Iglesia and Museo de San Francisco Tours

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The Iglesia and Museo de San Francisco is a spectacular example of Moorish-inspired Spanish baroque colonial grandeur, but the real highlight is the spooky labyrinth of catacombs underground.

One of the best preserved churches in Lima, the Convent of San Francis of Assisi also has a remarkable library of antique texts and a tranquil cloistered garden.

A guided visit to the Museum and Convent takes you through the buildings’ history and architecture, before venturing into the underground passages lined with the bones of 25,000 Lima citizens from over 200 years of burials.

Bones were interred here until 1808, when Lima’s cemetery was established, and the catacombs lay undiscovered until 1943. A visit is not for the fainthearted, but those who do make the journey will be surprised to see the various skulls and thigh bones arranged in decorative patterns.

On the tour you’ll also visit the library of antique books, the pretty cloister, the museum of religious paintings and artifacts, the carved choir stalls and the Moorish-domed church.

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The Iglesia and Museo de San Francisco is a block or two northeast of Lima’s cathedral, near the train station.
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Address: Plaza San Francisco, Lima, Peru
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Hours: Open daily 9:30am - 5:30pm
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Admission: Adults: 7 Nuevos Soles
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5-Hour Private Tour: Highlights of Lima

Experience the best of Lima on a limited schedule with a 5-hour, private tour that explores city highlights, from the colonial-era historic center to the coastal Miraflores neighborhood. You’ll browse for souvenirs at a local market, see gorgeous churches, and stand at the foot of Huaca Pucllana, an ancient pyramid in the heart of the city. Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of a private guide throughout the tour, with the option to add a local lunch and walk through Parque Kennedy, Lima’s beloved ‘cat park.’
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
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Small Group Lima Discovery Walking Tour

Explore the spectacular sights of Peru’s captivating capital on a small group walking tour. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere while strolling around the central market; sample traditional pisco sour drinks and experiment with Spanish greetings; and uncover the intriguing history of Lima with an informative guide. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Lima Private City Tour by Car

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.
  • 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
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Private Full-Day Best of Lima Tour

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
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Private Tour: Lima City Sightseeing and Magic Water Circuit

Discover the top landmarks in Lima with the aid of a private guide during this 5-hour excursion in the Peruvian capital. During the course of your day you’ll get a personalized introduction to top Lima attractions including a variety of churches, architecture and public squares. You’ll also take an eerie trip inside Lima’s Catacombs and enjoy the visual spectacle of the city’s Magic Water Circuit (El Circuito Mágico del Agua). Your private Lima trip also covers a private guide, driver and vehicle, round-trip hotel transport and all entrance fees.
  • 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
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Half-Day Private Lima City Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Historic Lima and Larco Museum

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Lima Sightseeing Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Private Lima City Tour

Get an intimate introduction to the many landmarks and sights of Lima during this private half-day city tour. Journey by private vehicle with a professional driver and personal guide to check out sights including the city’s posh Miraflores district, Love’s Park (Parque del Amor) along the coast, the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site and the wealth of historic buildings of San Martin Square, among others. Your personalized, private tour of Lima also features free video and photos of your trip, bottled water and round-trip hotel transport at selected Lima properties.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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
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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
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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.
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Private City Tour of Lima including Lunch from Callao Cruise Terminal

Maximise your time in Lima with a private full-day sightseeing tour customised to your interests. Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Miraflores and San Isidro; admire historic landmarks such as Plaza Mayor and the Convent of San Francisco; tuck into a traditional Peruvian lunch (included); and visits sights such as the Love Park, Huaca Pucllana, and the Larco Museum. Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel or Callao Cruise Terminal.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Lima Historical Center Private Tour with a Local

See Lima like a local on this private sightseeing tour of the city's historic center. Visit top attractions such as Plaza de Armas and San Francisco Church in addition to less-frequented attractions such as Chinatown and the Central Market. End your tour with a more complete understanding of the link between Lima's past and present through the personalized attention only available on a private tour.
  • Duration: 4 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
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Private Lima City Tour with Larco Museum

Get a sense for the wealth of sights found in Lima, both historic and modern, during this private 5.5-hour city tour. Check out Lima landmarks including its classic Spanish-colonial squares, centuries-old churches and eerie Catacombs. You’ll also admire the city’s collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts at the Larco Museum before finishing your trip with a lunch of Peruvian favorites at the renowned Rosa Náutica Restaurant. This private Lima excursion covers your private guide, a driver, lunch, private vehicle and all site entrance fees.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour Lima City Tour and Larco Museum Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Lima and Barranco City Tour

Get your bearings in Lima on this small-group city tour of Lima and Barranco. From historical houses to contemporary art to popular bars and ice cream parlous, this tour will introduce you to the city's splendors. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off and all entrance fees for a hassle-free experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Lima and Local Indian Market

Take in Lima's incredible sights on a private sightseeing tour of the city. Experience the catacombs beneath San Franciso Convent, shop for artisan-made crafts at the Indian Market and see Casa Luna's wonderful collection of nativity scenes from around the globe. An English-speaking guide accompanies you on this half-day excursion.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Lima Experience Tour

Explore the best of Lima on this full-day experience tour. Drive around the historic neighborhood of Chorrillos, visit the pre-Inca complex of Pachacamac, and see the catacombs of the Convent of San Francisco while listening to informative commentary from your guide. Enjoy a delicious lunch and pisco sour at a local restaurant before ending the tour with a show at the Magic Water Circuit Park.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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