Admire the fascinating history of one of South America's oldest cities. This private Callao tour of Lima presents the city's rich heritage in an interesting and enlightening way, with your own exclusive guide. Visit Plaza Mayor, Convent of San Francisco, and the Gold Museum. This tour is a must for history buffs anyone looking for insight into Lima's illustrious past. Book today for an incredible trip through time.
Begin your tour by visiting the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), where Lima was founded by Spaniard Franisco Pizarro. The North side of the square contains the Presidential Palace, location of Peru's independence proclamation. Head East and 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. Afterward, observe renowned Colonial balconies on striking buildings like the Palace of Torre Tagle.
Head to the Gold Musuem, where an array of fascinating civilizations are represented, including Paracas, Moche, Chavin, Nazca, Wari, Lambayeque, Chimu, and Inca. One of the featured exhibitions is a private family collection of over one thousand gold pieces from the Chimu-Lambayeque cultures (11th-15th centuries). The gold pieces were individually purchased from "Huaqueros" (tomb robbers), private collectors, and a variety of collector's shops.
Make your way around the museum, observing items made of pure gold, copper alloys, and silver. Such items include necklaces, bracelets, rings, masks, vases inlaid with turquoise, ceremonial knives, and statuettes. The Gold Museum also contains an amazing collection of prized weapons and uniforms, some of them the most important of their kind in the world.
Nearing the end of your Lima tour, you'll sample a Pisco Sour, a delicious local mixed drink, and even visit the H Stern jewelry shop located on the museum grounds. Book this informative tour today for a unique museum experience in Peru.