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Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

1. Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Then, see Miraflores: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca temple, The Love Park, Barranco: Murals, pittoresque old mansions, The Bridge of Sighs and San Isidro: The Olive Park.

Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

2. Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Lima, and then travel 30 minutes southeast to the archaeological complex of Pachacamac, named for the Inca Earth Maker god Pacha Kamaq. Learn all about the culture and traditions of the Inca Empire at the museum, where artifacts discovered at the site are artfully displayed. Stroll around the sacred land and get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the pyramid Temple of the Sun. Return to the car and enjoy traditional alfajores (cookies) from the region. Then, drive back to Lima full of memories, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

3. Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

Immerse yourself in Lima's colonial history with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, start your experience at San Martin Square, where you can admire colonial architecture buildings. Later, visit the breathtaking Plaza de Armas and admire impressive buildings such as the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and more. Finish your tour exploring the fascinating Catacombs and Museum of San Francisco. Learn more about Peru's colonial period through the museum's vast collection of artwork, see rare editions in the library and wander through the blood-curdling passages of the catacombs, where the bones of 25,000 people lie. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

From Lima: Caral Archaeological Site Guided Day Trip

4. From Lima: Caral Archaeological Site Guided Day Trip

Join a full-day tour from Lima to the ancient ruins of Caral, considered to be the oldest civilization in the Americas. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed ruins, soak in spectacular views over the Supe Valley, and have lunch at a restaurant in Barranca. Hop on your pickup bus from Lima and start a 3-hour road trip to Caral, with a stop for breakfast. Then, continue your journey to the arid Supe Valley through a dirt road. Upon arrival at the ancient city, follow your tour guide and an official Caral guide. Enter the Caral Archaeological Site to learn how the Norte Chico civilization emerged. Explore the site's pyramids and temples and get an insight into the lives of the ancient society's inhabitants. After the guided tour, take a walk by yourself, click photos, or stop by souvenirs shops. Next, head towards Barranca beach, a place that was once inhabited by the people of Caral. Visit a local restaurant that is famous for its delicious seafood. However, if you're craving something else for lunch (at your own expense), there are plenty of other options around. After lunch, make a stop at the "Cristo Redentor de Barranca," a large Peruvian statue of Christ the Redeemer, from where you can admire the entire beach. Finally, head back to Lima to return to your hotel.

Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

5. Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

Wait for your local guide at your hotel lobby and get ready to start the tour. First, discover the beauty of Miraflores. Learn the history of this emblematic and most visited district of Lima. Also, admire from the outside the archeological site of Huaca Pucllana. Understand the importance of this ceremonial and administrative center made of adobe and clay. Then, visit The Olive Trees Park in San Isidro district. Relax in this peaceful green area full of ancient preserved olive trees. Also, visit the beautiful Love Park and celebrate love in all its forms. Take photos of The Kiss, an iconic sculpture made by the acclaimed Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Admire the surroundings from the tiled benches inspired in Antoni Gaudí's Parc Güell in Barcelona. After that, enjoy from the cliffs of Miraflores awesome views of Lima and the Pacific Ocean. Then visit Barranco, the artsy neighborhood of Lima. Be amazed by its beautiful murals and make a wish at the Bridge of Sighs.

Lima: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

6. Lima: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

Join the only tour of Lima city center that will take to you back in time to the colonial era by admiring amazing collections of 17th- and 18th-century oil paintings, wooden verandas, and gilded mirrors. Discover hidden treasures such as the remains of the old city walls, the historic bridge over the River Rimac, and one of the oldest bar in Peru. Admire the monuments of Plaza Mayor, such as the cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, Municipal Palace and Palace of the Union. Continue to the Baroque-style San Francisco Monastery and take a look at its catacombs. Along the way, discover hidden gems, such as the remains of the old city walls, the historic bridges over the River Rimac and one of the oldest bars in Peru at the Cordano Bar.

From Lima: Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco and Chorrillos Tour

7. From Lima: Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco and Chorrillos Tour

On the drive to the Pachacamac archeological site, your guide will provide an orientation about the culture and people that once lived there. On this half-day private tour, visit the site’s museum and its monuments. Take in the Temple of the Sun, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, Taulichumbi Palace and more. Pachacamac was the major Pre-Hispanic ceremonial center on America’s Pacific Coast. See the buildings of the 4 known cultures that occupied the site over time. Enjoy views of the sea from the Temple of the Sun, the highest point in Pachacamac. Return to Lima and visit the district of Chorrillos, an area that played an important role in the war with Chile from 1879 to 1883. Later the tour continues to the Wetlands of Villa and the Costa Verde beach circuit. You will see a panoramic tour of La Herradura beach and the shanty towns of this neighborhood. Lastly, you'll visit Barranco, where you’ll take a walk by the Bridge of Sighs, La Ermita Church and other buildings that date from Lima’s colonial era.

Lima: Half-Day Colonial Lima and Larco Museum Tour

8. Lima: Half-Day Colonial Lima and Larco Museum Tour

Explore Lima's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is packed with fascinating historic buildings. Your tour will begin with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square. It is here that you can appreciate countless examples of grandiose colonial architecture. Afterwards, you will stroll over to the cathedral, before visiting Casa Aliaga. Casa Aliaga is a colonial mansion gifted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that era that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Following this house, you will experience the Larco Museum, which lies in the traditional Pueblo Libre district. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of erotic art.

Lima: Caral Full-Day Private Excursion with Meals

9. Lima: Caral Full-Day Private Excursion with Meals

The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel and head on the Panamerican Highway to the citadel of Caral. During the trip, you will be served some fruits, cookies, and drinks on board for you to enjoy. Since it's a long drive and a private tour, stops are available during the tour. Before arriving in Caral, admire the beautiful landscapes of the Supe Valley, that is famous for the cultivation of products like avocados, potatoes, onions, strawberries, maracuyas, chili pepper and many more. Later, there will be a guided tour by the citadel where you will observe the great pyramids and the valley of Supe. The pyramids are believed to be built around the year 5000 B.C. You will visit the circular terraces, residential areas, pyramids, amphitheater, and main plazas. This private tour has been prepared to help you understand the history of the culture of ancient Peru. After the tour to Caral, you will visit Huacho, a populated city famous for its delicious dishes such as lomo saltado, rice with duck, seco a la huachana, milanesa de pollo, among many others. You will also visit a typical restaurant in front of the sea and enjoy lunch with dishes and drinks from the region. After lunch, you can choose to explore the beach of Huacho and see how the fishermen of the area work. You will return to Lima at approximately 5:30 PM.

Lima: Huaca Ruins and Larco Museum at Night with Dinner

10. Lima: Huaca Ruins and Larco Museum at Night with Dinner

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Miraflores or San Isidro districts of Lima. Your first stop will be Huaca Pucllana, an impressive pyramid in the middle of modern Miraflores. Step back in time more than 1,500 years as you observe this pre-Inca sacred site. Your next stop will be Huaca Huallamarca, a refurbished archaeological site in San Isidro, to finally stop at Huaca Mateo Salado in Pueblo Libre, the biggest within the city. Then, discover stunning examples of pre-Colombian art at the amazing Larco Museum, where highlights include objects of the finest gold and silver from ancient Peru, along with a collection of erotic pottery. End the night with a 3-course meal at the Cafe del Museo, set in the grounds of the museum. Choose from a menu of typical food and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the terrace and gardens. After your meal, transfer back to your hotel with your driver.

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What people are saying about Lima

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 141 reviews

Our guide was wonderful. She was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge pertaining to our tour in particular and Peru and it’s culture and history generally. She was personable, and a delight to spend time with. She kept the tour lively and interesting at all times, and kept things flowing smoothly from start to finish. Just as importantly, she sensed when to step back and let us enjoy what we were seeing while being discreetly available when we were ready to reengage or move on or needed something. She was a superstar conversationalist and a perfect host.

Jose was a wonderful tour guide. He is knowledgeable about the Caral site but he also keeps silent so that you can absorb the history on your own. After the tour, Jose took us to a beach on the Pacific Ocean and then a seaside restaurant. A very pleasant day of education and fun! Murray Toronto, Canada

Nuestro guía fue Zoe Gamboa. Excelente en todo. Me contactó previamente por whatsapp para coordinar. Fue puntual, amable, culto y tranquilo (lo menciono porque en algunos tours todo es muy rápido y superficial, no fue este el caso). Lo recomiendo 100%

The tour itself was very good and the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city. However we do recommend asking the attendees to wear their masks. Our group had 6 attendees and we were the only 2 not coughing... which was a bit uneasy.

Guide was perfect! The tour went really smoothly and it was very interesting!