Historic Centre of Lima Tours

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Historic Centre of Lima
Thanks to its designation as a UNESCO World heritage Site, the historical center of Lima is immaculately preserved. Encompassing the area between Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, the core includes the majority of the city’s outstanding colonial attractions and palm-fringed green spaces, all within easy walking distance. 
 
The Basics
The Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Mayor, is a good starting point for a walking tour of the district. The center’s most historically significant landmarks—the Lima Cathedral, the Government Palace (the presidential residence), the Archbishop's Palace, and the Palace of the Union—all cluster around the square. Nearby in Barrio Chino, Lima’s famous Chinatown, restaurants serve chifa, a delicious Peruvian-Chinese hybrid cuisine. Other highlights include the Central Market and the Convent of Santo Domingo, whose tower offers a stunning view of the city. 

Private and group walking and cycling tours exploring Lima’s historical center offer half-day and full-day options. Some combine visits to various city attractions such as the pre-Columbian site in Miraflores or, farther afield, the Inca settlement Pachacamac. Other tours focus specifically on art, culture, and Lima’s famously dynamic food scene. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many attractions have small entrance fees, which would be included if you are visiting as part of a larger tour.
  • Though the area is safe, always be careful with your possessions and avoid wearing eye-catching jewelry and accessories.
  • Remember sun protection and water for hydration.
 
How to Get There
The fastest and most direct route to the historical center is to take the Metropolitano Bus, which bypasses traffic on its very own designated lane through the city. From Barranco and Miraflores, take the line going North (Norte)—with several stops along Avenida Bolognesi—to the Jirón de la Unión stop and walk three to four blocks to the plaza. 
 
When to Get There
The historical center is popular with tourists, so expect crowds to follow the patterns of high summer season (December to April) and important religious holidays like Easter (March or April) and Carnaval (February). Churches and museums close at 5pm every day except Monday, when they are generally closed. The plaza is particularly lovely in the evenings when warm golden lights illuminate the park and the colonial facades. 

Plaza Mayor
The grand Plaza Mayor is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lima. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro conquered the Incas here and founded the city in 1535, calling it the “City of Kings.” In celebration of the Spanish victory, he ordered the plaza constructed and completed that same year. By 1821, the tides had turned, as anticolonial rebels chose the square to declare their independence from Spain as the Republic of Peru. 
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Lima City Tour and Magic Water and Lasers Dance including Dinner

Enjoy a day filled with fun, facts, and feasts on this comprehensive Lima city tour. Take a walking tour around the historical center of Lima to learn about the ‘City of the Kings’ before heading to the Magic Water and Lasers Dance Show. Watch the fountains spout water and colorful lasers that dance along with the music. End the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Lima Sightseeing Private Tour

Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary during this 4-hour private tour of Lima. Visit highlights such as the city's Cercado de Lima, San Isidro, and Miraflores with a dedicated guide just for you and your party. Private round-trip transportation included. Choice of departure times throughout the day available.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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7-Day Lima, Cusco and Sunrise at Machu Picchu

Experience the top highlights of Lima, Cusco and world-famous Machu Picchu during this 7-day, 6-night excursion. Spend your first two days in cosmopolitan Lima, discovering its landmarks, shopping and top-notch cuisine. Then head to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to explore its fascinating mix of indigenous and colonial architecture, and then on to the iconic mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. This week-long, budget-friendly Peru trip, including plenty of free time for independent exploration, also includes all transport, admission fees (including at Machu Picchu), six nights of accommodation and daily breakfast.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Private Lima City Tour from Callao Cruise Terminal

Get the lay of the land in Lima thanks to this 4-hour private shore excursion sightseeing tour. Explore some of the city’s best-known landmarks including the Miraflores neighborhood, Huaca Pucllana, Government Palace, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Convent, and much more.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Lima City Walking Tour

Get acquainted with the rich regal history of Lima on an educational 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Peruvian capital. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, delve into the ambient tangle of Lima’s historical center; gaze at the fabulous façade of the Spain Mansion Palace; descend to the eerie catacombs of San Francisco Monastery; and admire the ancient Dominicans Tower. Enrich your knowledge of Lima’s fascinating past on this enriching excursion.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Lima Full-Day: Peruvian Cooking Class with Market tour and Historical City tour

Feast your senses on Peru’s rich culinary culture on a full-day city tour and cookery class in Lima. Under the guidance an expert chef, create classic Peruvian dishes before sitting down to feast on the fruits of your labor. Then, embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city, visiting key attractions like the San Francisco Monastery and the Archbishops Palace. Gain valuable insight into the intriguing history of Lima from your expert guide and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off on this enriching tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Lima Night Tour Including Magic Water Circuit

Experience the top landmarks of Lima, all illuminated at night, during this 3-hour excursion led by a private guide. Travel by private vehicle on a nighttime exploration of the Peruvian capital, including stops to explore the many architectural gems in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, a visit to the top of San Cristobal Mountain for gorgeous panoramic city views and chance to walk among the many fountains of Lima's Reserve Park. Your nighttime private excursion also includes entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Churches and Balconies of Lima Half Day Tour

The balconies, Moorish architecture, and churches of Lima’s historic center offer a fascinating glimpse of the city’s colonial past. Experience the best of the Lima old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a 4-hour, private tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, snacks and drinks at Bar Cordano, and entrance fees. This private tour offers a flexible, personalized experience, with departures available in the morning or afternoon.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Lima Walking City Tour from Jorge Chavez Airport

Get acquainted with the historical treasures of Lima on a full-day walking tour, including pickup from Jorge Chavez Airport. Alongside your guide, you’ll explore Lima’s UNESCO-listed historical center and learn about the capital’s past and present. Take the beautiful Jiron de la Union pathway and descend to the city's subterranean catacombs. See, too, Lima Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and the Catedral de Lima on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people. Relish the convenience of airport pick up and hotel or airport drop-off at the end of your tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Lima Full-Day Experience: Pachacamac, Historic Downtown and Magic Water Circuit

Discover all that Lima has to offer, both modern and historic, during this 9-hour exploration of the top sites in the Peruvian capital in this small-group tour. Visit the pre-Incan archaeological site at Pachacamac, then head to Pantanos de Villa, a one-time family home that’s been converted into an eatery, for lunch and to learn how to make a Pisco Sour. In the afternoon, continue to Lima’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed downtown for a walking tour, see the historic neighborhood of Chorillos and admire the visual spectacle of the Magic Water Circuit park. This full-day Lima tour also includes a driver-guide, round-trip hotel transport, entrance fees and bottled water.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Lima Private Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Lima during this 6-hour private walking tour of the Peruvian capital. Join your knowledgeable guide on this personalized visit to the top city neighborhoods and attractions, including upscale Miraflores, a local market, Lima’s historic center, the Monastery of San Francisco (and its catacombs) and bohemian Barranco.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Lima City Half Day Tour

Trace the startling history of Lima, including its Pre-Columbian cultures, colonial era, and contemporary present, during this 4-hour city tour. Explore the city’s Inca history at the Pucllana Pyramid, then discover a range of colonial-era landmarks like the Government Palace and Banco Central de Reserva Museum. You’ll finish with a look at some of modern-day Lima’s top neighborhoods.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Cultural Tour of Lima, Peru

Discover Lima on this half-day tour, which focuses on the culture of the capital of Peru. Learn about early inhabitants during a tour of a pre-Columbian archeological site in the middle of the city. Admire the colonial art and architecture of the Santo Domingo Convent and with a visit to Casa Osambela. Finally, at the impressive Government Palce, take in the solemn ceremony of the changing of the guard.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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11-Night Peru from Lima: Nazca, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno

Travel the width and breadth of Peru with ease and efficiency on an 11-night tour from Lima, ideal for first-time visitors. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit top Peru attractions such as the enigmatic Nazca Lines, the Ballestas Islands, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu — one of the New7Wonders of the World — Lake Titicaca, and the floating islands of Puno. 11 nights 3-star accommodation, breakfast, guided tours, and hotel pickup in Lima are included.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Private Historical Lima City Tour

Save time on this 3-hour comprehensive private tour of Lima, which allows you to see all of the top landmarks and highlights with a private guide. Box lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel in Lima included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Shore Excursion: 2-Day Tours in Lima from Callao Port

Get a well-rounded view of Peru on this 2-day tour around its capital. Take a tour of the historic city center and learn about the ‘City of Kings’ from your guide and then head to the Larco Museum and observe artifacts from pre-Inca times. On the next day get a closer look at Peru’s colorful culture and delectable cuisine on a tour around the local hotspots and hidden gems.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Lima by Night and Magic Water Circuit Tour

See Lima in a different light during this 4-hour after-dark tour covering some of the Peruvian capital's top attractions lit up after dark. Tour the historical city center and admire the spectacle of the Magic Water Circuit fountain and light show. You’ll also get to visit ‘Parque de Amor’ and explore the bohemian Barranco neighborhood.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Lima City Bike Tour

Explore Lima in a more intimate way on this guided bike tour. Travel the city streets and through its various neighborhoods, stopping at attractions such as the Cathedral of Lima and the San Francisco monastery. Plus, you’ll swing by the bar where the Pisco Sour was born for a classic cocktail (at an additional charge).
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Lima Cultural City Tour

Explore the ‘City of Kings’ on a half-day walking tour of Lima. Listen to the history of the pre-Columbian, colonial, and present-day Lima from your informative guide. Visit the neighborhoods of San Isidro and Miraflores and admire the architecture of these areas. Learn about the history of Peru and how Lima became one of the gastronomical capitals of the world.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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2-Day Tour of Lima, Peru including Hotel in Miraflores

Get to know the city of Lima, Peru and some of the best nearby attractions during this well-rounded 4-day tour. Explore neighborhoods, cathedrals, markets, and food in the capital. Near the city, visit the Pachacamac archaeological site for a glimpse of Incan culture. Look for flamingos in the Paracas National Reserve and take a boat tour around Ballestas Islands, which some call a mini-Galapagos, to spot sea lions and penguins.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Small-Group Culinary and Historical Tour of Lima

Get a taste for the wealth of culture in Lima during this 8-hour trip covering the city’s one-of-a-kind culinary scene, history and popular art. Savor Peru’s many food delicacies at a Lima market and try ‘Chifa’ cuisine, blending Chinese and Peruvian influences in Chinatown. You’ll then visit the monuments of Lima’s historic downtown, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy a ceviche tasting and behind-the-scenes kitchen tour at a famous Lima eatery. Finish your day with handicraft shopping in bohemian Barranco. Your trip covers a driver-guide, round-trip hotel transport, all food mentioned in the tour details, all entrance fees and bottled water.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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7 Days Lima Express, Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

Don't miss the opportunity to see the most iconic places in Peru including Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in 7 days!
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Lima, Historical and Traditional Culinary: Market, Chinatown, Center & Barranco

Enjoy the experience of visiting Lima, Historical and Traditional Culinary: Visit to the market, Chinatown, Center of Lima, Barranco
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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The local trade of Lima with Luli

You will walk through Lima as a Local!This experience combines colonial history, architecture, religious art, popular trade, Asian immigration, textures, flavors and much more!We will start by knowing the history of the most important buildings around the Main Square.Then we will walk to the Rimac district, cross a bridge over 400 years old to finally reach the "Smallest Church in the world".Then we will visit a gallery so you can buy different souvenirs, handicrafts, or typical sweaters of alpaca very cheap. We can also taste the varieties of our flag drink "Pisco".Then we will go to the Central Market, so you really know what commercial life is like in the center of Lima and we will see a lot of typical products from the three natural regions of Peru.We are going to walk down Capón street, the most important and popular street of Chinatown and to end the experience I will take you to one of the delicious restaurants of marine food so you can have a good lunch!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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