Lima is the largest and capital city of Peru. With an urban population of 9.75 million and its location on the central coast in the country, it is not hard to see why Lima is so popular. From the wonderful climate to its growing economy, there are many positive draws. If you plan on visiting the city and are going to use the internet, you will want to use a VPN. We’ll tell you why shortly. Until then, have a look at our list of the best VPNs for Lima.
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The Inca people first inhabited the area known as Lima. In 1532, the Spanish conquistadors defeated the Inca ruler to found the capital city. Over the next century, the city flourished as the center of an extensive trade network. In 1687, a Peruvian earthquake destroyed most of the buildings in the city. In 1746, another earthquake wreaked havoc on the city.
Scrolling forward to more modern times, it’s location has helped the city keep its status as a major trade center. The industry and economy of the city are quite extensive. In 2003, the city was responsible for 53% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Some of the reasons people visit the city include commercial opportunities, architecture, museums, a theatre scene, and many more.
If you will be one of the many tourists to the city and you plan on using the internet, you need to use a VPN. That is to protect your privacy and the first reason to use a VPN. While the Peruvian government does not actively block or monitor citizens, you can still run into cybercriminals. You can bet that they are just waiting to get a hold of your private and personal data. By connecting to a VPN, you make it much harder for thieves to steal your sensitive data.
The second reason to use a VPN while in Lima is to help get around geo-restrictions. Peru has no restrictions on what you can or can’t look at. However, you will still run into geo-restrictions. Those are rules that companies impose to stop users from seeing content outside of a targeted area. If you want to access content from your home region or even a different region, you will need to connect to a server in a different location to enjoy. When you do, it fools the blocking software into thinking you are located somewhere else.
Those are the best reasons to use a VPN if you plan on visiting Lima. There are others, but you may see why those are important. Whether you want to get around geo-restrictions or protect yourself from identity theft, VPN providers will have you covered. Now, we’ll take some time to help you with your options.
All providers have a number protocols available to their members. That said, navigating through the different options can be hard. If at all possible, you will want to select the OpenVPN options. By choosing it, you get the best mix of speed and security. For those that are provided with more than one version, your choice depends on your needs. If you are looking for speed, UDP is the better option. That is because it is the fastest. The TCP option is the choice for those with connection issues. It is slower but usually more stable.
Let’s jump right in and take a look at the best VPNs for Lima.
ExpressVPN brings together fast VPN access with MediaStreamer which acts as a Smart DNS service to unblock access to geo-restricted content. The VPN service will help encrypt your connection and unblock live sporting events. You will even find a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on their website. Being in the British Virgin Islands puts ExpressVPN outside the 5 eyes and 14 eyes countries. They maintain a no-log policy that has been verified through high profile legal requests over the years.
ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. Beyond the USA, the ExpressVPN network boasts thousands of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and watch your favorite streaming services from anywhere.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you will not need to choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select the fastest server in your chosen location. You will want to select the “All” tab and then open South America. From there you can select Peru since they have a server in Cusco. However, if you want the best performance we recommend connecting to a server in Brazil. As you can see, we tested a server in the area and the speed came out to be 118.07 Mbps.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of using ExpressVPN is their support for a wide range of devices. ExpressVPN offers custom VPN software for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Connect from your desktop and mobile at the same time with up to 3 simultaneous connections. You can also install the ExpressVPN web extension for Chrome or Firefox. Want to protect your entire home network with a single VPN account? If so you can use the ExpressVPN router app to get all set up. The MediaStreamer feature adds Smart DNS support to devices like game consoles (PS4, Xbox Onw, Nintendo Switch, etc.), media boxes (Apple TV, Roku, Nvidia Shield TV, etc.), and Smart TVs.
ExpressVPN performed very well in our speed tests. They are a great choice for privacy and to unblock geo-restrictions. Customer support is available 24/7 to provide assistance and answer any questions. Enjoy the best VPN for less with confidence as ExpressVPN offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
HideMyAss was brought to life in 2005 when Jack Cator, a 16-year-old student in England, decided that he wanted to create a service to help people avoid censorship. Specifically, Jack was unable to access social media sites and online games because they were blocked on the school network. HMA added hundreds of thousands of users the first month and has since grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world with over 350 server locations. Privax, the parent company of HMA Pro VPN, joined the AVG team in 2015.
If your goal is to find the VPN with the most server locations then HideMyAss is your best choice. Just keep in mind that HMA logs user activity which is a concern for some VPN users. HMA hosts many VPN servers all over South America, including a few in Cusco (the closest location to Lima). To connect to a server there, you will want to go into the “Location Mode” and select “Change Location” to get started. Then click on the “Cities” tab and search for Cusco. From there you can select the Cusco, Peru server location. We connected to a server there to test and found the speed to be 96.69 Mbps.
In 2016 HMA and a few other leading VPN providers led the way in simplifying their custom client software. The result is a full set of custom apps that make it easy for any user to connect to the HMA network and encrypt your connection. They have software available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. You can also connect to HMA through your router. HMA offers unlimited VPN access from just $4.99 a month and offers all new users a 30-day risk-free money back guarantee.
Lima is the capital of Peru and a major location for many businesses. You may notice that the VPN service has more server locations in the Americas than most the other companies in our list. This makes IPVanish one of our go-to choices for VPN service while in Lima.
Along with a large footprint in the Americas, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. The network has consistently been the fastest VPN in the Americas and Europe in our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries like the US and UK. You can select a location or an individual server.
IPVanish hosts 8 servers in Rio De Janiero (since it is the closest city) and you can choose to connect to any of them that you wish to. We tested an IPVanish server in Rio De Janiero and found the speed to be 87.78 Mbps.
When it comes to value IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month on the annual plan. A 7-day money back guarantee covers all new members.
NordVPN is based in Panama which some users prefer to using a VPN company that’s actually headquartered in the United States. You will find that NordVPN has a strong presence in the US with servers located throughout the country. Members have full access to their network in the USA and beyond for a very good price.
You will find that NordVPN has perhaps the best mix of services for the price if you subscribe to a longer term account. All users have full access to their network and custom software. You can connect using the VPN client for Windows or Mac. They also have an easy to use mobile app for both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices.
NordVPN hosts a number of servers in Brazil. From the console, clicking on the 3 horizontal dots to the right of the country, you can locate the server area and see the percentages of the servers available. We tested a server located in Brazil to Lima and the download speed was 56.10 Mbps.
Want to access streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world? If so NordVPN is a great choice. They are one of the only VPN services that can still unblock Netflix. You can sign up for unlimited VPN and SmartDNS service from just $2.99 a month with a 3-year membership.
CyberGhost was founded in 2001 by 7 enthusiastic young team members in Bucharest, Romania. Since that time the company has grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world. The team of 50+ members is focused on protecting users privacy. Robert Knapp, co-founder and CEO, continues to lead the team even after they joined the Crossrider group in 2017. Since that time the CyberGhost network has expanded quite a bit.
CyberGhost offers a nice mix of server locations, strong encryption, and the ability to unblock popular streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime. Some of the channels even let you unblock geo-restrictions for multiple regions. For example, you can access Amazon Prime video content in the US, Germany, or UK. The Windows client also gives you the option to surf anonymously, protect WiFi, torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites (Google, Facebook Instagram, etc.), and choose a server.
Since we wanted to test a server near Lima, we opened the Windows client and expanded the interface. From there you will want to click on the “All Servers” tab if it isn’t already active. Scroll down to Brazil and click to the right of the star. This will bring up a full list of servers in the country. The CyberGhost network includes a few servers in Sao Paulo. We connected to one of them and tested the performance to Lima. As you can see, our download speed was 28.42 Mbps.
The CyberGhost VPN client is one of our favorites. It is very easy to use and includes a number of advanced features to help protect your online privacy. They have a development team in Germany that is continually adding features to the client and mobile apps. You can sign up for full access to the CyberGhost network from just $2.75 a month during their current promotion.
There you have the best VPN options to use while in Lima. However, you can always have a look at our top 10 VPN list. You will find several choices with servers in Peru. We based our decisions based on security, speed, reliability, and price. We also looked for providers that have servers in Peru. That way, you can get the best speeds. If you plan on doing any streaming, good speeds are important. There are no bad choices on our list because they all have good networks. By using our guide to help you, you can make the best decision to help you.