Known for Dining, Shopping and Museums
Enjoy a culinary andcultural experience in bustling Lima, where the desert meets the coast, whereancient history mixes with 21st-century entertainment and where Peru’s poorhope to get rich.
The settlement along theRímac River was once inhabited by Incas and earlier civilizations. After theSpanish founded Lima in 1535, they ruled for over 300 years. Today, nearly athird of Peru’s 30 million residents live in the capital. From the slums on theCerros (hills) and the colorful colonial mansions, to the Catholic churcheswith Moorish roofs and Chinatown’s red gate, Lima’s urban sprawl isdiverse.
Explore Lima’s colonialpast in the central Plaza de Armas. A grand palace with marching guards, anornate cathedral and a 17th-century fountain define this historic square. Siton a bench and people-watch or browse nearby souvenir shops for brightlycolored souvenirs. Tour the Convento y Museo de San Francisco and its16th-century catacombs. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or set out on foot andfollow the shopping avenues to the monument-rich Plaza San Martin.
Take a metered taxi to theMuseo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera in the Pueblo Libre district to seepre-Columbian art, including Moche ceramics from over 2,200 years ago. Foroceanfront entertainment, head south to Lima’s fashionable neighborhoodsMiraflores and Barranco. Try Peru’s staple seafood dish ceviche or thealcoholic drink pisco sour.
In summer, ocean breezesprovide a welcome reprieve from Lima’s desert air and smog. Winter days aremild, but often overcast. Because most Peruvians are poor and Lima attracts thewealthy, crime is an issue. Use the lockers and taxi service of your hotel andstick to the tourist areas.
Lima’s Jorge ChavezInternational Airport has connections to major global destinations. With dailyplanes and buses leaving from Lima for the surfing beaches of the PacificOcean, the lush Amazon jungle and the snow-capped Andes mountains, thisfascinating city is just the start of your Peru adventure.
Day 1 At Lima's airport meet your guide and tour Lima, starting at Love Park in Miraflores and the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial center. See the main square with the Government Palace and Town Hall, and then visit the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Convent, home to the remains of San Martin de Porras and San Rosa de Lima.
Immerse yourself in a tribute to the vibrant culture of Peru and its people with a dinner and traditional Peruvian show at Dama Juana Restaurant. It’s a treat for both your eyes and your palate that leaves you with a newfound appreciation for the country’s unique heritage.
Find some of Peru's most beautiful scenery with an expedition that takes you to explore the country's spectacular sights. This 11-day outing gives you a look at its wide variety of landscapes, from mountains and canyons to valleys and lakes, along with villages and Inca archaeological sites.
Experience a treasure for those who love the nature off the coast of Callao, just a few minutes from Lima. Set sail past the coast of the Palomino Islands, a stunning sanctuary for birds and sea lions, and admire the views of the El Fronton and Cabinzas islands along the way.
The arid lands of the southern coast of Peru await on this tour to see their most precious treasures. Get a bird's-eye view of the mysterious Nazca Lines and see the giant glyph of the Paracas Candelabra for a look at some of the lost secrets of the country.