Central and South America : Peru : Lima : LIM


Secure, friendly staff, terrible organization

by Starxofxlola (July, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Very secure in and out of airside area
Cons: Gate was a mad house

I spent 7 hours in Lima. They great thing was that they check everyone who enters the landside area, so I felt pretty safe. There are many people sleeping because of the international vs domestic flight schedule. The floors and bathrooms are clean, though not much to do. I was mad at the way the gate was organized. No line, no one tried to organize a line, just a lot of pushing. Bus out to plane took us to the wrong plane and then drove away leave 40 people stranded on the freezing Tarmac. Everyone then ran around, confused, until a flight attendant ran out of the plane and directed everyone to walk about five minutes to the right plane. I live in Peru, so I suspect that this is may be part of a cultural nuance.

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Lots of people do it

by giggglius (July, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: 24 hour airport so very safe and with food and drink and bathrooms
Cons: 24 hour airport so busy, loud, and constant cleaning crews

Early morning flights don't get to check in until after midnight. (My 5am let me check in at 1, my friends 3am let her check in at midnight.) Even then, just because you have a boarding pass doesn't mean you can go through security. I wish I had known that, because then maybe I would have gone to sleep earlier and checked in later. Outside of security, in the shopping/food court there are no real chairs except the food court chairs, so this aiport is fine for people like me who prefer to lie down on the cold floor, but less good for people who like to sleep sitting up. You could probably do that better down at checkin area (only open to ticketed passengers), but there is a very low level of available seats there, and they're next to doors and more likely to get cold and or loud. Sleeping anywhere in the big square around the food c continued >>

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Rest for the weary....not

by CulturedYogurt (July, 2011)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Airside
Pros: Mostly quiet at night, no crowds, few if any flights at night, helpful crew
Cons: Clean crew at night, lights are on 24/7, no seats or beds, sleep on floor.

I was excited to pass the night at an airport during a layover. We had to wait for a 5:30am flight, and we had to save money on hotels; so we decided to sleep at the airport. We could not rest anywhere on the airport until the crowds had subsided, around 10:30pm. We walked around for the best spot to take a nap. I found a perfect spot on the second floor, on a bridge-skywalk in the front of the airport. We were politely asked to leave, as it was a hazard. We asked for the best place to rest, and they told us in the second floor, left of the escalators, in a secluded area, in front of a phone store, and near a massage spa. We went there around 11:00pm, seeing other travelers sleeping in the same area. We slept on the floor (the music from the spa helped) until 1:30am, when they woke us up because the cleaning crew needed to wash the floors continued >>

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A little ingenuity goes a long way

by FamilyInPeru (August, 2011)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Pros: Can make it work
Cons: Cleaners annoy the bleep out of you

As many others stated, connecting flights to Cusco leave horrible 7 hour gaps between connections, at bad times of night (like, midnight). Here's what worked for our group: To the left of the check in counters is a restaurant with banks of attached chairs, which are moveable. We managed to grab two banks, turn one to face the other, and slept with our feet up in the facing bank. It worked like a charm until the cleaners woke us up at 2 am (I think) to move the chairs, sweep, mop, then move them back. It was better than nothing. Admittedly, the second time around that we had a large gap, we shelled out huge cash for the attached hotel (Radisson?) which was worth it with kids.

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Great safe airport

by meatdowntown (August, 2010)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside and Airside

This airport has very strict security procedures. Nobody can enter (even the non-secure areas) with out a passport or at least a itinerary on-hand. The second floor is full of shops and they have a caf open 24hours. Plenty of tables to have your laptop and seat, comfortable temperature, you can stay in the secure area where there are comfortable chairs and food 24 hours. Some souvenirs stores are also open 24 hours. Nice airport to stay overnight!!

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