The Capital of Peru
At the beginning of your Peru tour we will welcome you in the state capital Lima. In this metropolis full of atmosphere full of flair then have a few days to adjust to the peruvian climate, to set the time and to look immediately at the modern side of the capital, as well as the colonial side of the city. We will do this first with a city tour, so you get an overview. Afterwards, we will take you on an interesting tour of the city with us or one of the connected guides, to places with a lot of history and culture of Lima in different parts of the city. We like the touristic overloaded district Miraflores in this respect gladly, since it reflects absolutely only tourist side and not the original life of the peruvians. But already by the meeting for the city tour at the Parque Kenedy you will surely recognize this by yourself. You will also have the opportunity to visit various museums in Lima and then make a historical picture of Peru.
How you get to Peru and Lima
Points of interest
If you come to Peru for the first time and fly over the gray-brown sand landscape during the day, then you realize that the capital of Peru is on the pacific ocean, but also surrounded by desert. If you then leave Lima to e.g. To get to the sandy beaches of Asias, Lurin, etc., will soon notice the endless desert landscape around Lima.
Lima itself has been built in the historic center of the colonial style was still some preserved buildings from the period. Next to the Cathedral of Lima you will find the most famous square in Lima, the Plaza de Armas (also called Plaza Mayor), the Mayor of Lima and the Palacio del Gobierno del Peru. Unfortunately, here in Peru, as everywhere else in the world, the older buildings are increasingly disappearing from the cityscape, as it costs an enormous amount of money to keep such a building permanently in full swing.
A visit to the Peruvian Congress and a well-known attraction, the Monastery of San Francisco and its catacombs is possible within a city tour. Thus you can get to know and appreciate many impressions of the state capital.
Lima also reflects the great gap between rich and poor. The contrasts are very large and you can see that clearly when you have visited the different parts of the city. The estimated 10 million inhabitants live here in various architectures. so live the most wealthy in the districts of Los Olivos, Surco and Miraflores. The poorer ones have their houses in urban areas like San Juan de Lurigancho and other suburban areas. It may seem like New York or Mexico City, once you’ve seen that. But this is a sign of the cultural and social diversity of Peru.
Temple and Museum Pachacamac
Join us on a trip to the temple complex of Pachacamac, about 40 km away. It was an ancient city, named after the god of the same name and more than 1,000 years old when the Spaniards arrived. It was shaped by the Wari and Inca culture. The most important parts of the temples, squares and the museum, which are still very well preserved today, can be visited on the excursion to Pachacamac.
Lima and its galleries and museums
In the surroundings of Lima you will find many worthwhile destinations, which you can visit on request. In addition to the holy city of Caral, the numerous museums such. Visit the Gold Museum, the Museo del Congreso and the Inquisicion, the Museo Larco, the Choco Museum and the Museo de la Nación, as well as a myriad of other museums and galleries.
Visit America’s oldest known city on this day trip to Caral! From Lima you travel with your guide to Caral – an archaeological site that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There you can see old artifacts and buildings like bone flutes, dusty temples and some sunken places. On this tour you and your group will get to know the history and culture of this ancient peruvian city.
Callao and its islands
We can also recommend a trip to Callao, the next to Lima, the main port of Peru. There you can spend a day visiting the historic Fortaleza Real Felipe and the Naval Museum and then taking a boat trip to the Islas Palomino. During the boat trip past the former prison island of San Lorenzo, you will have the opportunity to observe different seabirds, Humboldt penguins and sea lions and with a little luck you will also see dolphins. On request, you can also get in touch with the sea lions when swimming with you. This tour is also a good substitute for the Islas Ballestas, should you not have time on your Peru trip for a visit to the Oasis Huacachina near Ica and Paracas with the Islas Balestas National Park.
Evenings in Lima cant be boring…
We will guide you on request through Barranco, a well-known bohemian district that also has a colorful variety of peruvian gastronomic offerings. Or why not spend an evening at Cirquito Magico, with its many colorfully lit fountains, some of which are also accessible to you and your children, offering a nice cooling change. When strolling through the nocturnal parks, you will also be entertained by a wonderful laser show.
If you want to take home a memorabilia from Peru for your loved ones at home or for yourself, we can guide you to the best shopping opportunities that are not as tourist-priced as you might see in the tourist area of Miraflores.
La Cocina Peruana
The Peruvian cuisine with its variety has become a household name in Europe as well. Here in Lima you can undertake a gastronomic day tour or an evening tour of Lima and enjoy the culinary delights of Peruvian cuisine.
Lima is the gastronomic heart of Peru. Here you find excellent restaurants in the city, serving peruvian food from every region of the country.
- Aji de gallina
- Causa limeña rellena
- Lomo saltado
- Mazamorra Morada
- Suspiro a la Limeña
At least facts and figures
Height: About 161m above sea level
Inhabitants: 9,752,000 (2017)
Area: 2,672 km²
Population density: 3,327 inhabitants / km²
Outline: 43 Districts
Postal code: 15,000
Area code: +51 1