Lima: Need to Know — City Basics

January 23, 2014 9:05 PM

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Arriving. Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport was completely remodeled in the mid-2000s. The facelift included a four-star hotel and shopping center, and there are plans to complete a second runway by 2014. Nearly all flights originating in North America arrive in Lima together, between 10 p.m. and midnight, which means that lines for immigration and customs tend to be long. Even travelers with only carry-on luggage can expect to spend at least an hour in the airport before exiting.

Getting out of the airport is also a lesson in crowd management, with lots of people lining up outside to pick up relatives or friends. There will be men and women asking to help you with luggage or offering transportation services — do not use these pirate services. Instead, go with one of three ta...

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