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Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

1. Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Miraflores, San Isidro or Lima Downtown. Make your way to Barranco, Lima’s bohemian suburb which is known for its nightlife. See Barranco’s Central Park, its Municipal Library, and the Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge which stretches over the neighborhood. Next, head over to Chorrillos. Once one of the most exclusive summer resorts in Lima, Chorrillos now boasts an ecological reserve called “Pantanos de Villa.” After visiting Chorrillos you’ll drive down the South Pacific Coast Highway to Pachacamac, the most important ceremonial site on the Peruvian coast during pre-Inca and Inca times. Pilgrims came to this large complex to pay homage to the creator god Pachacamac. Throughout the centuries the site was occupied by different Andean civilizations including the Lima, the Wari, the Ichma, and finally the Inca Empire. Marvel at the pyramid-shaped temples such as the Aboditos Temple, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, and the Temple of the Sun. Visit the on-site museum which displays artifacts including pottery, textiles, shell and stone ornaments, and a wooden Pachacamac idol.

City Tour With Demonstration & Tasting of Pisco Sour

2. City Tour With Demonstration & Tasting of Pisco Sour

Begin your tour by exploring the Love Park and Larcomar shopping mall. Your first stop will be huaca Pucllana which is a Pre-Inca archaeological site. Continuing on, you will visit Olive Park, Arequipa Avenue ,and the historical center of Lima. You will see important monuments such as: the Italian Art Museum, Justice Palace, the French Palace, and San Martin Square. Your guide will show you the main attractions of the city center, like the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the city hall. Later, you will have a demonstration and tasting of the traditional drink, Pisco Sour. You also get to visit Saint Francis Monastery and their underground catacombs. After the tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel.

Lima: City Highlights in a Day Tour

3. Lima: City Highlights in a Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Then, see Miraflores: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca temple, The Love Park, Barranco: Murals, pittoresque old mansions, The Bridge of Sighs and San Isidro: The Olive Park.

Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Downtown and Catacombs Night Tour

4. Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Downtown and Catacombs Night Tour

Visit the historic side of Lima and explore its streets at night. After pickup at your hotel, admire the illuminated Cathedral of Lima, an architectural jewel that has a Renaissance-style facade. Stroll around the Main Square, see beautiful buildings like the Government and Municipal Palace, then experience the nightlife of the colonial side of Lima on Chabuca Granda boulevard. Try local desserts and typical drinks, and visit a unique chocolate museum at night. Later, head to the San Francisco Convent and its famous catacombs. Discover a unique part of Lima underground with corridors full of history and beautiful paintings. See the library, various rooms, the main cloister, and a work of art made of wood and stone. Explore a network of tunnels and underground rooms, and find remains of people who lived hundreds of years ago. Next, make your way to the Magic Water Circuit, the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest complex of water fountains in a public park. The fountains have different forms and sizes, and release jets of water up to 80 meters (262 feet) into the air. Have your camera ready to capture a magic show of light, color, music, and images. Finally, enjoy panoramic views of a pre-Inca site called Huaca Pucllana, a huge complex made of clay and mud beautifully illuminated at night considered a ceremonial center of Lima culture. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Lima.

From Lima: Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco and Chorrillos Tour

5. From Lima: Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco and Chorrillos Tour

On the drive to the Pachacamac archeological site, your guide will provide an orientation about the culture and people that once lived there. On this half-day private tour, visit the site’s museum and its monuments. Take in the Temple of the Sun, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, Taulichumbi Palace and more. Pachacamac was the major Pre-Hispanic ceremonial center on America’s Pacific Coast. See the buildings of the 4 known cultures that occupied the site over time. Enjoy views of the sea from the Temple of the Sun, the highest point in Pachacamac. Return to Lima and visit the district of Chorrillos, an area that played an important role in the war with Chile from 1879 to 1883. Later the tour continues to the Wetlands of Villa and the Costa Verde beach circuit. You will see a panoramic tour of La Herradura beach and the shanty towns of this neighborhood. Lastly, you'll visit Barranco, where you’ll take a walk by the Bridge of Sighs, La Ermita Church and other buildings that date from Lima’s colonial era.

Lima: Historical Center, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Site Tour

6. Lima: Historical Center, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Site Tour

Travel from your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro, to the charming Historical Center of Lima to see all the highlights with this group tour. Visit a local restaurant for an optional lunch. Marvel at Plaza San Martin, a plaza that was made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. View the statue that represents Peru’s liberator and soak up the history of the stunning neoclassical buildings. Head to the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to see the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Listen as your expert guide will explain the rich history of Peru’s capital. Travel to downtown Lima to explore the catacombs. Head to the Pachacamac archeological site and museum to experience one of the largest religious centers in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast with buildings from different kingdoms predating the Inca (200 AD). Admire pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon.

Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

7. Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

Immerse yourself in Lima's colonial history with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, start your experience at San Martin Square, where you can admire colonial architecture buildings. Later, visit the breathtaking Plaza de Armas and admire impressive buildings such as the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and more. Finish your tour exploring the fascinating Catacombs and Museum of San Francisco. Learn more about Peru's colonial period through the museum's vast collection of artwork, see rare editions in the library and wander through the blood-curdling passages of the catacombs, where the bones of 25,000 people lie. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Lima: Huaca Ruins and Larco Museum at Night with Dinner

8. 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.

Lima: Callao City Tour and Boat Ride

9. Lima: Callao City Tour and Boat Ride

On this tour, get to know the culture and history of Lima and its best attractions. Visit the Real Felipe Fortress dating from the 18th century which was built by the Spaniards to protect themselves from invasion. It has since been converted into a museum where you can learn the stories of the naval battles and attacks that the fortress has withstood in its 3 centuries of history. Later, visit the Plaza Grau and the Historic Center of Callao. Admire graffitied walls, streets with many contrasts and several colonial-style buildings. Walk through the streets of Chucuito and admire the neighborhood's picturesque multicolored houses. You will also discover the city's best beaches and seafood restaurants here. Finally, stroll through the old resort of La Punta, where you will see beautiful beaches and 20th-century houses. Enjoy the sea breeze while admiring the Palomino Islands in the distance. Before ending your experience, enjoy excellent panoramic views of the entire coast on board a local boat ride around the La Punta and Callao beach areas.

Tour to Larco Museum in Lima

10. 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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What people are saying about Lima

Our guide Pamela was very knowledgeable and friendly. We took a long walk to the plazas, down Union Street and a few other streets which were very charming. The catacombs were fascinating.

Greatly organized tour, well structured and consistent. Good combination of city view and historical heritages. Very qualified guide Andrea, and very nice. -) Highly recommended!

Our tour guide Alexandra was extremely knowledgeable and did a great job of showing us around. She was very friendly and gave us lots of tips for the rest of our trip in Peru

Susan was an amazing guide, she was so friendly, kind and knowledgable! My favourite tour guide in Peru by far! Would highly recommend!

Susan was amazing very nicd and very knowledgeable about the information she provided