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Things to do in Lima

With its vast and complex history, Lima is a goldmine of fascinating cultural experiences. The National Museum and the ruins of Pachacámac in Lurin both give an insight into Peru's rich pre-Hispanic cultures. The city's historic city centre is the best place to take in colonial architecture, from the Plaza Mayor to the Museum of the Convent of San Francisco. Museum opening hours vary, but they are often closed Mondays.

Plaza Mayor, Lima. Photo by Mylene D'Auriol. © PromPerú
Larco Museum, Lima. Courtesy of Museo Larco
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Larco Museum

Peruvian Pre-Columbian history

The Larco Museum in Pueblo Libre houses thousands of well-preserved Pre-Columbian artefacts from the native American Chimú, Mochica, Lambayeque and Inca cultures. See elaborate gold ceremonial headwear and stone drinking vessels before having lunch in the museum's fine garden restaurant.



Cost

S/.30; seniors S/.25; students & under 15s S/.15

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-6pm

Address

1515, Avenida Bolívar, Lima 21

Telephone

+51 1 461 1835

Transport

Taxi

Website

Larco Museum Website

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, Lima. Photo by Malin Rising
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National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology & History

History uncovered

The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History in Pueblo Libre is an ideal starting point for understanding Peru's complex cultural history. The chronological exhibition, dating from 2000BC to colonial times, includes ceramics, stone figures, jewellery and textiles.



Cost

S/.11.50; concessions S/.3.50; children S/.1

Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 9am-4pm

Address

Plaza Bolívar, Pueblo Libre, Lima 21

Telephone

+51 1 463 50 70

The National Museum, Lima. © Ákos Mikola
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The National Museum

Pre-Inca to colonial exhibits

The National Museum in San Borja is the most important museum in Lima. The exhibits, spread over three rambling floors, include scale models of most major ruins in Peru and highly advanced ceramics and textiles from pre-inca to colonial times.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 9am-5pm

Address

2465, Avenida Javier Prado Oeste, San Borja, Lima 41

Telephone

+51 1 476 9933

Transport

Taxi

Convent of San Francisco, Lima. Courtesy of PromPerú
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Museum of the Convent of San Francisco

Catacombs and religious art

Lima's cemetery until 1810, the Convent of San Francisco's catacombs in the centre are now open to the public. Visitors can see the neatly arranged bones and skulls from up to 25,000 bodies, together with the monastery's religious art collection.



Cost

S/.5; concessions S/.2.50

Opening Hours

Daily 9.30am-5.30pm

Address

Plaza San Francisco, Jirón Ancash y Lampa, Lima 01

Telephone

+51 1 426 7377

Plaza Mayor, Lima. Photo by Mylene D'Auriol. © PromPerú
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Plaza Mayor

Colonial grandeur

The Plaza Mayor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Lima's historic centre. It's a good place to start exploring the city's colonial architecture from the beautiful wooden balconies to landmarks buildings like the cathedral and presidential palace.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

City Centre, Lima 01

Transport

Taxi

Pachacámac, Peru.  Courtesy of PromPerú
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Pachacámac

Pre-Inca temples

Once a pre-Inca site for the worship of the god of creation, Pachacámac in Lurin is now an intriguing archaeological excavation. With impressive pyramids, temples and fresco paintings dating back to 200 AD, it bears witness to Peru's fascinating history.



Cost

S/.6; concessions S/.2; children S/.1

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 9am-5pm

Address

Antigua Panamericana Sur, Lurín, Lima 16

Telephone

+51 1 430 0168

Transport

Taxi

Website

Pachacámac Website

Presidential Palace, Lima. Photo by Domingo Giribaldi. © PromPerú
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Presidential Palace

Neo-Baroque architecture

Rebuilt in the 1930s in a grandiose Baroque style, the Presidential Palace stands on the site of the home of Lima's founder, Francisco Pizarro, in the city centre. Visitors can watch the changing of the guards each morning.



Cost

Exterior free; interior no access to public

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Plaza Mayor, City Centre, Lima 01

Telephone

+51 1 311 3908

Transport

Taxi

Park of Love, Lima. © Grischa Brockhaus
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Park of Love

Romantic sunsets

Overlooking the pacific ocean, the small Park of Love in Miraflores is the perfect spot to watch the sunset with your loved one. A sculpture of a couple kissing and mosaic-walls with love inscriptions add to the romantic atmosphere.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Malecón Cisneros, Miraflores, Lima 18

Transport

Taxi

Solariega de Aliaga House, Lima. Courtesy of Lima Tours
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Solariega de Aliaga House

Colonial mansion

Private residence Solariega de Aliaga House in the city centre was built by Spanish nobleman Jerónimo de Aliaga in 1535. Today visitors can go inside on pre-arranged tours to see its well-preserved colonial interiors and elegant architecture.



Cost

US$30-US$70 (part of package)

Opening Hours

Pre-arranged tours only

Address

224, Calle Jirón de la Unión, Lima 01

Telephone

+51 1 619 6900

Transport

Taxi

Website

Lima Tours Website

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