Plaza San Martin

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Plaza San Martin showing street scenes

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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Top Hotels Close to Plaza San Martin

Hotel Belén
Hotel Belén
2.5 out of 5
Jr. Nicolas de Pierola 953, Plaza San Martin, Lima, Lima
The price is $36 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
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.
3.3/5 (40 reviews)
"Really great location. Noisy but that was to be expected. Needs some sort of signage indicating that the place even exists. Other than the location number there was nothing to let us know this was the actual place. Our cab driver kept going around in circles thinking this was not the proper ..."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Hotel Belén
Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Republica 170, Lima, Lima
Fully refundable
The price is $71 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas de Lima, and Magic Water Circuit. Costa Verde and Miraflores ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (291 reviews)
"wonderful"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental
3 out of 5
Jiron Puno 196, Lima, LIMA
The price is $70 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
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 ...
3.8/5 Good! (208 reviews)
"Place is very good, location is bit scary at nights"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

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Hotel Belén
Hotel Belén
2.5 out of 5
Jr. Nicolas de Pierola 953, Plaza San Martin, Lima, Lima
The price is $36 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Hotel Belén
Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Republica 170, Lima, Lima
The price is $71 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
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Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental
3 out of 5
Jiron Puno 196, Lima, LIMA
The price is $70 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Hotel Continental
Orchid Hostels
Orchid Hostels
1.5 out of 5
Jirón Carabaya 959, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Lima
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Grand Bolivar
Grand Bolivar
3.5 out of 5
Jirón De La Unión 958, Lima, Lima Region
Grand Bolivar
Hotel Diamond Lima
Hotel Diamond Lima
3 out of 5
Jr. Cuzco, Lima, Lima
The price is $69 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
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Hotel Belen 1084
Hotel Belen 1084
2.5 out of 5
Jr. De la Unión 1084, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Lima
Hotel Belen 1084
In the heart of Lima cozy apartment
In the heart of Lima cozy apartment
2.5 out of 5
Jiron Moquegua 284 Edificio California, Lima, Lima
The price is $50 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
In the heart of Lima cozy apartment
Edificio California en Centro Histórico
Edificio California en Centro Histórico
3 out of 5
Jiron Moquegua 284, entre Camana y Cailloma. Depto 604, Lima, Lima
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