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Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

1. Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

Immerse yourself in Lima's colonial history with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, start your experience at San Martin Square, where you can admire striking examples of colonial architecture such as the old Bolivar Hotel. Later, visit the breathtaking Plaza de Armas and admire impressive buildings such as the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and more. Finish your tour in downtown Lima at the fascinating Catacombs and Museum of San Francisco. Learn more about Peru's colonial period through the museum's vast collection of artwork, see rare editions in the library and wander through the blood-curdling passages of the catacombs, where the bones of 25,000 people lie. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

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Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

2. Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Get to know Peru's capital in the course of a single day with your expert, professional guide. Encounter sights like the Huaca Pucllana, Olive Park, and the underground catacombs as you immerse yourself in this evocative city. Start your experience with convenient pickup from your accommodation and get ready to discover the Miraflores district. Cruise through this upscale area while learning about its history. See sights like the Huaca Pucclana pyramid, built between 200 and 700 AD. Next, head for the famous San Isidro district. Luxuriate in the beautiful groves of the Olive Park and admire Victor Delfin's famous "The Kiss" sculpture in the Love Park. Take in awesome views of Lima and its Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Miraflores, Continue your tour with a visit to the artsy and bohemian district of Barranco. Marvel at the beautiful murals typical of this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Take the opportunity to make a wish at its Bridge of Sighs, and visit its atmospheric Plaza. Conclude your tour in the city's bustling downtown. The city's historic center is full of places of interest included the Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, and Magic Fountains Park. Your guide will also take you to essentials like the San Francisco de Asis Museum, and the famous underground catacombs.

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Lima: Highlights and Magic Fountains Park Tour

3. Lima: Highlights and Magic Fountains Park Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Finally, visit the iconic Magic Fountains Park, which has the Guinness world record for the largest fountain complex in the world, displaying 13 distinct and interactive fountains. They are illuminated by night and are choreographed to music and continuously changing color schemes.

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Lima: Artsy Barranco-Catacombs-City Tour with Lunch

4. Lima: Artsy Barranco-Catacombs-City Tour with Lunch

Travel from your accommodation in the areas of Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro to the vibrant and hip Barranco district. Experience the art that has flourished in an area that was built up with elite vacation homes. Learn how this area has evolved into the most romantic and bohemian district of Lima, with the old colonial mansions being converted into restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, design shops, art galleries and museums. Walk along the cliffs to take in ocean views. Journey to Plaza San Martin in the stunning Historical Center of Lima. Find out more about how this Plaza was made in the 1900s to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings. See the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima and explore the underground catacombs.

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Lima: Panoramic Private Tour

5. Lima: Panoramic Private Tour

Get to know the most important places in Lima. See the most important colonial buildings in the city, walk through the Main Square or Plaza Mayor and visit the famous Love Park or Parque del Amor, with beautiful views of the ocean. Your tour starts in downtown Lima, where you take a scenic tour of the built-up area, a World Heritage-listed by UNESCO. Go to the Main Square to see the Presidential Palace and the Lima Cathedral, impressive constructions that are still being used. Visit San Martín square, the scene of the most important social and political events of the 20th century Lima. In the center of the square is the monument to the liberator José de San Martín, manager of the independence of Peru. Upon your return to Miraflores, make a short stop at the Love Park, inaugurated on February 14, 1993, and intensely visited by couples on Valentine's Day each year.

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Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Lunch

6. Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Lunch

Travel from the comfort of your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro to the to Larco Museum, which is located in a magnificently restored 18th century mansion. Walk through its awesome collection of ancient jewelry, gold, pottery, metals, and textiles. Journey to Plaza San Martin in the stunning Historical Center of Lima. Find out more about how this Plaza was made in the 1900s to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. Admire the fascinating statue that represents Peru’s liberator and the neoclassic buildings. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings like the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Be enlightened about the rich history of Peru's capital by your expert guide. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima city and explore the underground catacombs.

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Lima: City Tour and Pachacamac Site with Lunch

7. Lima: City Tour and Pachacamac Site with Lunch

Travel from your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro, or another nearby location to the charming Historical Center of Lima to see all the highlights with this group tour. Enjoy a local lunch on your tour. Marvel at Plaza San Martin, a plaza that was made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. View the statue that represents Peru’s liberator and soak up the history of the stunning neoclassical buildings. Head to to the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to see the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Listen as your expert guide will explains the rich history of Peru’s capital. Travel to downtown Lima to explore the catacombs. Head to the Pachacamac archeological site and museum to experience one of the largest religious centers in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast with buildings from different kingdoms predating the Inca (200 AD). Admire pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon.

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What people are saying about Plaza San Martín, Lima

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Jonathan was a WONDERFUL tour guide! I could not have asked for anyone better to visit the Catacombs (a must-see in Lima). He was flexible and adjusted the tour to our needs! He is so experienced, kind, and knowledgeable on Peruvian facts! LOVED this tour :)

Lucas was an amazing tour guide. I usually don’t do city walking tours but this was worth it. We would never have seen or learned so much about Lima if it wasn’t for Lucas. I definitely recommend!

Our tour guide William was great! He was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English.