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."
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.
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.
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.
Walk among the remnants of the Inca Empire at this centuries-old archaeological site comprised of temples, monuments, houses and pyramids.
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.
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.
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) | CA2-185C A 2 - 1 8 5
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.
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.
Discover the highlights of Lima, one of Latin America's most beautiful cities, on a relaxed motorcoach drive with photo stops. Step off the vehicle at the Parque Del Amor in the Miraflores District and stroll among the sculptures, artwork and coastal views.
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.
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.
Get acquainted with the historic landmarks of the first city in the Americas. Visit the Main Square, located in the heart of downtown, and step inside the Cathedral of Lima. View the church and convent of San Francisco, the most important religious monument of Lima, then drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and popular Miraflores.
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.
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.
Gold Museum, Arms of the World Museum and Larco Herrera Museum
5.25 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-215C A 2 - 2 1 5
Visit the Gold Museum and its collection of pre-Inca and Inca gold jewelry and ceremonial objects. Explore The Arms of the World Museum with its six different halls displaying military paraphernalia. Tour the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum and its collection of pottery from various Peruvian cultures.
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.
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.
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.
Pachacamac Ruins & Peruvian Prancing Horses (Guided in German)
8.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-118C A 2 - 1 1 8
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.
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.
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..
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.
Begin with a comprehensive driving tour with photo stops along the way. Visit a lively fish market before embarking on a short boat ride for view of Lima from the sea. A seaman introduces the art of fishing, and a local chef gives a ceviche demonstration and teaches you his treasured family recipe.