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Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

1. 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 colonial architecture buildings. 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 exploring 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.

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: City Highlights Small Group Tour

3. Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, the tour begins by visiting one of the most important squares of Peru. San Martin Square is surrounded by balconies, Acestrals' homes, colonial residences, and beautiful palaces. Following this, visit one of the most significant avenues of Lima, Jiron de La Unión. The tour then continues to the square of Lima or 'Plaza Mayor'. Here you can view cathedrals, the government palace, city hall, and wonderful balconies decorated uniquely with an Arabic influence. The tour concludes with a trip to one of the oldest catacombs of America, the 'San Francisco Monastery'.

Lima: Flavors and Tradition Walking Tour with Food Tasting

4. Lima: Flavors and Tradition Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Your tour will begin the right way, with a morning coffee to be at “Terrua” coffee shop with a brief explanation about the coffee in Peru. Following coffee experience, it will be time to voyage to the city center using the “Metropolitano”, which will provide you with a fun experience of Lima's public transportation. At the city center, you will begin your walk at Mercado Central and China Town, to try different bites of the Peruvian-Chinese gastronomy. If you are thirsty, a “Chicha Morada” is also included on this tour. After the “Mercado Central”, your tour will continue around Congress Palace, an old building from the first years of the Peruvian Republic. You can finish the walk around San Francisco church to try some “churros”, as well as come Causa or Papa Rellena with a traditional Pisco Sour at the Cordano Tavern. This tavern is one of the most traditional places surrounding Government Palace, and is more than 100 years old.

Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

5. Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Get to know Peru's capital in the course of a single day with your expert, professional guide. Encounter sights like the Huaca Pucllana, Olive Park, and the underground catacombs as you immerse yourself in this evocative city. Start your experience with convenient pickup from your accommodation and get ready to discover the Miraflores district. Cruise through this upscale area while learning about its history. See sights like the Huaca Pucclana pyramid, built between 200 and 700 AD. Next, head for the famous San Isidro district. Luxuriate in the beautiful groves of the Olive Park and admire Victor Delfin's famous "The Kiss" sculpture in the Love Park. Take in awesome views of Lima and its Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Miraflores, Continue your tour with a visit to the artsy and bohemian district of Barranco. Marvel at the beautiful murals typical of this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Take the opportunity to make a wish at its Bridge of Sighs, and visit its atmospheric Plaza. Conclude your tour in the city's bustling downtown. The city's historic center is full of places of interest included the Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, and Magic Fountains Park. Your guide will also take you to essentials like the San Francisco de Asis Museum, and the famous underground catacombs.

Lima: Historical Center, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Site Tour

6. Lima: Historical Center, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Site Tour

Travel from your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro, to the charming Historical Center of Lima to see all the highlights with this group tour. Visit a local restaurant for an optional lunch. Marvel at Plaza San Martin, a plaza that was made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. View the statue that represents Peru’s liberator and soak up the history of the stunning neoclassical buildings. Head to the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to see the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Listen as your expert guide will explain the rich history of Peru’s capital. Travel to downtown Lima to explore the catacombs. Head to the Pachacamac archeological site and museum to experience one of the largest religious centers in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast with buildings from different kingdoms predating the Inca (200 AD). Admire pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon.

Lima: Panoramic Private Tour

7. Lima: Panoramic Private Tour

Get to know the most important places in Lima. See the most important colonial buildings in the city, walk through the Main Square or Plaza Mayor and visit the famous Love Park or Parque del Amor, with beautiful views of the ocean. Your tour starts in downtown Lima, where you take a scenic tour of the built-up area, a World Heritage-listed by UNESCO. Go to the Main Square to see the Presidential Palace and the Lima Cathedral, impressive constructions that are still being used. Visit San Martín square, the scene of the most important social and political events of the 20th century Lima. In the center of the square is the monument to the liberator José de San Martín, manager of the independence of Peru. Upon your return to Miraflores, make a short stop at the Love Park, inaugurated on February 14, 1993, and intensely visited by couples on Valentine's Day each year.

Lima: Half-day Private: Discovering the Street Food in Lima

8. Lima: Half-day Private: Discovering the Street Food in Lima

Drive to Barranco and stroll around this quaint and traditional district,considered to be the city´s most romantic and bohemian, being the home and working place of many of Perus leading artists, musicians, designers and photographers. Stop at the Park of Barranco to degustate the exquisite traditional Peruvian anticuchos, made with beef heart and seasoned with garlic, vinegar, cumin, and aji panca, a mild red chile pepper with a smoky flavor. Have a taste also of the typical picarones, a fabulous dessert of sweet flavor, crispy and warm, dripping with syrup. Return to your Hotel.

Artsy Barranco district and Lima City Tour with Catacombs

9. Artsy Barranco district and Lima City Tour with Catacombs

Travel from your accommodation in the areas of Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro to the vibrant and hip Barranco district. Experience the art that has flourished in an area that was built up with elite vacation homes. Learn how this area has evolved into the most romantic and bohemian district of Lima, with the old colonial mansions being converted into restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, design shops, art galleries and museums. Walk along the cliffs to take in ocean views. Journey to Plaza San Martin in the stunning Historical Center of Lima. Find out more about how this Plaza was made in the 1900s to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings. See the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima and explore the underground catacombs.

Lima: Cooking Class and Sightseeing Day Tour

10. Lima: Cooking Class and Sightseeing Day Tour

The capital of Peru has a growing reputation as a culinary hotspot and you’ll see why for yourself on this fun day tour of Lima. Take a cooking class, walk through a food market, explore the famous Palacio del Gobierno, learn about the local history, visit the underground catacombs, and more.  You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Lima at around 9:30 AM to be taken to one of the local markets. Once there, your guide will showcase the highlights of the market, taking you through and detailing the origins and farming of the produce – most of which is grown locally. After the walking tour, it’s time for the cooking class. The chef will start with an explanation of the different dishes and drinks you will prepare and help you to make the delicious meal before you enjoy it for yourself!  From there, you’ll continue the city tour, visiting the center of Lima and the Government Palace, the famous Palacio del Gobierno. You’ll see the main plaza and the many colonial buildings and your guide will teach you all about these historic sights. Finally, it’s time to visit the famous Saint Francisco Monastery and explore the impressive underground catacombs. After your full day of sights and tastes, you’ll be driven back to your hotel.

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We only had one day in Lima and as the city is big and busy we decided to book this full day tour. Very convenient because they pick you up and bring you back to the hotel, you visit the most important neighborhoods and our guide william was very precise and pleasant in explaining what we went to see. At lunchtime we ate a great chevice in a MIRAFLORES ocean view restaurant. I recommend it for those who have little time in Lima and want to see the highlights of the city.

Great tour, starts in Miraflores but then you go straight to the historical centre - so you get a bit of a city tour on top of the food tour! You'll get to try quite a few local snacks (make sure you come hungry) and then you get a nice pisco sour at the end. Definitely recommend.

Our tour guide Pamela was excellent throughtout the day covering all major highlights with great knowledge and enthusiasm. We highly recommend her for any traveller.

We enjoyed our trip from the beginning until the very end. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and hilarious. Definitely recommending to others.

We had a really great day with our amazing guide William and would book the tour again and again.