While we understand that your stay with us may be brief, we hope you will make time to discover Lima's infinite delights. With a history so rich that it dates back millennia and cultural legacies that fuse Inca, Spanish, Italian, Asian and a multitude of other cultures, our rich history serves to underscore the many cultural treasures and delightful whimsies that our City of the Kings proffers. Discover stately museums, art galleries that burst with both folk art and historic artifacts; music, markets, festivals, stately plazas and squares; cuisine that will leave you craving more, and most of all, our people: renowned the world over for our passion, and our warm, friendly demeanor. We await your arrival in Lima, Peru. And know you will delight in its many treasures.
Arts & Cultural
Located in the Miraflores district of central Lima, the Huaca Pucllana once served as a very important administrative center for the advancement of Lima culture, a society borne and sustained along the Peruvian Central Coast from 200 AD to 700 AD. Today, the ruins still demonstrate the intricacy of the millions of adobe bricks used to build this pre-Inca ceremonial site and its seven staggered platforms are impressive and photo-worthy.
Museo Larco (Larco Museum)
Touted as one of Lima's must-see sites and boasting more than 45,000 artifacts of pre-Columbian and pre-Inca art, ceramics, jewelry, pottery, fabrics and more, Larco Museum is also renowned for the guides that are both learned and passionate, enriching the experience to levels that make this one of Lima's top sites. And, with ambrosial gardens and a fabulous restaurant, a wonderful day trip is irrefutable.
Museo Oro del Peru (The Gold Museum of Peru)
Gaze upon a very impressive private collection of gold artifacts that include ceremonial objects, jewelry, weapons and so much more, dating back to both the Inca and pre-Inca civilizations. Extraordinary indeed.
This awe-inspiring archaeological citadel which dates back to the 2nd century and bears the name Lord of Earthquakes is considered sacred to pre-Inca and Inca cultures - a true cultural marvel.
Points of Interest
Escape to the Barranco district and experience bohemian whimsy and enchantment unlike any other Peruvian destination. Home to iconic artists and musicians, auteurs and authors including Mario Vargas Llosa, the laid-back funkiness and artistic character of this neighborhood makes for a great diversion, and liberally dotted with music clubs, fantastic bars and pubs, and gathering spots, conversations on life, the universe and everything beckon to one and all.
Lima Historic Center
With a well-earned designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lima's downtown center proffers both breathtaking architecture and a rich history that is evident in every brick and cobblestone, museum and cathedral, shop and café in this astounding neighborhood. Explore Peru's most coveted cultural treasures and marvel at innumerable palaces, archetypal Plazas, awe-inspiring cathedrals and savor every moment; if you do just one thing when you come to Lima, head to the Historic Center.
Miraflores City Center
Boasting both white sandy beaches - ideal for surfers, sun-worshippers and para-gliders - as well as the archaeological site Huaca Pucllana, Miraflores offers a bounty of culture, sun and sand, and quintessential Peruvian bliss.
Dating back to the reign of Inca Emperor Pachacuti, his once-royal estate is now the ultimate kickoff for the spectacular journey that is the Inca Trail. The quaint village is buttressed by two massive Inca ruins, and a stroll through the intricate, cryptic pathways is akin to stepping back in time hundreds of years. And for those who crave further adventure, Ollantaytambo is the gateway to hiking and biking bar none.
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
As the former heart and soul of grand old Lima, this stunning plaza is home to innumerable and significant architectural monuments, houses of worship and legendary institutions like the Archbishop's Palace, with its elegant balconies, breathtaking beauty and storied lineage, as well as a magnificent bronze fountain that dates back to the 1600's. A veritable cultural and sensory gem.
Savor a delightful excursion in the charming, elegant neighborhood that is San Isidro. Tucked away just north of central Lima, find cobblestone streets, neo-classical architecture, charming shops, exquisite cuisine and history aplenty at the Huaca Hallamamma, a restored pre-Inca pyramid where you can glimpse into the wonders of the past and gaze upon Indian artifacts and more.
Indian Market Miraflores
As one of Miraflores' many charms, the Indian Market is a true stand-out. Embark on your personal Peruvian journey and uncover the myriad of delights here: artisan craftworks, silver jewelry, clothing crafted from the native alpaca, pottery, paintings and so, so much more. A shopping experience like no other awaits you.
When in Barranco, a visit to Las Pallas is without a doubt a must-see, must-visit, must-experience. In addition to a bounty of offerings that highlight the artistry in Peruvian folk art - pottery, masks, hand-painted frames, woven goods, jewelry and so much more - the true delight of a visit here is the gracious hostess, whose enthusiasm and passion for her shop is legendary and has been delighting visitors and locals for years. And a simple ring of the bell will grant you access to this one-of-a-kind experience in one of Lima's one-of-a-kind shops.
Sports & Entertainment
Located in the charming San Isidro district, this mythical and historic park once housed several thousand olive trees; with a history that can be defined as tumultuous, the 1,675 remaining olive trees - all the more resplendent because of their resiliency and beauty - are wondrous for their seamless fusion with surrounding environs, and that innumerable birds unique to Peru call this beautiful olive grove home makes it that much more extraordinary.
What's Nearby - Airports, Corporations and Educational Institutions
- Jorge Chávez International Airport - 0.2 km
- Newton College
- University of Lima