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  • Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

    1. Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

    Wait for your local guide at your hotel lobby and get ready to start the tour. First, discover the beauty of Miraflores. Learn the history of this emblematic and most visited district of Lima. Also, admire from the outside the archeological site of Huaca Pucllana. Understand the importance of this ceremonial and administrative center made of adobe and clay. Then, visit The Olive Trees Park in San Isidro district. Relax in this peaceful green area full of ancient preserved olive trees. Also, visit the beautiful Love Park and celebrate love in all its forms. Take photos of The Kiss, an iconic sculpture made by the acclaimed Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Admire the surroundings from the tiled benches inspired in Antoni Gaudí's Parc Güell in Barcelona. After that, enjoy from the cliffs of Miraflores awesome views of Lima and the Pacific Ocean. Then visit Barranco, the artsy neighborhood o...

  • Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

    2. Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Lima, and then travel 30 minutes southeast to the archaeological complex of Pachacamac, named for the Inca Earth Maker god Pacha Kamaq. Learn all about the culture and traditions of the Inca Empire at the museum, where artifacts discovered at the site are artfully displayed. Stroll around the sacred land and get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the pyramid Temple of the Sun. Return to the car and enjoy traditional alfajores (cookies) from the region. Then, drive back to Lima full of memories, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

    Jordan was a fantastic guide. He really knew a huge amount about the Pachacamac, the history of archeology of the site, and also in general about Lima and how it has developed. The tour was personal, meaningful and FUN. Highly recommend.

  • From Lima: Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco and Chorrillos Tour

    3. From Lima: Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco and Chorrillos Tour

    On the drive to the Pachacamac archeological site, your guide will provide an orientation about the culture and people that once lived there. On this half-day private tour, visit the site’s museum and its monuments. Take in the Temple of the Sun, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, Taulichumbi Palace and more. Pachacamac was the major Pre-Hispanic ceremonial center on America’s Pacific Coast. See the buildings of the 4 known cultures that occupied the site over time. Enjoy views of the sea from the Temple of the Sun, the highest point in Pachacamac. Return to Lima and visit the district of Chorrillos, an area that played an important role in the war with Chile from 1879 to 1883. Later the tour continues to the Wetlands of Villa and the Costa Verde beach circuit. You will see a panoramic tour of La Herradura beach and the shanty towns of this neighborhood. Lastly, you'll visit Barranc...

    It was amazing! The guide Lucas and driver Kenyi they do together a great team to satisfy your tour, over your expectations !

  • From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

    4. From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

    Wake up early for pick-up from your hotel at 4:30 AM and travel to the Paracas National Reserve. Enjoy a breakfast box on the way there. Board the first boat to Ballestas Islands and admire the scenery of Paracas Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife like sea lions, seagulls and penguins.  Travel to the aerodrome of Ica and watch an informative video on the history of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jump on to a Cessna 208 Caravan plane and fly over the ancient geoglyphs, to view them from above. Take pictures of the whale, astronaut, monkey, hummingbird and many more of the geoglyphs. Head to a traditional Peruvian restaurant and choose between a creole or seafood lunch, complemented with drinks. Indulge yourself with a wine tasting as well as traditional pisco, famously made in the region.  Return to Lima at 7:00 PM.

  • Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

    5. Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

    Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Miraflores, San Isidro or Lima Downtown. Make your way to Barranco, Lima’s bohemian suburb which is known for its nightlife. See Barranco’s Central Park, its Municipal Library, and the Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge which stretches over the neighborhood. Next, head over to Chorrillos. Once one of the most exclusive summer resorts in Lima, Chorrillos now boasts an ecological reserve called “Pantanos de Villa.” After visiting Chorrillos you’ll drive down the South Pacific Coast Highway to Pachacamac, the most important ceremonial site on the Peruvian coast during pre-Inca and Inca times. Pilgrims came to this large complex to pay homage to the creator god Pachacamac. Throughout the centuries the site was occupied by different Andean civilizations including the Lima, the Wari, the Ichma, and finally the Inca Empire. Marv...

    Carla was excellent! Loved seeing these ancient ruins and the Barranco district is GORGEOUS :)

  • Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

    6. Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

    Immerse yourself in Lima's colonial history with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, start your experience at San Martin Square, where you can admire striking examples of colonial architecture such as the old Bolivar Hotel. Later, visit the breathtaking Plaza de Armas and admire impressive buildings such as the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and more. Finish your tour in downtown Lima at the fascinating Catacombs and Museum of San Francisco. Learn more about Peru's colonial period through the museum's vast collection of artwork, see rare editions in the library and wander through the blood-curdling passages of the catacombs, where the bones of 25,000 people lie. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

    Lucas was an amazing tour guide. I usually don’t do city walking tours but this was worth it. We would never have seen or learned so much about Lima if it wasn’t for Lucas. I definitely recommend!

  • Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

    7. Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

    Explore the Cercado de Lima, San Isidro and Miraflores districts of Lima and admire sights such as the Renaissance style cathedral, Government Palace, Municipal Palace, Archbishop's Palace and Union Club in the main square. Visit the Convent of San Francisco and Catacombs, admire the colonial balconies and see Plaza San Martín. Take a tour of San Isidro to see one of biggest olive parks in Peru. Visit the financial district before going to Miraflores for a look at the sacred Huaca Pucllana temple. Get a view of the sea at Malecón Cisneros and Love Park, and end with a stop at the exclusive Larcomar shopping mall, where you can enjoy lunch (own expense) overlooking the sea.

  • Lima: Caral Full-Day Private Excursion with Meals

    8. Lima: Caral Full-Day Private Excursion with Meals

    The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel and head on the Panamerican Highway to the citadel of Caral. During the trip, you will be served some fruits, cookies, and drinks on board for you to enjoy. Since it's a long drive and a private tour, stops are available during the tour. Before arriving in Caral, admire the beautiful landscapes of the Supe Valley, that is famous for the cultivation of products like avocados, potatoes, onions, strawberries, maracuyas, chili pepper and many more. Later, there will be a guided tour by the citadel where you will observe the great pyramids and the valley of Supe. The pyramids are believed to be built around the year 5000 B.C. You will visit the circular terraces, residential areas, pyramids, amphitheater, and main plazas. This private tour has been prepared to help you understand the history of the culture of ancient Peru. After the tour to Car...

    Alexandra, was waiting outside for us. Cala is a long drive from Lima. Every moment was an adventure. Our guide was so enthusiastic in giving us so much great information and memories. She even met the woman who discovered Cala. She was able to tell us, in every detail, of what discoveries where made. We had a great lunch. I would highly recommend going with Alewandra if it's Cala you want to learn about.

  • Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    9. Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    Day 1: Arrival to Lima and City Tour Upon your arrival to Lima, your representative will be waiting with a sign stating your name. From there you'll be transferred to your respective hotel where you can check-in. You'll soon begin a city tour through Lima, which will begin with panoramic views of the Pucllana Pyramid or Huaca Pucllana, the historical center of Lima. It will be there that you can appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, and once the tour has finished you'll return to your hotel. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Day 2 begins with pickup from your hotel between 4:30AM to 5:00AM. You will begin with a trip to the Paracas Peninsula to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are a national reserve. From there, continue your trip to the city of Ica for a demonstration with wines and traditiona...

  • Lima: Private Gold and Weapons Museum Guided Tour

    10. Lima: Private Gold and Weapons Museum Guided Tour

    Discover the development and changes in gold production through the ages on a private guided tour of the Gold and Weapons Museum in Lima. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the museum, where you can admire one of the largest collections of Peruvian historical heritage artifacts in the world. In the company of a professional guide, stroll through a collection of over 8,000 pre-Inca priceless pieces such as necklaces, bracelets and rings, as well as ceramic pieces, tools, weapons, and funeral offerings.  You can also learn more about Peru's textile trade at a permanent exhibition, followed by a visit to the museum's weapon collection. Here, admire an impressive collection of 20,000 weapons, including some pre-Colombian pieces, before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Lima

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 141 reviews

Alexandra, was waiting outside for us. Cala is a long drive from Lima. Every moment was an adventure. Our guide was so enthusiastic in giving us so much great information and memories. She even met the woman who discovered Cala. She was able to tell us, in every detail, of what discoveries where made. We had a great lunch. I would highly recommend going with Alewandra if it's Cala you want to learn about.

Jonathan was a WONDERFUL tour guide! I could not have asked for anyone better to visit the Catacombs (a must-see in Lima). He was flexible and adjusted the tour to our needs! He is so experienced, kind, and knowledgeable on Peruvian facts! LOVED this tour :)

Lucas was an amazing tour guide. I usually don’t do city walking tours but this was worth it. We would never have seen or learned so much about Lima if it wasn’t for Lucas. I definitely recommend!

Great mini day trip out of Lima. Our guide, Jordan, made the experience much more exciting. He’s very knowledgeable, friendly, and kind. This tour was well worth it!

Carla was excellent! Loved seeing these ancient ruins and the Barranco district is GORGEOUS :)