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Plaza San Martin

Visit one of the most important parts of the city with a poignant statue of Peru’s liberator surrounded by elegant buildings.

Plaza San Martin is a huge open space in the center of Lima featuring monuments and important structures. There is a large shrine to Peru’s liberator José de San Martin in the center of the square. The site has an animated ambience because it is popular with artisans and musicians. It is considered one of the most important areas in the city, along with Plaza Mayor. In 1998, the plaza was declared a UNESCO site.

Capture photos of the statue of Peru’s liberator, José de San Martin. He was an Argentine general and leader in the South American countries’ struggle for independence from Spain. The large statue depicts the general on horseback, overlooking the square. It is supposed to represent the moment he crossed the Andes to liberate Argentina, Chile and Peru. 

Around the statue are grandiose buildings, such as the Colón Theater and the National Club. The Hotel Bolivar was constructed in the early 20th century. It has a lavish feel, with chandeliers, majestic staircases and antique carpets. The buildings around the square share a similar baroque style derived from neoclassical European designs.

See street parties and festivals full of dancers waving flags and musicians performing. Watch artisans playing tricks and putting on shows. There is always something interesting to see, from art exhibitions to face-painting stalls and puppet shows. Dine at one of the many restaurants around the square. There are plenty of hotels in the area. Have a picnic on one of the green areas around the plaza.

The plaza was inaugurated in 1921 to mark the 100th anniversary of Peru’s liberation from Spain. 

Plaza San Martin sits just south of the city center of Lima. It is only five blocks south of the city’s birthplace, Plaza Mayor. The nearest bus station is Estación Colmena, just one block east of the square. There are many attractions nearby, such as the Recoleta Church and the La Merced Church, which is famous for its magnificent façade. 


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Hotel Belén
Hotel Belén

Hotel Belén

Jr. Nicolas de Pierola 953, Plaza San Martin, Lima, Lima
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is steps from Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

    Gran Hotel Bolivar
    Gran Hotel Bolivar

    Gran Hotel Bolivar

    Jirón de la Unión 958, Lima
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is steps from Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

      Orchid Hostels $40
      Orchid Hostels

      Orchid Hostels

      Jirón Carabaya 959, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Lima
         
        1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cercado de Lima, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Jiron de La Union and University Park are also within 10 minutes.

        Grand Bolivar
        Grand Bolivar

        Grand Bolivar

        Jirón de la Unión, 958, Lima, Lima (region)
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is steps from Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

          Hotel Continental
          Hotel Continental

          Hotel Continental

          Jiron Puno 196, Lima, LIMA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Lima Art Museum and National Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Hotel Belen 1084
            Hotel Belen 1084

            Hotel Belen 1084

            Jr. De la Unión 1084, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Lima
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cercado de Lima, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Jiron de La Union and University Park are also within 10 minutes.

              Hotel Diamond Lima $52
              Hotel Diamond Lima

              Hotel Diamond Lima

              Jr. Cuzco, Lima, Lima
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Kennedy Park and Huaca Pucllana Ruins are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Edificio California en Centro Histórico
                Edificio California en Centro Histórico

                Edificio California en Centro Histórico

                Jiron Moquegua 284, entre Camana y Cailloma. Depto 604, Lima, Lima
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cercado de Lima, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Plaza de Armas de Lima and within 6 mi (10 km) of Federico Villareal National University and Kennedy Park. Larcomar Shopping Center is 6.8 mi (11 km) away.