Lima Tours & Excursions , Peru

COLONIAL LIMA TOUR
The city's Colonial tour begins with some of Lima's Republican highlights: the Museum of Art, the Miguel Grau monument, the Palace of Justice, and Plaza San Martin. Then, you will visit Lima's Colonial churches, promenades and palaces which reflect Peru's Spanish heritage: The Cathedral, “Plaza Mayor”, the Government, Archbishop, and Osambela Palaces, the churches of Santo Domingo and St. Peter, and the Monastery of San Francisco.

COLONIAL LIMA & MUSEUM TOUR
The city's Colonial tour begins with some of Lima's Republican highlights: the Museum of Art, the Miguel Grau monument, the Palace of Justice, and Plaza San Martin. Then, visit Lima's Colonial churches, promenade,s and palaces which reflect Peru's Spanish heritage: The Cathedral, “Plaza Mayor”, the Government, Archbishop, and Osambela Palaces, the churches of Santo Domingo and St. Peter, and the Monastery of San Francisco. Then, continue to the Pueblo Libre district for a visit to the private Larco Museum which contains a fascinating collection of artifacts from pre-Inca civilizations. You may also choose to visit the nearby Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia instead of the Larco Museum.

COLONIAL LIMA, LARCO MUSEUM, & LUNCH TOUR
The city's Colonial tour begins with some of Lima's Republican highlights: the Museum of Art, the Miguel Grau monument, the Palace of Justice, and Plaza San Martin. Then, visit Lima's Colonial churches, promenades, and palaces which reflect Peru's Spanish heritage: The Cathedral, “Plaza Mayor”, the Government, Archbishop, and Osambela Palaces, the churches of Santo Domingo and St. Peter, and the Monastery of San Francisco. Continue to the Pueblo Libre district for a visit to the private Larco Museum which contains a fascinating collection of beautiful pottery, gold and silver work, and erotic ceramics from pre-Inca civilizations. An impressive display of thousands of ceramic pieces from the Moche culture brings animals, plants, and anthropomorphic deities to life. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in the Café del Museo Restaurant.

COMBINED MUSEUMS TOUR
With this tour you will have the option to visit the very best museums found in Lima. Currently available options include:
1. The Larco Museum: pre-Columbian artifacts including pottery, ceramics, and gold and silver work arranged in impressive displays to reflect cultural importance.
2. Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia: The archaeological museum houses pre-Columbian items from ceramics to textiles. This collection is located very close to the Larco and the two museums are similar in theme. This museum is closed on Mondays.
3. The Amano Museum: a most interesting private collection of ceramics and textiles arranged chronologically to illustrate the development of these arts in Peru. The Amano is open Monday-Friday from 3:00PM to 4:00PM by appointment only.

COLONIAL & MODERN LIMA TOUR
You will be picked up in the morning by your private guide to embark on a half day tour through some of Lima's main colonial sites: The Cathedral, "Plaza de Armas" (the main square), the Government and Archbishop's Palaces, and Torre Tagle Palace. Afterwards, you will drive through Lima's modern residential areas: San Isidro with its olive grove, Country Club and golf course, and Miraflores with its central park, shopping centers, and beaches.

PANORAMIC CITY TOUR
A panoramic tour of Lima's main colonial sites: The Cathedral, “Plaza de Armas” (the main square), and the Government and Archbishop Palaces. Afterwards, drive through Lima's modern residential areas: San Isidro with its olive grove, golf course, and “Huaca Huallamarca,” and Miraflores with its central park, “Parque del Amor”, and ocean views.This tour does not include entry to the Cathedral.

LIMA CITY AND MUSEUM TOUR
Tour some of Lima's main colonial sites: The Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the Government and Archbishop Palaces. Continue to the Pueblo Libre district for a either a visit to the private Larco Museum or the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia, a choice to be determined by your personal interests. Afterwards, drive through Lima's modern residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores.

WALKING TOUR: FROM THE PACIFIC TO THE PLAZA
This excursion combines visits to Lima's residential, financial and colonial districts. Beginning by the cliff tops in Miraflores, admire the views over the Pacific Ocean whilst walking to the small Parque del Amor, famous for its romantic statue of two lovers embracing. Continue to the pre-Inca temple of 'Huaca Pucllana', once used as a ceremonial site for the god Pachacamac, before arriving in the financial district of San Isidro, an elegant. Pause for a snack at the Tanta Restaurant, owned by famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio and sample a typical Peruvian dish.

Afterwards, local transportation takes you to the outskirts of central Lima where you continue on foot - passing through the baroque Torre Tagle Palace, currently used as the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - to the “Plaza de Armas,” Lima's grandiose historic main square home to the Cathedral, Presidential and Archbishop's palaces. Expect to walk for around 3 hours. Drive through Lima's modern residential areas of San Isidro with its olive grove and country club, then to Miraflores to marvel at its Parque del Amor and ocean views. This tour also includes a visit to the Pedro de Osma Museum, which houses masterpieces of art from the colonial period.

LARCO MUSEUM
Visit the private Larco Museum which contains a fascinating collection of beautifully modeled pottery vessels, unique gold and silver work, and erotic ceramics from pre-Inca civilizations. An impressive display of thousands of ceramic pieces from the Moche culture brings animals, plants, and anthropomorphic deities to life.

PACHACAMAC RUINS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Visit the ruins of Pachacamac (30 km/19 miles south of Lima), the most important pre-Inca religious center on the Peruvian coast. Experience the time of the Incas at the Temple of the Sun and at the "Mamacuna" (House of the Chosen Women). Afterwards, stop at the renowned Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia to immerse yourself in pre-Columbian cultural artifacts.

PURUCHUCO RUINS
You will be met at your hotel by your guide and depart for a half-day tour of Puruchuco. Puruchuco, which means “Feather hat” in Quechua, is the largest known Inca burial site and is located 8 km (5 miles) east of Lima. In the sprawling shantytown known as Tupac Amaru lies the pre-Hispanic site, known to archaeologists as Puruchuco-Huaquerones, that was once a main ceremonial center of the Incas. Uncovered in 1999 by archaeologist Guillermo Cock and his team in collaboration with National Geographic, the bodies of Inca elite were discovered buried there together with common people who probably lived in the nearby hills. 500-year old bodies of more than one thousand men, women, and children were excavated from the large Inca graveyard. The well-preserved mummies, the rich textiles and other valuables, and the everyday utensils that have been recovered have helped scientists learn more about the Inca Culture and the daily life of the people themselves. A visit to its “Museo del sitio” is also included. Afterward, you will return to your hotel.

WALKING TOUR: BARRANCO, MIRAFLORES, & SAN ISIDRO
This walking tour aims to offer a firsthand encounter with Lima, the “City of Kings,” that tourists are not normally privy to. We have mapped out a perfect route through select portions of the eclectic and contemporary neighborhoods of Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro, highlighting the distinct mix of republican-era and modern features that makes Lima special. Walk with us from the park-riddled walkway along the cliffs of Costa Verde (Green Coast) overlooking the shimmering Pacific Ocean, to the old artist neighborhoods of Barranco where you will find colorful expressions of art on every corner. Ride on the new Metropolitano, rated as one of the cleanest high capacity bus systems in the world for its use of natural gas, to a beautiful old Olive Grove in San Isidro and enjoy a relaxing stroll past the ancient ruins of Huaca Pucllana (fifth century). By the end of this half day tour, you will know the city like you never thought possible.

A TASTE OF LIMA
The excursion begins with a walk through the center of Miraflores, passing a number of the city’s most recognized eateries along the way. Chef Gonzalo will be waiting for you at the well-known Surquillo Market, where you will be able to meet with vendors and try any of the exotic fruits on display. Take in the busy atmosphere and mix in with the locals and they purchase the day’s goods. This market is a known stomping ground for some of the city’s most innovative chefs who frequent the area in search for their next flavor combinations.

Next, you will take a drive over to the notable San Isidro Market where we will make a special visit to the renowned father and son team of fish vendors, Abel and Eduardo, whose food stand has been a mainstay for nearly two decades. Here you will witness an up-close demonstration of the freshest ceviche that you are likely to ever try.

The last stop will be at Chef Gonzalo’s intimate top floor restaurant and the Hotel Runcu. The chef has converted his dining area into a classroom in order to give a comprehensive lesson on making a Peruvian meal and a Pisco Sour. Chef Gonzalo loves nothing more than teaching his craft to those who are interested, and has no doubt that you will all love the meals you create.

COOKING CLASS & MEAL (can be added on to the end of another Lima morning tour)
This shortened culinary experience will not include the visit to Surquillo or the San Isidro Markets described above as a part of the Taste of Lima Tour. Visitors will be brought straight to Chef Gonzalo’s restaurant at Hotel Runcu for his expert demonstration and instruction in creating a tasty Peruvian meal and Pisco Sour.

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