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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."

Points of Interest

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

More about Lima (Callao), Peru Points of Interest

  • 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.

22 Excursions

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Best of Lima

9.75 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-100 C A 2 - 1 0 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $189.95

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Best of Lima (Guided in German)

8 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-103 C A 2 - 1 0 3

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $189.95

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Lima Highlights

5.25 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-110 C A 2 - 1 1 0

Moderate Activity

From $69.95

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Pachacamac Ruins & Peruvian Prancing Horses

8.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-115 C A 2 - 1 1 5

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $229.95

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Pachacamac Ruins & Peruvian Prancing Horses (Guided in German)

8.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-118 C A 2 - 1 1 8

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $229.95

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Cathedral, Casa Garcia Alvarado & Monastery

6 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-200 C A 2 - 2 0 0

Moderate Activity

From $119.95

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Larco Museum & Indian Market

5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-210 C A 2 - 2 1 0

Easy Activity

From $79.95

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Gold Museum, Arms of the World Museum & Larco Museum

5.25 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-215 C A 2 - 2 1 5

Easy Activity

From $89.95

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Lima by Night & Magic Fountains

4.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-220 C A 2 - 2 2 0

Moderate Activity

From $64.95

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City Drive & Indian Market

5.75 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-290 C A 2 - 2 9 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $79.95

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Lima Through Time

5.75 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-300 C A 2 - 3 0 0

Easy Activity

From $139.95

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From Market to Plate: Peruvian Cooking Demo

6 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-310 C A 2 - 3 1 0

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $159.95

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Easy Lima

4.25 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-330 C A 2 - 3 3 0

Moderate Activity

From $49.95

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Walk Around Plaza de Armas

4.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-380 C A 2 - 3 8 0

Moderate Activity

From $89.95

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Scenic Boat Ride to the Palomino Islands

3.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-600 C A 2 - 6 0 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $229.95

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Machu Picchu Overland & Cusco - Double Occupancy Per Person

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-805 C A 2 - 8 0 5

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From AUD$3979.95

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Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Single Occupancy

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-806 C A 2 - 8 0 6

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From AUD$4259.95

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Machu Picchu Overland & Cusco - Double Occupancy Per Person

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-812 C A 2 - 8 1 2

Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From AUD$3979.95

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Machu Picchu Overland & Cusco - Single Occupancy

72 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-813 C A 2 - 8 1 3

Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From AUD$4259.95

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Evening City Drive & Dinner at Casa Aliaga

5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-860 C A 2 - 8 6 0

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $229.95

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Callao by Private Vehicle - Van Class (Half Day with Guide)

4 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-900 C A 2 - 9 0 0

Easy Activity

From $699.95

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Callao by Private Vehicle - Van Class (Full Day with Guide)

8 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-905 C A 2 - 9 0 5

Easy Activity

From $999.95

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