Lima historical centre, Peru
Lima city tour, Peru
If you want to fall in love with Lima, this is the tour for you. Over the course of half a day you’ll wander through 500 years of history in the downtown streets of Lima and discover the city’s old traditions along the way.
Your tour will start in the city’s pretty main square where the Presidential Palacewill take your breath away with its stunning baroque-style design. Built in 1937, it’s the residence of Peru’s president and rarely opens to the public, but the exterior alone is well worth a look. While in the main square you’ll also see the Archbishop's Palace and Lima Cathedral. While the cathedral still resides on the land that was home to the city’s first church, the actual cathedral itself has been built and rebuilt several times.
From the main square you’ll walk on to Aliaga House, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima which remains decked out with vintage furnishings and tile work. Next it’s on to Saint Francis' Church, one of the city’s best preserved colonial churches which has the added attraction of the catacombs. Once part of the city’s cemeteries, today there are an estimated 75,000 bodies buried under this church. Take a tour, or sit it out if you’re squeamish.
You’ll finish up at Larco Museum where you’ll be able to peruse pre-Hispanic gold and silver artefacts as well as the biggest collection of ancient erotic art.
Explore 500 years of history in Lima's streets
Discover the biggest pre-Columbian erotic art collection