Top attractions in Lima
Top 8 Attractions In and Around Lima
Lima sits atop a row of Pacific cliffs and can't wait to show you its art, cuisine, and millennia-old civilization. Why not try these places to get a taste of the Peruvian capital?
This arty borough of Lima offers surfing, protected wildlife wetlands, colorful old buildings, and a unique south-facing location!
2. Museo Larco
This museum literally represents layers of Peruvian heritage: its colonial 18th century main building lies on top of a pre-Columbian pyramid.
Caral is said to be the oldest city in all the Americas, inhabited since 2600 BC. Walk around dusty temples, view timeless artifacts, and ponder an ancient people.
5. Miraflores Boardwalk
In the uptown district of Miraflores, you can while away an afternoon shopping, strolling through gardens and enjoying the Pacific breeze.
6. Ichimay Wari
The artisanal crafts available to view and buy at this workshop on the outskirts of Lima will be a highlight to all interested in supporting local trade.
7. Magic Water Circuit
The fountain light show takes place every night from Wednesday to Sunday and is pretty spectacular!
8. Cathedral of Lima
One of the oldest European-era buildings, dating from 1535, Lima's cathedral has pride of place downtown. Flanked by palm trees outside and crowned by a golden nave inside, it's a great place to cool down and learn about Peru's particular Catholicism.
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Planning Your Visit
When should I go?
Peru's peak tourist season is from December to April, when the weather is warmer with clear skies. If you don't mind the crowds, visit then, because from June to December, the city is covered with a thick, gray fog.
What should I wear?
You don't need to dress for particularly warm or cold weather if you go during the high season. If you decide to go on the walking trails around archeological sites, remember to bring walking boots and maybe even some blister relief!
Good to know
- Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
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- Best time to visit
- While the weather is typically always dry, the best temperatures and clear skies are found from December to April, which also means there are more crowds.
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What people are saying about Lima
This tour was wonderful! We did not have a lot of time in Lima but we wanted to get in as much as we could. Luca, the tour guide, was wonderful. Kind, sincere, caring, extremely knowledgeable, and willing to entertain all our questions, take pictures for us, asked us our opinion, and made us feel welcome to his beautiful country and city. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has some time but not a lot. The driver was nice as well and they provided us with a clean van, water, and snacks.
I had an amazing time! Our guide brought us to visit the plaza in Miraflores, the plaza del amor, he discussed with us the coastal life, we road along the coast of the pacific ocean to the town of Barranco where we have a nice coffee stop. Our guide was amazing and friendly and willing to share the history.
Book and enjoy! Pick up to drop off was a safe and enjoyable experience. Took visiting the sites to a level of just view and enjoy. Having a personal tour guide and a small group could not have been better!
Super friendly Guide, covered all the interesting sights of Lima. I learned a lot of facts and side stories about the life in Lima and Peru in general. Strongly recommend this tour.
It was super educational and I totally recommend it the guy who was giving the tour was so friendly :)