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The Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), found in Lima's bohemian Baranco district.

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Gone are the days when Lima was merely regarded as a stopover along the way to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Located on the coast, the vibrant capital of Peru is a melting pot of cultures and where rich history can be lived amid modern-day comforts. Our selection of custom private and small group Lima tours show you the highlights of distinct neighborhoods, introduce you to world-renowned Peruvian cuisine at the city’s best restaurants, and so much more.

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The 10 Best Lima Tours
for 2022/2023


What to see in Lima

Explore Peru's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Lima is home to some of the best museums in Latin America, pre Incan ruins, art galleries, and highly esteemed restaurants.

A mummy on display at the Larco Museum, home to a large collection of pre-Columbian artifacts.

Best Museums in Peru

If you’re looking for the top-rated museums that will give you a detailed yet rounded understanding of Peru’s history, you’ll be sure to enjoy the capital of Peru. Museums like Larco Museum, Pedro de Osma, the Gold Museum, and more are well worth visiting during your time in Lima.

The Plaza de Armas, the heart of the UNESCO-recognized historic center of Lima.

Historical Center

Downtown Lima, or the Plaza de Armas, is a UNESCO-world heritage site that is a highlight of a Lima city tour. Here you can explore the Basilica of Santo Domingo, the Convent of San Francisco, admire the wooden balconies of Lima, and much more!

The dining room at Central, considered one of the best restaurants in the world.

Best restaurants in Lima

Trying all of the delicious Peruvian food is one of the best things to do in Lima. Lima boasts more than just a couple of the World’s 50 Best restaurants including Central, Maido, and more! Lima food tours are great ways to try out many of the different dishes and restaurants in the city.

Several paragliders soaring over the Costa Verde (Green Coast) in Lima's Miraflores district.

Miraflores Highlights

The contemporary district of Miraflores is the best place for shopping in Lima. Larcomar is a shopping center with impressive views of the Pacific Ocean. Parque del Amor, featuring a statue from Peruvian artist Victor Delfin, as well as Parque Kennedy are picturesque sites to take in.

The Church of the Hermitage and the Bridge of Sighs in Lima's Barranco district.

Beautiful Barranco

Words to describe the Lima neighborhood of Barranco include artsy, bohemian, and romantic - what’s not to like about that? Here is where you can try the best ice cream in the city, taste artisanal coffees, and buy unique Peruvian souvenirs. Meander down the streets lined with gardens and restored historic mansions that were once the summer homes of Lima’s elite before making a wish on the Puente de los Suspiros overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Visitors admiring paintings at the Museo de Arte de Lima, commonly known as MALI.

Top Art Galleries

A day could be devoted simply to gallery-hopping around Lima. From the MAC, to the MALI, to the MATE, to the Pre-Columbian Textile Museum you’ll get a full panorama of Peruvian art.

Birds flying over a natural stone archway in the Ballestas Islands off the coast of Paracas.

Excursions Just Outside of Lima

Just outside of Lima, a couple of hours by car, there are many wonders to behold! The Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis, Pachacamac, and more can be visited easily starting from the capital city.

Illuminated fountains at the Magic Water Circuit, located in Lima's Park of the Reserve.

Magical Water Circuit

The Magic Water Circuit is a fantastical park in the middle of Lima. Winner of the Guinness World Book of Records for the largest water fountain park in the entire world, it’s a thrilling show of light and water and a perfect activity for the whole family.

A pathway leading to the top of Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Columbian pyramid and archaeological complex.

Huaca Pucllana pre-Incan Ruins

A huaca (pronounced wak’a) signifies a place of religious significance. The Lima culture built the Huaca Pucllana sometime between 200-700AD, hundreds of years before the Inca Empire. Today you can enjoy a gourmet dinner on a terrace overlooking the ruins, go on a tour through the ruins, or simply drive by and watch the contrasting modern buildings next to an archaeological wonder.

Lima Hotels

Tables and lounge sofas in front of glass windows overlooking the sea at the JW Marriott Lima.

JW Marriott Lima

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Av. Malecon de la Reserva 615, Miraflores, Lima

The JW Marriott in Miraflores is an elegant and modern hotel with impressive views of the Pacific Ocean that can be enjoyed from each room. The onsite restaurant, casino, cafe, and rooftop pool make this an ideal 5-star choice in Lima.

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A room at the Innside Miraflores hotel in Lima, featuring a minimalist and modern design.

Innside Miraflores

★ ★ ★ ★

Calle Ernesto Diez Canseco 344, Miraflores, Lima

Innside Miraflores is centrally located for easy access to the highlights of Lima. The personable hotel is fitted with modern designs, artistic touches, and delicious-smelling handsoaps.

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A tastefully-decorated room at the Tierra Viva Miraflores Centro hotel in Lima.

Tierra Viva Miraflores Centro

★ ★ ★

Calle Alcanfores 162, Miraflores, Lima

Tierra Viva Miraflores Centro is our Top-Pick 3-star hotel option in Lima. Conveniently located for those looking to explore top spots in Lima like Parque Kennedy, Larcomar, and Lima’s fantastic restaurants, this is the perfect place to call home for a night or two.

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A room decorated with a pink theme at the Runcu Miraflores hotel in Lima.

Runcu Miraflores

★ ★

Av. de la Aviacion 139, Miraflores, Lima

Hotel Runcu Miraflores is a comfortable and clean hotel with a prime location along the coastal parks, playgrounds, and walking paths. You can rent bicycles, enjoy coffee on the garden patio, or explore the nearby sites of Lima.

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Peru Highlights

Peru is filled with archaeological ruins, scenic landscapes, and delicious flavors. Must-see places in Peru include:

Peru Highlights

Peru is filled with archaeological ruins, scenic landscapes, and delicious flavors. Must-see places in Peru include:

Inca trail

Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in four or two days. The Inca Trail is a 500-year old pathway where the elite Incas once entered into the “Lost City of the Incas”. Plan with your Peru for Less travel advisor in advance, Inca Trail permits tend to sell out even 6-months in advance.

Amazon Rainforest

Step into the lush Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and witness a spectacular array of wildlife in its natural habitat. Lodges in Puerto Maldonado are ideal for excursions and daily activities. Those looking for a more luxurious Amazon experience would love an Iquitos Amazon River cruise. Colorful macaws, giant tarantulas, and playful river otters are among the sights you’ll behold.

Cusco

Cusco city has it all, archaeological ruins, colonial buildings, top-rated restaurants, and countless places to explore. Your Cusco City Tour will take you to the top highlights like Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, the Cusco Cathedral, and more.

Lake Titicaca

Sail on the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca and step on the reed Uros and Taquile floating islands. Some of the best weavers are found in this area so pick up some Peruvian textiles here for unique souvenirs.

Lima

Lima is a mixture of modern city living and historical significance. Here you’ll find Central restaurant (ranked #6 by 50 Worlds Best), UNESCO World Heritage sites like Historic City Center with the San Francisco Convent, and the best shopping in Peru.

Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are mysterious geoglyphs and geometric shapes drawn onto the desert floor hundreds of years ago by the Nazca culture. Little is known about them nevertheless, the Nazca Lines inspire awe in those who take a flight over them.

Arequipa

Arequipa is a picturesque town and also the second-largest city in Peru. Local markets, beautifully built colonial architecture, and El Misti volcano are among the things you’ll see while walking the cobblestone streets of the white city.

Faqs

Yes, Lima is worth visiting because there is something here for everyone. Art galleries, museums, and historical ruins are dotted throughout the city, while great shopping and top-rated restaurants like Central can be found within a short distance of practically any hotel. /p>

Yes, but take standard precautions. Lima is a large city with a population of over 9,751,717 people, so travelers are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and belongings. Pick-pocketing can occur in crowded areas, so valuables should be kept hidden or at the hotel. Certain neighborhoods in Lima are safer than others, so stick to the Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro districts.

Lima can be visited year-round however, the summer months (December to March) offer sunny skies, hot weather, and the most spectacular sunsets. The winter months (June to September) have overcast skies and high humidity in Lima but are the best months to visit Machu Picchu.

We recommend 2-days in Lima. You’ll be able to sample Peruvian cuisine, visit exciting museums, and tour the top spots of Lima. More adventurous travelers can take part in thrilling activities like paragliding over the Lima skyline or surfing.

No. Travelers will not experience symptoms of altitude sickness in Lima, located right on the coast Lima has an altitude of only ~500 ft. above sea level.

The Lima airport is located in the province of Callao.

  • to/from historic city center: 7.5 mi /12 km
  • to/from Miraflores: 12 mi / 19 km
  • to/from Barranco: 14 mi / 22 km

*Drive times vary depending on traffic conditions.

The journey from Lima to Machu Picchu involves several methods of transportation and a couple of nights of hotel accommodation. First, you’ll fly one and a half hours from Lima to Cusco. It is highly recommended to acclimate in Cusco or the Sacred Valley for at least 24 hours before visiting Machu Picchu. From Cusco, a three-hour and fifteen-minute train ride will bring you to the base of the mountain where the Machu Picchu citadel stands. A twenty-minute shuttle bus will transport you from the base of the mountain to the Machu Picchu main entrance. After your tour, it’s possible to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes or take a train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo or Cusco.

 

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