Lima

Central Coast

The coastal city of Lima is diverse, with colorful parks, friendly locals, tasty cuisine, vibrant markets, and ancient historical attractions. Travelers can tour world-class museums, wander through the colonial architecture of Miraflores, and eat seafood along the Pacific coast.

Lima's historic center has the famous Plaza de Armas as its center and there are countless museums nearby—the Larco Museum and the National Archaeological Museum are some of the best. The ancient site Huaca Pucllana is situated in the middle of Lima and offers proof of the Wari and Lima nomads living side-by-side. The city now has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, especially in districts like Miraflores and Barranco, which have become popular with both tourists and locals.

Barranco is full of entertainment and nightlife, while San Isidro is known for its local market, friendly people and delicious seafood. The ocean that borders Lima brings joy to young and old alike in their search for refreshment and fun. Visitors that take a closer look soon discover that Lima isn't just a gateway to Peru, but rather an extremely interesting destination unto itself.

Francisco Pizarro founded Lima on January 6th, 1535, which today is celebrated as the "Day of the Kings." Lima became the headquarters for the Spanish conquistadors—it was the seat of power, government, politics, and culture. The port of Callao became the hotspot for trade and commerce. And Lima's fertile plains, irrigated by the Rimac River, were perfect for agriculture. Typical products from this area were (and still are) cotton, corn, potatoes, fish, fruits, sugar cane, and vegetables.

After years of trade Lima grew to be one of the biggest commercial and administrative centers of South America. Lima continued to prosper over the 19th century, but had some downtime between 1980 and 1990. During this time Peru's political and economical instability dragged the beautiful city into poverty. Luckily, the new century ushered in a new beginning for Lima. Today, the city's wide streets, huge plazas and colonial houses still show signs of the 19th century.

Many of the Peruvian people living and working in Lima originally came from rural areas. The city's population is currently around 10 million inhabitants and is still growing. Limeños are a complex mixture of racial and ethnic groups. Mestizos of mixed Amerindian and European ancestry are the largest ethnic group, and European Peruvians are the second largest group. Other large ethnic groups in Lima include the Chinese and Japanese. The influx of Chinese workers in the 19th and 20th centuries resulted in Lima having the largest Chinese population in all of South America.

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City Night and Fountains of Lima

2-in-1 combo|4hrs

Lima

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City Night and Fountains of Lima

At the Historical Center of Lima, you’ll see what’s left of the epicenter of Spanish control of the New World. Spanish power has long since ebbed away, but the...

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Fountains of Lima and Dinner Show

2-in-1 combo|4hrs

Lima

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Fountains of Lima and Dinner Show

Lima is a colorful city. This tour gives visitors a sense of where that dizzying array of colors comes from, with a look at Peru’s artistic and gastronomic culture.

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Gastronomic Tour

Gastronomy|4hrs

Lima

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Gastronomic Tour

Discover the secrets of Peruvian cuisine during this gastronomic tour of Lima. You’ll enjoy delicious food and learn how to prepare classic cocktails and ceviche.

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Gold Museum

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Lima

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Gold Museum

Encounter Peru’s most famous collection of gold during this tour. Lima’s Gold Museum is a huge private collection of gold pieces, many of which date to...

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Larco Museum

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Lima

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Larco Museum

Explore one of the largest and most impressive pre-Columbian art collections in the world. This tour takes you to Lima’s Museo Larco, a museum that is set in an...

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City Tour

2-in-1 combo|4hrs

Lima

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City Tour

This city tour serves up some of Lima’s best attractions and introduces travelers to the city’s pre-colonial, colonial, and modern periods.

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Peruvian Paso Horse Exhibition

Guided Tours|5hrs

Lima

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Peruvian Paso Horse Exhibition

Explore the Peruvian tradition of paso horse riding during this tour. You’ll visit a beautiful estate in the Lurín Valley to learn about this tradition.

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Palomino Islands Tour

2-in-1 combo|5hrs

Lima

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Palomino Islands Tour

On this tour you’ll take a yacht out to Islas Palomino to swim with sea lions. This is a unique experience, and one that you’re not likely to forget.

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The Sacred Citadel of Pachacamac

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Lima

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The Sacred Citadel of Pachacamac

Experience Pachacámac, a complex that was once hailed as an all-important oracle during pre-Columbian times. Tours of Pachacámac include visits to the on-site...

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City Night and Dinner and Show

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City Night and Dinner and Show

Venture out at night to explore what the Spanish referred to as the “City of Kings.” On this nighttime tour, see the pale colonial buildings of historic Lima lit up...

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Fountains of Lima

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Lima

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Fountains of Lima

Enjoy a guided tour of Lima’s Magic Water Circuit. The circuit’s many fountains are lit up by colorful lights and choreographed to music.

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Full Day Caral Tour

2-in-1 combo|12hrs

Lima

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Full Day Caral Tour

Spend a day visiting Caral, the oldest city in the Americas. This tour offers travelers a fascinating look into ancient Peruvian culture.

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Casa Andina Select Miraflores

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