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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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What People Are Saying About Lima

The Tour leaders were very courteous, informed, and thorough

We appreciated being able to change the time of the tour due to our late flight arrival. The leaders allowed us to take a few side queries to taste local food, purchase done souvenirs, and walk down different streets. Tx

Half Day Must Sees Reviewed by Jennifer, 01/31/2016

The tour's very interesting/educational, & the guide very professional

On 6/8/15, I took “Lima historical buildings” tour provided by Limamentor. The tour was well designed by the company GM (Ms. Cynthia). It went beyond a walking city tour by taking us into Peru's history through the legacy of beautiful colonial buildings! I've learned a lot about Peru's history through the stories behind these buildings from an excellent tour guide (Ms. Martha). She's professional (knowledgeable about what she's doing), and efficient (managing time very well to visit 4 buildings in just one afternoon). She's also friendly (helping me take notes when I couldn't catch up). The tour ended nicely with a pisco sour drink. This gave us a good opportunity to talk in a relaxed atmosphere to summarize what I've seen. Overall, I found the tour very interesting and educational, and found the guide very professional and pleasant. So I would give both the tour and the guide the best rating of "highly satisfactory" and would “highly recommend” the tour to those who are visiting Peru.

Half Day Historical Buildings in Lima Reviewed by Suganya, 08/18/2015

Great tour in Spanish & English. Super nice guide too.

I enjoyed my tour of Lima, especially because it was in Spanish & English. It gave me the chance to experiment with understanding Spanish & yet back-up in English for any info that I missed. My guide was super nice, friendly, organized & she gave us good guidance & information. There were a reasonable number of people on the tour and I felt safe at all times. We had a great view from the second floor of the double-decker bus, we saw lots of significant cultural & historic places, and I really enjoyed the walking tour of the catacombs. My only suggestion for the tour is to accept electronic proof of payment on cell phones. The web site & my guide expected me to print out & bring paper proof of payment. That is not realistic for folks travelling internationally; we have cell phones, but not access to printers. As it is, after negotiating with my guide, she accepted my cell phone proof of payment. Please make this the accepted norm. Thank you for the tour!!

Lima City Tour Express - Excursion Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/22/2015

Great trip and a must for every Lima visitor

Very organized tour guide who shared lots of local insight information. Was great fun to see Lima by night!

Private Lima City Tour by Night Reviewed by einem GetYourGuide-Kunden, 09/07/2014

Great tour of major city sites, for half day tour!

Sandra Vargas, our tour guide, was excellent. This was an great way to see historic sites in Lima, with limited time frame. Tour was personal without any of the 'tour bus' atmosphere that happens all too often. Ms Vargas pointed out several tourist sites that we might visit on our own later, should we choose to do so; as well as taking us through other of Lima's main tourist attractions.

Half Day Must Sees Reviewed by James, 04/28/2014

Based on 48 reviews by GetYourGuide customers