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Presidential Palace
One of the most important buildings in Lima’s Plaza Mayor is the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno). The elegant palace, with lavish interiors and manicured gardens, holds 500 years of Peruvian history. Francisco Pizarro marked the city’s founding here in 1535, and today it houses the Peruvian government and presidential residence.

The Basics
The Government Palace is a great place to learn about Peru’s rich history, from the colonial period to the present day. Many Lima sightseeing tours stop at the palace to admire its beautiful exterior and architecture. To visit to the palace’s grand interiors, book a private tour or arrange through the public relations office, around the corner from the palace.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Government Palace is a must-see for architecture lovers and history buffs.
  • Entrance to the palace is free, but an appointment with the public relations office is required for access to the interior.
  • The changing of the guard ceremony occurs every day at noon in front of the palace.
 
How to Get There
The Government Palace is located on Plaza Mayor (formerly Plaza de Armas), in the heart of Lima. Take the El Metropolitano bus or the L1 metro line to the main square.

When to Get There
The palace is viewable from the outside 24/7, and interior tours are by appointment only—come in spring or early summer to see the beautifully manicured gardens in full bloom. Don’t miss the changing of the guard at noon daily. Lima experiences its peak season during the summer, December to April, so visit outside of this time for a quieter experience.
 
Home of the Incas
Before the Spanish ruled Peru, Inca chiefs resided in the area of Plaza Mayor. The site held strategic and spiritual meaning for the Incas, so Pizarro decided to make it the home of the first Spanish palace in Peru. This is also one reason why Lima’s nickname is City of the Kings; the other is that Pizarro founded the city on the Catholic holiday of Epiphany, when the Three Kings visited baby Jesus.
Address: Jirón de la Unión s/n, Lima 15001, Peru
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Lima City Walking Tour with Pick-up & Drop Off Small Group

Lima City Walking Tour with Pick-up & Drop Off Small Group

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Get acquainted with the rich regal history of Lima on an educational sightseeing tour of the Peruvian capital. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, delve into the ambient tangle of Lima’s historical center; gaze at the fabulous façade of the Presidential Palace; descend to the eerie catacombs of San Francisco Monastery; and admire the ancient Dominicans Tower. Enrich your knowledge of Lima’s fascinating past on this enriching excursion.
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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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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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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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 Private Classic City Tour Experience of Lima

Private Classic City Tour Experience of Lima

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With a blend of Incan heritage and Spanish colonial history, UNESCO–listed Lima ranks among Peru’s must-see cities—but exploring solo means missing the city’s colorful backstory. On this tour, enjoy round-trip travel from your hotel, and explore Lima as your guide shares insight into its culture and history. Along the way, hit top attractions like the Monastery of San Francisco and the Catacombs with admission fees included.
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Visit the attractions of Historic Center Lima, Miraflores and San Isidro

Visit the attractions of Historic Center Lima, Miraflores and San Isidro

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Lima is a city with a lot of history and countless tourist attractions. Enjoy with us this beautiful tour where with our bilingual guide we will make known the wonders and fascinating history of the city of kings.
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Private City Tour of Lima including Lunch from Callao Cruise Terminal

Private City Tour of Lima including Lunch from Callao Cruise Terminal

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Maximise your time in Lima with a private full-day sightseeing tour customised to your interests. Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Miraflores and San Isidro; admire historic landmarks such as Plaza Mayor and the Convent of San Francisco; tuck into a traditional Peruvian lunch (included); and visits sights such as the Love Park, Huaca Pucllana, and the Larco Museum. Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel or Callao Cruise Terminal.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Discover the Mysteries of Lima Day Tour

Discover the Mysteries of Lima Day Tour

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On this tour of the city of Lima you will discover the historical background of the city of the kings, where you will appreciate the most important monuments around the main square, then participate in some classes of Pisco sour and ceviche both considered cultural heritage of the nation
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Full Day Lima In Colors

Full Day Lima In Colors

Hi! We are Contact Tours a family with 35 years of experience on tourism. Our offices are located in LIMA, PIURA and IQUITOS, allowing our clients to be sure that their experiences will be monitored 24 hours a day with our experts. You dream it and we plan it!
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Lima Cultural City Tour

Lima Cultural City Tour

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Explore the ‘City of Kings’ on a half-day walking tour of Lima. Listen to the history of the pre-Columbian, colonial, and present-day Lima from your informative guide. Visit the neighborhoods of San Isidro and Miraflores and admire the architecture of these areas. Learn about the history of Peru and how Lima became one of the gastronomical capitals of the world.
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Lima shore excursion - City Walking Tour from Callao Port y/o Airport

Lima shore excursion - City Walking Tour from Callao Port y/o Airport

because we are "non selfish tour company" we use the profit from tours to do social projects, in 12 years we helped many families with less resources and children living on the streets of Lima. We also are a 100% local tour company the we always wil make you be part of the localactivities, we protect the enviroment and made locals be part of the tourism industry creating new jobs opportunities. We also pick you up and drop you off from your accommodation.
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