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.

 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.

 LIMA WALKING TOUR

The Lima Walking Tour combines Lima's residential, financial and colonial districts. Beginning by the cliff tops in Miraflores, admire the views over the Pacific Ocean while walking to the small Parque del Amor, famous for its romantic sculpture of two lovers embracing.  Continue to 'Huaca Pucllana', a pre-Inca temple of the fifth century, before arriving to the district of San Isidro, an elegant suburb with a beautiful olive grove. Pause for a snack at Tanta Restaurant, owned by the 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, and the Plaza de Armas, Lima's grandiose historic main square home to the Cathedral and the Presidential and Archbishop's palaces.  Expect to walk around 3 hours. Starts only from Miraflores hotels.

 COLONIAL LIMA WALKING TOUR

Walk from your hotel to the bus station for a public bus ride to Lima downtown. Upon arrival to the city outskirts, the main walk begins passing by the Parque de la Exposición, Plaza Grau, Paseo de los Héroes Navales, Plaza San Martin, Jirón de la Union, La Merced and San Pedro churches, Torre Tagle Palace (currently used as the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), San Francisco church and Plaza Mayor, Lima´s historic main square home to the Cathedral, Presidential and Archbishops palaces. Return to your hotel by local taxi.   Expect to walk around 2 hours.

 MODERN WALKING TOUR (MIRAFLORES AND SAN ISIDRO)

Great option to discover Miraflores and San Isidro observing the daily life of these two modern districts of Lima. Their history, architecture and some bird watching will amuse the walk. Depending on your hotel´s location, the circuit includes the cliff tops, the Parque del Amor, Parque Central, Indian markets and Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores. In San Isidro the main walk is through the Olive Grove. Return by taxi to your hotel. Starts only from Miraflores hotels. Expect to walk around 2½ hours.

 BARRANCO AND MODERN LIMA WALKING TOUR

This walking tour aims to offer a firsthand encounter with Lima, the ‘City of Kings’, the kind that visitors 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 make Lima special. 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 there are colorful expressions of art on every corner. From a 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 a relaxing stroll past the ancient ruins of Huaca Pucllana (V Century). By the end of this half day tour, you will know the city like you never thought possible. Starting from hotels in Miraflores or Barranco. Expect to walk around 3 hours.

 BIKING TOUR: BAY TOUR (BARRANCO AND CHORRILLOS)

This biking excursion starts at the biking meeting point.   It covers two very important areas of Lima, the neighborhoods of Barranco and Chorrillos.  Along the ride, appreciate the amazing sights around the bay, including great views of the San Lorenzo Island, the Morro Solar hill and the impressive coastal cliffs of Lima.   Once in the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, continue cycling around its mansions, churches, bars and parks, trying to get the feeling of the streets that once inspired the most renowned Peruvian writers and poets of past generations.   Visit also the neighborhood of Chorrillos with its old fishing pier, beaches, and promenades, learning the history of the infamous Pacific war that left this heroic town in ruins back in the nineteenth century. Includes light snack and bottled water. Duration – around 3½ - 4 hours.

 BIKING TOUR: URBAN TOUR (MIRAFLORES AND SAN ISIDRO)

This biking tour starts visiting lovely hidden streets and boulevards in the heart of Miraflores area.  We stop by an impressive pre-Inca archaeological site in the middle of a residential area.  Later, we ride through a truly beautiful ancient field of Olives located in San Isidro neighborhood. The olive trees remaining, planted by the Spaniards during the colonial time, are some of the oldest of its type in the Americas.  Continue cycling through the residential area of San Isidro, enjoying the atmosphere of its parks and architecture.  Once back in Miraflores, we stop for a typical snack in a traditional old spot in town. We finish the tour cycling along the cliff-edge bike lanes and parks of Miraflores overlooking the ocean. Includes light snack and bottled water. Duration – around 3½ - 4 hours.

 BIKING TOUR: DOWNTOWN TOUR (LIMA CITY CENTER)

Be ready for a biking trip through time and history.  The goal: reach the Main Square in the oldest part of Lima.  See the magnificent and most important buildings of the city:   the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the City Hall Gran Bolivar Hotel, the National Club buildings, the National Courthouse, the Lima and Italian art museums and other important sites including classical Spanish, French and Moorish style mansions and monuments. Includes light snack and bottled water.  Duration – around 5 hours.

 VILLA MARIA FISH TERMINAL

This option give our travelers a behind-the-scenes look at Lima’s important culinary industry. You will have the opportunity to experience the Villa Maria Fish Terminal - the city’s entry point for all of the southern sea's daily bounty; the place where most hotels, restaurants and markets in the city get their seafood. You will handpick your own fresh fish to watch the journey it takes from the market to the cutting board, to the frying pan and, shortly after, to your plates: a delicious typical meal you will not soon forget! It must be stressed that this experience is extremely genuine and is not recommended for the faint-hearted. The fish terminal is a pearl hidden in the heart of Villa Maria de Triunfo, an extremely populous district; and the meal will be enjoyed amongst the local working-class in an attached marketplace. It must be stressed that this experience is extremely genuine and is not recommended for the faint-hearted.

 LIMA, THE MAGIC WATER CIRCUIT

A park on the edge of the downtown area of Lima has been transformed into the largest electronic water fountains complex in the world, certified by the Guinness Book of Records. The Magic Water Circuit (Circuito Mágico del Agua) has more than a dozen fountains that send water shooting into the air.  Locals and tourists enjoy a wonderful show of water, lights, music and images presented in the famous “Parque de la Reserva”

 CALLAO MONUMENT

Callao, Peru’s main commercial seaport located approx. 15 km west of the Historic Center of Lima was the main port of the Pacific during Colonial times. The Callao municipality, private companies, and cultural groups, have developed an initiative to return value and revive the historic area of Callao, creating an artistic circuit that involves to the residents of the neighborhood of Castilla, usually known for its high crime rates, by providing them with tools and job opportunities intended to contribute to improving their quality of life.  In this circuit, you can see houses, town squares, streets and façades recovered; many of them decorated with urban art, in an effort to restore glory to the monumental Callao.

 A UNIQUE DAY IN LIMA WITH LUNCH

“A Unique Day in Lima” is a wonderful way to enjoy your stay in Lima.   Far out of the way of normal Lima excursions, you will see and experience daily life of Limeños and their favorite haunts. Explore Lima and its culture by taking a local bus and a taxi.    Visit Barranco, Lima’s bohemian neighborhood with its charming architecture and the famous Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros) and have a look of the bay of Lima from Chorrillos on the water's edge.  Then, visit the Surquillo Market, where you will be able to gather with vendors and mix with locals purchasing their daily goods.  This market is a known stamping ground for some of the city's most innovative chefs in search of their next flavor combinations.  Here, in one of the stands, we will try one of the most representative dishes of the Peruvian coast: a Cebiche (raw fish marinated with lemon).  Afterwards, continue to a huge market located in Callao, Lima’s port,  with an amazing variety of Peruvian produce, sells, among others, over 50 varieties of potatoes. Continue to "La Casa de Flor" for a Peruvian lunch, which  includes the famous Pisco Sour.  Welcome to Lima!

 A TASTE OF LIMA + COOKING CLASS + LUNCH

The excursion begins visiting 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. Then, walk around the Central Park of Miraflores (formerly Parque Kennedy) and try some French potatoes at La Lucha Sanguchería, a famous sandwich shop and favorite haunt of locals in this area.  You will also try a Chicha Morada, a beverage made of purple corn while walking to Parque del Amor, famous for its romantic sculpture of two lovers embracing, located at the boardwalk of Miraflores with a superb view of Lima bay.  Afterwards, a brief drive over the San Isidro Market, for a special visit to the renowned father and son team of fish vendors, Abel and Eduardo, whose stand has been a mainstay for nearly two decades.  

The last stop will be at a restaurant where you will finally have a chance to get your hands full of delicious ingredients.  The chef is a cook passionate and has converted this dining area into a classroom for an in-depth comprehensive lesson on making a Peruvian meal and a Pisco Sour.  Peruvian lunch includes Pisco Sour (Peruvian cocktail), Cebiche (raw fish marinated with lemon, garlic and salt), Causa Limeña (made with cold mashed potato), Lomo Saltado (sautéed strips of tender beef loin, potatoes and vegetables). 

 LIMA GOURMET TOUR + LUNCH

The gastronomic 5-stop city tour of Lima starts at a local roastery in the bohemian district of Barranco where daily, the coffee beans are hand-picked for an organic Peruvian coffee. You will also tour the old streets of Barranco, home to artists, musicians and the city’s top art galleries. Continue to a traditional local market in the district of San Isidro to try exotic fruits and products and learn the ancient myths and legends associated with them.    The next stop is one of the city’s top seafood restaurants (cebicherias): Embarcadero 41 Fusión in the Miraflores district. You will discover the secrets to the perfect Cebiche and Pisco Sour as you prepare the dish and cocktail with the head chef and bartender. The last stop is lunch at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, located within a pre-Inca archaeological complex. This restaurant is so impressive that the King of Spain (Juan Carlos), Mick Jagger, Bill and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few, have made sure not to miss it during their trips to Lima.  Enjoy a variety of gourmet Peruvian dishes as well as four different desserts and another pisco-based cocktail.

Includes:

  • Organic Peruvian coffee at a roastery
  • Lucuma milkshake at secret garden cafe
  • Visit to a local market and enjoy a taste of fruits & local products
  • Cebiche & Pisco Sour class with head chef at top seafood restaurant
  • Gourmet Peruvian lunch & dessert amid pre-Incan ruins at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant

 LIMA GOURMET TOUR + DINNER

This 4-stop city tour begins at an upscale restaurant and lounge that sits right on the beach.  With spectacular views of Lima’s coastline, Cala is a spot you will not soon forget.  Here, a professional bartender will share the secrets to making the perfect Pisco Sour so that you can impress your friends when you return home.  After this refreshing cocktail, we are off to the jungle as we take you to an award-winning Amazonian restaurant.  Ámaz has been recognized for its lively and inviting design as well as its culinary creations by winning in the category of Best New Restaurant in Peru at the Summum Awards in 2013. Here, you will prepare your own innovative cebiche from the jungle, which you won't find anywhere else.  As far as tours in Lima go, this one is sure to amaze you, as you are likely to taste an explosion of flavors like no other you've tried before.  The next stop is a well-known classic among Lima locals, the prestigious Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, located within a pre-Inca archaeological complex with illuminated ruins dating back to 500 A.D.  Here you will enjoy a selection of Peruvian dishes and another pisco-based cocktail.  The views and dishes are so irresistible that even Mick Jagger, Bill and Hillary Clinton and the King of Spain (Juan Carlos), among many others, have not dared to miss it during their visits to Peru.  To wrap up the night, you’ll head to the bohemian Barranco district for dessert.

Includes:

  • Pisco Sour lesson at top beachfront restaurant
  • A variety of Amazonian appetizers at an award-winning restaurant specializing in traditional jungle dishes
  • Make your own exotic cebiche from the Amazon
  • Taste a cocktail made with fruit straight from the Amazon
  • Gourmet Peruvian dinner amid illuminated pre-Incan ruins at la Huaca Pucllana
  • Tour of the bohemian Barranco district
  • Artisanal Peruvian Sorbet in Barranco

 COOKING CLASS IN LIMA + LUNCH

Cooking class at the top floor restaurant of Runcu Hotel. You will have a chance to get your hands dirty, as the chef is a cook passionate and has converted his dining area into a classroom for an in-depth comprehensive lesson on making a Peruvian meal and a Pisco Sour.    Small-group tour.

 LUNCH OR DINNER AT HUACA PUCLLANA RESTAURANT

Enjoy a meal at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, within a pre-Inca archaeological complex of the fifth century. The cuisine of Huaca Pucllana stands out for its devotion to using local products of the best available quality without sacrificing its creative’s freedom. A well understood simplicity and the care of adequate cooking procedures, enhancing the flavors instead of downplaying them.  Includes a coffee at Tostaduría Bisetti in Barranco

 A TOAST WITH PISCO SOUR AT ASTRID & GASTON 

Stop at Casa Moreyra, a National Cultural Heritage, where the awarded Astrid & Gastón Restaurant is located. We will visit the reception, the library, the terrace, the main room with the open kitchen, and the vegetable garden, from where aromatic herbs and flowers are taken for the preparation of the different dishes, cocktails and desserts.   A visit to the workshop of the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio is also included as well as tasting canapés and a Pisco Sour, our national drink. 

This tour is offered as a supplement to some of our other Lima tours.

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