Lima

Also known as the City of Kings by the Spanish conquerors, the capital city of Lima is much more than the gateway to Peru. With the country’s best museums, more than 20 of them, plus striking baroque and renaissance churches, colonial mansions and palaces, world-class restaurants and outstanding nightlife, Lima deserves more than a quick stopover.

Lima, recently classified by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is a clear example of the cultural diversity found in Peru. Some of the main tourist attractions are the Main Square called Plaza Mayor, where we can find the Cathedral and other architectural jewels such as the Archbishop’s Palace, Government Palace, the House of the Oidor, Municipal Palace, Torre Tagle Palace, etc.

Lima Highlights

  • Design Your Trip to LimaPlaza Mayor: It’s the spot where Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535. The north side is dominated by the Government Palace, home of Peru’s President. On the east side of the Plaza you’ll find the Cathedral. The construction of this impressive church began in 1564 and was completed in 1622.
  • Larco Herrera Museum: Located in a colonial mansion and built in 1701, which contains approximately 45,000 pre-Columbian pieces of gold, silver, ceramics, textiles, stone, wood, etc., with unusual pieces in each material. There is also a unique collection of erotic ancient ceramics.
  • Our Selected Itineraries for LimaSan Francisco Convent: It’s a venerable part of Lima’s UNESCO World Heritage Historic Centre. While the late 18th century architecture is significant, the real treasure is the incomparable convent library. A labyrinthine catacomb network links San Francisco with other landmarks in the old colonial quarter of the city.
  • Museum of Archaeology: Here you will admire the mastery of skull trepanning carried out with the simplest instruments in ancient times. You will appreciate the didactic and chronological evidence of all the many cultures Peru has had over the years, as well as outstanding collections from the Chavín, Nazca, Paracas, Mochica, Chimú, Huari and Inca civilizations.
  • Pachacamac Complex: It is located around 40 km south-east of Lima city center. The enormous site is very impressive with its great pyramidal temples, dwellings, remains of frescoes decorating the adobe walls and other interesting archaeological constructions built by different cultures. The site was the most important religious center of indigenous people at the Peruvian coast in Pre-Hispanic times. It was the main destination for pilgrims in the coastal region and attracted worshippers from all over Peru.