Lima 'The City of Kings' is the capital and largest city of Peru, and it sits among river valleys on the country's central coast. A cruise to Peru means visiting a sprawling metropolitan area in one of the world's driest capitals. You'll see modern mixed with history here with the colourful apartment blocks side by side with ancient temples. A beachy, Latina location all combined into one.
Jorge Chavez International Airport is the largest airport in the country and is located conveniently in Callao. Lima is also connected by highway to each country that borders Peru, because of its location on the country's central coast. This means it's a beautiful spot to begin a Lima cruise, or explore further inland if you have extra time.
Cruises to Peru are one of the best ways to explore South America. Pick a Fly Cruise package to save time and money.
•Regent Seven Seas Cruises - We love the all-inclusive nature of cruising with a luxury brand like Regent. Guests can enjoy unlimited shore excursions, unlimited beverages, 24-hour room service and more onboard this incredible cruise line.
Lima Cruises - Vessels
A luxury liner is a wonderful way to see South America. Cruise to Lima Peru on one of the vessels below.
•Seven Seas Marina - Seven Seas Mariner is the world's first all-suite, all-balcony ship, as well as the first to offer to dine by the famed Le Cordon Bleu of Paris in Signatures, one of four single, open-seating restaurants. Catering to only 700 guests, she is one of the most spacious cruise ships, and, her staff to passenger ratio of 1 to 2 means everyone receives top-notch service.
•Seven Seas Voyager - An all-inclusive luxury cruiseliner with room for only 700 passengers on board. The Voyager features a heated pool, relaxing spa, excellent dining options as well as whisking you away to some of the worlds most incredible destinations.
Lima Cruise Port - Port Callao
Cruise ships sailing into Lima will dock at Cruise Portao, located approximately 14 kilometres west of Lima.
With limited facilities and very little to see/do in Callao, we recommend jumping in a taxi or bus and heading straight to the Historic Centre.
There's so much to see and do in this vibrant city. We recommend ticking off a few of these attractions during your cruise trip to Lima.
•The Historic Center of Lima - This is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of the most important places in Lima. Learn the history and see some ancient relics from around this historic area.
•The Cathedral of Lima and the Monastery of San Francisco - A stunning Roman Catholic Cathedral and a bright yellow monastery and church most famous for its catacombs filled with an estimated 70,000 bones). These are two essential landmarks to see.
•The Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas - This 18th-century church is a hub of spirituality and tranquillity. Don't forget to take your camera. The architecture is stunning!
•Lima City Walls - The original seven-metre walls were designed to protect the city from incoming bandits. Now you can view what's left of these historic ruins.
For those on a cruise to Peru, Lima is a fantastic city to begin your adventure before moving on to smaller cities like Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes and the gateway to hiking the famous Inca trail to Macchu Picchu.
Lima's climate is mild and comfortable, even those it's located in the tropics and an arid desert.
Because Lima is so close to the Pacific Ocean temperatures are much cooler than those expected for a subtropical desert. Temperatures will rarely fall below 12 degrees or rise above 30 degrees throughout the entire year, which makes it a beautiful cruise destination any time of the year.
Transport Around Lima
Transport around Lima is relatively cheap. You'll find buses and taxis are inexpensive options available from the port and can take you straight to the capital of Peru. Traffic can get heavy, so expect an estimated 35-45 minutes to get you from the cruise terminal to the city.
A rail line connects Lima to the Central Andean region and is another option for those wanting to explore further inland.
We think a cruise to and from Lima is highly underrated and we get it, South America has so much to offer visitors. If your cruise journey embarks or disembarks in Peru, consider adding on extra time or a tour to make the most of this exciting place.