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Lima, the capital of Peru is waiting for you to come visit. Known as the Kings City, a name given to it by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima is where you can discover South American history and information on a country whose roots go way back to the days of the Inca Empire and the Spanish takeover. Tourist stops and attractions in Lima cover many places that are worth taking in and seeing the city as it has developed over the years, but here are a few that should make their way to the top of your Lima excursions list.

Lima tours include the Monasterio De San Francisco, a former monastery where monks of the order of St Francis were housed over 300 years ago. The most famous part of this monastery is the catacombs section, which contains the tombs of many of the monks who inhabited the monastery. For those who like a little adventure and like visiting underground secret passageways, the Monastery is a great place to visit.

Other Lima activities include visiting the Palacio Torre Tagle, an old mansion where the Peru Department of Foreign affairs currently operates. The palace is made up of some fine wooden balconies and columns that embed a style of both traditional European as well as some Moorish influence from northern Africa. This site is generally not open to the public, but you may be able to visit it with an appointment made by the Imagen Institucional del organismo público.

Other things to do in Lima include seeing the Las Brisas de Titicaca. This must see show will put on a display of traditional Peruvian dances and story-telling performances. One of their shows, Folklore Nights even serves up optional Peruvian specialty dinners to enjoy while you're watching the show. Why not taste the best of the local entrees while catching the colorful display of one of the city's hotspots?

It's not hard to find on the map, Lima is a place you should chart your course towards when you travel down south through Latin America. Thanks to Expedia, your trip is easy to book.

Things to Do in Lima with Kids

There's fun for the whole family no matter where you go in Lima. Here are a few family friendly experiences to enjoy together that are certain to make your vacation unforgettable:

Free Things to Do in Lima

Some say the best things in life are free. Be sure to explore the following around Lima:

Villena Bridge - This modern local landmark is a terrific backdrop for that vacation profile pic.

National University of San Marcos - Educate yourself about some of the unique history of the region through this site.

Plaza San Martin - Stay a while in this popular spot and imagine what life would be like as a local resident.

Cultural Center of Fine Arts - If you'd love to explore a few of the more important or interesting places in the community, this place is worth a visit.

Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima - Spend some time in prayer or meditation at this revered place of worship.

Costa Verde Beach - Keep your eyes peeled for pretty shells and other ocean treasures laying along the coastline here.

San Cristobal Hill - Unwind and let the natural beauty restore your mind.

University Park - Refresh your mind and soul by spending a bit of time with Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Lima

Miraflores

This affluent suburb is home to picturesque gardens, upscale boutiques and classy restaurants with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Lince

Visitors to Lince like its restaurants and shopping, and Risso Commercial Center is a sight worth a stop.

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Barranco

Climb cliffs for ocean views, before descending the coastal walkway and crossing the Bridge of Sighs to reach the shore.

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San Miguel

You'll enjoy the bars and live music in San Miguel. You might want to make time for a stop at Leyendas Park or Costa Verde.

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San Borja

You might enjoy the restaurants while in San Borja. La Rambla San Borja is a notable sight, and you can get around town at San Borja South Station or La Cultura Station to see more of the city.

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Ate

You'll enjoy the museums and zoo in Ate. You might want to make time for a stop at Huachipa Zoo or Arturo Jimenez Borja Puruchuco Museum.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Lima on a sunny day?

Enjoy the clear weather (and give your legs a stretch at the same time) with these outdoor activities:

What to do in Lima on a rainy day?

If it's raining cats and dogs during your trip, dry off your umbrella and try out a few of these fun indoor activities:

Are there cheap things to do in Lima?

If you're on a tight budget, consider adding the following affordable tours and activities to your to-do list:

What can you do in Lima for free?

You'll barely have time to fetch your wallet out of your bag with so many fantastic free things to do:

  • Plaza San Martin
  • Kennedy Park
  • Larcomar Shopping Center
  • Plaza Norte Peru