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How to Spend 2 Days in Lima

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How to Spend 2 Days in Lima
With two days in Lima, you can thoroughly explore its historic center, with its elegant colonial architecture, as well as its colorful neighborhoods—and even have time to venture to the coastal riches and ancient temples beyond. Here’s how to spend a memorable 48 hours in the Peruvian capital.

Day 1: Explore the City
Morning: Lima’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed historic center is filled with interesting architecture and cultural history. Private and group sightseeing tours by bus or by foot typically visit such landmarks as the Palace of Justice (Palacio de Justicia), the Plaza de Armas, and the Monastery of San Francisco. If you prefer flexibility, create your own itinerary with a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Afternoon: Bohemian Barranco is known for its colorful street art, unique stores, art galleries, restaurants, and the picturesque wooden Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros). Walking and bicycle tours introduce you to the buzzing neighborhood, and some tours include dishes at a handful of local restaurants. 

Night: Sample Lima’s highly rated culinary scene on a food-focused tour. Your options vary from downtown bar crawls and cooking classes (some of which include a local market tour and pisco sour–making lesson) to gourmet tours that include stops at some of the city’s (and the world’s) best restaurants.

Day 2: Nature and Archaeology
Morning: Half-day sightseeing cruises to the Palomino Islands, just offshore, leave from Lima and offer the opportunity to get up close to sea lions, as well as seabirds such as pelicans, Humboldt penguins, and Peruvian boobies. Alternatively, head for the ancient Pachacamac Temple, dating from AD 200. Private and group tours typically begin with a scenic drive down the coast before arriving at the site.

Afternoon: Taste the delicious diversity of Peru’s thriving cacao industry in a chocolate-making workshop at Lima’s ChocoMuseo. Learn about every step of the process—from roasting the beans and removing the husk to grinding the nibs and refining the paste in a melangeur—and create your very own chocolate with your choice of ingredients.

Night: Housed in an 18th-century mansion, the Larco Museum of pre-Columbian art is one of Lima’s most famous cultural attractions. Guided tours allow you to spend an evening exploring the exhibits, including the erotic pottery for which it is famous, before sitting down to an included gourmet dinner.
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Private Full-Day Best of Lima Tour

Private Full-Day Best of Lima Tour

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With one day in Lima you can explore the very best of the city, from the colonial architecture of the historic center to pre-Colombian art and seaside neighborhoods. See the gorgeous interior of the San Francisco Convent, tour the Museo Larco, then get a glimpse of Lima’s earliest history in Miraflores. This full-day, private tour of Lima offers the flexibility and convenience of a personalized tour, including pickup and drop-off at hotels in some neighborhoods, and it’s an ideal choice for first-time visitors.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Temple of Pachacamac Half-Day Tour from Lima

Temple of Pachacamac Half-Day Tour from Lima

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Uncover the ancient mystery of the Pachacamac Temple on a captivating and comprehensive tour from Lima. Explore the remarkable religious compound with a knowledgeable guide to discover its intriguing history and 200 AD origin; gaze at majestic pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon; and admire the architectural precision of the buildings while learning about the customs of prehistoric Inca civilization.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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From Lima: Palomino Islands Cruise & Swimming with Sea Lions with Transfers

From Lima: Palomino Islands Cruise & Swimming with Sea Lions with Transfers

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Cruise off the coast of Lima during a half-day tour of five islands. Sail aboard a luxury yacht and relax with provided snacks and beverages while you sightsee. Admire the beautiful natural scenery en route to El Camotal, San Lorenzo, and the Palomino Islands. Then slip on a provided wetsuit and life jacket before you frolic in the Pacific Ocean with sea lions.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting

Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting

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Get hands-on experience preparing some of Peru’s most iconic dishes and shopping at a local market during this Lima cooking class. First stop by the market to pick out fresh meat and produce, discovering the incredible diversity of ingredients in Peruvian cuisine. Then head to the kitchen choosing to prepare a choice of fish, chicken, beef or vegetarian dish like ‘Ceviche’ or ‘Lomo Saltado,’ learning the necessary steps in fun, relaxed atmosphere. Your cooking excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport (for most areas of Lima), professional chef instructor, snacks and either lunch or dinner.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.00
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$83.00
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City Sightseeing Lima Panoramic Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Lima Panoramic Bus Tour

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Climb aboard a distinctive double-decker bus to discover the spectacular sights of Lima on a city sightseeing tour. Choose from three daytime options—the historic tour, Barranco and Miraflores, and the city tour—or the Night and Fountains tour, which includes entry to the Magical Circuit of Water. Feel the wind in your hair from the top deck of an open-top bus and listen to audio commentary to learn about the city its landmarks like the ancient Monastery of San Francisco and Parque del Amor (Love Park).
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  • 1 day
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$10.00
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Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing

Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing

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Discover the wealth of historic and modern attractions found in the Peruvian city of Lima during this sightseeing tour. Feel like a real ‘Limeño’ (a Lima local) as you explore the town’s colonial and Incan architecture, visit its charming residential neighborhoods, see the scenic cliff-strewn coast, and admire its many religious shrines and churches. This Lima city tour also includes entrance fees, a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
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$36.00
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Food & Art: Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

Food & Art: Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

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Experience a more authentic, less-touristy side of Lima during this half-day walking tour through the city’s Chorillos and Barranco neighborhoods. Observe the hum of activity in ‘fish town,’ a section of Chorillos that hosts a fish market and a cast of local fishermen, before heading to the nearby cliffs to sample some local snacks. Continue to the increasingly trendy Barranco area to admire colorful mansions and hip art galleries.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.90
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Food Walking Tour in Barranco Neighbourhood of Lima

Food Walking Tour in Barranco Neighbourhood of Lima

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Lima’s cafes and restaurants offer fresh ingredients and interesting flavors, with recipes handed down the generations—but overcoming the language barrier to find the best places isn’t easy. On this walking tour, explore the Barranco district with your guide and hit the foodie spots the locals love. Choose a morning or afternoon tour with tastings across multiple stops—including a restaurant ranked in Latin America’s top 50—and discover a world of delicious food in Lima.
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  • 4 hours
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$87.18
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$87.18
Price varies by group size

Private Tour: Pachacamac Archaeological Site Including Barranco District

Private Tour: Pachacamac Archaeological Site Including Barranco District

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Experience two different sides of Lima’s history during this 3-hour private guided tour to the Pre-Columbian site of Pachacamac and then the charming neighborhood of Barranco. Journey by private vehicle 19 miles (31 kilometers) south from Lima to visit Pachacamac, an archaeological site and one-time sacred center used by local residents for well over 1,000 years prior to the arrival of the Spanish. Then proceed to Barranco, a charming 19th century beach resort for Lima’s aristocracy that today is home to many of the city’s artists.
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  • 3 hours
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$58.45
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Lima Local Food and Drinks Tour by Night

Lonely Planet Experiences: Lima Local Food and Drinks Tour by Night

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Treat your taste buds to a tour of Lima’s vibrant downtown on an evening walking tour. Immerse yourself in the convivial atmosphere of cozy bars and enticing street food stalls as you explore bohemian neighborhoods on foot alongside your knowledgeable guide. Sample succulent grilled meats, sweet corn desserts, and zesty alcoholic beverages and learn about the history of the city’s exuberant nightlife. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$68.00
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Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner

Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner

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Experience one of Lima’s most magnificent museums by night on a of the Larco Museum with dinner. Immerse yourself in the cultural intrigue of the museum with a knowledgeable guide, exploring extensive collections of pre-Colombian artifacts as you delve deeper into Peru’s fascinating history. Then, sit down to a gourmet dinner inspired by the regional specialties of Peru. Sip sweet pisco sours as you absorb the tranquil ambiance of the museum’s beautiful gardens on this cultural and culinary experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Lima Market Tour, Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson

Lima Market Tour, Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson

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Treat your taste buds to the explosive flavors of Peruvian cuisine on a culinary tour of Lima. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a typical fresh produce market on a guided tour; learn how to prepare delicious signature dishes like fish ceviche with an experienced gastronomical guide; and sip a sweet pisco sour cocktail, Peru’s national drink, in an ambient restaurant as you feast upon a freshly prepared meal. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included in the tour.
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  • 3 hours
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