily. Visitors can walk between shelves containing 30,000 catalogued ancient pottery artifacts or visit the “Erotic Room” which houses pre-Columbian erotic art with a unique perspective on ancient Peruvian sexuality.
Huaca Pucllana – Huaca Pucllana is an archaeological site that dates back to the fifth century. The clay pyramid is built from seven staggered platforms and served as an important ceremonial and administrative center for the advancement of the Lima Culture.
Drink a Pisco Sour – The Pisco Sour is a Peruvian cocktail with a blend of Pisco, fresh lemon juice, cane syrup, egg white and Angostura bitter. Most bars will serve this national drink but if you’re looking for the best one, we would try Antigua Taberna Queirolo – a tavern that dates back to the 1880s.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Lima if the purpose if for tourism. If you’re travelling for any other purpose, check entry requirements with the Peruvian Consulate-General. On arrival, you’re normally be permitted for up to 183 days, though you should check the length of time you’ve been given so you don’t overstay. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Peru.
Peru has a diverse landscape and therefore the climate can vary quite dramatically. Summer is the opposite of the UK, taking place from January till March, when average temperatures reach the mid to high 20s.