Park of the Reserve, Lima: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Downtown and Catacombs Night Tour

1. Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Downtown and Catacombs Night Tour

Head to the San Francisco Convent and its famous catacombs. Discover a unique part of Lima underground. Walk through with corridors that are full of history and beautiful paintings. See the library, rooms, the main cloister, and art made of wood and stone. Explore a network of tunnels and underground rooms, and see the remains of people who lived hundreds of years ago. Visit the historic side of Lima and explore its streets at night. After pickup at your hotel, admire the illuminated Cathedral of Lima, an architectural jewel that has a Renaissance-style façade. Stroll around the Main Square, see beautiful buildings like the Government and Municipal Palace, then experience the nightlife of the colonial side of Lima on Chabuca Granda boulevard Stop to purchase local desserts and typical drinks such as picarones (donut), churros, arroz con leche (rice milk), emoliente (roasted barley grain drink), and chicha morada (purple corn drink).  Later, make your way to the Magic Water Circuit, the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest complex of water fountains in a public park. The fountains have different forms and sizes and release jets of water up to 80 meters (262 feet) into the air. Have your camera ready to capture a magic show of light, color, music, and images.

Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

2. Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Then, see Miraflores: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca temple, The Love Park, Barranco: Murals, pittoresque old mansions, The Bridge of Sighs and San Isidro: The Olive Park.

Lima: Magic Water Circuit and Dinner Show Tickets

3. Lima: Magic Water Circuit and Dinner Show Tickets

Experience the beauty of the lights, music, and fountain show at the Parque de la Reserva park in Lima with this entrance ticket. Witness the beauty of Peruvian dances and the gallantry of Peruvian Paso horses during a dinner show.   Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Barranco. Sit back and relax on the drive to the El Parque de la Reserva park in downtown Lima. Visit the 13 computer-controlled neoclassical-style fountains. See a fountain with a jet that reaches a height of 80 meters. Learn about this Monumental Urban Environment that was designed by the French architect Claude Sahut. Head to the Hacienda de Paso for a delicious Peruvian buffet dinner.  Watch as skilled dancers display transitional dances from three regions in Peru. Admire the training of Peruvian Paso horse during the horse show. Return to your accommodation in Barranco.

Lima: Magic Water Circuit Tour

4. Lima: Magic Water Circuit Tour

Our magic water tour in Lima begins in the afternoon, after sunset, with the pick-up from your hotel located in the city of Lima to take you to the Magic Water Circuit or Circuito Magico del Agua, situated at Parque de la Reserva (Park of the Reserve). There we can witness a wonderful set of 13 ornamentals, cybernetic and interactive fountains where water, music, laser lights and images are mixed to present unique and incredible light shows. Located in downtown Lima, this place was opened in 2007, and holds the Guinness Record to the world`s largest water fountain complex in a public park. The Parque de la Reserva was opened in 1929, and it was named “of the Reserve” in honor of the last soldiers who fought in the defense of Lima during the War of the Pacific. The park is built on a total area of 8 hectares, with a comprehensive proposal of classical architecture of national and indigenous inspiration. You will spend an incredible time exploring this place and admiring the colorful circuit, and you can walk through a fun and illuminated water tunnel known as Tunnel of Surprises. This fountain has 35 meters long. If your tour doesn`t include show dinner, we will drop you off at Parque Kennedy located in Miraflores at the end of the visit to the Magic Water Circuit. If your tour includes dinner show, you will be taken to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious "Criollo" buffet style dinner, with several traditional Peruvian dishes to choose from. The Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the best gastronomies in the world. To give a perfect end to this tour, we will witness a show of typical Peruvian dances: an homage to its people, its culture and artistic heritage. After this amazing experience, we are going to drop you off at the hotel.

Lima: Magic Water Circuit Entry and Guided Tour with Pickup

5. Lima: Magic Water Circuit Entry and Guided Tour with Pickup

Experience a sound and light extravaganza on a guided tour of the Magic Water Circuit in Lima with entry tickets included. Following pickup at your hotel in downtown Miraflores or San Isidro, transfer to Parque de la Reserva — where giant jets of water explode into the skies to music and lights. Visit the park, named the largest of its kind by the Guinness Book of World Records, with 13 interactive fountains that dance to music and lights providing an astonishing spectacle, including a jet spray reaching 262 feet high. See the fountains illuminated at night, many with continuously changing color schemes. Marvel at a laser light program synchronized with classical and Peruvian music that makes the fountains sparkle and shine as the water flows in unique patterns and shapes. After the show, be dropped off at Parque Kennedy, Miraflores.

Lima: Colonial City tour and Magic Fountains Park

6. Lima: Colonial City tour and Magic Fountains Park

Historical Center of Lima After picking you up, we will take you to the Historical Center of Lima to show you all its highlights. Plaza San Martín We visit first this wonderful Plaza made in 19 hundred to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue that represents Peru’s liberator. The surrounding buildings are stunning, and It displays the neoclassic style. Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) Then, we will go to the (Main square), the most representative one in Peru where you will see impressive old buildings such as The Presidential Palace, The City Hall, The Cathedral and The Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Your expert guide will explain you about the rich history of Peru’s capital. Museum Convent San Francisco de Asis y Catacombs After, we will take you to the most amazing museum in downtown Lima. Here, you will learn about the colonial period in Lima city. Get ready to visit its amazing underground Catacombs! Magic Fountains Park Then, we will go to the most emblematic Park of Lima, which has the Guinness Book record to be the largest fountain complex in the world, displaying 13 distinct fountains and many are interactive. They are illuminated by night and many of which are choreographed to music and continuously changing color schemes.

Lima to Nazca: 8-day Immersive Cultural Road Trip

7. Lima to Nazca: 8-day Immersive Cultural Road Trip

Day 1 Arrive Transfer: Please arrive in Lima before noon local time. Guided tour start time and hotel check-in: 14:00 local time You will enjoy a walking tour of the upscale district of Miraflores, the renowned Larco Museum in Pueblo Libre to learn about 5000 years of ancient Peruvian life, cultural assets and history. You will end the day in the bohemian district, Barranco, known for its colorful, colonial beauty, vibrancy and nightlife. Day 2 Begin the day with a city tour of the historic center and a gastronomy street food tour of food and beverages popular among locals. Go off-the-beaten-path to the coast to discover the historic port of Callao and La Punta and end your day at the Parque de las Aguas for a water fountain light show. Day 3 From Lima to Paracas, you will stop at Pachacámac Ruins an archaeological site from 200 A.D. that flourished for 1,300 years until the Spanish invaded. Next stop, enjoy Moron Lake, the less-traveled, non-commercial side of Paracas. You will end the day with free time in Paracas beach town. Day 4 Depart Paracas for Huacachina with a stop at a vineyard producing the national spirit, Pisco, and wine! You will enjoy lunch and discover the diversity of Peruvian cuisine and wine during our visit. Next, you will arrive at Huacachina, a desert oasis town to enjoy a nice sunset at the top of the dunes. Our adventure begins with sandboarding and a dune buggy ride in the desert to our campsite for a barbecue dinner and a night of camping in a tent in the middle of the desert! Day 5 Embark in the morning on a magnificent, less-traveled excursion into the Ocucaje desert to discover the Los Perdidos Canyon and have a box lunch. On the way to Nazca, you will stop at an overlook to get a view of the Nazca lines! You will arrive in the late afternoon in Nazca for free time and rest. Day 6 We will start our day with free time in Nazca to wander the city or you may add an optional activities to nearby national treasures such a flight over the Nazca Lines, Cantalloc Aqueduct, and Chauchilla Cemetery. In the afternoon, your guided tour starts with Cahuachi Pyramids and a local family-run ceramic workshop. You will discover the Nazca civilization by visiting the ceremonial site of Cahuachi whose vocation is still enigmatic. You will also be amazed by the agronomic advances, through the gigantic irrigation system, and by their ceramic art at a workshop reproducing ancestral techniques. In the evening, you will visit the Nazca Planetarium to get the latest scientific explanations of the mysterious Nazca Lines. Day 7 Today you've got a long day on the road with a 7-hour drive from Nazca to Lima. On the way, we will stop in the town of Chincha, known for its Afro-Peruvian heritage, culture and present-day life. You will have lunch and a cultural visits to historical sites. Day 8 Airport transfer departure to Lima Airport or connect to our 8-day Cusco Machu Picchu Immersive Cultural Tour!

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It was a great experience and a nice tour of Lima. Our guides Lady and Alexandra were super nice. You explained everything perfectly. We were able to learn a lot about the history of Lima and Peru and had enough time for photos, videos and lunch. The tour was well planned and everything was well organized. Highly recommend this tour for people who are in Lima for the first time.

The 8-hour tour is all it takes to get to know Lima in all its aspects. Our guide Susanna was very good and helpful, as well as an excellent photographer, and was able to pass on a lot of useful information to discover the city with passion and professionalism. We couldn't have chosen a better tour (and guide)!

Alex was fun and very knowledgeable. We learned much about history of Peru. At the water show she even asked people to move if they stopped in front of us to insure a great view. The catacombs were very interesting. Our driver was also great. Highly recommend this tour.

Our tour was wonderful! Jessica was an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide, and our driver Victor was great as well. Lots of history in Lima was covered!

We had a wonderful time. Guide was very informative and personable.