Points of Interest
- Casa Aliaga
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Step inside some of Lima's most notable and historically significant homes on this delightful half-day tour. From Lima's early colonial days up to a modern masterpiece filled with an unusual art collection, these special residential spaces provide a glimpse into the development and history of Lima over the last 500 years!
A short, half-hour drive in a comfortable motorcoach delivers you to your first architectural landmark, Casa Aliaga, the oldest house in the Americas. As old as Lima itself, the colonial-era house was built upon a plot given to Jerónimo de Aliaga by fellow conquistador and city founder Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Since then, it has been continuously occupied by 18 generations of the Aliaga family; they currently reside in a modern annex, with the rest of the renovated residence available for tours.
Enter the heavy wooden entrance doors and step back in time. The marble and wood staircase leads up to a patio and family chapel. The Golden Salon displays beautiful golden mirrors and a terrific collection of important paintings from the Cuzco School. Other valuable Peruvian art and artifacts are displayed in the residence, including the sword that Jerónimo de Aliaga used in the conquest of Peru.
Next, you will drive to the Miraflores district of the city, one of the first residential districts built outside of the downtown area. The luxury homes built in this exclusive area were often built of "quincha" (adobe), were decorated with wood on the facade, and surrounded by large inner courtyards. Casa Garcia Alvarado was built in 1912 and remodeled in 1932 in the elegant style of Peru's Government Palace. The home's present owners, Ana Maria and Josefina García Alvarado, host you for a delightful look back at the way Lima's elite used to live.
And for the final stop of the day, you will head to the exclusive neighborhood of San Isidro for a visit to Casa Luna. This modern home was built by a Swiss citizen, Wilhelm Helbling, and now contains the art and treasures of the Luna Elias-Polo family, who will greet you and show off their extensive collection of niños manuelitos – 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!
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.