Miami International Airport (MIA) is one of the world's busiest airports and a major hub for international flights. The airport serves about 1,000 daily flights, both domestic and international. It’s advisable to arrive at the airport at least two hours before the scheduled flight time to give enough time for customs clearance. At the airport, there’s a hotel, lounges, free WIFI, free duty shops, a bank, and a smoking zone.
Several flights depart from Miami (MIA) to Lima (LIM), Peru's ancient capital, every day. Common airlines that fly this route include LATAM, American Airlines, Avianca, and COPA. All these carriers offer direct flights to LIM, and travelers can also use some of them with at least one stopover before arriving in Lima. Indirect flights make a stopover in Bogota, San Salvador, or Panama City. American Airlines and LATAM are the most popular flight companies flying from MIA to LIM. They both fly no less than six times daily to Lima.
The distance between Miami (MIA) and Lima (LIM) is 2,622 miles (4,921 km). Direct flights from this route take approximately five hours 40 minutes with indirect flights taking up to seven hours and 55 minutes.
MIA has self-parking services at both the North and South terminals. The services are charged on an hourly or daily basis. From the airport, a Metro-rail offers transport through MIA mover train to different parts of the city. With an Android or iPhone mobile device, travelers can download Miami-Dade transit Tracker or Miami Trolley App. These transport companies offer services from the airport to different parts of the city. Several bus companies, taxi companies, and airport shuttles are available throughout the day.
The airport has sufficient parking space where vehicle owners are charged on a daily or hourly basis. The airport is 7.5 miles (12 km) away from the city, roughly half an hour in a taxi. From the airport, visitors can use Airport Express Lima buses. The buses leave every hour to the city. Three taxi companies also offer transportation to downtown, however, the fees are issued as a flat rate, and it’s wise to discuss before boarding. Facilities available at the airport include banks, ATMs, hotels, mail service, shopping complex, and duty-free shop, among others.
Visitors need a passport valid for 60 days to stay in Peru. The passport ought to have at least two unmarked pages. A return ticket is necessary at the customs departments on your arrival in the city.
Visitors who prefer renting cars will need to carry their original driving license when arriving at Lima airport. However, if you’ll be driving around beyond 30 days in Lima, you have to get an International Driving License which is valid for 60 days.
Lima is one hour behind Miami. Lima experiences a subtropical climate, whereas Miami has a monsoon climate. February records the highest temperatures being the hottest month with august being the coldest month. May to September is the winter making the best time to visit Lima.
Visitors to Peru need to convert their money to Peruvian Sol. The current exchange rate stands at 1 USD to roughly 3.34 Sol. A language barrier could be a problem since few Peruvians outside of the big cities speak English. Spanish is the official language here, so learning a few phrases before the trip is useful.
It is polite to greet people and arrive at functions on time. A handshake or kiss on the cheek typically accompany this.
Plaza De Armas
This UNESCO World Heritage site exhibits the best of cultural and historical Peru. The centerpiece of this ancient square is the colonial fountain. It is at this site where the city was officially founded by Spanish colonialists back in 1535.
The Marvelous San Francisco Monastery
Although Lima has dozens of amazing religious sites, this building is the best of all. It exhibits a calm monestary surrounded by gilded altars, religious art, and carefully placed Baroque architecture. It also features a religious library to keep history lovers sated.
The Huaca Pucllana
Explore one of Peru's most historic sites by visiting the Huaca Pucllana. This giant pyramid was built in 200 AD by the native Inca population. The ruins comprise thousands of adobe bricks that were used in its construction. A restaurant within the site serves ancient regional dishes.
Museo de la Nacion
The biggest museum in Lima speaks volumes about Peruvian culture and history, and is fully accessible for foreigners. Textiles, ceramics, and archaeological pieces are displayed in chronological order, showing how Peruvian culture has progressed throughout the centuries. Displayed pieces are labeled in English and Spanish.