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.
Discover pre-Incan civilization at this sacred citadel just outside Lima.
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.
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
- PEN (S/.)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-05:00)
- Country Code
- 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
Our trip to Paracas and Huacachina was nothing short of amazing. Charlie was an excellent guide and showed us all the best places for everything we wanted to do. This was a fabulous experience that I would recommend anyone coming to Peru try!
My 5 star review of John⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Awesome guide and tour. Enjoyed the history and touring the churches. Lots of great information about the history of Limá. John was excellent! Thank You! Timothy from Texas USA
Was super on point! Super easy to communicate before the trip for all my questions. The staff actually was super fun and spoke english and not like 15 words of english. I would highly recommend it.
Great tour . We really enjoyed Galia being our guide. She went above and beyond to show us a beauty and the history of Baranco district. All the food places were great. Highly recommend.
This trip was amazing! The guide was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and what we were doing. Definitely would do it again!