Saint Francis Monastery Catacombs

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Lima: Historical, Colonial, and Modern City Tour

1. Lima: Historical, Colonial, and Modern City Tour

Discover Lima’s top attractions across three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern, on this guided tour. You’ll visit fascinating sights like the San Francisco Convent and the famous catacombs, see areas like Larcomar and more, as you learn all about them. After being picked up from your accommodation in Miraflores or San Isidro at about 09:00 AM, the tour will begin with a beautiful panoramic view of the Pucllana Pyramid. This magnificent ceremonial and archeological center, built in the 4th century AD, was considered a sacred village by the Incas.  Following this, you’ll travel to the monumental San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. A highlight of the visit is the underground vaults – the catacombs. As you travel, you'll learn all about the history of these sights from your bilingual guide. Next, it’s on to the traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores, and Larcomar. At about 02:00 PM, the tour completed, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, your mind filled with the many wonderful sights and history of Lima.

Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

2. 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 Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

3. Lima Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

Discover everything Lima has to offer on this full-day tour. Visit Pachacamac, a pre-Inca archaeological complex, and contemplate what it was like to have lived during those times. On Mondays and Wednesdays we replace this visit exploring Huaca Pucllana, an archaoelogical site in Miraflores. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a family house turned into a restaurant. Visit the bohemian district of Barranco, walk its streets and enjoy the ocean views and visit the Bridge of Sighs. In the afternoon, visit The Convent of San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and its chilling catacombs. Walk the streets of Lima and take in the Parque de la Reserva, included in the Guiness Book of Records as the largest fountain complex in the world and observe a unique show of lights and music.

Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

4. 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 the biggest olive park in Peru and one of the biggest parks in the city. Visit the financial district before going to Miraflores for a look at the sacred Pre-Inca Huaca Pucllana temple that belonged to the Lima culture 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 purchase some lunch overlooking the sea.

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: City Small-Group Tour with Pisco Sour & Catacombs

7. Lima: City Small-Group Tour with Pisco Sour & Catacombs

Get acquainted with the Peruvian capital of Lima on a guided walking tour. Explore the historical center, gaze at the fabulous facade of the Presidential Palace, and descend to the eerie catacombs of San Francisco Monastery. After a pickup from your hotel, head to the Parque del Amor. Admire a sculpture by the Peruvian sculptor Víctor Delfín called "El Beso" in the center of the park and get a magnificent view of the sea. Continue to the Huaca Pucllana Archaeological Site before visiting the historic center of Lima. Stroll through the main squares, streets, churches, and shreds of the ancient city of the Kings as your guide narrates the historical background of the old viceroyalty of Peru. Appreciate the architectural monuments such as the Cathedral of Lima, Archiepiscopal Palace, and the Presidential Palace. Visit the Choco Museum, to discover the history of chocolate and cocoa in Peru. Taste its typical liquors and jams made from chocolate and cocoa (not included). Observe the old abandoned station now converted into the house of Peruvian Literature. Admire artisan shops with free time to purchase Peruvian crafts (at your own expense). Visit an old colonial house that has been converted into a small traditional bar. Learn how to prepare the flagship drink of Peru “El Pisco Sour”. Enter the Convent Museum of San Francisco and see some of the oldest cemeteries in the city located below the San Francisco convent. Conclude the tour with a transfer to your hotel or choose to stay in the center longer and return at your own accord.

Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

8. Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

Experience the flavors of Peruvian food like a local on this street food tour. You will discover why Lima is called the gastronomic city of America, through tasting its signature stews, fruits, and desserts. Learn how to make Peru’s signature drink during a pisco sour lesson. After pickup directly from your accommodation, head first to the Chorrillos Artisanal Fishing Pier, one of the popular trade points for marine products. Get to know the history of the pier before continuing to the Surquillo Market. The Surquillo Market become something of a mecca for international foodies after the praise of the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. The market is open every day and sees a large amount of food and spices sold. You can find exotic fruits from the Amazon Rainforest, potatoes and chili peppers from the tops of the distant Andes Mountains, fresh fish and seafood from the coast, and meats of different types, including alpaca and guinea pig. Taste some exotic fruits (cherimoya, granadilla, and tumbo) and the chicha morada (drink made from purple corn), then continue your gastronomic experience at two fast-food restaurants to taste their different specialties. At La Huerta Chinen, where they specialize in Creole mixes, you’ll get to try the famous Causa Limeña (mashed yellow potatoes seasoned with limes, chili peppers, and stuffed with chicken). At Alto K Fish, they specialize in seafood. You’ll get to taste their marine trio (fish ceviche, rice with seafood, and squid pork rinds). After delighting your palate, visit the historic center of Lima and walk through its old streets appreciating its impressive balconies, churches, and colonial houses. See the main square of Lima, the cathedral, the government palace, and the convent of San Francisco and its catacombs. Later, sweeten your palate by tasting Spanish churros (filled with manjar blanco or pastry cream accompanied with white sugar). Then, visit a local bar to learn about the flagship drink of Peru, the pisco sour (made from grape pisco, limos, syrup, egg whites, and angostura bitters). As a final stop, visit the Chabuca Granda avenue to try the Peruvian donuts known by the locals as picarones (made of sweet potato dough accompanied by honey).

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

9. 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.

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4.8 / 5

based on 107 reviews

We booked a small group tour, but my wife & I were the only ones so we had a private tour! Susan, our guide, was brilliant and spoke very good English. She fully explained the history of Lima and the buildings we visited and made the tour very interesting. The tour finished with a visit to the Catacombs which was also interesting. We were picked up at our hotel in Miraflores on time and returned 4 hrs later.

We had an excellent time and learned a lot in the short tour. It gave us a great overview of Lima and now know some places to spend more time. Our guide Saul was great and answered all our questions. Would recommend to anyone wanting a quick tour to overview Lima and learn some history

Our guide, Lady was very knowledgeable and friendly. She made the tour fun and interesting. Highly recommended.

Our driver and tour guide kept tour interesting, informative and engaging.

I found it very exciting and the guide was great too!!!