Lima, the capital of Peru and largest city, is known for its impressive museums, colonial churches, poppin' cafe scene (you gotta try the amazing Pisco sour!), striking architecture and genuinely friendly people.

While evidence of the Incas in Lima dates back as far as 2000 BC, the modern city set in a desert valley overlooking the sea, was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The city still bears many traces of Spanish colonization, from its language to cooking and more. Take, for example, the Spanish baroque architecture of the University of San Marcos, founded in 1551 and the oldest university on the continent. Today, the city looks more industrial than fairy tale, but Lima was, for many years, the most important, richest, and – hardly believable today –most alluring city in South America until the 1800s. In addition, the city is the perfect jumping off point to reach Peru's endless natural treasures and archeological gems- just a skip and a jump from the capital you’ll find lovely white beaches and sweeping dunes stretching along the Pacific Ocean.

Scholarships: Lima

Don't turn into a bean counter to get to Lima! Here are some funding options that'll help you with your money woes:


Lima is a very affordable city, especially when compared to other Peruvian towns, such as Cuzco, Arequipa and Iquitos. The Nuevo Sol is the currency of Peru. As of August, 2013 the exchange rate is 2.75 PEN to $1 USD.

Don’t be afraid to show off your bargaining skills. "Tourist” prices are often much higher then they should be...

Culture Shock and Support

Okay, this is gonna sound weird, but we’re gonna talk about the “sexual climate” of Peru. Cause it’s different. And you’ll notice. In general, Peru is a conservative country in the sense of masculine and feminine roles. But simultaneously, Peruvians are extremely open to friendships with foreigners. What this means is guys might find themselves amidst a flirtation with attractive young Peruvian woman-- only to be abruptly rejected after breaking some unwritten line of conduct in, say, discussion topics. Women might be the recipient of unwanted looks and stares, as well as cat calling. Tread lightly and keep an open mind. And always be safe out there kids.

In the case of an emergency, dial 105 for police and fire department. (And the American embassy is also in Lima if you ever need a friend.)

To Conclude...

While the city may have tarnished a bit since the golden days of prosperity, Lima still has plenty to offer. Study abroad students will find beautiful beaches, tasty delicacies and welcoming people in Lima!

Guide contributed by Julia Brady

Study Abroad Programs in Lima

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Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
IFSA: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
8.86 •7 reviews

IFSA and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) have...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Lima, Peru
9.64 •14 reviews

Venture off the beaten path in Peru with ISA—International Studies...

Customized study abroad experience in Lima, Peru!
9.6 •10 reviews

EdOdyssey's study abroad program in Lima, Peru is especially for...

Institute for Field Research
IFR: Peru Field Schools - Arequipa, Lima & more
10 •5 reviews

The Institute for Field Research is pleased to present our assemblage...

Academic Studies Abroad
Study & Volunteer Abroad in Cusco or Lima, Peru!
10 •1 review

ASA's program in Cuzco is near the Andes mountains, Cuzco is the...

Field School Program in Peru
Field School Summer Program in Cusco & Lima, Peru

We have about 7 courses to choose from that encompasses a with a wide...

Human Connections
Microfinance, Entrepreneurship & Development (Peru)

Human Connections is a non-profit organization founded on the notion...

CCIS Study Abroad
CCIS Study Abroad in Peru

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) is a modern campus located in...

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
IFSA: Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru

Combine the Lima metropolis bustling city life, worldly food fusion...

KEI Abroad
KEI Abroad in Lima & Cuzco, Peru

Go study abroad in Peru with the Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) at...

Holbrook Travel
Ecology of the Amazon Study Program in Peru

Holbrook Travel invites you to come study the ecology of the Amazon in...

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What People Are Saying

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