Historic Centre of Lima – City Tour Lima

centro historico de lima

The Historic Centre of Lima has been a leading city in the New World from its foundation in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The centre covers both banks of the river Rimac (after which the city was named). It holds numerous religious and public buildings that date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The basilica and convent of San Francisco is an example of the Spanish Baroque architecture in Latin America. Founded by the Emperor Charles V along with Francisco Pizarro, the complex includes three churches, San Francisco, La Soledad, and El Milagro (the Miracle), five cloisters, a library, and catacombs. Special features of the convent and its churches include the décor on the interiors, with painted Moorish and Spanish designs, frescoes inlaid Spanish tiles, and woodwork.
Its first university, Saint Mark University, was established here in 1551 and its first printing press in 1584. It also became an important religious center, a Roman Catholic diocese was established in 1541 and converted to an archdiocese five years later.

The WHS originally (1988) included only the convent ensemble of San Francisco. It later was extended to the whole historic city centre. The earthquake of 1656 destroyed most of the original constructions.

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Lima Attractions in the City
Gastronomy House – Gastronomy Tours in Lima

Gastronomy House – Gastronomy Tours in Lima

The museum offers a tour through over 500 years of history and ancient wisdom, up to the fusion of flavours and the influence of other cultures on Peruvian cuisine. Located in the house of Lima's old Post Office, next...

Church and Santuary of Saint Rose of Lima

Church and Santuary of Saint Rose of Lima

The Church of Saint Rosa was built at the place where Santa Rosa of Lima (the patron saint of Lima and the Philippines) was born. The Dominican sister established in her parents' home a hospital for the poor. Here...

San Pedro Church – Religious Tourism

San Pedro Church – Religious Tourism

Lima’s baroque Church of San Pedro was built in grand style by the Jesuits in 1638. The Jesuit Order’s premier church in Peru, it’s also one of the country’s finest buildings. With its three naves and dome, the church...

Monastery of santo Domingo – Lima Cathedral

Monastery of santo Domingo – Lima Cathedral

The Church and Convent of Santo Domingo date back to the end of the 16th century. The church is famous in Lima for being the only one with a «real» steeple, which in consequence of the construction over several...

San Francisco Church – Religius Tours in Lima

San Francisco Church – Religius Tours in Lima

You can’t walk more than a few blocks in downtown Lima without stumbling upon another colonial church. Catholic religious congregations were each allotted a piece of land in the early days of the city, and most of them erected...

Miraflores Boardwalk –  City Tours in Miraflores

Miraflores Boardwalk – City Tours in Miraflores

When getting to know the capital city of Peru, head straight to the neighborhood of Miraflores for a scenic introduction to Lima’s charms. Taking cues from its name, Miraflores is peppered with flowerbeds and grassy parks, just calling for...

Shopping Center Larcomar – Miraflores Larcomar

Shopping Center Larcomar – Miraflores Larcomar

Along the seawalk in the Miraflores district is Larcomar a multilevel entertainment, food and shopping megacomplex that caters to most tastes. The first thing you’ll notice about Larcomar is that you cannot see it. The entire complex is built into...

Historic Centre of Lima – City Tour Lima

Historic Centre of Lima – City Tour Lima

The Historic Centre of Lima has been a leading city in the New World from its foundation in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The centre covers both banks of the river Rimac (after which the city was named)....

Huaca Pucllana – Museo de Sitio Huaca

Huaca Pucllana – Museo de Sitio Huaca

The Archaeological Complex «Huaca Pucllana» was an Administrative and Ceremonial Center of the Lima Culture, a society that developed at the Peruvian Central Coast between 200 AD and 700 AD. Located in today’s district of Miraflores the «Huaca Pucllana»...

Lima Reserve Park – Water Park Lima

Lima Reserve Park – Water Park Lima

Eight decades after its inauguration, the Parque de la Reserva keeps the tradition and elegance which made it into one of the most important public areas of olden-day Lima. Standing between Avenues Petit Thouars and Arequipa on Santa Beatriz,...

Museo Larco – Museo Herrera Lima

Museo Larco – Museo Herrera Lima

There are many public and private museums in Lima, but none as unique or pleasing as the Larco Museum. Housed in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple, the museum offers a varied collection...

The Cathedral of Lima – Cathedral Tours in Lima

The Cathedral of Lima – Cathedral Tours in Lima

One of the major attractions of Lima in Peru is the historic Lima Cathedral (Catedral de Lima) . Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish explorer credited with having founded the city of Lima in 1535, laid the cornerstone of this basilican Cathedral. The...

Lima Attractions Beyond the City
Lunahuaná – River Resort Lunahuana

Lunahuaná – River Resort Lunahuana

This is a very fertile land where orchards and vineyards stretch along both sides of the Cañete River. Perfect for adventure sports or open-air activities, including rafting, mountain biking and hiking. It offers a varied cuisine, as well as...

Pachacamac Town – Pachacamac Ruins

Pachacamac Town – Pachacamac Ruins

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 31 km south of Lima. Lima – Peru One of the last valleys of Lima. Visitors can take a tour through the Plaza de Armas and the Pisco Museum, followed by a walk through the Green Ravine...

Mamacona Estate – Tours in Mamacona

Mamacona Estate – Tours in Mamacona

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Pachacámac Archaeological Complex – Full Day Pachacamac

Pachacámac Archaeological Complex – Full Day Pachacamac

Pacha Kamaq (Quechua, «Creator of the World»; also Pacha Camac) was the deity worshipped in the city of Pachacamac by the Ichma. The temple of Pachacamac is an archaeological site 40 km southeast of Lima, Peru in the Valley...

Caral – tours Caral Peru

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Visit the oldest known city in the Americas on this private day trip to Caral! From Lima, travel with your guide to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Caral, an archeological site where you’ll see ancient artifacts and structures like bone flutes, dusty...

Lima Festivals
Creole Song Day – Perfect Day Song Creole

Creole Song Day – Perfect Day Song Creole

This special day you would hear the sound of guitars and the “cajón peruano”. These musical instruments give rhythm to marinera, tondero, festejo, landó, and zamacueca which are five samples of the creole music. Couples dance with frantic movements...

Lord of Miracles – Land of The Miracle

Lord of Miracles – Land of The Miracle

This image attracts the largest number of South American devotees. It dates back to colonial times when a black slave painted the image on the walls of a run-down property. In spite of earthquakes and attempts to erase it,...

Saint Rose of Lima – Peru attractions Saint Rose of Lima

Saint Rose of Lima – Peru attractions Saint Rose of Lima

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Peruvian Paso Horse National Competition – Peruvian Horse

Peruvian Paso Horse National Competition – Peruvian Horse

The contest takes place in Mamacona, at the foot of the Pre-Inca Pachacamac Oracle. The Peruvian Paso horse is the result of Spanish and Berber breed of races for 300 years. It trots in a series of synchronized movements...

Wine Harvest Festival – Peruvian Wine

Wine Harvest Festival – Peruvian Wine

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Lima Anniversary

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