No longer @JohnM . Just opened new Hanaq lounge for Latam and others. It's nothing special. Quite large, Using the old Salonvip space, with an extension room/bar added on.No LA lounge access in LIM . USD20 voucher to join the scrum at a cafe .
There is one close by. Upon exiting the immigration/customs area. You will see to the right the exit and car park area, if you go to the left, you will see a set of escalators. To the right of the escalators you will see the new LATAM preferente check in area, to the left of that you find an atm. Also you can go up the escalator and follow around to the right, after a while you will see a Starbucks (go figure!) there are more atms there as well.Can you say where the ATM(s) is when you come out of international arrivals at the airport, Boca68? (Assuming there is one nearby.)
I can recommend the JW Marriott at Miraflores - had a very pleasant few nights here.
We used the hotel car to get across town, and then to the airport. Was not cheap but convenient.
- Dinner at Central is certainly a once in a life time experience
- Manalo in Miraflores is THE place for churros
- Parque Kennedy is a quirky little park with a large cat population that locals go and hang out with.
I can’t offer any tips into LIM airport - we arrived in from Guayaquil and departed to Cusco (and then transitted back through to SCL) but I really can’t recall anything about the place. I think all the airports blurred together in that trip!
We got given a counterfeit 100 SOL note (which are apparently rife) from one of the exchange booths at the airport. I would stick to ATMs if we went again.There are now two money exchanges. Before only one with terrible rates , hopefully a bit of competition will improve that. I usually just change $50usd
Great post @ozguytim .I recently returned from a trip to South America visiting Peru (Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Puno) and Colombia (Bogota).
Hopefully these tips help:
How to get from the airport to the city
-I used Uber. I did not have data roaming activated but there is free WiFi throughout the airport so was able to book an Uber using the airport Wifi. The driver met me at the designated pickup. Felt completely safe
-Was no problem taking Uber back to the airport for an early morning flight to Cusco (no shortage of Uber drivers at 5AM)
Things to do
-Museo Larco is a beautiful museum with a restaurant/cafe set in the lush gardens
-Visited Larcomar shopping centre for the view but the majority of shops there are American brands that can be found in most cities.
Kuna and Sol are famous for genuine alpaca garments.
-Huaca Pucllana is also worth seeing - guided tours only (last about an hour, very informative).
-Museo MATE to view the spectacular photographic collection by Mario Testino (down the road from Central restaurant).
Where to stay/hotel recommendations
-Stayed at a boutique hotel in Miraflores called Atemporal. Highly recommend it - friendly service, relaxing and cosy ambience, charming decor and styling. Delicious breakfast, afternoon tea/cookies and evening wine included.
Any other destination-specific tips or "hidden gems" you've discovered that could be useful for someone stopping over
-I bought a data SIM from the Claro shop in Miraflores (bring your passport with you). Extremely affordable - 20 soles for 1GB which was more than adequate.
-I made an October reservation for Central restaurant in July, easily done online. Between 2 of us we spent about 630AUD - including 2 cocktails and a bottle of wine. It was a wonderful experience in a beautiful, spacious and light filled setting. However the food was more 'creative' than tasty/delicious in my opinion. Dehydration and foam techniques featured heavily. I wouldn't go again, but I am glad I had the experience.
-I ate Chifa (Peruvian chinese) cuisine at Madam Tusan. Let's just say we are spoilt for Chinese cuisine options here in Australia. I left quite disappointed - maybe the first giveaway it was going to be a disappointment was that there were no chopsticks ?? Bland, bland, bland.
-Used Uber to get around. Very easy.