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

Explore the modern Lima on your own with this leisurely, self guided excursion via air-conditioned transportation that drops you off in central area of the Miraflores district in Lima. Then enjoy free time to shop for or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the areas many fine restaurants.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$29.95

City Drive & Indian Market

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

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the transportation with little or no walking involved. Explore Peru's "City of the Kings" on this easy half-day tour of Lima. View the Plaza de Mayor in the heart of the city, site of the Presidential Palace, and tour the chic Miraflores district. Then enjoy free time to shop for jewelry, crafts and knitwear at the Indian Market.

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Lima by Night & Magic Fountation

3.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-220

A spectacular light and music show illuminates the 13 spectacular fountains in Lima's Park of the Reserve. The "Magical Water Circuit," certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain compound in the world, is a captivating visual extravaganza for the whole family.

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Larco Herrera Museum & Indian Market

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

Imagine experiencing priceless gold and silver objects, masterfully crafted textiles and ceramics in a splendid 18th century mansion surrounded by gardens! Then, treat yourself to an authentic Peruvian shopping experience at the Indian Market. And this easy, half-day tour is set against the backdrop of Lima, the capital of Peru.

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Cathedral, Casa Garcia Alvarado & Monastery

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

Explore Lima, from the colonial past to the present day. Visit the Santo Domingo Convent. Refreshments at Casa Garcia Alvarado and a stroll through Parque del Amor overlooking the ocean complete your moderate, half-day tour.

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Lima Through Time

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

Discover three private homes that span the history of Lima and offer a glimpse into the lives of Lima's elite on this half-day tour. Explore Casa Aliaga, dating from the colonial period; Casa Garcia Alvarado, from the turn of the century; and modern Casa Luna, containing a unique art collection.

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$89.95

Evening City Drive & Dinner at Casa Aliaga

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

Experience Lima all lit up at night for added drama and romance. View the Plaza Mayor and lofty landmarks like the Cathedral and the Presidential Palace in the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a tour with dinner at Casa Aliaga.

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Easy Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$139.95

Scenic Boat Ride to the Palomino Islands

3.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-600

Explore the unspoiled Palomino Islands on this 2.5-hour uncovered boat ride. Navigate Callao Bay for picturesque views of the fishing boats. See the penguin-populated shores of San Lorenzo Island, an important research area for Charles Darwin, and, if you're daring, swim with playful sea lions off the rocky Palomino Islands.

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Easy Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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Pachacamac Ruins & Peruvian Prancing Horses

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

Love history and horses? This moderate full-day tour blends the Pachacamac Ruins, an ancient pilgrimage center honoring the "Creator of the World" with a performance of the magnificent Peruvian prancing horses. And you'll visit the Larco Herrera Museum and enjoy an authentic lunch at a private hacienda.

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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

Guided in German - Sightsee, shop and dine on Peruvian cuisine for an intriguing mix of cultural experiences in Lima, the City of the Kings." Tour the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Convent and the Gold Museum and then it's off to the Indian Market and a "criollo"-style lunch on this moderate, full-day tour..

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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Best of Lima

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

Sightsee, shop and dine on Peruvian cuisine for an intriguing mix of cultural experiences in Lima, the City of the Kings." Tour the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Convent and the Gold Museum and then it's off to the Indian Market and a "criollo"-style lunch on this moderate, full-day tour.

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Pachacamac Ruins & Peruvian Prancing Horses (Guided in German)

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

Guided in German. Love history and horses? This moderate full-day tour blends the Pachacamac Ruins, an ancient pilgrimage center honoring the "Creator of the World" with a performance of the magnificent Peruvian prancing horses. And you'll visit the Larco Herrera Museum and enjoy an authentic lunch at a private hacienda.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$149.95

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

5.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-310

Take a whirlwind tour of Peru's culinary traditions in this half-day excursion. First, visit a local fruit and vegetable market to examine the native ingredients, and then head to a restaurant for a demonstration of Peruvian cooking techniques followed by a delicious seasonal lunch.

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$149.95

Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Double Occupancy Per Person

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-800

Embark on a journey of a lifetime-a three-day/two-night adventure to one of the "seven wonders of the modern world" – the ruins of Machu Picchu, the fabled Inca city perched in the picturesque foothills of the Andes. En route, you'll spend a day in Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca.

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$2599.95

Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Single Occupancy

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-801

Embark on a journey of a lifetime-a three-day/two-night adventure to one of the "seven wonders of the modern world" – the ruins of Machu Picchu, the fabled Inca city perched in the picturesque foothills of the Andes. En route, you'll spend a day in Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca

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$2899.95

Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Double Occupancy Per Person

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-805

Embark on a journey of a lifetime-a three-day/two-night adventure to one of the "seven wonders of the modern world" – the ruins of Machu Picchu, the fabled Inca city perched in the picturesque foothills of the Andes. En route, you'll spend a day in Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca.

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AUD$3699.95

Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Single Occupancy

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-806

Embark on a journey of a lifetime-a three-day/two-night adventure to one of the "seven wonders of the modern world" – the ruins of Machu Picchu, the fabled Inca city perched in the picturesque foothills of the Andes. En route, you'll spend a day in Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca.

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AUD$4199.95