Lima, “The City of Kings,” located on Peru’s Pacific coast at the confluence of three rivers, is the country’s capital and largest city. Much of the metropolitan area sits atop a coastal plain, although the terrain does rise steeply into a high chain of hills. Varied geography and good weather makes for some pleasant running in Lima.
Lima has become an unlikely hub of running in South America, and travelers are often surprised to find terrific routes among the otherwise polluted and traffic heavy city. Though humid, the coastal climate is well-suited for running, and the fairly recent development of boardwalks, bike paths, and city parks has drawn in an enthusiastic community of active locals. Most visitors to Lima will find themselves in the Miraflores/San Isidro area, where the majority of our routes are located. These upper-scale neighborhoods are considered relatively safe, and the focus on infrastructure in these communities makes for a variety of great running.
Getting around Lima can be a confusing and chaotic experience. While taxis are readily available and the public bus network is extensive and affordable, driving habits in the city are aggressive and accidents are not uncommon. Luckily, there is so much fun running nearby, most visitors will be happy to travel on foot.