Saint Francis Monastery Catacombs

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Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

1. 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: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

2. Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

Experience the flavors of Peruvian food like a local on this street food tour. You will discover why Lima is called the gastronomic city of America, through tasting its signature stews, fruits, and desserts. Learn how to make Peru’s signature drink during a pisco sour lesson. After pickup directly from your accommodation, head first to the Chorrillos Artisanal Fishing Pier, one of the popular trade points for marine products. Get to know the history of the pier before continuing to the Surquillo Market. The Surquillo Market become something of a mecca for international foodies after the praise of the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. The market is open every day and sees a large amount of food and spices sold. You can find exotic fruits from the Amazon Rainforest, potatoes and chili peppers from the tops of the distant Andes Mountains, fresh fish and seafood from the coast, and meats of different types, including alpaca and guinea pig. Taste some exotic fruits (cherimoya, granadilla, and tumbo) and the chicha morada (drink made from purple corn), then continue your gastronomic experience at two fast-food restaurants to taste their different specialties. At La Huerta Chinen, where they specialize in Creole mixes, you’ll get to try the famous Causa Limeña (mashed yellow potatoes seasoned with limes, chili peppers, and stuffed with chicken). At Alto K Fish, they specialize in seafood. You’ll get to taste their marine trio (fish ceviche, rice with seafood, and squid pork rinds). After delighting your palate, visit the historic center of Lima and walk through its old streets appreciating its impressive balconies, churches, and colonial houses. See the main square of Lima, the cathedral, the government palace, and the convent of San Francisco and its catacombs. Later, sweeten your palate by tasting Spanish churros (filled with manjar blanco or pastry cream accompanied with white sugar). Then, visit a local bar to learn about the flagship drink of Peru, the pisco sour (made from grape pisco, limos, syrup, egg whites, and angostura bitters). As a final stop, visit the Chabuca Granda avenue to try the Peruvian donuts known by the locals as picarones (made of sweet potato dough accompanied by honey).

Artsy Barranco district and Lima City Tour with Catacombs

3. Artsy Barranco district and Lima City Tour with Catacombs

Travel from your accommodation in the areas of Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro to the vibrant and hip Barranco district. Experience the art that has flourished in an area that was built up with elite vacation homes. Learn how this area has evolved into the most romantic and bohemian district of Lima, with the old colonial mansions being converted into restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, design shops, art galleries and museums. Walk along the cliffs to take in ocean views. Journey to Plaza San Martin in the stunning Historical Center of Lima. Find out more about how this Plaza was made in the 1900s to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings. See the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima and explore the underground catacombs.

Lima: City Small-Group Tour with Pisco Sour & Catacombs

4. Lima: City Small-Group Tour with Pisco Sour & Catacombs

Get acquainted with the Peruvian capital of Lima on a guided walking tour. Explore the historical center, gaze at the fabulous facade of the Presidential Palace, and descend to the eerie catacombs of San Francisco Monastery. After a pickup from your hotel, head to the Parque del Amor. Admire a sculpture by the Peruvian sculptor Víctor Delfín called "El Beso" in the center of the park and get a magnificent view of the sea. Continue to the Huaca Pucllana Archaeological Site before visiting the historic center of Lima. Stroll through the main squares, streets, churches, and shreds of the ancient city of the Kings as your guide narrates the historical background of the old viceroyalty of Peru. Appreciate the architectural monuments such as the Cathedral of Lima, Archiepiscopal Palace, and the Presidential Palace. Visit the Choco Museum, to discover the history of chocolate and cocoa in Peru. Taste its typical liquors and jams made from chocolate and cocoa (not included). Observe the old abandoned station now converted into the house of Peruvian Literature. Admire artisan shops with free time to purchase Peruvian crafts (at your own expense). Visit an old colonial house that has been converted into a small traditional bar. Learn how to prepare the flagship drink of Peru “El Pisco Sour”. Enter the Convent Museum of San Francisco and see some of the oldest cemeteries in the city located below the San Francisco convent. Conclude the tour with a transfer to your hotel or choose to stay in the center longer and return at your own accord.

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What people are saying about Saint Francis Monastery Catacombs

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based on 9 reviews

This tour is a must when you visit Lima. Jonathan is a great tour guide and has a vast knowledge about Lima and its history. The tour is well organized (pick up and drop off included in the tour). It is very important to discover the city with somebody local who knows where to go, where to access especially during the demonstrations and events in the city (which was my case). Lima has plenty of historical places to offer but without Jonathan it would not be possible to discover them. Plaza de Armas makes a big impression and visit at Catacombs takes you back in time....sad time. In addition I really enjoyed extra visit to chocolate museum. Time passed really passed with Jonathan and I fully recommend this trip to everyone.

Our guide Pamela was very knowledgeable and friendly. We took a long walk to the plazas, down Union Street and a few other streets which were very charming. The catacombs were fascinating.

Our tour guide Alexandra was extremely knowledgeable and did a great job of showing us around. She was very friendly and gave us lots of tips for the rest of our trip in Peru

Susan was an amazing guide, she was so friendly, kind and knowledgable! My favourite tour guide in Peru by far! Would highly recommend!

Susan was amazing very nicd and very knowledgeable about the information she provided