Lima was founded by Pizarro on January 5, 1535, the evening before the feast of Epiphany. Its original name was "Ciudad de los Reyes” (City of the Kings). You will discover the country’s capital which includes a historic center, many museums, and numerous colonial structures. It has a very rich architectural heritage. Downtown Lima was even classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll visit the cathedral and the Monastery of San Francisco, a gem from the colonial period. The highlights in the city’s historic heart are the Government Palace made in a French baroque style, the Archbishop's Palace, the town hall, and the Club de la Unión. Take a stroll through Lima's center, and you will see: the Plaza Mayor enriched with an elegant 17th century fountain, Plaza Saint-Martin, and the Central Market. We’ll have lunch in town. At Plaza Bolivar, you will visit the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History. This is one of the most fascinating museums in all of South America due to its extraordinary collection of ceramics, fabrics, and goldsmith work from Incan and Peruvian cultures. There are also examples of colorful Nazca pottery, and objects in gold and silver from the Chimú period… Or you can visit the Larco Museum, which houses a collection of 45,000 ceramic pieces, mostly from the Moche culture. Archaeologist Don Rafael Larco Hoyle assembled this collection.
- Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
- The order of the visits can change.
- Times are approximate.