Get your hands on the blueprint to modern Peruvian life on this all-things Lima highlights tour. The capital of Peru is situated on the country's arid Pacific coast, though its colonial center is preserved, it's a bustling metropolis and one of South America's largest cities. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century cathedral are the heart of old Lima Centro.
The sprawling metropolis climbs high above an outstretched coast of rocky cliffs where high-rise condos are set alongside pre-Columbian temples. Lima is a very sophisticated city that mingles with a civilization that dates to its founding in 1535. Get all the insider information from a knowledgeable, professional local about the rich history of this fascinating city of Lima.
Travel from the cruise ship pier and get a true taste of South America on the city's transportation for approximately 45 minutes to this vibrant and ancient city. Once in downtown you will marvel over the beautiful plazas and colonial architecture - but dare to go beyond the typical tourist spots to experience Lima like a true local.
Admire the fascinating history of one of South America's oldest cities, rich in heritage, your day will be an interesting and enlightening one as your own exclusive English-speaking guide gives you the inside information from their perspective, a must for history buffs. Learn about Lima's famous sights, as well as the hidden gems you never knew existed.
You can see the fountain at the Plaza de Armas, the main square in Lima and centuries-old meeting place for locals. View the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), where the city was founded by Spaniard Francisco Pizarro. The North side of the square contains the Presidential Palace, the location of Peru's independence proclamation. To the East find the scenic Archbishop's Palace and a quaint Cathedral, originally built in 1625, then rebuilt following an earthquake in 1940.
Visit the Convent of San Francisco, showcasing beautiful Colonial architecture, gorgeous decorated cloisters portraying the life of San Francisco, unique ceramics from Spain, a massive library, and famous Catacombs.
Wander through a local market filled with fresh produce from all over Peru. Admire great variety of fruits and vegetables reflecting the rich biodiversity of this country. Your guide will even help you polish up your Spanish and teach you some local phrases.
Now that you have worked up an appetite, kick back and relax for a moment as you sample a churro and wash it down with the best Pisco Sour in town, the perfect way to round out your day!