Cities: Lima, Cusco, Arequipa // Category: Tips to travel in Peru // Time to read: 5min
Even though I like to be disconnected for some time, especially while traveling, it's always great to have a minute with internet access, enjoying free wifi. Especially, if you want to check something online, such as what to do in Lima, where to go in Cusco, where to eat in Arequipa, making a screenshot of google maps (check out my list of great and free travel offline maps for your mobile), or to share an unforgettable moment with family and friends, especially when being far away. That's why free wifi in Peru was of great interest to me, being independent of your travel-roaming internet package is a relief. Further, it's not, that most of the hotels, hostels or Airbnbs offer wifi to their guests, but when being outside, I always had the need to be connected for a few minutes. Some Peruvian cities like Lima or Arequipa offer free wifi spots that helped me in some “I need internet”-situations that I’d like to share with you.
What awaits you:
- A small list of places with free internet access in Peru.
- Other ideas of how to get connected and enjoy a few minutes of Wifi.
Parks and public places in Lima with free wifi
Lima is full of parks and beautiful places. Some of them offer free access to wifi:
- The first option is Larcomar. Larcomar is a mall located directly at the Malecón in Miraflores with an astonishing view of the beach.
- Just a few blocks away is the John F. Kennedy Park, providing free access too, but only for a limited time.
- Same goes for the Parque del Amor (Park of Love), next to the Lighttower you find at the Malecon in Miraflores. While being there, check out the benches and all the lovely little messages couples have written there.
- Further, there are malls a bit farther away from Miraflores. Centers that offer free wifi services too. Especially the Jockey Plaza might be an option.
Beaches with free wifi in Lima
In case you’re about to explore the beaches of Miraflores like Estrella or Tres Picos, public and free wifi will be available too. But note, that the connectivity down there is not the best.
How to get free internet access
To actually access the free wifi in those public parks and places, the only thing you have to do is to create a Wigo account. Wigo is the public wifi provider in Lima who asks for some personal data, but just insert some random information and you have direct internet access. There is no need to share your personal email neither do you have to confirm your Wigo-account.
Cusco, Arequipa & Paracas also have free wifi
Cusco is unfortunately not the best spot to search for free wifi, there are no public spots neither will you have a great signal when you’re outside of the city. One recommendation I can give you is the Cafeteria Siete & Siete, having quick wifi + an astonishing view over the City.
Traveling to Arequipa? Luckily the lookout “plaza de yanahuara” as well as the central square “plaza de armas” provide free wifi access. Further, the bigger malls in Arequipa like “Parque Lambramani” and “Mall Aventura Plaza” offer you some free wifi minutes too.
In case you’re about to visit Paracas, same counts here as for Cusco, there are unfortunately no public free wifi spots.
How is it to visit the Peruvian jungle?
When I say jungle, I mean it. You won’t find hot spots offering a good internet connection. Same goes for your regular data, 4G is a dream and 3G is rare. But maybe this is a sign from mother earth, to disconnect yourself for a few days and let your soul rest. You’ll have enough time to tell your beloved ones about your jungle experience later on. Back in your lodge, you'll have some spots where wifi or an actual connection is available, just ask at the reception.
Last but not least, Starbucks and other cafés or restaurants all over Peru, whether it’s Lima, Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Paracas o elsewhere offer their guests free wifi. The fact here is, that you have to pay for it, even if it's just for a cup of tea. What you could do is to search for someone with a laptop and ask him, if he’s willing to share the password with you. Usually, they are happy to share it with you and there are no costs at all when you ask. Worst that could happen, is a “no”.
Do you know some Wifi free hotspots in Peru?
It would be amazing to know about them and you’re welcome to share the spot(s) in a comment with all the travelers out there.
A final note and observation, international roaming fees are changing and not too high at all. Many operators understood the need to offer adequate internet-travel packages for their clients that make services like Chat Sim, that let you travel with internet access all around the world, unnecessary.
Written by: Arely