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Lima: City Tour with Pickup and Drop-Off

Lima: City Tour with Pickup and Drop-Off

Join an insightful tour of Lima's city center and travel back in time to the colonial era. Admire amazing collections of 17th and 18th-century oil paintings, wooden verandas, and gilded mirrors. Immerse yourself in local culture and history with the assistance of your guide. 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. Immerse yourself in a tour full of history, culture, and more. Finally, your professional driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

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.

Lima: Panoramic Sightseeing Bus, Walking, and Catacombs Tour

Lima: Panoramic Sightseeing Bus, Walking, and Catacombs Tour

Take in panoramic views of Lima's highlights, from Miraflores to the Historic Center, on a sightseeing bus tour. See the best of the UNESCO-listed Historic Center on a walking tour before heading underground to discover the famous catacombs in the San Francisco Basilica. Make your way to the meeting point in Miraflores, then set off toward the Historic Center on the panoramic bus. Pass by emblematic places such as the Archaeological Center of Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological site featuring ruins built 1500 years ago. Drive past beautiful republican residences of European and American influence in Miraflores before continuing to San Isidro, Lima's modern financial district. Continue to El Parque de la Reserva, a historic place where Peruvian reservists gathered to defend their city during the Pacific War. At El Parque de la Reserva, admire the Magic Water Circuit, a popular city park created in 2007. It holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest fountain complex in a public park. From there, move on to discover the wonderful colonial and republished architecture of Lima's Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the place where the city was founded in 1535. See colonial mansions, balconies, and palaces around Plaza San Martín, an important public space named after the liberator of Peru, Don José de San Martín. Then, get off the bus for a guided walk through the pedestrian streets in the Historic Center. Visit the Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas, where the most important governmental buildings in Peru are located, such as the Presidential Palace, the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, the Archbishop's Palace, the Union Club, and the Cathedral of Lima. Next, explore the San Francisco Basilica and Convent's iconic catacombs on a completely underground tour lasting around 30 to 40 minutes. Admire the vaults built with brick, lime and stone, and see how the bodies were arranged to maximize space. Afterward, return to Miraflores on the bus.

Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

Miraflores The Love Park After picking you up, we visit this beautiful park inaugurated in 1993 and it celebrates “love”. At its center, an iconic sculpture “The Kiss” made by the Peruvian artist Victor Delfin, depicts lovers embracing in an endless kiss. Huaca Pucllana (exterior) Then, we see this ancient archaeological site, adobe pyramidal construction built between 200 and 700 AD, representing a ceremonial and administrative area for Lima Culture. San Isidro The Olive Park After, we go to see the preserved olive trees, that date several hundred years. There are also exhibits of old machinery used in the production of olive oil in ancient times, plenty of greenery and an ornamental pond stocked with fish and turtles. Barranco Then, we go to The Artsy neighborhood of Lima. Be amazing by its beautiful murals that make Barranco such a colorful and trendy place. Also, make a wish at “The Bridge of Sighs”. Lunch: at midday there will be a break of 1 hour 30 minutes so you can have lunch. We will recommend you some good local restaurants. Lima Historic Center Plaza San Martin In the second part of the tour, we visit this Plaza made in 19 hundred to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. The surrounding buildings are great, displaying Neoclassic style. Plaza de Armas (Lima’s main square) Then, we will go to the Main square, the most representative one in Peru where you will see impressive buildings such as “The Presidential Palace”, “The City Hall of Lima”, “The Cathedral” and The Archbishop’s Palace”, etc. San Francisco de Asis Museum & The Catacombs Finally, we will take you to the most interesting museum in downtown Lima. Your expert guide will explain you here about the rich history of Peru’s capital. Explore the underground Catacombs!

Lima: Historic Center Street Food, Market, and Eateries Tour

Lima: Historic Center Street Food, Market, and Eateries Tour

Enjoy a 4 hour-long street food tour with this in the historic center of Lima. During the tour, stop by some of the most classic, but also the more contemporary resto-bars of Lima city center to have a taste of the popular “comida al paso”. While discovering tasteful local delicacies such as chilcano, churros, or anticuchos, you’ll be learning more about the important historical facts which took place in this specific area of the city, as well as interesting facts regarding the economy and daily life in Peru. In the main square, known as "Plaza de Armas", appreciate some of the most impressive architectural monuments — heritage left by the Spanish conquerors. This tour will only be guided in English. For the comfort of the group, guides will not be providing their service in multiple languages simultaneously, even to those who only speak Spanish. For other languages, please book a private tour with us.

Lima: City Tour, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Inca Remains

Lima: City Tour, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Inca Remains

Pachacamac Site & Museum This is one of the largest religious centers in ancient Inca times on the Peruvian coast. Remarkable religious compound, buildings from different kingdoms since 200 AD origin. Incas built here majestic pyramids dedicated to the Sun. Admire the architectural precision of the buildings while learning about the customs and traditions of the ancient civilizations in Peru. Lunch: at midday there will be a break of 1 hour 30 minutes so you can have lunch. We will recommend you some good local restaurants. Lima Historic center Plaza San Martin In the second part of the tour, we visit this Plaza made in 19 hundred to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. The surrounding buildings are great, displaying Neoclassic style. Plaza de Armas (Lima’s main square) Then, we will go to the Main square, the most representative one in Peru where you will see impressive buildings such as “The Presidential Palace”, “The City Hall of Lima”, “The Cathedral” and The Archbishop’s Palace”, etc. San Francisco de Asis Museum & The Catacombs Finally, we will take you to the most interesting museum in downtown Lima. Your expert guide will explain you here about the rich history of Peru’s capital. Explore the underground Catacombs!

TURIBUS PANORAMIC BUS - CITY TOUR (Departure from Larcomar)

TURIBUS PANORAMIC BUS - CITY TOUR (Departure from Larcomar)

Discover an exciting adventure with our City Tour by Tourist Bus, a unique experience that takes you through an unforgettable journey at 4 meters high. From the beginning, you will enjoy an exciting journey exploring the charms of Miraflores; Kennedy Park, Huaca Pucllana and many monuments with a great historical legacy. Then, we will head to Lima and through a pedestrian tour, exploring the Plaza San Martín surrounded by emblematic buildings and balconies, Admire the charming Jirón de la Unión and the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by the majestic Cathedral and the imposing Government Palace. The culmination of this unique experience will be at the Monastery of Santo Domingo, where you can explore its fascinating halls and immerse yourself in its rich library This exciting tour lasts 4 hours, divided in a panoramic way, with the round trip to the Miraflores area, and in a pedestrian way, with 1.5 hours of walking in the historic center.

360° Panoramic bus - Sightseeing Tour

360° Panoramic bus - Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable 360° view on Lima ! Discover the wonderful colonial and republished architecture of the Historic Center of Lima, a World Heritage Site, the place where the city was founded in 1535. Among the sites that we will visit on our panoramic tour (from the bus) the Parque de la Reserva stands out. , the Exhibition Park, the Paseo de los Héroes Navales, the Palace of Justice, Plaza San Martín, among others. Itinerary : Our service begins in the meeting point in Miraflores towards the Historic Center of Lima. • We will pass by important emblematic places such as the Archaeological Center of Huaca Pucllana, the oldest evidence of Miraflores built 1500 years ago, then we will appreciate beautiful republican residences of European and American influence that are preserved in Miraflores. The bus will continue to San Isidro (the financial capital ) modern and exclusive district of the city. • We will continue to El Parque de la Reserva, a historic place where Peruvian reservists gathered to defend our city during the Pacific War conflict, today a popular city park called the Magic Water Circuit created in 2007 and holds the Guinness Record for being the largest fountain complex in the world in a public park. • After, we will vosit the colonial city, the place that was the capital of the viceroyalty of Peru of Spain, where we can see colonial mansions, balconies, palaces, Plaza San Martín, an important public space that bears the name of the liberator of Peru Don José de San Martín who proclaims the independence of Peru on July 28, 1821, then we will walk through the pedestrian streets of the historic center with the guide where we will visit the Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas, the place where the most important buildings of the government of Peru are located, such as the Palace Presidential, the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, the Archbishop's Palace, the Union Club and the Cathedral of Lima. • You will visit the convent of San Francisco de Lima and its famous catacombs. The tour of the Lima catacombs is completely underground and lasts approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Admire the vaults built with brick, lime and stone, while at the bottom you can see how the bodies were arranged for better distribution. Return to Miraflores

Lima Colonial and Modern Circuit - Explore Lima's Top places

Lima Colonial and Modern Circuit - Explore Lima's Top places

Join us on this immersive adventure to uncover the essence of Lima, and create lasting memories of this incredible city. Experience Lima's vibrant history and modern charm with our captivating City Tour. From the ancient Pucllana Pyramid to the historic heart of Lima, where centuries of culture come to life amid architectural wonders, this tour is a journey through time --------- ITINERARY (9am to 1pm OR 2pm to 6pm) Pick up at the hotel : we will enjoy a tour getting to know Lima in its three stages: Ancestral, Colonial and Modern Lima. • We will begin the tour with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid”, an ancient Ceremonial and archaeological Center built in the 4th century AD. and considered a Sacred Town of the Incas. • Then we will go to the Historic Center of Lima. Where we will appreciate what the old Lima Square was and we will appreciate more than fifty monuments, and colonial buildings within which the Paseo de la Republica, the Plaza San Martin, the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Municipal Palace, the Palace stand out. Archbishop, The Cathedral Basilica, among others. • Continuing the tour we will visit the Museum of the Central Reserve Bank where we will appreciate the Collection of Treasures of Peru within which we will find ceramic, gold and textile objects from various pre-Columbian cultures. • We will also find the Monumental Complex of San Francisco, which constitutes the largest example of colonial religious art in America. Where its main attraction is the visit to its underground crypts known as The Catacombs. • Finally we will go to the Contemporary Zone of Lima where we will appreciate the main buildings and residential areas of Lima, El Olivar de San Isidro, Miraflores, Larcomar and the Parque del Amor Return at your hotel.

Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Get to know Peru's capital in the course of a single day with your expert, professional guide. Encounter sights like the Huaca Pucllana, Olive Park, and the underground catacombs as you immerse yourself in this evocative city. Start your experience with convenient pickup from your accommodation and get ready to discover the Miraflores district. Cruise through this upscale area while learning about its history. See sights like the Huaca Pucclana pyramid, built between 200 and 700 AD. Next, head for the famous San Isidro district. Luxuriate in the beautiful groves of the Olive Park and admire Victor Delfin's famous "The Kiss" sculpture in the Love Park. Take in awesome views of Lima and its Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Miraflores, Continue your tour with a visit to the artsy and bohemian district of Barranco. Marvel at the beautiful murals typical of this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Take the opportunity to make a wish at its Bridge of Sighs, and visit its atmospheric Plaza. Conclude your tour in the city's bustling downtown. The city's historic center is full of places of interest included the Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, and Magic Fountains Park. Your guide will also take you to essentials like the San Francisco de Asis Museum, and the famous underground catacombs.

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4.8
(86 reviews)

Half-day visit to the center of Lima, very rich and rhythmic. Professional and friendly guide. I recommend to anyone who has little time to visit Lima. To be grouped with another half day by bike to discover Miraflores and Barranco

Good tour for a brief introduction to Lima. Good variety of sights to see in a short time frame. Tour was very well organized. Amodeo was a great guide and very nice. Sandy was very nice as well!

The truth is the excellent guide, very friendly as well as the driver, an excellent experience, highly recommended.

Lots of insider information, targeted sights, and as a surprise there were churros with dulce de leche

Amazing!!!!! A must. A great way to see the sites!!!