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Lima Must-See Landmarks Tour
"Your 4.5-hour tour begins with hotel pickup from your centrally located Lima hotel. Accompanied by your guide you will first visit the Pre-Columbian archaeological site of Huaca Huallamarca which is located in the middle of the residential area. Admire this adobe pyramid before heading to Larco Museum. At the museum you can observe the best Precolumbian art collections in Peru. This includes the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous “erotic” archaeological collection. After this head to Cafe del Museo where you will have a chance to try a mousse made of “lucuma”
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Huacas and Larco Museum Night Tour Including Dinner
"Your night tour in Lima begins with hotel pickup. You will board a vehicle and head to the Huaca Pucllana a Pre-Colombian archaeological site in the middle of Miraflores. Observe this site dating from circa 1500 years ago as you drive around it with your guide. You will then head to Huaca Huallamarca another set of pre-Inca ruins in the area of San Isidro an impressive adobe pyramid.  Finally
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Lima Sightseeing Private Tour
"Embark on a city tour where you can get to know the main tourist attractions of the Cercado de Lima San Isidro and Miraflores districts - the most important ones in Lima. In Cercado de Lima visit the Main Square of Lima the Cathedral that has a Renaissance style façade and various chapels such as the Sagrada Familia and La Inmaculada Concepción. In addition around the square you will see the Government Palace the Municipal Palace the Archbishop's Palace and the Union Club. Later that day
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Estacion Desamparados

This beautiful colonial building houses Lima's central Train Station. The building was completed in the 1890's and was once Lima's main train station. today it houses special exhibits and also is used as office space.

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Jun 05, 2016

Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas)

Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas until 1990) is in the heart of the Historic Centre of Lima. It is surrounded by some of the mayor tourist attractions in Lima, the Cathedral, the Archbishop Palace and the Government Palace. In the middle of the square there is a fountain with a bronze statue. It is from 1651.

If you, like me, only have a few hours to spend in Lima this is a good place to start to explore.

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Jun 12, 2012

Plaza de Armas

The name Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms) is is given to the main square in many cities in Spain and Latin America. In most cases it is actually the same place as the Plaza Mayor. Historically it is the place from where the city would be defended.

Spanish cities were designed alike with a gridwork of streets and the Plaza located in the centre. The site of the plaza was established by Francisco Pizzaro in 1535.

The Plaza de Armas in Lima is surrounded by the Cathedral, the Archbisop's Palace, the Government Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Palace of the Union.

On the day of my visit the square was close to the public because of a planned demonstration

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al2401
Dec 04, 2011

Plaza Mayor

You might as well take a stroll around Plaza Mayor if you’re going to visit the San Francisco Monastery, because it’s scarcely two blocks away. The Plaza used to be the main square in Lima. There’s an old bronze fountain and several important government buildings situated here, including the President’s Palace, but the palm trees were my favorite thing. The day we were here there was some event going on with a band playing and a crowd, which made for a lively local experience.

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Sep 07, 2009
 
 
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Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor.

Is the historical center of the city, and where the most important buildings of the city are located. The Plaza was the headquarters of the Spanish Colonial Governement and was heavily damaged during the 1746 earthquake, after the quake the Plaza was rebuilt. Here are located the Cathedral, the Governement Palace, the Archbisop Palace and the Palacio Municipal (City Hall).

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Jul 21, 2009

Archbishop's Palace

Although the Archbishop's Palace has baroque elements and ornate cedar balconies which are located over the main doors - elements which might make you think it was old, it was really only constructed in the mid 1920s. It is next to the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and is the residence of the Archbishop of Lima, and the administrative headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lima.

It is listed as It is a popular tourist attraction but I don't know if it is open to the public. We didn't go in.

The first major church began construction in 1535. Pope Paul III turned it into an episcopal seat in 1541. In 1547, Lima was elevated to an archdiocese, which turned it by a short period, in the more extensive ecclesiastical circumscription of the world. The patron of the episcopal seat is Saint Rosa of Lima

Located on the land that Francisco Pizarro allocated to be the residence of the head priest of Lima after the foundation of the city in 1535, the current building was opened on December 8, 1924.

The palace was designed by the Polish Peruvian architect Ricardo de Jaxa Malachowski. The location formerly belonged to the city's first police station and the city's first jail.

There is a granite sculpture of Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo the patron protector of the Archdiocese. The palace also displays two flagpoles, one for the Peruvian flag and another for flag of the Vatican. The interior has a sculpture of Santa Barbara the patron of Cuba. The ceiling is illuminated by famous French stained glass windows and the interior also contains marble staircases with wooden handrails.

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Feb 18, 2009

Jirón de la Unión

This pedestrian streets connects the Plaza de Armas and the Plaza San Martín. It used to be a very important and aristocrat street, nowadays it's mainly a shopping street, but you can find many interesting building while you walk along. Don't forget this is a very busy street in Lima, so be careful with your belongings while walking around... it should be ok, I was there in the night time and it didn't feel dangerous, but you should watch out just in case!

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Urzu
Jun 24, 2008

Archbishop's Palace

This very impressive building is the residence of the Archbishop of Lima, and holds the administration of the archdiocese. It's located in the Plaza de Armas, next to the Cathedral. Most impressive are the balconies which belong to the "neo-colonial" style, that was developed in the 20th century.

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Jun 22, 2008
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Plaza de Armas

This is the main square in Lima, it's where in the 16th century Francisco Pizarro located the center of the city. The square has hosted some of the most important events in the history of the city, and you can find many important buildings in it, such as the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Cityhall, the Archbishop Palace and the Club de la Unión.

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Jun 22, 2008

PLAZA DE ARMAS AND SURROUNDING

The Plaza de Armas (also known as Plaza Mayor) of Lima is a World Heritage Site, declared by UNESCO. Along its two sides, there are arcades with shops - Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. The surrounding buildings are of lovely colonial architecture with wooden balconies and grilled ornate windows.

The Cathedral was reduced to rubble during an earthquake in the 1700s. This is a reconstruction with amazing silver-covered altars, fine woodwork, walls of intricate mosaic designs.

San Francisco, on the other hand, withstood the same earthquake. This monastery is famous for the tilework and ceiling in the cloisters. There are interesting catacombs under the church that can be visited.

There are many other buildings that visitors can admire. They include the Palacio Torre Tagle (Jr Ucayali 363), Casa Aliaga (Union 224), Casa de la Rada (Jr Ucayali 358), San Pedro (Jr Ucayali), etc...

Rio Rimac is the pretty-dry river that cuts through the centre. If you observe under the bridge, you may sometimes spot some young boys.

My host told me these are the 'piranhas'. They are the type of robbers who attack tourists, usually those who just arrived, tired, from a night bus, in droves of up to 20. They just attack the poor guy, slipping their hands into every pocket and crevice on the tourist, underneath the shirt, stripping the tourist of his backpack and carting the backpack off.

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Jan 13, 2008

La Plaza Mayor Limas main square

This is said to be the site where Fransisco Pizzaro founded the city. On the North side you can find the Presidential Palace. On the West side is the City Hall. The Cathedral is here and the Archbishop's Palace.
The architechture is just so impressive.

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Jan 06, 2008

La Muralla

Walking away from San Francisco there is a park that has been built around the old wall that sorrounded Lima. Lima, just like any other spanish colony, had a wall encircling the city for defense purposes. The wall was later opened at the Rio Rimac and the expanded toward Cerro San Cristobal and later on the expansion went on to meet Callao, our port. The park of the Muralla has a small museum (1 sol entrance fee) that tells the story of the wall and there are some ceramics and utensils on display from colonial times. The park in itself is nice place to stop and rest from the fast times of centro Lima.

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Nov 27, 2007

Things to Do Near Lima

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Plaza San Martin

When I first walked into Plaza San Martin and had the total perspective of the entire plaza it was a bit overwhelming. Obviously the architect of the plaza had a grand vision in mind. According to...
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District Of Barranco

The Puente de los Suspiros, or Bridge of Sighs - if you can walk across it for the first time, without taking a breath, all your wishes will come true. So the story goes. The Bajada de los Baños is a...
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Callao

We came into Callao, the port for Lima, by ship (photo 5), and made all our excursions to Lima from here by bus. From Lima there is a four hour tour that you can take to the Real Felipe Fort and Navy...
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Pachacamac

If you are in the big city and want to go on a short day trip to check out some old ruins then a voyage out to this site (a mere 31kms away from Lima) makes for a decent excursion. There are several...
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Parque De La Exposición

This park houses the Art Museum and seems to be frequented by couples. Besides the Art museum there is a military and city museum and the supreme building is on a little side park. The park is just...
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District Of Miraflores

The Miraflores City government building sit on the main square( Parque Kennedy) by the cathedral. It's in an old colonial style building. Miraflores is the main tourist hub in Lima being much safer...
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