Half Day Cultural City Tour Lima

Tours & Sightseeing in Lima

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Join our journey through time and enjoy the history of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern Lima.Visit Lima’s oldest resorts, its valleys, pre-hispanic temples and its grand Main Square. View its colonial architecture and recreational spaces, hear about their religious beliefs and the unique names of its streets, and enjoy the evolution, modernization and the lifestyles of its most picturesque characters.
After picking you up from your hotel, we will begin our tour visiting the modern suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores, where we will see the Financial Center, the San Isidro . We will also go by the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shape temple that has survived the expansion of modern civilization. We will visit downtown Lima`s historical center, designated by Unesco as Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1991.In this journey, we will enjoy what once was the center of the 16th century Spanish colony. We will see the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop`s Palace, Gastronomy Museum or will visit San Francisco catacombs We will also see changing the guard at government palace. We shall visit the Santo Domingo Convent.Highlights: • Observe a Precolombina site, Huaca Pucllana • Arrival into the Historic Centre via Arequipa Avenue observing the elegance of the beginning of the Republican times. • Visit the Santo Domingo Convent and possibility to climb its tower to observe Lima. • Visit the Museum of the Peruvian Gastronomy or the San Francisco catacombs • Observe the Change of Guards.Located principally in the city centre or Cercado de Lima and Rímac areas, the Historic Centre of Lima is among the most important tourist destinations in Peru.The city of Lima, the capital of Peru, was founded by Francisco Pizarro on 18 January 1535 and given the name City of the Kings.Nevertheless, with time its original name persisted, which may come from one of two sources: Either the Aymara language lima-limaq (meaning "yellow flower"), or the Spanish pronunciation of the Quechuan word rimaq (meaning "talker", and actually written and pronounced limaq in the nearby Quechua I languages). It is worth noting that the same Quechuan word is also the source of the name given to the river that feeds the city, the Rimac river (pronounced as in the politically dominant Quechua II languages, with an "r" instead of an "l"). Early maps of Peru show the two names displayed jointly.In 1988, UNESCO declared the historic center of Lima a World Heritage Site for its originality and high concentration of historic monuments constructed in the time of Spanish presence.The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima, is the birthplace of the city of Lima, as well as the core of the city. Located in the Historic Centre of Lima, it is surrounded by the Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop's Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace, and the Palace of the Union.

What’s included

  • Guide
  • Transportation in Minivan or Sprinter depending on number of participants

What’s not included

  • Drinks
  • Food
  • Gratuities

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Excellent value for money
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
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