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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?

Barranco

Barranco

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

Museo Larco
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Museo Larco

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

Pachacamac

Pachacamac

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

Caral

Caral

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

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.

Magic Water Circuit
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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
    +51
  • 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

It is a long day, but well worthwhile as a lot is packed in. I was really lucky as I was the only one on the tour that day so had Choji, my guide, to myself. His English was excellent and he was a really interesting guide. He covered not only details about the sights on the way but also happily discussing pretty much anything about Peru that I wanted to know. Great to get out of Lima and see something of Peru. Trip to the Ballestas Islands was memorable - getting up close to the sea lions and birds. Desert and oasis impressive too. Sand buggying very much like a roller coaster. Lunch and tasting at the winery were good too. Our guide there was really informative and funny. Also very generous tasting session of eight different piscos. A well put together tour.

Pachacamac is a really worthwhile experience. It’s not far from Lima and a relatively easy means of being introduced to Peru’s pre Colonial Cultures. The Interpretation Centre is really well laid out and I learnt a lot. Jonathan, my guide, was very knowledgeable and meant that I was able to absorb a lot in a short space of time. The site itself is interesting too, but a guide would be needed to make the most of this. A bizarre, and interesting bonus, is the garden outside the Interpretation Centre, making you aware of the rich variety of plants grown and used in Peru then and now. The only issue is Lima traffic, which meant that we were back an hour later than planned. Not a reflection the tour company, just a fact of life here.

Pachacamac: Archaeological Inca Complex from Lima Reviewed by Catherine, 03/07/2020

Recomendado. Es un tour libre pero el guia lo toma muy enserio como si fuera un servicio con un precio alto; no por tantas comodidades sino por lo curioso y entretenido, lo que resulta muy buena experiencia. No es para tomarlo si el plan es confort porque es caminar. Pero es para obtener un honesto panorama cultural de la ciudad Lima.

Lima: Free Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Sofia, 03/02/2020

The whole was marvellous. Loved the special little touches, chiros and extra facts in the morning, the ceviche at the markets for lunch was to die for. Highly recommend this tour. We did morning and afternoon tours in one day.

Lima: Highlights Day Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 03/14/2020

So enjoyed our journey! It was the best! Our guide was the best, as was his associate. Being in my electric wheelchair, they helped me get to see everything. Certainly the best. Recommend them to all!!

City Tour With Demonstration & Tasting of Pisco Sour Reviewed by Elizabeth, 03/16/2020