How is public transportation in Lima? I'll be in Peru starting next week and I need some little info on Lima. What are some good and bad areas to avoid and are walking sticks allowed in checked baggage? If not, where can I get an aluminum walking stick while in Peru?
Take precautions like anywhere else in the world. Most tourists stay in the neighborhood of Miraflores as there are hotels, restaurants, malls, banks, parks, attractions, cultural events, etc., and is safe. Public transportation in Lima is improving, you can use the Metropolitano to go from Miraflores to downtown in 20 minutes (I guess). We also have a metro but it is only completed a portion of the system that will run throughout the majority of the districts in Lima. Taxi fares are cheap in Lima, they don't user a taximeter so you need to negotiate the price in advance before you get in. I'd recommed that you stay in Miraflores. Everything is at a walking distance. When you need to go to the Historic Centre in downtown, use the Metropolitano.