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 for 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.
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 the other companies in our list. This makes them our go-to choice for VPN service while in Lima.
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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 112.30 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 users.
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.
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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 59.79 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 $6.99 a month and offers all new users a 30-day risk-free money back guarantee.
With ExpressVPN, fast VPN access and MediaStreamer act as a Smart DNS service to unblock access to geo-restricted content. The service will help encrypt your connection and get around the geo-restrictions in Peru. It is not hard to see the benefits of using one while in Lima.
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As you can see in the table above, ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. ExpressVPN network boasts hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. That includes locations like Cusco (since it is the closest to Lima). You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock get around geo-restrictions, and enjoy the content you are used to seeing.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You will want to select the “All” tab, open South America, and then open Peru. At this point, you can select the servers located there. As you can see, we tested a server in the area and the speed came out to be 4.04 Mbps.
While ExpressVPN is sold at a higher price point than the other services in our list, the value is high given the size of their network and service features. You can connect a computer, handheld device, router, and game console (SmartDNS) with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with an annual subscription.
PureVPN has been in business since 2007 making them one of the oldest VPN providers on the market. Having an early start has helped them expand and innovate. PureVPN has one of the best VPN clients available on the market. They also have free apps for both iOS and Android.
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Innovation is an area that helps PureVPN stand out from the pack. They continue to add new features and add-ons to the service. You can add NAT firewall, a dedicated IP address, StealthVPN browser and a special option called dedicated streaming to help speed up your performance.
Since we wanted to test a server in Peru, we opened the Windows client and clicked on the “Country Selection Tool” option. From there you can expand any country and select a specific server using the “Browse All Servers” tab. The PureVPN network has several servers located in Peru. We connected to one of them and tested the performance. As you can see, our download speed was 3.24 Mbps.
PureVPN does really well in the pricing category. They have cut pricing by over 50% as the service continues to grow. You can sign up for unlimited VPN and access all their server locations from just $4.99 a month. The annual plan is a great value.
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.