USA & CANADA 1-800-893-0916
Mon-Fri, 9-5 EST

City Tour of Lima, Peru


 

Spend an afternoon visiting colonial-era Lima. Founded by the ruthless Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima went on to become a viceroyalty of the Spanish empire before it became the capital of the newly independent republic.

Admire the sweeping plaza of Lima’s colonial center, known as the Plaza de Armas, which was once an Inca religious center. On the buildings around the plaza you can observe the carved, covered, wooden balconies, a hallmark of Lima’s colonial architecture. Looming over the plaza’s north side is the neo-baroque façade of the Presidential Palace, which was originally built for Pizarro himself and now houses the President’s residence and offices.

A short block away is the 17th century San Francisco Monastery, famous for its Sevillian tile work and paneled cloister ceilings. Descend into the catacombs beneath the monastery to explore its passageways which lead you past artfully arranged stacks of bones, some of the 70,000 human remains rumored to be housed there.

Later visit Casa Aliaga, the oldest family-owned and occupied home in the Americas. This gorgeous colonial-era mansion, built around a leafy internal courtyard, originally belonged to Spanish conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga and has been inhabited by seventeen generations of his descendants since then. The family has chosen to open its doors to visitors to share with them the rich history of their home, which is as old as the city itself.

Afterwards you will return to the modern, seaside district of Miraflores, where you can enjoy a ceviche, do some shopping, and watch Limeños going about their day. Lunch and dinner on your own.

 

Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18