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Top 8 Attractions In and Around Lima

Lima sits atop a row of Pacific cliffs and can't wait to show you its art, cuisine, and millennia-old civilization. Why not try these places to get a taste of the Peruvian capital?


This arty borough of Lima offers surfing, protected wildlife wetlands, colorful old buildings, and a unique south-facing location!

Photo: Chloé François@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Museo Larco

This museum literally represents layers of Peruvian heritage: its colonial 18th century main building lies on top of a pre-Columbian pyramid.


Discover pre-Incan civilization at this sacred citadel just outside Lima.


Caral is said to be the oldest city in all the Americas, inhabited since 2600 BC. Walk around dusty temples, view timeless artifacts, and ponder an ancient people.

Miraflores Boardwalk

In the uptown district of Miraflores, you can while away an afternoon shopping, strolling through gardens and enjoying the Pacific breeze.

Ichimay Wari

The artisanal crafts available to view and buy at this workshop on the outskirts of Lima will be a highlight to all interested in supporting local trade.

Photo: jack_g@flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Magic Water Circuit

The fountain light show takes place every night from Wednesday to Sunday and is pretty spectacular!

Cathedral of Lima

One of the oldest European-era buildings, dating from 1535, Lima's cathedral has pride of place downtown. Flanked by palm trees outside and crowned by a golden nave inside, it's a great place to cool down and learn about Peru's particular Catholicism.

Planning your Lima visit

When should I go?

Peru's peak tourist season is from December to April, when the weather is warmer with clear skies. If you don't mind the crowds, visit then, because from June to December, the city is covered with a thick, gray fog.

What should I wear?

You don't need to dress for particularly warm or cold weather if you go during the high season. If you decide to go on the walking trails around archeological sites, remember to bring walking boots and maybe even some blister relief!

Good to Know

  • Language
    Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
  • Currency
    PEN (S/.)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    While the weather is typically always dry, the best temperatures and clear skies are found from December to April, which also means there are more crowds.

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