Lima, capital of Peru, was the chief city of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. There is a great selection of museums in Lima, including some of the best in Peru. The Indian markets are great too!
Lima At A Glance
Day 1 Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Day at Leisure
Day 2 Breakfast at the hotel, then half day group city tour. Visit the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru, Govermment Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral and the House of the 'Oidor'. Continuing our tour, we will see other colonial architectural jewels, such as Torre Tagle Palace and Osambela House.
Day 3 Breakfast at the hotel .At time indicated, transfer to the airport.
2020 Price per person in US$ : (other hotels available)
Private tours and/or other group tours are also available, such as 1/2 day Gold Museum, 1/2 day Larco Museum, 1/2 day Pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac, 1/2 day Lima by Night, 1/2 day Lima by Night + Water Fonts of Lima, 1/2 day Barranco by Night + Dinner Show, 1/2 day Gastronomic Tour + Lunch, full day City Tour + Lunch + Gold Museum, full day City Tour + Lunch + Pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac, full day Gastronomic Tour + Lunch + City Tour, full day Gastronomic Tour + Lunch + Pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac, full day Pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac + Lunch + Gold Museum
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SPECIAL PRIVATE VISITS
RAFAEL LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM
This is a museum for the pottery specialist, gives an excellent overview on the developement of Peruvian cultures. Gold and silver objets, weavings and mummies, the greatest numbers of exhibits stem from the MOCHICA period (AD 400-800) and the Cupisnique period dating back to 1000 BC. The NAZCA, CHIMU, and INCA periods are also well represented. There is also an erotica section of Nazca culture in a separate building. http://museolarco.perucultural.org.pe/
MUSEO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGIA Y ARQUEOLOGIA
One of the best museums in Lima and should be high on the list of anyone at all interested in the archeology of PERU. The collection is well laid out and traces the prehistory of Peru chronologically from the earlist archeological sites to arrival of the Spaniards. CHAVIN stone carvings, NAZCA ceramics and PARACAS weavings are all displayed here along with collections showing the best artifacts of all the major Peruvian Cultures. http://museonacional.perucultural.org.pe/ingles/index.htm
Crossing sand dunes 20 miles south of Lima we visit the pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac, one of the most important temples of ancient America. It was the largest city on the coast. The ruins encircle the top of a low hill, the crest of which was crowned with a Temple of the Sun, a large pyramid built in 1350 of sun-baked bricks.
visit one of the big Indian markets in the city to stock up on handicrafts before you leave
The excursión to the Palomino Islands is the best alternative for nature lovers. On this tour, you can watch the Ocean´s wildlife, without traveling to Paracas and Ballestas Islands located in Pisco, 250 Kms. south of Lima. On the route from San Lorenzo Island to Palomino Islands, you will watch fishing boats, guano sea birds and Humbolt penguins. At approximately 10:40 am, you will arrive to Palomino Islands, the furthest point of this boat trip, where we can find a large colony of sea lions and seals. For about one hour, you will be able to swim freely among them, thanks to the lack of predators. Around 11:40 am, the cruise vessel will sail back to the Port of Callao and you will watch the many impressive reefs and cliffs. A snack will be served before arriving at the port.