Lima, Peru’s capital is referred to as the City of Kings, and its illustrious past is reflected in buildings of the historical centre where you’ll find many impressive examples of grand colonial architecture; including a striking cathedral, mansions, churches and grand plazas. Temples, sanctuaries and human dwellings stand as testimony of the indigenous people who made this region one of the most important cultural centres of Pre-Inca and Inca civilisations. Miraflores and San Isidro are upmarket residential districts south of the centre, which offer excellent shopping, art galleries, bars and restaurants, as well as many hotels and easy access to the Pacific Ocean. With these modern and historical areas, and the ruined Pre-Inca pyramids and temples to the south of the city, Lima encapsulates the mix of cultures which exist throughout Peru.
Lima City Stay - 3 days/4 nights
Day 1: Arrive Lima
Transfer from Lima Airport to your chosen hotel for your 3 night stay
Day 2: Colonial and Modern Lima
This tour offers the best of colonial and modern Lima. Tour some of Lima’s main colonial sites: The Cathedral, “Plaza Mayor”, Government, Archbishop and Torre Tagle Palaces. Afterwards, drive through Lima’s modern residential areas: San Isidro with it’s olive grove, golf course and “Huaca Huallamarca”; and Miraflores with it’s central park, “Parque del Amor” and ocean views.
Day 3: Gold Museum
This amazing museum holds once of the world’s largest private collection of dazzling pre-Columbian gold, silver and copper works of art which illustrate the craftsmanship of the ancient Peruvian cultures of Chavin, Paracas, Nazca, Lambayeque, Mochica and Chimu. Here you will also discover exquisite tapestries, ancient weapons and several mummies.
Day 4: Depart Lima
Transfer from your hotel to the airport.
Lima Tours - Overview
Full and half day tours available from Lima. To read more about featured tours, please follow the link in the "Tours" box, below.
City Tour: Colonial & Modern Lima
A half day tour of Lima's colonial and modern residential sites...
A half day city tour covering Lima's Republican highlights and colonial churches, promenades and palaces
Pachacamac Ruins & Archaeological Museum
Visit the renowned National Anthropological and Archaeological Museum, and also the ruins of Pachacamac, the most important Pre-Inca religious centre on the Peruvian Coast in this half day tour...
Miguel Mukica Gallo’s private museum includes a splendid display of gold objects and ornaments and an eclectic arms collection which include old Peruvian weapons and ancient bizarre firearms. Half day tour.
Caral: Oldest Vestiges of Civilisation in America
Travel 182km/115 miles north of Lima to visit the culturally isolated, ancient site of Caral in a full day tour...
Horseback Ride on Peruvian Paso Horses
From Mamacona, 23kms/14 miles south of Lima, take a horseback excursion with the Peruvian Association of Paso Horses to the Pachacama Ruins, up the nearby hills to the Lurin Valley, then seashore horseback ride back to Plaza Mamacona.