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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.

Park of Love, Lima. © Grischa Brockhaus

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Museum of the Convent of San Francisco - Museums and Galleries

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    Convent of San Francisco, Lima. Courtesy of PromPerú

    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.Show this on map

    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

  2. 2. National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology & History - Museums and Galleries

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

    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.Show this on map

    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

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 3. The National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The National Museum, Lima. © Ákos Mikola

    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.Show this on map

    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

  4. 4. Larco Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Larco Museum, Lima. Courtesy of Museo Larco

    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.Show this on map

    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

Attractions

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  1. 5. Pachacámac - Attractions

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    Pachacámac, Peru. Courtesy of PromPerú

    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.Show this on map

    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

  2. 6. Presidential Palace - Attractions

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

    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.Show this on map

    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

  3. 7. Plaza Mayor - Attractions

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

    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.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    City Centre, Lima 01

    Transport

    Taxi

Special things to do

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  1. 8. Park of Love - Special things to do

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    Park of Love, Lima. © Grischa Brockhaus

    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.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Malecón Cisneros, Miraflores, Lima 18

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 9. Solariega de Aliaga House - Special things to do

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    Solariega de Aliaga House, Lima. Courtesy of Lima Tours

    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.Show this on map

    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

    Solariega de Aliaga House Website

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