The Peruvian Viceroyalty was the most important one in the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital. The highlights of its historical center are its architecture and the urban design of the city, found in the old streets filled with colonial houses adorned with moorish-style balconies. The tour includes a panoramic view of Plaza San Martin (San Martin Square) and the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), with their different buildings: Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Palacio Arzobispal (the Archibishop's Palace), the Basilica Catedral (Cathedral Basilica) and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace).
In its historic center we shall visit the Cathedral, which is almost as old as the city itself, although it was rebuilt and remodeled after earthquakes in the 17th and 18th centuries. The main façade contains statues of the apostles. A central niche contains a representation of the sacred heart of Jesus. Inside there are altars in the baroque, rococo and neoclassical style; paintings and sculptures from the 17th and 18th centuries and carved wooden choir stalls that are a masterpiece of Hispano-American colonial art.
Visit Casa de Aliaga, a historical home that was built in 1535 over what had been a large Pre-Hispanic construction, the ceremonial pyramid of Taulichusco. It has beautiful rooms, furniture, paintings and tiles, and is the oldest home on the continent still family-owned, as it has been for seventeen generations.
LARCO MUSEUM: Housed in a unique colonial residence dating back to the XVII century, built on top of a VIII century pyramid, this fabulous museum includes the exquisite Collection of Peruvian Gold and Silver from the olden days, and the Pre-Hispanic Erotic Art Salon. Its pieces have toured major world museums. Larco is among only a few museums around the world opening their vaults to the public, with over 45,000 archaeological pieces that have been classified by renowned specialists and scholars. The Larco Museum exhibits the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world.
Duration : 4 ½ hours
5-9 people : US$ 65.00 per person
10-14 people : US$ 47.50 per person
15-19 people : US$ 45.00 per person
The price includes:
English speaking tour guide
SHARING SERVICE (with other passengers) THE MUST SEES IN LIMA
From the prehispanic to the modern and cosmopolitan aspects of Lima, Peru's Capital City. On the way to the Larco Museum you will observe the "Huaca Huallamarca", a pre-Inca adobe pyramid. Your first visit is the Larco Museum featuring the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous "erotic" archaeological collection. You will be able to try a dessert based with an endemic Peruvian fruit "lucuma" at the Cafe del Museo. Finally, arrive to downtown Lima, historic site per UNESCO, where you will appreciate its impressive monuments and imposing architecture from the colonial times. You will visit Convento de Santo Domingo (circa 16th century), one of the best preserved monasteries in whole of Lima where you will be able to see the old Lima from its tower. Observe the change of guards at around midday.