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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 and Local Dinner Small-GroupAttraction Tickets

Fantastic Lima: City Tour, Magic Water and 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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Lima City Walking Tour with Pick-up & Drop Off Small GroupHalf-day Tours

Lima City Walking Tour with Pick-up & Drop Off Small Group

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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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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
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Street Food & Old Taverns Night Tour in the Historic Center of LimaHalf-day Tours

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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  • 4 hours
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Highlights of Lima - Private Half Day TourBus Tours

Highlights of Lima - Private Half Day Tour

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Experience the best of Lima on a limited schedule on a private tour that explores city highlights, from the colonial-era historic center to the coastal Miraflores neighborhood. 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.’
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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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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  • 4 hours
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Lima City Tour from the Port of Callao For CruisesFull-day Tours

Lima City Tour from the Port of Callao For Cruises

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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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  • 7 hours
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Lima Highlights! (All-Inclusive)Full-day Tours

Lima Highlights! (All-Inclusive)

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  • 8 hours
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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.
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  • 4 hours
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Lima Photo Day TourDay Trips

Lima Photo Day Tour

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Explore the landmarks, neighborhoods, and culture of Lima on this all-day excursion with a professional photographer. Begin in the historic center with visits to Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, and the Monastery of San Francisco. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Lima’s Chinese quarter and get off the tourist circuit with visits to places like bohemian neighborhood of Barranco and the Chorrillos fishing harbor.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Customized private tour around LimaHalf-day Tours

Customized private tour around Lima

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Lima City Half Day TourHalf-day Tours

Lima City Half Day Tour

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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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Lima City Tour From The AirportDay Trips

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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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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Lima day tour by panoramic busHalf-day Tours

Lima day tour by panoramic bus

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Discover the wonderful colonial and republican architecture of the Center of Lima, Cultural Heritage of Humanity, where the city was founded in 1535. Among the places we will know in our panoramic tour (from the bus) are the Plaza de Armas, the San Martín Square, the Reserve Park, the Exhibition Park, the Naval Heroes Walk, the Palace of Justice, among others.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • 4 hours
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Highlights of Lima - Shared Half Day TourBus Tours

Highlights of Lima - Shared Half Day Tour

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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Tours around Lima from Puerto del CallaoHalf-day Tours

Tours around Lima from Puerto del Callao

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Enjoy and take advantage of your stop in the city of Lima, our Cultural and Historical city tour, where a local guide will accompany you from your arrival to the port of Callao and pick you up in a tourist transport and then head to the heart of the historic center of Lima and On the way I will tell the historical background of the old viceroyalty of Peru, then we will visit the most emblematic places of the city of the kings, such as the museum and convent of San Francisco, the Plaza de Armas de Lima and the archaeological center Huaca Pucllana .
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  • 5 hours
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Lima City Tour and Pachacamac Archaeological Site Full DayFull-day Tours

Lima City Tour and Pachacamac Archaeological Site Full Day

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See three sides of Lima, Peru—pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern—in one full-day tour of the city. Visit what remains of pre-hispanic tombs and homes at the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site in the heart of the capital. Explore the architecture and buzz of modern neighborhoods including San Isidro and Miraflores as well as the historic Baranco area. After lunch, go even further back in time at the Pachamacac archaeological site.
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  • 8 hours
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8-Hour: Lima City Tour Including a Cooking Class, a Market Tour & Exotic FruitsDining Experiences

8-Hour: Lima City Tour Including a Cooking Class, a 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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  • 8 hours
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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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  • 5 hours
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Private Tour Lima City Tour and Larco Museum TourHalf-day Tours

Private Tour Lima City Tour and Larco Museum Tour

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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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  • 4 hours
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Lima: Private Half Day City TourHalf-day Tours

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Known as The City of Kings, Lima has many iconic places. Combining the modern and colonial parts of the city, you will start visiting the beautiful districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, before heading to the Historic Center. There, you will have time to explore some of the most historically important streets of the city, leading to the Plaza de Armas, and also have time to take pictures of the amazing colonial architecture that surrounds it. Then, you will visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo, an astonishing building with colonial style. After exploring the Historical Center, you will head towards modern Miraflores to make a stop at the Parque del Amor, a beautiful spot with a panoramic view of the Lima bay area, from where you can take beautiful photographs.
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Pachacamac + Lunch + Lima City TourFull-day Tours

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  • 8 hours
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Lima City Tour: The best way to know its historyHalf-day Tours

Lima City Tour: The best way to know its history

Enjoy a complete tour of the beautiful cultural city of Lima, also known as the City of Kings. You will see places of historical interest, with colonial architecture and Inca influence, residential neighborhoods, beautiful sanctuaries and churches, as well as incredible maritime landscapes. You can see Lima through the eyes of a local guide and feel at home during the rest of your stay in Peru. IMPORTANT: During these Peruvian vacations the BCR museum will be closed. Take this information into consideration.
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Visit the attractions of Historic Center Lima, Miraflores and San IsidroBus Tours

Visit the attractions of Historic Center Lima, Miraflores and San Isidro

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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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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Lima Plaza Mayor can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 122 Lima Plaza Mayor tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Lima Plaza Mayor costs USD 85.00. Guided Lima Plaza Mayor tours start around USD 85.00 per person. See all 122 Lima Plaza Mayor tickets and tours on Viator.
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