Lima & Around

The site of Puruchuco hit the news in 2002 when about 2000 well-preserved mummy bundles were unearthed from the enormous Inca cemetery. It’s one of the biggest finds of its kind, and the multitude of grave goods included a number of well-preserved quipu (knotted ropes that the Inca used as a system of record-keeping). The site has a highly reconstructed chief’s house, with one room identified as a guinea-pig ranch.

Situated amid the shantytown of Túpac Amaru, Puruchuco is 13km from Central Lima. It is best to take a taxi, S35 (S35 one way). A signpost on the highway marks the turn-off, and from here it is several hundred meters along a road to the right.

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1. Asociación Museo del Automóvil

3.15 MILES

The Asociación Museo del Automóvil has an impressive array of classic cars, some dating back to 1901, from a Ford Model T to a Cadillac Fleetwood used by…

2. Museo de Oro del Perú

4.55 MILES

The now notorious Museo de Oro del Perú, a private museum, was a Lima must-see until 2001, when a study revealed that 85% of the museum’s metallurgical…

3. Cajamarquilla

4.87 MILES

A pre-Columbian site, Cajamarquilla is a crumbling adobe city that was built up by the Wari culture (AD 700–1100) on the site of a settlement originally…

4. Museo de la Nación

5.16 MILES

In a brutalist concrete tower, this museum provides a cursory overview of Peru’s civilizations, from Chavín stone carvings and the knotted-rope quipus …

5. Cerro San Cristóbal

5.66 MILES

This 409m-high hill to the northeast of Lima Centro has a mirador (lookout) at its crown, with views of Lima stretching off to the Pacific (in winter…

6. Museo Taurino

5.97 MILES

Plaza de Acho, Lima’s bullring, was built on this site north of the Río Rímac in 1766. Some of the world’s most famous toreadors passed through here,…

7. Convento de los Descalzos

6.14 MILES

At the end of the attractive Alameda de los Descalzos, all but forgotten is this 16th-century convent and museum, run by the Descalzos (‘the Barefooted,’…

8. Parque de la Muralla

6.15 MILES

During the 17th century, the heart of Lima was ringed by a muralla (city wall), much of which was torn down in the 1870s as the city expanded. However,…