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Historic Centre of Lima (Centro Historico de Lima)
Thanks to its designation as a UNESCO World heritage Site, the historical center of Lima is immaculately preserved. Encompassing the area between Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, the core includes the majority of the city’s outstanding colonial attractions and palm-fringed green spaces, all within easy walking distance. 
 
The Basics
The Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Mayor, is a good starting point for a walking tour of the district. The center’s most historically significant landmarks—the Lima Cathedral, the Government Palace (the presidential residence), the Archbishop's Palace, and the Palace of the Union—all cluster around the square. Nearby in Barrio Chino, Lima’s famous Chinatown, restaurants serve chifa, a delicious Peruvian-Chinese hybrid cuisine. Other highlights include the Central Market and the Convent of Santo Domingo, whose tower offers a stunning view of the city. 

Private and group walking and cycling tours exploring Lima’s historical center offer half-day and full-day options. Some combine visits to various city attractions such as the pre-Columbian site in Miraflores or, farther afield, the Inca settlement Pachacamac. Other tours focus specifically on art, culture, and Lima’s famously dynamic food scene. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many attractions have small entrance fees, which would be included if you are visiting as part of a larger tour.
  • Though the area is safe, always be careful with your possessions and avoid wearing eye-catching jewelry and accessories.
  • Remember sun protection and water for hydration.
 
How to Get There
The fastest and most direct route to the historical center is to take the Metropolitano Bus, which bypasses traffic on its very own designated lane through the city. From Barranco and Miraflores, take the line going North (Norte)—with several stops along Avenida Bolognesi—to the Jirón de la Unión stop and walk three to four blocks to the plaza. 
 
When to Get There
The historical center is popular with tourists, so expect crowds to follow the patterns of high summer season (December to April) and important religious holidays like Easter (March or April) and Carnaval (February). Churches and museums close at 5pm every day except Monday, when they are generally closed. The plaza is particularly lovely in the evenings when warm golden lights illuminate the park and the colonial facades. 

Plaza Mayor
The grand Plaza Mayor is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lima. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro conquered the Incas here and founded the city in 1535, calling it the “City of Kings.” In celebration of the Spanish victory, he ordered the plaza constructed and completed that same year. By 1821, the tides had turned, as anticolonial rebels chose the square to declare their independence from Spain as the Republic of Peru. 
Address: Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru
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7-Day Peru Deep Dive: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu Tour

7-Day Peru Deep Dive: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu Tour

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This week-long tour is crafted for travelers who want to dive deep in Peru. Wander the neighborhoods of modern Lima. Enjoy the architecture and archaeology in and around Cusco (including Moray, Moras, and Pisac). Explore the beauty of the Sacred Valley. Then take a train and a bus to Machu Picchu, the most famous destination in the country.
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  • 7 days
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Lima City Tour from the Port of Callao For Cruises

Lima City Tour from the Port of Callao For Cruises

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Don't let confusing public transit, overpriced taxis, or lack of time keep you from exploring the wonders of Lima. This Lima city tour is specifically designed for passengers disembarking at the Port of Callao and includes a private van and professional guide to help you see the city's highlights, from its UNESCO-listed center to its famous cafes.
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  • 7 hours
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$60.00
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Private Lima City Tour from Callao Cruise Terminal

Private Lima City Tour from Callao Cruise Terminal

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Get the lay of the land in Lima thanks to this 4-hour private shore excursion sightseeing tour. Explore some of the city’s best-known landmarks including the Miraflores neighborhood, Huaca Pucllana, Government Palace, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Convent, and much more.
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  • 4 hours
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$115.40
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Historic Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Private Tour

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Historic Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Private Tour

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Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary during this half-day private tour of Lima. Visit highlights such as the city's Cercado de Lima, San Isidro, and Miraflores with a dedicated guide just for you and your party. Also, enjoy a guided tour of the San Francisco Convent and catacombs or the Huaca Pucllana Pre Inca Site. Private round-trip transportation included. Choice of departure times throughout the day available.
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  • 4 hours
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Lima City Tour and Pachacamac Archaeological Site Full Day

Lima City Tour and Pachacamac Archaeological Site Full Day

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See three sides of Lima, Peru—pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern—in one full-day tour of the city. Visit what remains of pre-hispanic tombs and homes at the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site in the heart of the capital. Explore the architecture and buzz of modern neighborhoods including San Isidro and Miraflores as well as the historic Baranco area. After lunch, go even further back in time at the Pachamacac archaeological site.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-Day: Lima City Tour

Half-Day: Lima City Tour

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The tour starts at Intihuatana Park located on Miraflores, which has a spectacular view of the bay of Lima. Then, you will be transferred to Pucllana Temple, a pre-Inca pyramid found in Miraflores. You will visit the El Olivar Park, an ancient olive plantation, which is now part of the city, located in San Isidro. Then you will be transferred to Limas historical downtown, a World Heritage listed by UNESCO. You will stop at the Main Square, located in front of the Presidential Palace, the Lima Municipalityand the Archbishops Palace, beautiful colonial buildings that are an important part of its identity. A few blocks away, you will visit Santo Domingo Convent, one of the most impressive religious architectural complexes of the 17th century. It contains the relics of the three Peruvian saints, Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Macías, and a library with a collection of 25 thousand old books. The visit ends up at your hotel, at Larcomar or at the Indian market.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Fantastic Lima: City Tour, Magic Water and Local Dinner Small-Group

Fantastic Lima: City Tour, Magic Water and Local Dinner Small-Group

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Enjoy a day filled with fun, facts, and feasts on this comprehensive Lima city tour. Take a walking tour around the historical center of Lima to learn about the ‘City of the Kings’ before heading to the Magic Water and Lasers Dance Show. Watch the fountains spout water and colorful lasers that dance along with the music. End the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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Lima City Tour from the Airport in Private

Lima City Tour from the Airport in Private

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Whether you have a layover in Lima or just want to maximize your sightseeing time; this tour ensures you don’t waste a moment. Be picked up on arrival at Jorge Chávez airport and head straight into the city to take in the highlights with your private guide. Explore the Miraflores and Barranco districts, take a walk through the Park of Love, and visit the busy Plaza de Armas. Your tour can be adapted to your preferences, so you could also visit a museum or shop for handicrafts at the market.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$75.00
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Private and Exclusive Lima City Tour & Larco Museum

Private and Exclusive Lima City Tour & Larco Museum

This incredible tour includes the pick up from your hotel , visiting the “City Of The Kings” here we will have a fascinating walking tour in our historical center. Together with our expert local guide we will take you to our tour route! it’s different as the classic and unique, we will show you the Palaces and castles our city hide, we are also going to take you to our great San Francisco Monastery and the impressive underground Catacombs, later on we will drive to the Larco Museum Founded in 1926, the museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The museum features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and a famous erotic archaeological collection.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$81.03
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Lima Private Walking Tour

Lima Private Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Lima during this 6-hour private walking tour of the Peruvian capital. Join your knowledgeable guide on this personalized visit to the top city neighborhoods and attractions, including upscale Miraflores, a local market, Lima’s historic center, the Monastery of San Francisco (and its catacombs) and bohemian Barranco.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Lima day tour by panoramic bus

Lima day tour by panoramic bus

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Discover the wonderful colonial and republican architecture of the Center of Lima, Cultural Heritage of Humanity, where the city was founded in 1535. Among the places we will know in our panoramic tour (from the bus) are the Plaza de Armas, the San Martín Square, the Reserve Park, the Exhibition Park, the Naval Heroes Walk, the Palace of Justice, among others.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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City Tour by Night & Magic Fountains Park - Light Show (Small Group)

City Tour by Night & Magic Fountains Park - Light Show (Small Group)

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Visit with us downtown Lima, considered world heritage by UNESCO. We will show you the most impressive historic buildings that our city has. Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral of Lima and more! Also, we take you to the Magic Fountains Park, the most beautiful one in our country, illuminated at night, to watch the famous "Water Light Show". History + Music+ Colors and more! Come with us and be part of this unforgettable experience. We follow all the required protocols of biosecurity. Book it now! Do not miss it!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Lima by night & Catacombs!

Lima by night & Catacombs!

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On this night visit, you will get to learn about local life in Lima but also about the history of our beautiful country. The historic center of Lima has been listed by UNESCO since this is the City founded by Spaniards in 1535. You will have the chance to walk through the most popular streets with our expert guides and you will be amazed with the Mysterious Catacombs, which is a cemetary underneath San Francisco Church. Pickup from you hotel in private transportation. On the way back, your guide will assist you to have a ride back. Dare to live this experience with us and live a unique experiencie!
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  • 3 hours
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Flavors & Tradition: Walking City Tour with Food Tasting

Flavors & Tradition: Walking City Tour with Food Tasting

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Food lovers with limited time in Lima won’t want to miss this comprehensive culinary walking tour, led by a bilingual guide. Don’t get overwhelmed by the city’s public transit system; instead, navigate the metro like a local as you visit top attractions and sample typical dishes and drinks, including pisco sours, for an immersive and hassle-free excursion.
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  • 4 hours
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Walking through the City of Kings

Walking through the City of Kings

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You will know in a unique way the historic center of Lima, as well as one of the most important and emblematic avenues of the city.
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Lima City Tour. Pre-Hispanic, Colonial and Modern Tour.

Lima City Tour. Pre-Hispanic, Colonial and Modern Tour.

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Our tours are distinguished by the character of the service, based on friendly, cordial and sincere attention from the guides and the skills of the drivers to get rid of the traffic of the City. Achieving a VIP experience at the best price.
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  • 4 hours
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Essential south: 9 days Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

Essential south: 9 days Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

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Enjoy the best of Peru during this round-trip tour beginning in beautiful Lima and ending with a drop-off at the Puno airport. Spend nine memorable days in this stunning country, visit charming colonial cities, learn about the legacy of ancient civilisations, and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Meet the descendants of the Incas and the camelids of the Andes. Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas, observe the shadows of the past surrounding the islands of Lake Titikaka. Then, enjoy a pilgrimage to the peaks of the Andes to tour the magnificent citadel and mountain of Machu Picchu.
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8 Days Peru All The Senses: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Titicaca Lake

8 Days Peru All The Senses: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Titicaca Lake

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Explore the ancient ruins and soaring landscapes of the Inca world on a 7-night tour of Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. Included tours, ground transport, and accommodations mean you won’t use your limited time in Peru making bookings and coordinating logistics, and the trip features the spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu, which winds through the high peaks of the Andes Mountains.
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Private Lima Night Tour Including Magic Water Circuit

Private Lima Night Tour Including Magic Water Circuit

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Experience the top landmarks of Lima, all illuminated at night, during this 3-hour excursion led by a private guide. Travel by private vehicle on a nighttime exploration of the Peruvian capital, including stops to explore the many architectural gems in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, a visit to the top of San Cristobal Mountain for gorgeous panoramic city views and chance to walk among the many fountains of Lima's Reserve Park. Your nighttime private excursion also includes entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 3 hours
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Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Historic Downtown & Catacombs Night Tour

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Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Historic Downtown & Catacombs Night Tour

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Escape the daytime heat and discover Lima by night on a private evening tour of the 'City of Kings.' Witness a magnificent laser, light, and water show at the Magical Water Circuit, located in Parque de la Reserva. Then, delve into the illuminated landmarks of downtown Lima such as the grand Catedral de Lima and the Government Palace. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included. 
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12-Night Peru from Lima: Nazca, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno

12-Night Peru from Lima: Nazca, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno

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Travel the width and breadth of Peru with ease and efficiency on an 11-night tour from Lima, ideal for first-time visitors. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit top Peru attractions such as the enigmatic Nazca Lines, the Ballestas Islands, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu — one of the New7Wonders of the World — Lake Titicaca, and the floating islands of Puno. 11 nights 3-star accommodation, breakfast, guided tours, and hotel pickup in Lima are included.
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Private City Tour

Private City Tour

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A private sightseeing tour gives you the benefit of exploring Lima's enclaves on a friendly, personalized excursion. Stroll through the bustling Miraflores neighborhood, visit archaeological sites located in the middle of the city, walk through the catacombs of the Iglesia and Museo de San Francisco, and more—all with a private guide for just your group.
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8-Hour: Lima City Tour Including a Cooking Class, a Market Tour & Exotic Fruits

8-Hour: Lima City Tour Including a Cooking Class, a Market Tour & Exotic Fruits

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Feast your senses on Peru’s rich culinary culture on a full-day city tour and cookery class in Lima. Under the guidance an expert chef, create classic Peruvian dishes before sitting down to feast on the fruits of your labor. Then, embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city, visiting key attractions like the San Francisco Monastery and the Archbishops Palace. Gain valuable insight into the intriguing history of Lima from your expert guide and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off on this enriching tour.
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  • 8 hours
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LIMA - PARACAS - ICA - CUSCO by 7 Days / 6 Nights

LIMA - PARACAS - ICA - CUSCO by 7 Days / 6 Nights

LIMA - PARACAS - ICA - CUSCO by 7 Days / 6 Nights PERU is the land of the INCAS and Culture before incas, definitely you will discover the heritage that we have for you. Culture, Heritage, Adventure, Outdoors Tours, Archaeology, Wonder of the World and beyond. Go for real Peru and discover by your own the treasure of the Incas. Lima Tours - Ballestas Island - Sandboarding and Buggy experience and MACHU PICCHU wonder of the World.
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