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Lima: Huaca Ruins and Larco Museum at Night with Dinner

1. Lima: Huaca Ruins and Larco Museum at Night with Dinner

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Miraflores or San Isidro districts of Lima. Your first stop will be Huaca Pucllana, an impressive pyramid in the middle of modern Miraflores. Step back in time more than 1,500 years as you observe this pre-Inca sacred site. Your next stop will be Huaca Huallamarca, a refurbished archaeological site in San Isidro, to finally stop at Huaca Mateo Salado in Pueblo Libre, the biggest within the city. Then, discover stunning examples of pre-Colombian art at the amazing Larco Museum, where highlights include objects of the finest gold and silver from ancient Peru, along with a collection of erotic pottery. End the night with a 3-course meal at the Cafe del Museo, set in the grounds of the museum. Choose from a menu of typical food and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the terrace and gardens. After your meal, transfer back to your hotel with your driver.

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Lima: Larco Museum and Magic Water Tour

2. Lima: Larco Museum and Magic Water Tour

Immerse yourself in the mythical and magical history of ancient Peruvian civilizations at the Larco Museum. Discover the religious worldview of the ancient Peruvians of the Andes and Coast, who left behind thousands of vestiges which you can study today at the museum. See over 35,000 exhibition pieces and discover the economic and religious activities of ancient Peruvians, including ceramics, weaving, and metallurgy.  Next, witness the unique spectacle that is the magic water and lasers dance show. Considered a must-see by locals, don't leave Lima without visiting this attraction. Explore 13 different interactive fountains and see their unique light shows. Watch the fountains sparkle and shine as the water flows in unique patterns and shapes, for a night that you'll never forget. Upgrade your tour to include a spectacular show with Peruvian Paso horses in a traditional hacienda located in the surroundings of Lima. Visit the stables of this house led by a professional tour guide dressed in a typical costume and then enjoy an exclusive dinner.

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Lima Half-Day Tour of Must-See Sites

3. Lima Half-Day Tour of Must-See Sites

Go back in time, beginning in modern and cosmopolitan Lima and traveling back through the colonial and pre-Hispanic stages of Peruvian History, on a half-day tour of Peru's capital city. This tour will provide you with a comprehensive historical oversight of the city, while hitting up all the "must-see sites." Drive along Lima's first freeway, built during 1960s and 1970s to arrive to downtown Lima, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will be able to appreciate the impressive monuments and imposing architecture from the colonial times. You will visit 16th century Convent of Santo Domingo, one of the best preserved monasteries in whole of Lima, where you will be able to see the old Lima from its tower. Your visit then continues to the Larco Museum, featuring the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous "erotic" archaeological collection. Finally, you will be able to walk around one of Lima's oldest neighborhoods, Pueblo Libre, and try a lucuma mousse. Lucuma is an endemic fruit in the Andes. On the way back to your hotel you will observe a hauca, a pre-Inca site in the middle of the city. Observe the changing of the Guards.

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Lima: Half-Day Colonial Lima and Larco Museum Tour

4. Lima: Half-Day Colonial Lima and Larco Museum Tour

Explore Lima's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is packed with fascinating historic buildings. Your tour will begin with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square. It is here that you can appreciate countless examples of grandiose colonial architecture. Afterwards, you will stroll over to the cathedral, before visiting Casa Aliaga. Casa Aliaga is a colonial mansion gifted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that era that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Following this house, you will experience the Larco Museum, which lies in the traditional Pueblo Libre district. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of erotic art.

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Tour to Larco Museum in Lima

5. Tour to Larco Museum in Lima

You are invited to visit the Larco Museum and head back in time to the pre-Columbian era. Admire the best and most complete collection of gold and silver from this period and be amazed by the Museum's famous collection of erotic pottery. Learn about more than 5,000 years of the history of ancient Peru, through a fascinating collection of pre-Columbian art. You will be picked up from your hotel at 9:30am or 2:30pm, then you will go to the Larco Museum in Lima. This visit is ideal for history lovers and travel specialists. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best museums in Latin America. The Museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens that give life to the place. After having explore the Museum completely, you will return to your hotel.

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Lima: Half-Day Past & Present City Tour with Larco Museum

6. Lima: Half-Day Past & Present City Tour with Larco Museum

Start your tour at the Larco Museum, one of the best museums in the country, and explore the relics and artworks of pre-Incan cultures including the Mochica, the Nazca, and the Chimu. Admire artifacts made of ceramic, gold, and silver, some dating back more than a thousand years.  Continue to the main square to and take in the Government Palace and other examples of colonial architecture. Visit the Catacombs Museum and learn about Lima's original cemeteries, which were built under the city's churches.  Finish your tour at the Memorial Museum in Lima, a good place to understand the turbulent events that shaped Peru between 1980 and 2000. Learn how Peru overcame its terrorist past and became the country you see today. 

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Lima: Half Day City Tour with Larco Museum

7. Lima: Half Day City Tour with Larco Museum

Known as The City of Kings, Lima has many iconic places to visit. Combining the modern and colonial parts of the city, you will start this experience with pickup from your hotel before visiting the beautiful districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Explore the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Incan clay pyramid that has been a sacred site for centuries, before heading into the historic center of the city. Walk along the history center’s main avenue, flanked by ornate colonial architecture, before ending up the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by exquisite buildings that serve as the country’s governmental center. Continuing onward, you’ll visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, a marvelous basilica. After time for more photos in the historical center, you’ll head to the Larco Museum, where you’ll dive in to the fascinating history of Peru, dating back over 5,000 years. After a guided tour through the museum, you be dropped back at your accommodation.

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Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Lunch

8. Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Lunch

Travel from the comfort of your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro to the to Larco Museum, which is located in a magnificently restored 18th century mansion. Walk through its awesome collection of ancient jewelry, gold, pottery, metals, and textiles. Journey to Plaza San Martin in the stunning Historical Center of Lima. Find out more about how this Plaza was made in the 1900s to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. Admire the fascinating statue that represents Peru’s liberator and the neoclassic buildings. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings like the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Be enlightened about the rich history of Peru's capital by your expert guide. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima city and explore the underground catacombs.

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Lima: Larco Museum and Magic Fountains Park

9. Lima: Larco Museum and Magic Fountains Park

Step back in time with a visit to the Larco Museum which is in a restored 18th century mansion in Lima’s district of Pueblo Libre. View a collection that covers 5,000 years of Peruvian history. Walk though exhibits of jewelry, pottery, metals, textiles, and more. Gain a better understanding of Peru, its history, culture and art with a trip to this vast museum before having some fun at the Magic Fountains Park. Stroll through the fountains at a park that holds the Guinness Book record for the largest fountain complex in the world. Admire 13 distinct fountains and interact with some of the water displays. Marvel at their illumination and musical choreography.

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Lima: Pachacamac and Larco Museum Private Tour

10. Lima: Pachacamac and Larco Museum Private Tour

Escape the modern bustle of Lima on a quest to learn about the area’s ancient past. Climb a pyramid inside Pachacamac and peruse the 45,000-piece pre-Columbian collection of the Larco Museum. Venture south of Lima down the Pan-American Highway on a short drive to the 200 A.D. archeological site, Pachacamac. Allow yourself to travel back in time as your private guide shares key information about one of the most important Pre-Inca places of worship along the Peruvian coast. Wander by temples and pyramids before visiting the on-site museum. Next, head to Pueblo Libre and enter the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the 7th century. Admire the pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects and erotic art.

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What people are saying about Larco Museum

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the Tour of Huaca Ruins & The Larco Museum! Our guide Marta was very interesting & informative. She made the experience vibrant and fascinating, with insightful details about the history & culture of Peru. We only wish that the tour could have been a little longer, as there was so much to see & experience! We enjoyed our dinner at the Larco Museum Cafe. Excellent food & service and a beautiful environment. I highly recommend the tour and the Larco Museum.

We had a private tour. Andrea, our guide, was warm and very knowledgeable. We got to see different huacas (pyramids) around the city ans learnt about some of its districts. The highlight for us was the Museum. It was amazing. You could spend a whole day there. The museum’s restaurant is a beautiful place. The driver waited for us and took us back to our hotel. He was also very friendly. Overall, a great experience!!

Great trip

We had a great time on the trip. It was great to see the Larco Museum and the other sites. The guide and the driver were excellent- both informative and friendly.

Great tour. Larco Museum a highlight. Our guide was excellent. She was incredibly knowledgeable and informative.

Excellent.........our guide Vanessa was knowledgable, fun and provided us with an excellent tour!!!