3 Days in Lima: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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Peru’s capital city was founded by Pizarro in 1535, and the modern-day city of Lima is a sprawling metropolis encompassing ruins from pre-Inca times, ultramodern shopping malls and coastal beaches. Here are a few ideas on where and how to spend your time in Lima.

Day 1: Colonial city

Get to grips with Lima’s history and sheer size by taking a stroll through the historic city center. Lima’s lively hub focuses on the pedestrianized street Jiron de la Union, connecting the city’s two main squares, Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin.

Follow your nose or join a Small Group Discovery Walking Tour of Lima to hear tips and tales from a local. Make sure to include the catacombs of the Monastery of San Francisco on your itinerary, as well as the city’s cathedral.

Day 2: Peruvian flavors

One of the best ways to open the door to Lima’s secrets is through the city’s food and drink. Make your way to the huge central market to sample the local churros, juices and street snacks.

Or combine a Lima market tour with something different - learn to make Peru’s legendary cocktail, the pisco sour. It’s a heady mix of lemon or lime juice, brandy and sugar, and you’ll shop for the ingredients at the market.

Day 3: Cusco culture

Capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is only an hour’s flight from Lima. The narrow lanes and cobbled backstreets are still lined by massive walls built by the Inca, and a rich collection of colonial churches pinpoint the city’s leafy squares.

Cusco’s museums feature fabulous collections of Inca jewelry, pottery and textiles, and one of the best examples of the Inca’s famously well-fitting stonework forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. It’s a lot to take in, so see the highlights on a combined Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour for a guided stroll through Inca history.

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Small Group Lima Discovery Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

There's no better way to explore Lima than on a small group walking tour! Try out some Spanish greetings, stroll around the central market, try pisco sour and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.99

Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Experience one of Lima’s top museums at night! This evening out includes a guided tour of the fascinating Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artifacts like ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99

Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

For a great introduction to Peruvian culture, join a small-group walking tour of Cusco's vibrant markets and impressive Inca ruins. Start at the vibrant San ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.99

Lima Airport Lounge: VIP Layover at Jorge Chavez International

Want to relax before flying from Jorge Chavez International Airport? Then book your access to a quiet and elegant retreat in one of the airport’s three ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 or 8 hours

From USD $39.99

Nazca Lines Air Tour with Transport from Lima

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

See the mysterious and awe-inspiring Nazca Lines from the air on this tour from Lima. After the drive down the Peruvian coast from Lima to Paracas, take off ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $463.99

Lima Market Tour, Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Take a guided market tour, watch a cooking demonstration and discover the signature tastes of Peru: fish ceviche and the pisco sour cocktail. You'll visit a ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.99

Islands of Lima Sightseeing Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Enjoy a morning boat ride out to the islands of Lima -- Palomino, Cabinzas and El Frontón. After a 30-minute boat ride, you'll arrive at the islands with ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.99

Lima Combo Tour: City Sightseeing Tour plus Larco and Archaeological Museums

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Combine a city sightseeing tour with Lima’s two best museums on this Lima Combo Tour! You’ll see the city’s top attractions and learn about the history of Peru ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.99

Private Tour: Barranco Sightseeing Tour including Osma Museum, Dedalo Store and the Bridge of Sighs

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Visit Barranco, one of Lima's most beautiful neighborhoods, accompanied by a private guide. Discover the history behind this bohemian quarter, known for its ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.99

7-Night Tour of Lima and Cusco Including the Inca Trail

Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu on a seven-night tour through Peru! Retrace the steps of the Inca Empire from Lima to Cuzco, including the Sacred Valley ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,694.99

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