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Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

1. 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: Historical, Colonial, and Modern City Tour

2. Lima: Historical, Colonial, and Modern City Tour

Discover Lima’s top attractions across three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern, on this guided tour. You’ll visit fascinating sights like the San Francisco Convent and the famous catacombs, see areas like Larcomar and more, as you learn all about them. After being picked up from your accommodation in Miraflores or San Isidro at about 09:00 AM, the tour will begin with a beautiful panoramic view of the Pucllana Pyramid. This magnificent ceremonial and archeological center, built in the 4th century AD, was considered a sacred village by the Incas.  Following this, you’ll travel to the monumental San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. A highlight of the visit is the underground vaults – the catacombs. As you travel, you'll learn all about the history of these sights from your bilingual guide. Next, it’s on to the traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores, and Larcomar. At about 02:00 PM, the tour completed, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, your mind filled with the many wonderful sights and history of Lima.

Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

3. Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, the tour begins by visiting one of the most important squares of Peru. San Martin Square is surrounded by balconies, Acestrals' homes, colonial residences, and beautiful palaces. Following this, visit one of the most significant avenues of Lima, Jiron de La Unión. The tour then continues to the square of Lima or 'Plaza Mayor'. Here you can view cathedrals, the government palace, city hall, and wonderful balconies decorated uniquely with an Arabic influence. The tour concludes with a trip to one of the oldest catacombs of America, the 'San Francisco Monastery'.

Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

4. Lima: City Highlights 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: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

5. Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Get to know Peru's capital in the course of a single day with your expert, professional guide. Encounter sights like the Huaca Pucllana, Olive Park, and the underground catacombs as you immerse yourself in this evocative city. Start your experience with convenient pickup from your accommodation and get ready to discover the Miraflores district. Cruise through this upscale area while learning about its history. See sights like the Huaca Pucclana pyramid, built between 200 and 700 AD. Next, head for the famous San Isidro district. Luxuriate in the beautiful groves of the Olive Park and admire Victor Delfin's famous "The Kiss" sculpture in the Love Park. Take in awesome views of Lima and its Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Miraflores, Continue your tour with a visit to the artsy and bohemian district of Barranco. Marvel at the beautiful murals typical of this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Take the opportunity to make a wish at its Bridge of Sighs, and visit its atmospheric Plaza. Conclude your tour in the city's bustling downtown. The city's historic center is full of places of interest included the Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, and Magic Fountains Park. Your guide will also take you to essentials like the San Francisco de Asis Museum, and the famous underground catacombs.

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 Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

7. Lima Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

Discover everything Lima has to offer on this full-day tour. Visit Pachacamac, a pre-Inca archaeological complex, and contemplate what it was like to have lived during those times. On Mondays and Wednesdays we replace this visit exploring Huaca Pucllana, an archaoelogical site in Miraflores. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a family house turned into a restaurant. Visit the bohemian district of Barranco, walk its streets and enjoy the ocean views and visit the Bridge of Sighs. In the afternoon, visit The Convent of San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and its chilling catacombs. Walk the streets of Lima and take in the Parque de la Reserva, included in the Guiness Book of Records as the largest fountain complex in the world and observe a unique show of lights and music.

Caral old archeological site tour

8. Caral old archeological site tour

Caral – Archaeological Site After picking you up from your hotel in Lima, we will go to Caral which is an amazing archaeological place discovered in 1994. It has been declared Humanity Cultural Heritage by Unesco. It is a complex of impressive pyramids 5000 years old made by the ancient inhabitants of the area, way before the Inca empire. It dates back to the same time as early Egyptian pyramids. Consider that they developed techniques for permanent fires and earthquake-proof buildings. It is attributed an antiquity of 5000 years and it is considered the oldest city in America and one of the oldest in the world, since no other older site with such a diversity of monumental buildings, with different ceremonial and administrative functions has been found so far on that continent. Get ready to see ancient pyramids made by one of the oldest civilizations around the world and learn about its fascinating history. After visiting Caral old Archaeological site, we will take you to a traditional restaurant for lunch. Finally, we go back to Lima to drop you off at your hotel.

Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

9. Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

Experience the flavors of Peruvian food like a local on this street food tour. You will discover why Lima is called the gastronomic city of America, through tasting its signature stews, fruits, and desserts. Learn how to make Peru’s signature drink during a pisco sour lesson. After pickup directly from your accommodation, head first to the Chorrillos Artisanal Fishing Pier, one of the popular trade points for marine products. Get to know the history of the pier before continuing to the Surquillo Market. The Surquillo Market become something of a mecca for international foodies after the praise of the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. The market is open every day and sees a large amount of food and spices sold. You can find exotic fruits from the Amazon Rainforest, potatoes and chili peppers from the tops of the distant Andes Mountains, fresh fish and seafood from the coast, and meats of different types, including alpaca and guinea pig. Taste some exotic fruits (cherimoya, granadilla, and tumbo) and the chicha morada (drink made from purple corn), then continue your gastronomic experience at two fast-food restaurants to taste their different specialties. At La Huerta Chinen, where they specialize in Creole mixes, you’ll get to try the famous Causa Limeña (mashed yellow potatoes seasoned with limes, chili peppers, and stuffed with chicken). At Alto K Fish, they specialize in seafood. You’ll get to taste their marine trio (fish ceviche, rice with seafood, and squid pork rinds). After delighting your palate, visit the historic center of Lima and walk through its old streets appreciating its impressive balconies, churches, and colonial houses. See the main square of Lima, the cathedral, the government palace, and the convent of San Francisco and its catacombs. Later, sweeten your palate by tasting Spanish churros (filled with manjar blanco or pastry cream accompanied with white sugar). Then, visit a local bar to learn about the flagship drink of Peru, the pisco sour (made from grape pisco, limos, syrup, egg whites, and angostura bitters). As a final stop, visit the Chabuca Granda avenue to try the Peruvian donuts known by the locals as picarones (made of sweet potato dough accompanied by honey).

Lima: Half-day Private: Discovering the Street Food in Lima

10. Lima: Half-day Private: Discovering the Street Food in Lima

Drive to Barranco and stroll around this quaint and traditional district,considered to be the city´s most romantic and bohemian, being the home and working place of many of Perus leading artists, musicians, designers and photographers. Stop at the Park of Barranco to degustate the exquisite traditional Peruvian anticuchos, made with beef heart and seasoned with garlic, vinegar, cumin, and aji panca, a mild red chile pepper with a smoky flavor. Have a taste also of the typical picarones, a fabulous dessert of sweet flavor, crispy and warm, dripping with syrup. Return to your Hotel.

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What people are saying about Saint Francis Monastery

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We booked a small group tour, but my wife & I were the only ones so we had a private tour! Susan, our guide, was brilliant and spoke very good English. She fully explained the history of Lima and the buildings we visited and made the tour very interesting. The tour finished with a visit to the Catacombs which was also interesting. We were picked up at our hotel in Miraflores on time and returned 4 hrs later.

We had an excellent time and learned a lot in the short tour. It gave us a great overview of Lima and now know some places to spend more time. Our guide Saul was great and answered all our questions. Would recommend to anyone wanting a quick tour to overview Lima and learn some history

Jordan is very knowledgeable and has great historical information. Very professional and punctual. I highly recommend Jordan for this tour.

Our guide, Lady was very knowledgeable and friendly. She made the tour fun and interesting. Highly recommended.

Our driver and tour guide kept tour interesting, informative and engaging.