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Top 8 Attractions In and Around Lima

Lima sits atop a row of Pacific cliffs and can't wait to show you its art, cuisine, and millennia-old civilization. Why not try these places to get a taste of the Peruvian capital?

Barranco

Barranco

This arty borough of Lima offers surfing, protected wildlife wetlands, colorful old buildings, and a unique south-facing location!

Museo Larco
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Museo Larco

This museum literally represents layers of Peruvian heritage: its colonial 18th century main building lies on top of a pre-Columbian pyramid.

Pachacamac

Pachacamac

Discover pre-Incan civilization at this sacred citadel just outside Lima.

Caral

Caral

Caral is said to be the oldest city in all the Americas, inhabited since 2600 BC. Walk around dusty temples, view timeless artifacts, and ponder an ancient people.

Miraflores Boardwalk

Miraflores Boardwalk

In the uptown district of Miraflores, you can while away an afternoon shopping, strolling through gardens and enjoying the Pacific breeze.

Ichimay Wari

The artisanal crafts available to view and buy at this workshop on the outskirts of Lima will be a highlight to all interested in supporting local trade.

Magic Water Circuit
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Magic Water Circuit

The fountain light show takes place every night from Wednesday to Sunday and is pretty spectacular!

Cathedral of Lima

One of the oldest European-era buildings, dating from 1535, Lima's cathedral has pride of place downtown. Flanked by palm trees outside and crowned by a golden nave inside, it's a great place to cool down and learn about Peru's particular Catholicism.

Planning Your Lima Visit

When should I go?

Peru's peak tourist season is from December to April, when the weather is warmer with clear skies. If you don't mind the crowds, visit then, because from June to December, the city is covered with a thick, gray fog.

What should I wear?

You don't need to dress for particularly warm or cold weather if you go during the high season. If you decide to go on the walking trails around archeological sites, remember to bring walking boots and maybe even some blister relief!

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
  • Currency
    PEN (S/.)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +51
  • Best time to visit
    While the weather is typically always dry, the best temperatures and clear skies are found from December to April, which also means there are more crowds.

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What people are saying about Lima

Lots of car time to see two amazing sites

This trip is as it’s advertised. It’s a FULL day majority driving in the car. From Lima you are in car 3 hours to Paracas then boat for 2 hours then drive to Nazca almost 4 hours, approx 30 min plane ride then 6+ hour return drive to Lima. Boat trip- we saw penguins, lots of sea lions, starfish, Pelicans and other birds. Driving to Nazca- you drive through the oasis town of Ica, and the Peruvian desert Nazca fight- the pilot takes you over 10+ geoglyphs making it possible for passengers to see from both sides of the plane 2 of the other 3 passengers got sick. Prior to leaving i used motion sickness meds and felt ok. Bringing snacks and water is a MUST. Because of the long travel time stops are primarily for fuel/bathrooms There is a local food vendor at the Nazca airport. During the long drive you can sleep (as our guide did) or sight see. It would have been helpful to be able to ask questions about the sights as we drove. I wouldn’t recommend driving this trip yourself

Great trip, well worth doing if you don’t have much time in Peru.

I chose this tour as I didn’t have much time to sightsee on a business trip. There is a lot of travelling but it’s great to see the farms and coastline as you travel (and catch up on sleep!) and all of elements are well worth the journey. The pisco tasting is very generous and the views at the oasis are breathtaking. Highlight was still the penguins! My guide was really kind and friendly. I was the only one on the trip and he was very chatty. The only downside was I booked the trip hoping to be part of a social group. However I still really enjoyed it being the only one.

Ballestas, Winery, and Huacachina Oasis Trip from Lima Reviewed by Madeleine, 05/27/2019

Fantastic fountain displays and delicious buffet dinner

This tour was very fun. There was plenty of time to roam the fountain park and our guide was friendly and helpful. The DPaso dinner was excellent with a large variety of foods from which to choose, and I enjoyed seeing the dance performances. I'm always leery of shows involving animals in concern for their welfare, and the last performance is outside with horses. Overall a nice evening that I would recommend. If you are a non-citizen, be prepared to show your passport or a photocopy to the guide. She was happy to take a picture on her phone from mine.

Easy, interesting and entertaining half day tour

Maria and George are a fabulous team, George is a great and safe driver and Marie is very informative in the way she explains the events that created Pachacamac, her english is excellent which made it easy for us as non Spanish speakers . Maria’s knowledge of the cultures of Peru and also random bits of information she gives makes her passion for her work obvious. Keep up the great work and thanks again.

The tour as well as the guide and the driver were excellent.

Our guide, Maria, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She planned the tour very well so that we were able to cover all the key aspects within the time we had. She was also able to answer all our questions and provided useful and interesting information. We would highly recommend the tour.

Lima: City Tour Reviewed by Sudhir, 06/22/2019