Lima, Peru – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Lima is Peru’s capital and largest city. Quite an ugly and sprawling metropolis by objective standards, but it does offer some of the continent’s most amazing food, welcoming women and some pretty decent nightlife to boot. Although most of its neighbourhoods will not be appealing for a foreigner to live in, it boasts three neighbourhoods that I consider to be among the most “livable” in Latin America: Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro.

Population: 7,600,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN LIMA

$600.00 is where I’d set my budget at for an apartment in Lima. That should get you in Miraflores or Barranco which is preferable for living than the old downtown. You could get away with less, but it’ll take work finding something. The only districts I’d recommend living in are Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro (in that order). You may be surprised to find that rent prices in the nice areas of Lima are more than Bogota or Medellin. Be ready for that!

 

NIGHTLIFE IN LIMA

7.25/10

Sticking to Miraflores is easiest. More specifically, Calle de Pizzas. There are enough bars around here to get a taste of what Lima nightlife is all about. As in most Latin American capitals, prostitution is a thing here so be vigilant; they’re generally easy to spot, and a dead give away is if they’re alone and approach you first. A good amount of pretty girls – I was pleasantly surprised actually – but nothing earth-shattering.

I recommend: Gotica. In Larcomar for nightlife in Lima. A younger crowd but probably the spot with the best looking girls in Lima, which probably means the best in Peru. (UPDATE: Gotica is in the same location but now under a different name).

 

COST OF LIVING IN LIMA

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world.

*Figures are listed in USD

You will need at least $1009 USD/month to live in Lima, Peru

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FINAL THOUGHTS

In many respects, not an overly charming city. If you decided to stay here for awhile, after about a month in your Miraflores bubble things will start to get a bit dull. Lima is great place to work on your Spanish and have a few good nights out with the local ladies, but not somewhere to put down longterm roots in my humble opinion. 6 months maximum, 1-3 months recommended. The food and ocean views are hard to beat, but there just aren’t enough desirable neighbourhoods or cultural attractions here.

 

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

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