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3-Hour Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Lima

Product ID: 35991
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Explore Lima on this authentic 3-hour walking tour around the Historic Center with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. Visit one museum, explore the Central Market, and see the beautiful squares, old buildings, and churches in the city.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

On request and at an extra cost.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the history of the city as you walk through the old streets of the Historic Center of Lima
  • See the oldest hotel in Lima as well as the beautiful squares, old buildings, churches, the central market, and Chinatown
  • Visit the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Torre Tagel Palace, Saint Francis Monastery, and Saint Peter Church
  • See the Cathedral of Lima, City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Government Palace in the Main Square of Lima
  • Explore the Park of the Wall and admire the view of the colorful houses of the Rimac district
Full description
Discover the original city of Lima on this authentic half-day walking tour. After the pick-up at your hotel, you will head to the Historic Center of Lima. Starting at Plaza San Martin you will visit the Bolivar Hotel, the oldest hotel in Lima.

Walk through Jiron de la Union, the pedestrian street where you can see many shops, old buildings, and chicken restaurants. You will also visit the Church of Our Lady of Mercy as well as the Torre Tagel Palace, where you will see the beautiful balconies. Visit the 17th-century Saint Peter Church, an important spiritual center for many locals in Lima.

Explore the stalls of the popular Central Market and see the different kinds of meat including beef, chicken, goat, and fish, as well as tropical fruits and other products such as olives, cheeses, typical drinks, and fresh juices. You will also have the chance to try the Inca’s beverage Chicha de jora, a drink that has been fermented for a few months. Later you will visit the Chinatown in Lima where you can find your Chinese horoscope and experience the culture.

You will then walk to the Main Square of Lima, the perfect place to hear about the history of the city. Here you will see the Cathedral of Lima, City Hall, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Government Palace, where you can enjoy the change of the guard. You will also have the option of seeing Pizarro’s remains at the Museum of the Cathedral.

After that, you will go to the first bar of Lima to grab a local drink and discuss the Peruvian lifestyle. Later you will go to the 17th-century Saint Francis Monastery. If you choose to visit this museum, you will explore this beautiful monastery and see a lot of bones in the catacombs which was the first public cemetery in Lima.

Finally you will explore the Park of the Wall where you will discover the story of the pirates and enjoy the view of the colorful houses of the Rimac district, which looks like the Favelas in Brazil. The walking tour ends at the Main Square of Lima. Your guide can assist you in getting back to your hotel or recommend a great restaurant for you to try delicious typical food.
  • Walking tour with a professional English or Spanish-speaking tour guide
  • Hotel pickup on request at extra cost
  • Entrance ticket to the Cathedral Museum or the Saint Francis Museum
What’s Not Included
  • Tips
  • Extra beverage.
  • Extra food
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The entrance of the Gran Bolivar Hotel at Jiron de la Union 958.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
The change of the guard at the Government Palace takes place around 11:40 and can only be seen on morning tours.

The Museum of the Cathedral is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 17:00 and on Saturday from 9.30 to 12:00.

The Museum of Saint Francis is open every day from 9.30 to 17.30.

This itinerary can be modified to accommodate your personal interests.
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based on 138 reviews
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Lima City Tours

Product ID: 35991