Lima, the capital of Peru is waiting for you to come visit. Known as the Kings City, a name given to it by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima is where you can discover South American history and information on a country whose roots go way back to the days of the Inca Empire and the Spanish takeover. Tourist stops and attractions in Lima cover many places that are worth taking in and seeing the city as it has developed over the years, but here are a few that should make their way to the top of your Lima excursions list.…
Things to do in Lima
Hop into an air-conditioned van and head to Plaza Mayor, the stately and elegant square in the historic heart of downtown Lima. Pass the colonial white structure of the Museo Larco, the stately Government Palace, the towering white Cathedral, and the ornate Archbishop’s Palace. Throughout your drive, learn about the architecture and background of Lima’s historic center, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Head toward the bustling business district of San Isidro, and make your way to Hauca Huallamarca, a breathtaking pyramid that scholars say the ancient Incas used as a cemetery and place of worship. Learn about the fascinating culture of this once-powerful civilization as your guide leads you around the imposing structure.
Finally, stop at the Parque del Amor in the district of Milaflores, a 6-mile (9.6-km) stretch of verdant cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Admire the mosaics and sculptures throughout the park—its design was inspired by Gaudi’s Parque Guell in Barcelona. Watch parasailers and hang gliders jump from the cliffs to soar above the waves before returning to the city center. Read More close
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After being picked up from your hotel, make your way through the arid Lurin Valley to the ancient ruins of Pachacamac—the name means “Earth Maker” in the Quechua language of the people who occupied this region before the Inca conquest. The partially excavated site consists of an impressive 17 pyramids, a cemetery, and ancient frescoes.
Walk along the temple staircases, admire the well-preserved portals and hallways, and hear the story of the archaeologists who rediscovered Pachacamac’s hidden treasures during the early 19th century. Admire the tombs of the Wari Empire and ponder the rituals and ceremonies that took place at the Templo Viejo, Templo Pintado, and Templo de Urpiwachak.
From the top of the ruins’ bluff, take in coastal views out over the sea as you learn about the peoples who occupied this region throughout Peru’s ancient history, including the Ichmas, Huari, Incas, and Spanish conquerors. Get a feel for what life was like for the pre-Incan inhabitants and listen to the tale of the powerful oracle who called this citadel home. Learn about the effects of weather patterns and hurricanes on preservation and excavation efforts at the site before your return to Lima. Read More close
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After being picked up in a comfortable minivan, head into the heart of Lima’s UNESCO-designated historic center. At the central Plaza Mayor, admire the breathtaking Colonial architecture, the glass-stained Cathedral of Lima, and the impressive and stately Government Palace. Pass by the incredibly ornate facade of the Archbishop’s Palace and the cheery yellow Municipal Palace as you learn about Lima’s rich history—from pre-Columbian times through centuries of Spanish rule.
Venture to Lima’s more modern side, San Isidro, and gaze up at the towering skyscrapers and manicured gardens. Head toward the lively district of Milaflores, a thriving neighborhood known for its popular restaurants, charming shops, and unparalleled views of the coast. At the Parque del Amor, discover a scenic 6-mile (9.6-km) stretch of verdant cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Keep an eye out for cliff divers, hang gliders, and even parasailers cruising along the rocky shoreline before you return to the city center. Read More close
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A private car takes you into the heart of Lima while your knowledgeable driver describes the fascinating history and vibrant, modern culture of the City of Kings. Drive through the Main Square and see the beautiful colonial buildings illuminated and glowing in the dusky evening light. Learn about the city’s colonial and Inca architectural influences as you pass by the grandiose and stately Peruvian Government Palace, the soaring white towers of the beautiful Cathedral, the ornate façade of the Archbishop’s Palace, and the bright yellow Municipal Palace of Lima.
Venture to the modern side of the city, San Isidro and Miraflores, and visit the Parque de Amor for a sweeping view out over the Pacific coast.
From there, make your way to the renowned La Dama Juana restaurant for a decadent Peruvian dinner buffet. Feast on classic Peruvian dishes like fresh ceviche de pescado, choros a la chalaca mussels, pork lomo saltado, savory seco de carne, and sweet, dulce de leche-filled alfajores for dessert.
As you dine, sit back for a rousing folk dance performance and lively music. Marvel at the traditionally-dressed Peruvian dancers as they spin across the stage in energetic renditions of regional dances.
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Hit the road after your hotel pickup, pedal to Morro Solar. One of the several hills surrounding the city, a ride to the top ensures spectacular views of the sparkling Lima Bay below. Tune in to a quick safety briefing, before cruising downhill—stopping off at several points of interest during your descent.
Drop kickstands at the seaside neighborhood of Chorillos. Beloved by fisherman, and brimming with local Lima tales, a visit to this quaint community is both charming and charismatic. From here, head for Barranco, a vibrant area known for its artistic residents.
Pass through the Miraflores district, with a romance-steeped stopover at ‘Love Park.’ Dedicated to love (and therefore, lovers), this stretch of pristine green evokes the whimsical work of Gaudi, and plays up its ocean-bluff location with plenty of statues and sculptures. Read More close
Greet your local guide at the main door of the Bolviar Hotel, and kick-off your afternoon with a few introductory phrases in Spanish. Hear some insider knowledge about the historic hotel, before beginning your on-foot exploration. Walk down Jiron de la Union—a pedestrian-only avenue that links Plaza San Martin to Plaza de Armas.
Mid-saunter, listen to the untold tales of Lima until you reach San Pedro de Lima Church. A popular landmark, this ornate structure combines baroque alters lined in gold leaf with colonial paintings worth a closer peek. Swing by Central Market, and follow your guide past fresh-picked fruit and handmade crafts.
Visit Plaza Bolivar, then stop at Monasterio San Francisco—home to the huge catacombs—for a front-and-center look at the city’s UNESCO site. As the tour winds down, take it easy over a Pisco Sour—the beverage of choice among locals—while seated at the spot where the very drink was created. Read More close
Start your tour at a local market to discover some Peruvian culinary treasures. Explore a huge variety of fruits, vegetables, and fiery spices, and maybe make a few purchases. From aji limo to aji mirasol and aji panca to cumin—plus fresh limes, chirimoya, and lucuma fruits—this place really is a feast for your senses.
Next, take a city bus to Chorrillos in the south corner of Lima, a residential district free from touristy traps. Your Lima food tour takes you to the house of a local family, where the star is Doña Mechita, a caring Peruvian mother and the best cook in her family. She shares her family recipes and traditions with you, and you can learn about culinary practices that reflect generations of local Peruvians.
Prepare a classic ceviche, Peru's national dish, made with fresh fish caught that day and a mixture of limes, onions, coriander, and a few other secret ingredients. Try a surprising chicha morada—a purple corn drink typical of Lima. Also, learn how to cook causa limeña, made with potatoes, chilies, and lime to accompany your ceviche. To complete your experience, enjoy a pisco sour and a demonstration on how to make it just right using an original recipe. Read More close
Start at the fountain of the main plaza of Lima, the Plaza de Armas, which has been a meeting point for Limeños since colonial times. Hear anecdotes of the nightlife of old Lima as you head out to explore the district. Your first stop is at the longest-running bar in Peru, famed not just for its age, but for the many presidents and politicians who have visited it over the years.
Walk a few blocks away to a dynamic area well-known for its many vendors of anticuchos (beef hearts), picarones (small donuts), and other traditional Limeñan street food. You soon become an expert in Peruvian snacks as you sample a number of dishes.
Continue along one of the busiest pedestrian streets in the city and straight into an old, haunted German bar, famous for its live piano music and the ghost of its original owner—who is said to still play the piano each night.
At nearby traditional 1920s bar, which got its start as a small grocery store—Limeños would buy their groceries and stop for a drink while they were here. Learn about the pisco sours mixing process and the many drinks that are made from pisco. Read More close
Your excursion begins in the charming Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site marked by its colonial architecture, all centered around the sprawling and elegant Plaza Mayor. Visit the cathedral, which houses the tomb of Spanish Conqueror Fransisco Pizarro. Cross the plaza to marvel at the incredibly ornate facade of the Archbishop’s Palace, and stand on the neoclassical steps of the Palace of Justice.
The stunning, French Baroque architecture of the Government Palace is framed by a wrought iron gate, and the old Desamparados train station is today used to hold exhibits beneath its beautiful, Art Nouveau skylight.
As you move on, admire the wooden balconies of the Baroque Torre Tagle Palace, then travel back through the centuries to the pre-Incan, pyramid-shaped shrine of Huaca Huallamarca. Your tour concludes with a visit of the Parque del Amor, where you can admire mosaics and sculptures inspired by Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona as well as sweeping views out over the Pacific coastline. Read More close