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SITDEF – Lima, Peru

Coverage in SADJ

Cuartel General del Ejercito
Lima, Peru
Recommended: Entrance Number 4


Contact Info
Telephone: (+511) 578-1800

Next Show
May 18-21, 2017

Defense technologies (land, sea, and air) and natural disaster prevention.

Show Dress
Most attendees are in uniform. Business attire recommended.

In Lima, May weather averages a high of 72°F and low of 63°F. Rain is unlikely.

Hotel Hints
Miraflores is a safe area of Lima about 20 minutes away from the exhibition. Go to for user reviews and ratings on hotels.

Power & Plug Types
Power: 220 V / 60 Hz. Plugs: Type A & C (North American/Japanese 2-blade Electrical Adapter Plug and European 2-pin Electrical Adapter Plug).

Country Warnings
Check visa and vaccination requirements before your trip. There is much debate as to whether the tap water is drinkable in Lima. Violent crime and theft are common, so be alert.

Cultural Hints
Primary language: Spanish. Restaurants usually have smoking and non-smoking sections, so remember to ask for your preference. Lunch and dinner are eaten later, after 1:30pm and 8:30pm, respectively. Women dress fairly modestly in Peru, showing a lot of skin will cause some to stare.

Along with local cuisine, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian are popular in Lima. One much-loved subset of this is chifa, which is Chinese food made with local Peruvian ingredients. Coastal cuisine has lots of fresh seafood. Mountain areas have many unique specialties, among them cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca. Some recommended Lima restaurants: Jose Antonio (San Isidro, Peruvian), Wa Lok (Miraflores, chifa), and Bodega de la Trattoria (Miraflores, Italian).

Most restaurants add 10% gratuity, but it is customary to leave more if you receive good service. Taxi Drivers: Do not tip. Hotel Porters: 2 to 3 soles per bag. Tour Guides: 15 to 30 soles per day. Housekeeping: 9 to 15 soles per day.

Official Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), but many places also accept US Dollars. Go to for current exchange rate information.

Getting Around
If possible, do not hail taxis. Arrange with your hotel for an airport pick-up and then obtain a reliable taxi dispatch phone number. Negotiate the price for your taxi fare prior to initiating the trip.

Lima Vision ( is a safe, reliable and inexpensive tour company for the Lima area. Some of the most popular Lima sights include Museo Larco, Inglesia de San Francisco, Miraflores and the Larcomar shopping center, and the ancient ruins of Pachacamac. Most tourists who visit Peru bypass Lima for the Nazca Lines and Machu Picchu, but these side trips will take several extra days, so be sure to research thoroughly before booking your trip.

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