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This was the first thing we did when we arrived in Lima. What a great introduction to our trip to Peru! We were picked up at our hotel and driven to the Larco Museum. We had an excellent guide who explained the significance of the pottery and artifacts. There was a separate building for erotic art, which I thought was interesting. The Larco Museum has a beautiful garden and a nice restaurant, or so I hear. We drove to a nice hotel near the main square and enjoyed pisco sours and some typical Peruvian snacks. Then we went to the park where we saw a laser light show with music and beautiful fountains with changing patterns and colors. This was a fun evening!
The guide was delightful, charming and incredibly well informed - we had a great deal of fun. It was a little eccentric - the car broke down after about 5 minutes so we had to leave the driver behind and take taxis and walk. The museo larco was amazing.
This is a great way to see the Larco if you are short on time double up dinner and a museum. We enjoyed the tour and dinner but are only giving it 3 stars for the following reasons: 1 the driver was late so everything was pushed back. Our tour was wonderful but is left about an hour for dinner. 2 Dinner felt rushed and by the 10 PM closing we were stuffing down our dessert with no time to peruse the wonderful gift shop.
This was an excellent tour for me and my family! Our tour guide, Gabby, was outstanding. She is an expert on Peruvian history and ancient cultures. Her tour at the Larco Museum was exceptional. Her enthusiasm and excitement made for a wonderful tour, and the exhibits were very interesting to see. Our children ages 13 and 10 had a great time at the museum too. The exhibits told a great story of the history and culture of Peru. The stonework, pottery, jewelry, artwork, artifacts, and mummies were all wonderful to see. Gabby's commentary and answers to our questions were enlightening and allowed us to thoroughly enjoy the museum. For me, the museum became an unexpected highlight of our trip to Peru. After the museum, the Pisco sour and appetizers were a nice treat before enjoying the magic water circuit at the Parque de la Reserva. This water show was beautiful. Our entire family was amazed by the show. I would highly recommend this tour!
The Larco is not to be missed! Beautiful grounds with an amazing collection of pre-Incan and Incan artifacts. These were an amazing people with a very advanced civilization. It was a great introduction to the Incan culture. If you are headed to Machu Picchu through Lima, do yourself a favor and see this museum. It will totally enhance your experience in Peru. The February night we went to the the Magic Water Circuit the place was packed. I would not attempt this without a guide. He knew right where to take us for the best views, plus he knew how to navigate the crowds. My apologies, but I can't seem to find his name right now, but he was super!
DON'T MISS this tour!!! If you think you've seen fountains at Bellagio - you ain't seen nothin' yet! The water show has laser lighting and pictures and music. Definitely don't go on your own - when you take this tour you get to jump the line which can be three hours long. And the Larco was absolutely the best museum we visited in Lima. Displays were fascinating as is the historic house that houses the museum. Tour company guide and bus were what we've come to expect from Viator - perfect!!
Susan H United Kingdom
Amazing tour, hugely knowledgeable guide! The Larco museum is a must visit in Lima :)
Larco Museum is breathtaking, not just the 45,000 genuine artefacts dating back hundreds and even thousands of years, but also the courtyard which is an outstanding flower garden. We are told the restaurant was also great, but we went for sandwiches and pisco drinks in a 150 year old bar: that was really fun. Then it all finished with the many dazzling fountains of the city park, topped off with an elaborate display of colored lights on the water. Our guide was exceptionall nice, and also well-informed.
Artur Ribeiro Brazil
Excelente passeio! O museu Larco é muito bom, a paradinha para os snacks e Pisco Sour no Hotel Bahia é ótimo para recarregar as baterias e o Parque das Águas é um verdadeiro encanto. Nossa guia foi muito agradável e competente.
Loved the pisco sour and ham sandwich. This tour would be great for kids. We liked it but weren't thrilled with it. As for the Larco Museum that was fantastic !!!! We loved it. the Magic Water Circuit we could have done without it!
Jaclyn N USA
Great tours! Both the morning and evening guides were excellent and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the buffet lunch at Mango. The Larco Museum is a must see and we loved the Magic Water Circuit!
Everything was amazing, the pick up at our hotel was timely, the knowledgeable and lovely guide was great, and dinner was perfect. The Larco Museum at night is such a wonderful sight, I consider it a must when in Lima.
Suzanne was a great tour guide! She not only did a great job making sure we were having a good time, but she also took advantage of the commute to explain interesting facts about districts, cultural facts, and ancient history.
The Larco Museum, although small when compared with others, it has a very interesting and nicely arranged exhibition. I really liked the way our guide organized our visit, and all her knowledge. Incredible how those civilizations didn't left writen testimonies, but their pottery is so rich tht we are able to know how they lived, what they ate and their sexual practices.
The visit to the Querono bar, is a nice way to relax a bit and take energy, while having a nice Pisco Sour :.
Last but not least, the water circuit. The great thing about the tour is to be able to cut the lin-ups and go directly to the front to the special access. Suzanne suggested going to the second row, to be able to have a better view of the show, it was amazing. I wasn't expecting such a beatiful display of technology and art sound and images. The rest of the fountains are also very nice, and it's the best way to finish your day.
We only had one day in Lima before a trip to Machu Picchu. I chose this tour because it seemed to fit so much in. Unfortunately, the trip did not seem as advertised. It was billed as an 11-hour tour. This was deceiving. It was actually two tours-morning and evening- and we were left with nearly four hours between tours. Our first guide left us in Miraflores at a mall, at 1150- 40 minutes before we could even have lunch.
We did NOT stop at Las Huacas as advertised- when I asked if we would be stopping, I was told no, but they pulled over for 20 seconds to allow me to take a photo. The afternoon tour didn't start until 1550- leaving us stranded at a mall with no sense of where we were in relation to the rest of the city. The morning tour itself was fine, the afternoon tour superb, but I wandered along a foggy seashore for hours while my husband fell asleep on a bench- you really don't want to have to kill 3 hours in an unfamiliar foreign city near a MALL - I can do Gap and Banana Republic at home.
That being said, I can't say enough positive about the fabulous Larco Museum of pre Incan and Incan pottery, the stop for Pisco was fine and the evening light show just fabulous. The morning tour of the Cathedral of Lima and the Santo Domingo convent was fine. I really would have wished to be able to use my hours of free time to see more of the city. The buffet lunch at Mangos was very good. Again, wanted to but did not see Las Huacas as advertised. Booking was easy, pick ups on time, guides Ursula and Marie Isabel were very knowledgeable.
The tour guide was helpful and clear. I think we needed more time at Larco- it felt extremely rushed : And for what? Just 15 min of water show... I think we should have stayed at Larco much more...And the bar stop wasn't good at all since none of us ate meat : and there is really no point of eating cheese and bread in peru!!!! when they have all that amazing ceviche culture.
It was a great way to see many of the highlights of the city. I had 2 guides and both were amazing. The first guide escorted me to the restaurant for my lunch. It was an amazing Peruvian buffet in Larcomar with an oceanview. I had a couple of hours to walk around and then catch the 2nd part of my tour. It was a great way to see and learn about Lima. Loved it. Thanks.
Tour guide very good although at times hard for us to understand (a little noisy in the museum). We really enjoyed the Pisco/snack stop because there were so many locals there. Larco and water show both well worth seeing. We liked that it was a small group and included pickup and dropoff at our hotel.
it was well organized but it was not worth it...
first our group visited Larco museum which happened to be very far away from Miraflores. Then we were brought to the cheap bar in cheap hotel to try badly prepared PISCO Sour cocktail.
Then the fountaine show was pretty strange and not worth a visit at all.
The guide spoke very fluent English!
We really enjoyed this tour - our first upon arrival in Lima. Ou guide Miguel Angel was personable, informative and very helpful - we had a private guided tour as we were the only guests signed up that day. Started off with pick up from our hotel in Miraflores (the Marriott) we headed along the coastal road until we arrived at Larco Museum. Beautiful setting, with a garden that looks like it is a postcard. The Museum and especially the permanent collection are simply priceless and take you back in time almost 5,000 years. From there we headed to the El Bolivar hotel - a historic hotel by St. Martin square where we enjoyed our first taste of Pisco Sour and some local snacks before the final adventure at the Water Park. That is really spectacular - the sound and light show chreographed with classical music and traditional peruvian folk dances from the various regions - and all displayed on marvelous water fountains that make it truly magical. Can't recommend this enough! And really appreciated the attention from our guide Miguel Angel with Viajes Pacifico. Professional, courteous and followed up a week later with some additional information on the artifacts we saw at the museum and photos. Muchas Gracias Miguel!
My experience was unique in that I was not able to experience the Magic Water Circuit portion of this tour - apparently the night my tour was scheduled, there was a private event that was booked for the Magic Water Circuit, which did not allow us entry. Instead, we went to the Barranco area which is known for its restaurants and night life. This was just OK but did not meet my expectations since all we did was walk around the area vs. watching a water fountain show. I wished the tour company would have informed me beforehand so I could have switched to another tour or ask for other options like the Larco Museum with dinner.
In terms of the Larco Museum, that part of the tour was interesting and worthwhile. It is not often that you can view thousands of artifacts in good condition all in one place. The tour guide was informative and took her time in showing/explaining to us the highlights of the museum.
For the Pisco Sour tasting - it was in a local bar that gave you an idea of local town life. The Pisco Sour was not to my liking (similar to a margarita) but if you go to other restaurants in Peru, there are other variations that were better in my opinion (try the passion fruit or strawberry versions).
Overall, it was a decent tour, but I would recommend confirming your itinerary a few days beforehand to avoid the situation I experienced.
The Larco Museum is a beautiful and most interesting museum that has an amazing amount of artifacts that display the regional and historical aspects of early Peruvian culture. My guide, Gabriella, was extremely knowledgeable about everything and really helped explain everything. I always have a difficult time at museums trying to read the information next to each item but having a guide made it so much better! We later went to one of the oldest taverns in Puebla Libre area of Lima for a pisco sour and sandwich before heading to the magic water circuit. The fountains were beautiful and it was nice to walk around the grounds and see them all.
Satish B USA
This was a great tour. Loved all of it. Lima downtown, Larco and the water circuit are MUST SEES. I recommend this tour to everyone!
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