With a distinctly Latin approach to time and a traditional stress on the value of relationships and hierarchies, you should expect things to take a little while to get started in Peru. An interpreter is useful if your Spanish is not up to scratch – while English is increasingly spoken, business is still generally conducted in the mother tongue.
Miraflores Park Hotel (www.mira-park.com) is the best of Lima’s smaller, business focussed hotels with some nice frills. Try out the pool with ocean views and sauna, should the city not be sweaty enough for you. You’ll be in the heart of the Lima’s modern commercial zone.
Panchita (Av de Mayo 298, Miraflores) takes Peruvian street food and gives it a radical makeover for the city’s movers and shakers. Celebrated local chef Gaston Acuria is the boss here, and you’ll also find his culinary stamp at several noted spots around the city.
Try Huaringas at Bolognesi 460 for some after-work cocktails. This popular lounge and bar sometimes has DJs on the decks but always has an unrivalled drinks menu and a friendly, welcoming crowd.
All flights from London to Lima currently entail a stop, usually in Madrid (Iberia, LAN and Air Europa), the US (United and American Airlines), Amsterdam (KLM) or Brazil (TAM). British Airways launches non-stop services from London Gatwick to Lima this May.
Jorge Chávez International Airport is located seven miles from the centre of Lima. Taxi Green is the official airport taxi service and should be used rather than cheaper-looking alternatives and touts. Expect to pay around £12 for a ride to Miraflores. You can also ask your hotel to send a car and driver in order to avoid any of these headaches.
Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru, with a population close to eight million people. Peru’s currency is the memorably-titled Nuevo Sol. Located on the west coast of South America, it is -5hrs GMT. See www.peru.travel
Lima’s baroque churches and colonial mansions are worth touring, but if you have a spare weekend head to Punta Hermanosa where you can try out some of Peru’s best surf breaks and overnight in a hammock to the sound of crashing waves. If that doesn’t get the working week out of your system nothing will.
“Hospitality tends to be generous and extended, cocktails often developing into an informal, but planned, buffet supper ending after midnight. Peruvians set much store on appearances.”
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