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.…
Top 30 Things to do in Lima, Peru
Start your journey with a comprehensive tour of 2 of the country’s most populous cities, Lima and Arequipa. A scenic ride then carries you through Colca Canyon for a chance to take a dip in the relaxing natural hot springs. Stop by Cruz del Condor and take a chance to spot Andean condor and other native creatures who make their homes in the mountains.
Next, take a boat tour on Lake Titicaca, where you get to know the Uros Islands and indigenous Peruvian culture at Taquile Island. A ride from Puno to Cusco the next day shows you border towns, villages, and archaeological sites. Once you're in Cusco, explore the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and then enjoy a scenic ride through the Andean landscape to the Sacred Valley.
After a look at archaeological sites including Ollantaytambo and Moray, discover the salt evaporation ponds at Maras and the stunning surrounding scenery. Finish your journey with a full-day trip to the lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the great wonders of the Americas, before you're dropped off at the airport in Cusco to meet your flight.
Itinerary is as follows:
- Day 1: Lima
- Day 2: Lima & Arequipa
- Day 3: Arequipa – Colca Canyon
- Day 4: Colca Canyon – Puno
- Day 5: Puno – Lake Titicaca – Puno
- Day 6: Puno – Cusco
- Day 7: Cusco
- Day 8: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cusco
- Day 9: Cusco – Maras – Moray – Cusco
- Day 10: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Day 11: Departure Read More close
A bus takes you from Lima to the city of Huaraz. After your arrival in the evening, transfer to the hotel for your first night.
Travel along the Santa river valley, between the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra, to appreciate picturesque villages and towns like Carhuaz, Yungay, Mancos and Caraz, as well as the most important peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Climb up to the Llanganuco Lakes for a spectacular view of their turquoise blue waters with a variety of plants and animals.
Visit Chavín de Huántar, an ancient ceremonial center dating back to one of Peru's earliest high cultures more than 3,000 years ago. You can appreciate its monumental architecture, with sunken plazas, underground galleries, and fine stone carvings. Admire the columns and cornices, and the "stone heads" surrounding the main temple, before you return to the hotel.
Arrive back in Lima for your transfer back to the airport or your hotel.
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Day 1: Arrival in Lima & City Tour
Your tour starts when you meet your guide outside the airport in Lima. Begin with a drive around Lima city, visiting the archaeological pyramid site Huana Pucllana. Also stop at the UNESCO-listed historic center of the city, which features colonial architectural masterpieces like the Basilica Cathedral and Convent of San Francisco. At the end of the day, turn in at your hotel.
Day 2: Arrival in Cusco
Touch down in Cusco city after a short flight from Lima. After checking in at your hotel, you're free to spend the rest of the day as you please.
Day 3: Cusco City Tour
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before setting off through Cusco. The morning is yours to use as you please. Check out the San Pedro Market, which delights the senses with stalls chock-full of fresh produce, tantalizing snacks, and a rainbow of souvenirs.
In the evening, join your guide for a tour of the historic side of the city. As you move through the streets, your guide points out ancient Incan architecture and the Spanish and colonial influences still found in buildings. Also visit the Q'inqu, a historic amphitheater believed to be the site for ancient sacrifices, and the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, which was built on the foundations of the Incan temple Kirsarkancha.
Day 4: Sacred Valley, Pisca & Ollantaytambo
Climb into a bus for a scenic ride through the Andean landscape to the Sacred Valley. Visit the village Pisac, which is known for its Incan ruins and artisan markets, and Ollantaytambo, a town and Incan archaeological site. After exploring each citadel, decide how your evening will be spent. You can choose to return to Cusco, stay overnight in the Sacred Valley, or take the train to Machu Picchu and stay overnight there.
Day 5: Machu Picchu
In Machu Picchu, meet your guide to explore the ancient Incan city. Rife with architecture set into the mountain slopes, Machu Picchu is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Learn about the history of the city from an expert guide as you visit the amazing stone ruins that give insight into the everyday lives of ancient civilization. In the afternoon, explore Machu Picchu on your own before returning to Cusco via train.
Day 6: Departure from Cusco
Take your time enjoying breakfast at your hotel before being transferred to Cusco's Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, where your magical adventure comes to an end. Read More close
Begin with a fascinating tour through Lima’s streets and plazas. Start at the Love Park in Miraflores, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and then head to the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial center of Lima culture.... Then move on to the Main Square, where the Government Palace and the Town Hall are located. Visit the Cathedral and explore the Santo Domingo Convent, along whose corridors San Martin de Porras and San Rosa de Lima walked in the 17th century, and where their remains rest today. Stay in Lima.
After your arrival in Cusco, enjoy an exclusive tour that starts with a visit to the San Cristobal Plaza and its panoramic view of the city. Then visit the San Pedro Market to learn about the local produce that feeds the area. After this, the Qurikancha temple welcomes you with all his magnificence. This temple, whose Quechua name means "Gold Enclosure," bedazzles with its gold-covered walls. After seeing the Santo Domingo Church, walk from San Blas, the artisans' neighborhood, to the Hatun Rumiyoc street, stopping at the Inca Roca Palace, which is now home to the Archbishop’s Palace and also at the famous Twelve Angle Stone. Continue to the Main Square to visit the Cathedral and its beautiful colonial masterpieces.
Rise early to escape the crowds and visit Sacsayhuaman, an impressive fortress of colossal construction surrounded by beautiful views. Your adventure continues at the Inca Shrine Qenqo, where you can see a sacrificial altar embedded inside a rock cave. Finally, arrive at the Puca Pucara viewpoint and Tambomachay, a monument of impressive architectonic complexity considered one of the pillars of Andean Cosmo vision. Take a free afternoon to explore the city.
On the way to Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop at Awanacancha and admire Andean camelids like alpacas and llamas, and learn about traditional dyeing and knitting techniques from local inhabitants. Later, explore the Pisac Market with enough free time to shop for handcrafts. If you feel like tasting something traditional, stop by the wood ovens for a delicious empanada or fresh-baked bread. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, continue to Ollantaytambo, a small town full of vibrant color where you visit a temple once used as a fortress during the Inca resistance. Absorb breathtaking views and take a few amazing pictures before your stay at the Sacred Valley.
Take a train to go see one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Arrive at the Aguas Calientes station and embark on a bus trip up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu astonishes with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, and enormous steps. After a guided visit, enjoy lunch at one of the area's restaurants before a relaxing ride back to your Cusco hotel.
Depart on a bus for Puno and stop to visit some of the attractions found along the scenic route. The first stop is Andahuaylillas and its beautiful chapel, and then Racchi, Temple of the Wiracocha god, where the walls and narrow streets stand out. Then it’s lunch time and the opportunity to admire the view at La Raya, the natural border between Cusco and Puno. Visit the Pucara Museum before arriving in Puno in the late afternoon.
Enjoy a full-day tour of Lake Titicaca and all its wonders. Start by visiting the Uros, friendly locals who dwell on handmade islands made of totora reeds. Then it's off to Taquile Island, where settlers still maintain their ancestral traditions and colorful garments. It's a great opportunity to explore the island and get the best view of the lake. Enjoy a traditional lunch on the island before returning to the city in the afternoon.
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Peru is known for its abounding art and cuisine, and this experience captures the magic of both. The welcoming restaurant provides supreme comfort and hospitality for each guest.
Savor a buffet dinner that’s bursting with the freshest local ingredients and most flavorful spices Peru has to offer. Then, feast your eyes on a performance packed with colorful garments and traditional Peruvian dances. A hassle-free ride back to your hotel completes the memorable experience. Read More close
After you're picked up from your hotel, sit back and relax during a drive that takes you through the cities of Chancay, Huacho, Huaura, and Supe on the way to Caral, which, at more than 5,000 years old, is the most ancient city in the Americas. The civilization that once flourished at this site paved the way for modern society and architecture. Observe its footprint in the ruins of pyramids, main squares, and altars where early humans held sacred ceremonies and made offerings to deities.
After exploring the archaeological site, visit the city of Huacho and see the Pittaluga House, the Archaeological University Museum, and the Chorrillos Beach Promenade. Your experience ends with a relaxing ride back top Lima and hassle-free drop-off at your hotel. Read More close
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After being picked up at your hotel, ride the short distance to the Surquillo Market, a bustling street market where you can sample local produce and observe how different goods from the coast, highlands, and jungle converge in one place.
Next, head to the El Bolivariano tavern to taste a variety of piscos and traditional snacks. Sip a pisco sour while you watch a local chef put together a dish of ceviche, fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, which is very popular in Lima. Enjoy a satisfying buffet lunch of local delicacies before heading off to explore the city.
Stroll around San Isidro’s financial center and visit Olive Grove Park, the city's oldest natural site. Continue on to Miraflores to visit the ruins of Huaca Pucllana, a series of adobe pyramids built by ancient inhabitants above the valley. Make a stop at the cliffside Parque del Amor, and enjoy epic views of the Pacific Ocean from atop this elevated ridge.
Your tour comes to an end in Lima´s historic center, where you can check out the ornate colonial buildings that surround the main square. Delve underground and explore the spooky catacombs that lie below the San Francisco Convent. After a busy day of eating and exploring, get dropped off at your hotel to relax. Read More close
Leave your hotel aboard provided transportation and head to a traditional Peruvian food market to begin your culinary adventure. Walk down the aisles, passing by a wide variety of stalls that offer everything from cheese, meat, fish, and exotic fruit. Many of the vendors allow you to taste samples of their fresh products.
After exploring all the market has to offer, it's time for a visit to an exclusive restaurant called La Rosa Nautica. Here you can prepare your own pisco sour, Peru's beloved cocktail that mixes pisco, lime juice, egg white, and bitters to create a refreshingly light beverage. Next, learn how to prepare ceviche, a seafood dish of cured raw fish that's soaked in citrus juices and often topped with onions and cilantro. End your afternoon by enjoying a satisfying lunch that consists of the most symbolic dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Read More close
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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Begin your journey at the Larco Museum, housed in an 18th-century colonial mansion. Tour halls and galleries packed with art and pottery representing 4,000 years of Peruvian history. Peruse thousands of artifacts, each with its own story waiting to be told.
Next, visit an antique tavern and delight your palate with a delicious Peruvian sandwich and drink of Pisco, a flagship Peruvian beverage made from distilling grape wine into a high-proof liquor.
End your experience at the Magic Water Circuit, the largest water and light show in Latin America. Each show creates a perfect communion and harmony of water, light, music, and images.
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Before returning to Lima, you have a great view of the surroundings, including the Harbor Master and the Real Felipe Fortress, a bastion during Peru's war for independence. Read More close
Start at Santo Domingo Convent, along whose corridors San Martin de Porras and San Rosa de Lima walked during the 17th century, and where their remains now lay. Next, walk to Casa de Aliaga, the oldest colonial house in the Americas and home to a large collection art and artifacts that tell stories of Peru's conquest.
Continue your visit to the Cathedral, an epicenter of religious art and integral part of Lima's history, and then to the Monastery of San Francisco, where Jude the Apostle is venerated. You leave the tour with a great sense of Peru's rich heritage and desire to learn more about it. Read More close
A series of ornamental fountains burst with streams of water and beams of light pulsate into the sky, forming an enchanting aquatic glow that has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy a hassle-free ride back to your hotel after marveling at this spectacular feast for the senses. Read More close
The craftsmanship of the items represents centuries of Peruvian history. Among the collection's most precious treasures are nose pieces, pots, and utensils that were once used for religious rituals, as well as Incan and Paracas textiles.
The Weapons of the World collection is considered to be among the best of its kind, showcases armaments that once belong to some of the most important characters in the history of both Peru and the world. Swords, daggers, crossbows, and revolvers are just a few of the magnificent pieces on display. Read More close
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
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
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. Read More close
At San Isidro, the financial center of the city, see an ancient pre-Inca shrine known as Huaca Huallamarca. You then continue to the Main Square, where the Government Palace and City Hall are located. Visit the Cathedral and explore the Santo Domingo Convent, along whose corridors San Martin de Porras and San Rosa de Lima walked during the 17th century, and where their remains now rest.
Next, admire the private collection of Mujica Gallo, who devoted his life to the preservation of Peru’s historical heritage. He established the Peruvian Gold Museum Foundation, where over 2,000 pieces of gold, silver, and brass belonging to the Mochica, Chimu, and Inca cultures are on display. Among the most precious treasures are nose pieces, pots, and utensils once used for religious purposes, as well as a few mummies.
In addition to Mr. Gallo's gold collection, marvel at Weapons of the World, a massive gathering of armaments. See and learn about swords, daggers, crossbows, and other relics of important characters from Peruvian and world history.
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With direction from a knowledgeable guide, explore a vibrant shopping scene that features both locally owned shops and large department stores and supermarkets. Popular items on offer include textiles, rugs, and garments made with the finest alpaca wool. Beautiful gold and silver jewelry is also available. Enjoy browsing merchandise created by craftsmen from Lima and throughout Peru. Read More close
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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 the 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, and 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
Escape the crowded Lima cosmopolitan area to take part in an exciting excursion that offers great views of nature and an adventurous jaunt with local wildlife. After being picked up from your hotel in the morning, head to the Callao Yacht Club. From here, set sail to the Palomino Islands, a small group of islands that are located 6 miles (10 km) off the coast from the port of Callao.
On your way out to sea, pass by an anchorage of yachts, warships, and merchant vessels. Sail past San Lorenzo Island, Peru's largest island that played an important role in the Battle of Callao. After a short trip, arrive at the Palomino Islands which boasts a special ecosystem where sea lions and local migratory birds coexist in harmony. The lack of predators makes it possible for you to dive into the water and swim with the sea lions and penguins at a comfortable distance.
Return back to the coast by passing through islets inhabited by guano birds and the second largest colony of Humboldt penguins in Peru, while enjoying a delicious snack. Read More close