The essence of a history & culture tour in Lima
There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Lima, Peru. Take our guided tour to view these fascinating sites:
Plaza Mayor / Plaza de Armas
The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas, is the birthplace of the city of Lima, and a primary tourist attraction. Built in 1535, this bustling square was once the economic and cultural heart of Lima, filled with throngs of people gathering for religious celebrations, markets and even bull fights. Today, this historic piazza offers a window onto Lima’s vibrant lifestyle.
Presidential Palace / Palacio de Gobierno
The Presidential Palace, also known as the House of Pizarro, dominates the banks of the Rimac River. Marvel at the majestic entrance and opulently decorated halls rich with artefacts detailing the narrative of Lima’s colonial history. Watch the colourful spectacle of the changing of the palace guard that takes place at noon each day.
Monastery of San Francisco / Monasterio de San Francisco
Look for flocks of pigeons around a definitive yellow Baroque-style church, and you will have found this historical landmark site. Within the catacombs of the church, lie thousands of skulls and bones. You will notice that these have been arranged into intriguing patterns within circular stone pits. There is also the convent library, renowned for its 25 000 antique texts, some of which predate the Spanish conquest of the 16th Century.
Cathedral of Lima / La Catedral de Lima
Take a step back to 1535 when Francisco Pizarro laid the first stone of this famous building. Baroque, Renaissance and Neoclassical architectural elements can be seen in the exterior whilst a dramatically arched ceiling, gold-plated altar, checker-board flooring, and the mosaic detail of Pizarro’s tomb are interior highlights. You will also find the Religious Art Museum within the Cathedral’s grounds. The displays here include historical paintings, sculptures, sacred vessels as well as antique religious vestments.