Lima (Callao), Peru

In 1535, Francisco Pizarro labeled the open plains where Lima now stands as inhospitable. Despite the verdict of the great conquistador, Lima became the center of imperial Spanish power, a "City of Kings" where 40 viceroys would rule as the direct representatives of the King of Spain. With independence in 1821, Lima became Peru's capital. Near Lima, one of the world's most desolate deserts is home to the famed drawings of Nazca. These drawings inspired Erik von Daniken's best-selling book "Chariots of the Gods." With mysteries seeming to be part of Peru's history, perhaps these "drawings" are in fact "the largest astronomy book in the world."

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Points of Interest

  • Gold Museum
  • Santo Domingo Convent
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Indian Market
  • Pachacamac Ruins
  • Peruvian Horses
  • Larco Herrara
  • Casa Aliaga
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  • Gold Museum

    Discover thousands of Peru's most treasured gold, silver and copper artifacts, from pre-Inca jewelry to military objects and tools, as well as historic weaponry.

  • Santo Domingo Convent

    The oldest church and convent in Lima, its construction begani in 1540. It was later modernized to its present neo-Classical style in the 18th century.

  • Plaza Mayor

    The founding destination of the Historic Centre of Lima, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Plaza Mayor is lined with some of the city's most important buildings, including The Government Palace and the Cathedral of Lima.

  • Indian Market

    Negotiate your way through the lively Indian Market as you browse colorful souvenirs from all over Peru, including handmade alpaca sweaters, paintings, woodcarvings, Inca handicrafts and more.

  • Pachacamac Ruins

    Walk among the remnants of the Inca Empire at this centuries-old archaeological site comprised of temples, monuments, houses and pyramids.

  • Peruvian Horses

    Watch in awe as the famous Peruvian prancing horses dance from their stables at a cozy hacienda featuring beautiful gardens and rooms full of memorabilia, including tooled leather saddles.

  • Larco Herrara

    Admire the 45,000-piece collection of pre-Columbian art that is housed within the Larco Museum mansion. Built atop a 7th-century pyramid, it features enchanting gardens and a gold and silver gallery.

  • Casa Aliaga

    As America's best-preserved colonial mansion, Casa Aliaga has been occupied by the same family since 1535. This colonial house was delivered by Francisco Pizarro to his Capitan Jeronimo de Aliaga.

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Lima On Your Own

5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-185
  • Indian Market

Lima, the fifth largest city in Latin America, is widely considered to be one of its most beautiful. After your transfer from Callao to Miraflores Area, enjoy several hours of independent sightseeing. You may choose to shop at Larcomar or enjoy a Pisco sour with spectalular views of the bay. Nearby is the Indian Market where you can pick up a weaving, a wood carving, or a stunning piece of gold or silver jewelry or go to Barranco, Lima's Bohemian district. Take time out from your exploration to indulge in a delicious meal at one of the cities many fine restaurants prior to re-boarding your motorcoach at a predetermined location for your drive back to your pier.

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City Drive & Indian Market

4 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-290
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Indian Market

Lima, the fifth largest city in Latin America, is widely considered to be one of its most beautiful. Get a glimpse of its Spanish colonial charm during a photo stop at the Plaza Mayor, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site anchored by the towering Cathedral of Lima, the imposing Presidential Palace and the ornate Archbishop's Palace. The adventure continues to the quaint Miraflores district where one stately mansion after another comes into view. Nearby is the unique Parque del Amor where you can wander through the love-themed sculpture garden beautifully situated on the towering seacliffs of Miraflores. Then you're off to shop at the Indian Market. Pick up a weaving, a wood carving, or a stunning piece of gold or silver jewelry before returning to the pier.

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Lima by Night & Magic Fountation

3.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-220

A magical night awaits! Board your motorcoach for a scenic 40-minute drive from port on a panoramic drive through the historic center of Lima, founded in 1535, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After gazing upon such sights as the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, City Hall and Lima Cathedral, continue on to The Park of the Reserve and the Magic Water Circuit, one of the most popular attractions in the city and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain compound in the world. Here, you'll walk through a circuit of 13 different fountains, each more spectacular than the previous. Illuminated by colored light and lasers, the jets of water at the Fantasia Fountain (Fuente de la Fantasia) are synchronized to classic songs and melodies. At this exciting event for the whole family, bring your camera for dazzling photographs. Return to port on a relaxed evening drive through the beautiful city.

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Larco Herrera Museum & Indian Market

4 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-210
  • Indian Market
  • Larco Herrara

Pore over Peru's finest collection of pre-Columbian gold and silver; study the region's most exquisite examples of ancient textiles and ceramics and journey through 3,000 years of Incan history. Along the way, learn how this fascinating culture defined their religion, their cosmological world and even their own genealogy through the creation of elaborate adornments. This easy, half-day tour through the historic Pueblo Libre district to the Larco Herrera Museum showcases the timeless treasures of the ancient Inca. Marvel at the beautifully crafted earplugs, nose ornaments, pectorals, headdresses and masks that indicated personal status in an empire that spanned Peru, Ecuador, and Chile. And experience these wonders in an 18th century mansion built over a 7th century pyramid! To round out your experience, browse for treasures of your own at the colorful Indian market before returning to the pier via the elegant residential districts of Lima, Peru's vibrant capital city.

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Cathedral, Casa Garcia Alvarado & Monastery

4 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-200
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Santo Domingo Convent

Immerse yourself in Peru's capital city with its 2,000 years of Colonial heritage and vivid modern-day scene. You'll explore the massive Cathedral of Lima, the centerpiece of a UNESCO World Heritage site where the Government Palace, City Hall and Archbishop's Palace also stand. Marvel at the magnificent Churriguerra altars and beautifully-carved wooden choir stalls. Then visit the historic visit Santo Domingo Convent, the oldest church and convent in Lima. Enjoy refreshments at the historic Casa Garcia-Alvarado before making a photo stop at the Parque del Amor with its love-themed sculpture gardens overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean. With a scenic drive past the Plaza Dos de Mayo, the Plaza San Marin, and the San Isidro district, you can safely say that you've covered Lima's top landmarks and most intriguing sights on this moderate half-day tour.

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Lima Through Time

4.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-300
  • Casa Aliaga

Visit some of Lima's most beautiful private homes for an architectural and artistic angle on the city's history on this half-day tour. Stop at Casa Aliaga, the oldest house in the Americas, which has been continuously occupied by 18 generations of the Aliaga family; tour the impressive colonial residence, containing valuable Peruvian art and artifacts. Next, it's Casa Garcia Alvarado, built in 1912 and remodeled in 1932 in the elegant style of Peru's Government Palace. Its current hosts will give you a delightful look back at the way Lima's elite used to live. Finally, stop at Casa Luna, a modern home containing the treasures of the Luna Elias-Polo family, who will greet you and show off their extensive collection of Nativity scenes from Peru and all over the world. Return to your ship via motorcoach having captured a bit of the architectural history and the colorful lives of Lima's private citizens!

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Evening City Drive & Dinner at Casa Aliaga

4 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-860
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Casa Aliaga

Lima, the fifth largest city in Latin America, is widely considered to be one of its most beautiful. Get a glimpse of its Spanish colonial charm when the city and its most famous landmarks are all light up at night! Drive to the Plaza Mayor, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site anchored by the towering Cathedral of Lima, the imposing Presidential Palace and the ornate Archbishop's Palace. Then continue sightseeing to the Miraflores district where one stately mansion after another comes into view. The aura of romance and a candlelight dinner and tour at the lovely and historic Casa Aliaga makes the evening complete. All that is still needed is a relaxing return drive to Callao where your ship waits to welcome you back aboard.

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Scenic Boat Ride to the Palomino Islands

3.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-600

Nature lovers will thrill to up-close views of penguins, sea birds and sea lions on this 2.5-hour cruise to the Palomino Islands. A short motorcoach drive takes you to the Marina Yacht Club of Callao. Don a life vest and step into an uncovered boat. Keep your camera at the ready for picturesque views of fishing boats and abundant marine life. Pass the historic Fort of Real Felipe and the "El Camotal" Shallows, a watery grave for shipwrecks. See San Lorenzo Island, Peru's largest, favored by scientist Charles Darwin for its unspoiled ecosystem. Delight in the colonies of penguins and other birds along the shoreline. The rocky Palomino Islands are home to a large colony of playful and curious sea lions that will do their best to provide you with an amazing nature photography opportunity. If you bring your swimsuit, you can even jump into the water with them to say hello! Refresh with a light snack before returning to the pier.

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Best of Lima (Guided in German)

8 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-103
  • Gold Museum
  • Santo Domingo Convent
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Indian Market

Tour the capital of Peru, the legendary "City of the Kings" on a moderate, full-day tour that captures the romance and history of this fascinating region. Begin with a visit to the Cathedral of Lima where Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro was laid to rest. It's located in the Plaza Mayor, part of a UNSECO World Heritage Site! The Santo Domingo Convent with its stunning neoclassical architecture is sure to pique your interest. And the Gold Museum greets you with 20,000 different items of Incan gold from idols, crowns, and scepters to filigree figures, jewelry and more. Before a lunch of "criollo" cuisine at a local restaurant, you can get swept up in the glow of romantic love at the Parque del Amor overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Then shop at the Indian Market for Peruvian knitwear, ceramics and jewelry before returning to the pier.

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Pachacamac Ruins & Peruvian Prancing Horses (Guided in German)

8.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-118
  • Pachacamac Ruins
  • Peruvian Horses

Delve into ancient history, marvel at Peruvian prancing horses, and savor the tastes of a buffet lunch during your visit to a sprawling hacienda in the countryside. This moderate full-day tour spotlights a thrilling culture, present and past. Visit the Larco Herrera Museum before exploring the vast archaeological citadel of Pachacamac. Imagine what this sacred ceremonial site must have been like when thousands of pilgrims converged to pay tribute to the Sun God and to seek the help of the high priests and their divine oracle. Next, enjoy a performance by the Peruvian Paso Horse at a traditional hacienda that will also treat you to a folklore show, a Peruvian party atmosphere, and a savory lunch featuring Peru's flavors. And the return drive to Callao through the commercial and residential districts of Lima takes you along the noted Pan-American Highway.

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Pachacamac Ruins & Peruvian Prancing Horses

8.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-115
  • Pachacamac Ruins
  • Peruvian Horses

Delve into ancient history, marvel at Peruvian prancing horses, and savor the tastes of a buffet lunch during your visit to a sprawling hacienda in the countryside. This moderate full-day tour spotlights a thrilling culture, present and past. Visit the Larco Herrera Museum before exploring the vast archaeological citadel of Pachacamac. Imagine what this sacred ceremonial site must have been like when thousands of pilgrims converged to pay tribute to the Sun God and to seek the help of the high priests and their divine oracle. Next, enjoy a performance by the Peruvian Paso Horse at a traditional hacienda that will also treat you to a folklore show, a Peruvian party atmosphere, and a savory lunch featuring Peru's flavors. And the return drive to Callao through the commercial and residential districts of Lima takes you along the noted Pan-American Highway.

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Best of Lima

8 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-100
  • Gold Museum
  • Santo Domingo Convent
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Indian Market

Tour the capital of Peru, the legendary "City of the Kings" on a moderate, full-day tour that captures the romance and history of this fascinating region. Begin with a visit to the Cathedral of Lima where Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro was laid to rest. It's located in the Plaza Mayor, part of a UNSECO World Heritage Site! The Santo Domingo Convent with its stunning neoclassical architecture is sure to pique your interest. And the Gold Museum greets you with 20,000 different items of Incan gold from idols, crowns, and scepters to filigree figures, jewelry and more. Before a lunch of "criollo" cuisine at a local restaurant, you can get swept up in the glow of romantic love at the Parque del Amor overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Then shop at the Indian Market for Peruvian knitwear, ceramics and jewelry before returning to the pier.

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Bon Appetit Recommended: From Market to Plate - Peruvian Cooking Demo

5.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-310

Where else but Lima can you savor such a tasty mélange of Incan, Spanish, African, European and Asian cuisines! On this half-day tour, you will get a true "taste of Peru." First, a trip to a local market will give you the chance to examine the native bounty, which includes an enormous variety of potatoes and the city's eponymous lima beans. Then it is a short drive to the Señorio de Sulco Restaurant, where you will get a fascinating demonstration of seasonal Peruvian cuisine, followed by a delicious lunch. After lunch, you will get a lesson in the making of the classic Peruvian cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Created in Lima in the 1920s, it is a variation on the Whiskey Sour, centered on a base of the Peruvian alcohol pisco. You'll leave with a fresh appreciation of the country's renowned cuisine and a few tips for bringing a little taste of Peru back home with you.

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Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Double Occupancy Per Person

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-800

Leave the ship for an exciting three-day Overland Tour to Cusco where you'll visit the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, the sacred Inca site of Koricancha and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an archaeological complex constructed without mortar. On Day Two, you'll journey to Machu Picchu. Constructed as a royal retreat for the emperor Pachacuti in the 1400s, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later. Because the Spanish conquistadors never found this hidden gem, explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it largely intact. Architectural highlights include the Temple of the Sun along with several other temples, hundreds of terraces and a mysterious carved stone towering above the plaza. The stone may have been used for astronomical observations, but because the Inca had no written language, the stone and other mysteries of Machu Picchu remain unsolved. On Day Three, you'll fly to Lima, where a coach will take you to your ship.

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Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Single Occupancy

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-801

Leave the ship for an exciting three-day Overland Tour to Cusco where you'll visit the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, the sacred Inca site of Koricancha and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an archaeological complex constructed without mortar. On Day Two, you'll journey to Machu Picchu. Constructed as a royal retreat for the emperor Pachacuti in the 1400s, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later. Because the Spanish conquistadors never found this hidden gem, explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it largely intact. Architectural highlights include the Temple of the Sun along with several other temples, hundreds of terraces and a mysterious carved stone towering above the plaza. The stone may have been used for astronomical observations, but because the Inca had no written language, the stone and other mysteries of Machu Picchu remain unsolved. On Day Three, you'll fly to Lima, where a coach will take you to your ship.

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Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Double Occupancy Per Person

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-805

Leave the ship for an exciting three-day Overland Tour to Cusco where you'll visit the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, the sacred Inca site of Koricancha and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an archaeological complex constructed without mortar. On Day Two, you'll journey to Machu Picchu. Constructed as a royal retreat for the emperor Pachacuti in the 1400s, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later. Because the Spanish conquistadors never found this hidden gem, explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it largely intact. Architectural highlights include the Temple of the Sun along with several other temples, hundreds of terraces and a mysterious carved stone towering above the plaza. The stone may have been used for astronomical observations, but because the Inca had no written language, the stone and other mysteries of Machu Picchu remain unsolved. On Day Three, you'll fly to Lima, where a coach will take you to your ship.

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Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Single Occupancy

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-806

Leave the ship for an exciting three-day Overland Tour to Cusco where you'll visit the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, the sacred Inca site of Koricancha and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an archaeological complex constructed without mortar. On Day Two, you'll journey to Machu Picchu. Constructed as a royal retreat for the emperor Pachacuti in the 1400s, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later. Because the Spanish conquistadors never found this hidden gem, explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it largely intact. Architectural highlights include the Temple of the Sun along with several other temples, hundreds of terraces and a mysterious carved stone towering above the plaza. The stone may have been used for astronomical observations, but because the Inca had no written language, the stone and other mysteries of Machu Picchu remain unsolved. On Day Three, you'll fly to Lima, where a coach will take you to your ship.

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