The essence of the experience
There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Lima. Thanks to its rich cultural heritage, travellers are treated to a spectacular array of historic monuments and prominent examples of colonial architecture. Take a guided tour to view:
Plaza Mayor / Plaza de Armas
The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima, is the birthplace of the city of Lima, and one of Lima’s main tourist attractions. Established in 1535, this bustling square was once the economic and cultural heart, and was where the masses congregated for religious celebrations, colourful markets and exhilarating bull fights. Today this historic piazza is a lively, bustling place offering beautiful insight into life as a Peruvian.
Presidential Palace / Palacio de Gobierno
The impressive presidential palace, also known as House of Pizarro, sprawls on the banks of the Rimac. Marvel at the magnificent majestic entrance and opulently decorated halls. The objects inside reveal the narrative of Lima’s colonial history. Make sure to see the changing of the guard that happens at noon each day. Decked out in rich royal scarlet and striking blue garb the soldiers are a sight to behold.
Monastery of San Francisco / Monasterio de San Francisco
Who can resist fascinating bone-lined catacombs, complete with exposed remains and artfully curated relics arranged in curious formations in circular stone pits. Housed in a bright-yellow, lavish baroque-style Franciscan monastery and church, the catacombs are a thrilling and macabre sight. You can also visit the spectacular library, a haven for 25,000 antique texts, some of which predate the conquest.
Cathedral of Lima / La Catedral de Lima
Established in 1535 when the founder of Lima, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, laid the first stone, this cathedral is one of the city’s most famous buildings. Revealing exquisite baroque and neoclassical features, take note of the magnificently arched ceiling and the beautifully mosaic-decorated tomb of Pizarro. Exhibiting exquisite religious paintings and artefacts, the Museum of Religious Art in the cathedral is a reposeful space to pour over venerable items.