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Lima Plaza Mayor Tours

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Lima Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, formerly Plaza de Armas, is the heart and birthplace of Lima. The crown jewel of the city, this UNESCO World Heritage–listed square is flanked by many important buildings, such as the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), Cathedral of Lima, City Hall (Palacio Municipal de Lima), and the Archbishop’s Palace (Palacio Arzobispal).
 
The Basics
To understand the history of Peru and the City of Kings, a visit to Plaza Mayor is essential. Watch the changing of the guard, admire the architecture of the Government Palace, or simply sit on a bench and watch the world go by. Walking tours of Lima often leave from the square and visit the surrounding buildings. Take a bike tour or a private excursion to get a more comprehensive overview of Lima and Peruvian culture.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plaza Mayor is a must-visit for all first-time visitors to Lima.
  • The square is a great starting place to explore the city, as there are many important cultural attractions in and around the area.
  • The changing of the guard occurs daily at noon outside the Government Palace.
  • Many cafés and restaurants line the square—grab a drink or a meal and enjoy the people-watching.
  • The plaza and many of its surrounding attractions are accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
You can get to Plaza Mayor from just about anywhere in Lima. Hop aboard the El Metropolitano bus, which goes right into the city center. You can also take a number of regular city buses or the L1 metro line.
 
When to Get There

Lima's main square is open year-round and hosts a number of cultural events, festivals, and concerts, generally held on weekends. At the end of July you can catch the impressive military parade, part of Peru’s annual anniversary celebration.
 
Free Pisco in Plaza Mayor

If there is one day of the year that is the best time to visit Plaza Mayor, it’s National Pisco Day, on the first Saturday in February. This is a favored day around the country, as it celebrates the high-proof grape brandy that is Peru’s national drink. Lima celebrates it with vigor by serving free pisco throughout the day from the central fountain.
Address: Plaza central Lima, Cercado de Lima, Lima 15001, Peru
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Lima

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Very informative
NKC
, Mar 2020
Amandeo was fantastic. Very informative tour and even helped with our travel plans for after our time in Lima.
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Excellent Tour
Kenneth-H
, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful tour. Phillipa was extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much. He spoke excellent English and we understood everything. We actually had a private tour as we were the only English speaking couple on the tour.
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One of the best tours that I have taken..
feilong787
, Feb 2020
I was greeted right on time at my hotel. After a short ride, our tour of the city began. Both Edwin and Jose were great, friendly and courteous. Sharing their love and knowledge of the city. Not only with facts, but in a fun informative way. Depicting the city in both the present and in it's colorful past. The tour not only touched the highlights. We went into many small places that held great stories. I learned and enjoyed our time. I was then handed off to Arlete, She was also great. After a stop for a meal, we went to enjoy the sights and experience the local fun of the Circuito Magico Del Agua. The park was full of people having fun. Her explanation of the attraction mixed with facts of the park and stories made for a fun time. Running through some of the fountains.. yes, you get wet.. The laser and music show was a great way to end this tour. A quick ride back to my hotel and I was left with great memories. I would totally recommend this tour company.

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Fantastic Lima: City Tour + Magic Water Tour with Local Dinner (Small Group)Attraction Tickets

Fantastic Lima: City Tour + Magic Water Tour with Local Dinner (Small Group)

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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.
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Get acquainted with the rich regal history of Lima on an educational 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 Presidential 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.
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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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Don't let confusing public transit, overpriced taxis, or lack of time keep you from exploring the wonders of Lima. This Lima city tour is specifically designed for passengers disembarking at the Port of Callao and includes a private van and professional guide to help you see the city's highlights, from its UNESCO-listed center to its famous cafes.
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Street Food & Old Taverns Night Tour in the Historic Center of Lima

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Taste your way through historic Lima on an evening food tour that combines local landmarks with a series of food and drink tastings. Since Lima draws foods and traditions from all around the country, you’ll have the chance to try a wide range of treats, with a local guide to help find the very best versions among the overwhelming options in the city center.
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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.
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If you have only one day in Lima and want to make the most of it, this is your chance to get to see the highlights of the city! Visit with us the Huaca Pucllana, pyramid built in the year 200 b.c. By ancient Peruvians (panoramic). Visit the park of love, to take excellent photos with the monument "the kiss". Visit the highest hill of the city to have a privileged view and also learn a bit of the history of Peru! We will visit the indigenous market of Lima for a native fruits tasting. We can share with locals a traditional lunch. After that, we will visit the Historical Center of Lima, to explore the mysterious catacombs below the San Francisco church.
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Experience Lima's unique blend of historic and modern sights during this 4-hour private guided tour, with a visit to the Larco Museum. Travel through Lima by private vehicle alongside your guide, stopping to check out landmarks including the upscale Miraflores and San Isidro areas, as well as historic sights such as the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site and Lima’s colonial San Martín Square. You’ll also get to admire the wealth of pre-Columbian gold and silver artifacts at the Larco Museum, housed in an ornate 18th century mansion.
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7-Day Peru Deep Dive: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu Tour

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This week-long tour is crafted for travelers who want to dive deep in Peru. Wander the neighborhoods of modern Lima. Enjoy the architecture and archaeology in and around Cusco (including Moray, Moras, and Pisac). Explore the beauty of the Sacred Valley. Then take a train and a bus to Machu Picchu, the most famous destination in the country.
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Lima City Tour From The AirportDay Trips

Lima City Tour From The Airport

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Whether you have a layover in Lima or just want to maximize your sightseeing time; this tour ensures you don’t waste a moment. Be picked up on arrival at Jorge Chávez airport and head straight into the city to take in the highlights with your private guide. Explore the Miraflores and Barranco districts, take a walk through the Park of Love, and visit the busy Plaza de Armas. Your tour can be adapted to your preferences, so you could also visit a museum or shop for handicrafts at the market.
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Lima Private City Tour by CarPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Lima Private City Tour by Car

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More people live in Lima than live in New York. If you’re not an expert, Lima's size means you're likely to spend more time looking at maps than touring the famous sights. Cut out the stress on a private car tour, a great way to ensure you see what qualifies Lima's downtown as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, traveling by private vehicle means you'll jump between attractions with ease, without having to wait for large tour groups.
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8 Hours:Lima City Tour + Cooking Class + Market tour & Exotic fruits

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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.
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Lima City Tour from Callao Port including Inka Market & Love ParkHalf-day Tours

Lima City Tour from Callao Port including Inka Market & Love Park

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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.
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Visit the attractions of Historic Center Lima, Miraflores and San IsidroBus Tours

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Lima is a city with a lot of history and countless tourist attractions. Enjoy with us this beautiful tour where with our bilingual guide we will make known the wonders and fascinating history of the city of kings.
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Pachacamac + Lunch + Lima City TourFull-day Tours

Pachacamac + Lunch + Lima City Tour

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Live the history of Lima, start your adventure embarking on the most important archaeological area of the Inca Empire, Pachacamac.It is considered 3 times larger than Machu Picchu, and scientists recommend visiting Pachamac before heading to Machu Picchu to better understand the Inca Empire. In Cusco, Pachacamac is a Quechua word meaning "the creator of the earth". After this unique exploration, you will visit a traditional restaurant to sit down for lunch together and regain some energy.After lunch, you will visit Lima's historic center at 2:00 pm. It is considered the "City of Kings", and will visit the most important squares of the country, such as the Plaza de San Martín and the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor de Lima). Walk through the colonial palaces and aristocratic residences while looking at the different balconies of Lima. These range from Arabic styles to wonderful wooden balconies with many hybrid styles in the middle.After this tour of the city center,then the catacombs
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Half Day City Tour of Lima with visit to Larco Museum, PeruBus Tours

Half Day City Tour of Lima with visit to Larco Museum, Peru

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Tour the colonial heart of Lima and cover more ground than you could on foot during this half-day city tour. Skip time-consuming public transit and visit key landmarks like the Lima catacombs, Miraflores neighborhood, the cathedral, and more for a comprehensive trip well-suited to first-time visitors.
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Get a comprehensive overview of Lima on this half-day sightseeing tour. With a guide in the lead, visit local neighborhoods, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Pucllana Pyramid, among other highlights. Listen to guided commentary on the Peruvian capital's history and modern culture. Pickup and drop-off at select accommodations included.
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Lima Must-See Landmarks Small-Group TourHalf-day Tours

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Explore Lima’s top highlights during this 4.5-hour introduction to the Peruvian capital’s wealth of historic landmarks. Tour the pre-Incan archaeological site at Huaca Huallamarca and explore the history of Lima’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed downtown. You’ll also check out the wealth of pre-Columbian art at Larco Museum, watch the changing of the guard at the Government Palace and visit the historic Convento de Santo Domingo. Your Lima highlights tour also includes round-trip hotel transport by minivan, a driver-guide, all entrance fees and bottled water.
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Discover all of Lima’s most spectacular sights on a comprehensive and captivating full-day tour of the Peruvian capital. Visit legendary landmarks like the colossal Cathedral of Lima, the picturesque Government Palace, and the intriguing Larco Museum; feast upon a traditional Peruvian lunch of seafood specialties; and feast your senses upon an extravagant show of lasers and music at the Magic Water Circuit for a fabulous finale.
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Private Historic Lima & Larco Museum

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Wander down colonial alleyways and past grand plazas on this tour of the top architectural and historical sites in Lima. From the depths of the catacombs at the UNESCO-listed San Francisco Convent to the extensive antiques collection at the top-rated Larco Museum, this tour will introduce you to the city's best-kept attractions within a single day. This private tour is operated with just your guide and private party for a personalized sightseeing experience.
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Half-Day Private Lima City Tour

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With limited time to explore Lima, a private tour means you can make the most of your time and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. On this half-day tour, stroll through the Park of Love and enjoy magnificent ocean views in Miraflores, then explore the UNESCO-listed historic center including landmarks such as Lima Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the Monastery of San Francisco.
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