Lima International Airport is also known as Jorge Chavez International Airport is situated in Callao district. Though it is titled as an international airport it operates one main terminal and is not regarded as a prime international hub within the South American continent.
Though relatively small, Lima International Airport offers many flights every year catering for many passengers entering the country from various destinations including South America, North America and Europe. The distance to central Lima from the airport is about 11 kilometers and it is centrally located close to San Isidro and Miraflores tourist destinations.
Travelling to Lima
One of the easiest and fasted modes for travel in and around Lima is through a hire car. At present there are several main car rental companies operating from the Lima International Airport and there are many others offering rent-a-car services within the city. Being a significant transport hub in the entire country with several connections to important parts of Peru having your own set of vehicles to travel should be an ideal option.
Lima is also a good starting point for inland travel. Lima is located in close proximity to many important highways in Peru, including Pan American Highway and Central Highway. These highways connect travelers with many coastline destinations as well as taking them right up to the Ecuador border.
Other ground transportation modes in Lima
Apart from hire cars, taxi services also operate in and around the city. This is also a popular way of commuting in the region, especially with competitively low rates. The biggest disadvantage when travelling in taxis is the absence of meters. Therefore, unless you have agreed on a price at the outset there is much likelihood of drivers charging you higher than the actual rate which should be paid.
Combi and Micro are the two types of minibuses you will encounter in this city for public travel. Though buses offer the cheapest travelling option in Peru it is also the slowest and most crowded. The Lima Metro is a relatively new addition to transport infrastructure in the city and offers a comparatively faster travel option, though it does not have the freedom of mobility offered by hire cars.
In general Peru offers the promise of an unexplored terrain with many natural wonders. One of the best ways to get around this beautiful country is on your own set of wheels. If you are a visitor to Lima, the option of a hire car should not be ignored as public transport is not the ideal way to discover Peru in its true glory.