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  • An iconic sight in Lima, the Plaza de Armas, is a great photo opportunity on your Peru tour
  • Peruvian wool souvenirs
  • Cathedral Church on Plaza de Armas
  • Lima is typically the starting point of all Peru vacations

The capital and largest city in Peru, Lima is located in the central part of the country.  A melting pot of cultures, Lima offers a mixture of European, Andean, African and Asian influences to be enjoyed on a Peru vacation.

The city of Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Catholic feast day of Epiphany in 1535, earning it the nickname the “City of Kings”.  The city became the capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru and grew into the continent’s richest town. Lima was devastated by an earthquake in 1746 but was rebuilt quickly and became the capital of Peru upon independence in 1821.  The beginning of the 20th century witnessed a population boom as the city began to industrialise and people started to move from the countryside into Lima.

Today, Lima is the major point of entry for visitors on Peru tours and has a well-developed tourist infrastructure.  The Historic Centre of Lima, made up of the districts of Lima and Rímac, is a massive draw for tourists and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.  The district houses colonial architecture and many churches that date from as early as the 16th century. Lima has been named the “Gastronomical Capital of the Americas” and is home to the highest concentration of museums in the country making the city a hub of Peruvian cultural activity.

Lima Vacation Highlights

The Plaza Mayor, also known as the Plaza de Armas, located in the heart of the city, is a very historical centre. Some of the highlights to be seen on a Peru vacation surrounding and close to the plaza include the Palacio de Gobierno (the Governor’s Palace), the official residence and office of Peru's president. The changing of the palace guards takes place each day exactly at noon here. The Cathedral was the city’s first church in 1535 and rebuilt numerous times.  The Archbishop's Palace was originally built during the 1600s.  

The San Francisco Church and Monastery was built in the baroque-style of the late 1600s. It is one of the best-preserved inLima. The monastery next to it has an outstanding collection of ancient religious texts, There is also a library plus it has catacombs which once were part of Lima's original cemeteries built under churches. There are around 75,000 bodies buried under the church alone.

Miraflores is a suburb of Lima and an upscale district located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is where many major hotels are located on Peru tours. The Malecon is a 10 kilometre/6 mile stretch of parks situated along the cliffs.  You will find statues created by famous Peruvian artists. One of the most popular spots is “Parque Kennedy” known to locals as the cat park, nicely laid out and full of hundreds of cats. The Pucllana Temple or Huaca is an adobe ceremonial centre built around 500 A.D.   

The Larco Museum features pre-Columbian art and is housed in an 18th Century building built over a 7th Century pre-Columbian pyramid. Its galleries provide an overview of 3000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history through ceramic, textile and precious metal artefacts. There is a special room devoted to erotic archaeological treasures and a collection of ceramic pots portraying a variety of sexual positions and acts.

The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru is Peru's oldest state-owned museum. It has  a wide display of highly-preserved pre-Hispanic ceramics, textiles and metals. The ceramics alone has  over 65,000 objects which mostly originate from archaeological excavations. The textile gallery displays items from every Peruvian cultural period and is considered to be the world's second-most important textile collection.

Lima Travel Information 

When is the best time to visit Lima?

While it rarely rains in Lima on Peru’s coast, this region experiences two seasons, summer and winter.  The summer season runs from December to March with temperatures averaging around 27 Centigrade/80 Fahrenheit while winter on the coast is from May to November.  This time of year can be damp and sometimes chilly with temperatures dropping to 12 Centigrade/53 Fahrenheit.  

What types of tours are available in Lima?

Goway offers a Lima stopover with appropriate sightseeing. This can be combined with visits to Machu Picchu and/or the Galapagos Islands. Lima can also be combined with Cusco. Lima is included in Goway’s escorted tours of south America, The Cradle of the Incas and the wonders of Peru. 

Travel to Lima

Direct flights will take you to Lima for a Peru vacation from New York, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles and Toronto.

Our Lima Trips and Tours

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Peru vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Peru, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Peru's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Peru for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Peru tours today!

 

Extend Your Stay

After your Peru Vacation Packages, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.

 

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Lima, Peru

  • Peruvian Landscapes

    The former Inca Capital and Spanish colonial city of Cusco is our base for this great expedition, letting a city rich with culture, history, good restaurants, and active nightlife take centre stage your Peru vacation.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,564
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Single Friendly, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • A Luxury Week in Peru: Lima to Cusco

    Peru is a country that captures the imagination. So why not splash out for the extra comforts as you explore the land of the Incas in detail? Stay in some of the country’s most luxurious hotels, and enjoy complimentary nights in between taking in sights including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,930
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Best of South America Coach Tour: Lima to Rio de Janeiro

    This South America tour takes you from the ancient ruins of Peru to Rio’s fabulous beaches. Along the way, marvel at the incredible Iguassu Falls, and tango the night away in Buenos Aires.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,206
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Peru & Iguassu Falls

    Focused on the ancient sights of Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the worlds largest waterfalls of Iguassu, this Peru and Brazil vacation puts you in touch with the regions traditional side before flying on to another great wonder of South America, the mighty Iguassu Falls.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,275
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Machu Picchu Express

    With limited time, the Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu can be enjoyed with this tour which starts from and returns to Cusco. An overnight is included close to the site at Aguas Calientes.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 975
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Peru

    Spend some time in cosmopolitan Lima enjoying the vibrant enery and fantastic cuisine. A stop in culture rich Cusco and the Sacred Valley is the perfect lead up to a visit to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu, a definite bucket list item on any Peru vacation.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 945
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Machu Picchu & the Galapagos

    Combine two of South America’s (and the world’s) greatest landmarks on one itinerary with built-in savings. After visiting Lima, spend a few days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and see Machu Picchu. Then head to Quito and connect to the Galapagos Islands to explore their fascinating environments and see their incredible animals.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,658
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Traditional Inca Trail

    Trekking the Inca Trail is the best way to appreciate this amazing trail whilst avoiding the busiest campsites. Enjoy a day in Machu Picchu and explore Aguas Calientes.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,227
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Small Group Touring
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Cradle of the Incas: Holiday of a Lifetime

    Goway's fully escorted Cradle of the Incas tour captures the essence of the Inca culture that permeated Peru. Marvel at the magnificent and mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. Experience fascinating cultures as you visit a local village with traditions linked to the Spanish Conquistadores and the Inca Empire. View spectacular scenery and the incomparable Andean mountain range.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,199
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Holidays of a Lifetime, Single Friendly
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  • Essential Peru

    Find panoramic mountain ranges, vast deserts, beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, not to mention a rich history, archaeology, wildlife and culture. Spend time uncovering amazing Peru.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,016
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Cities of South America

    The ultimate South America tour for culture vultures, this itinerary focuses on the continent’s most exciting cities, from pulsing Rio, to rapidly emerging Bogota, via Iguassu Falls and Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    20 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,711
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • explora Peru

    Experience the classical sites of South America’s most-popular country, Peru. Sample the culinary delights of the capital of Lima before walking the colonial streets of Cusco and passing into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to see the country’s crown jewel, the famed Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,985
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Luxury and Beyond
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Country Club Lima: Stay of Distinction

    This 1927 83-suite 5-star hotel was remodeled in 2017 and it shows an expert blend of the classic and lively architecture of Lima with the contemporary air of a cosmopolitan and sophisticated city. Experience the city from one of it´s architectural jewels and the epicenter of Lima´s culture, gastronomy and social life. Country Club Lima Hotel is the flagship hotel of Lima.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,012
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction, Stopovers/City Breaks
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Crossing Argentina

    This Argentina tour uniquely departs from Lima, giving you a chance to sample Peru and Brazil before taking in the exquisite natural sights of Argentina, and sizzling Buenos Aires.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,149
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Incan Explorer

    See the best of the Incas’ legacy on this one week Peru tour, focused on Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and peerless Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,934
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Single Friendly
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Lima Stopover: Ancient Cultures

    Lima was one of the first cities established in South America by the conquistadores. The oldest part of the city is considered a cultural legacy of Peru with many jewels to discover.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 328
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Lima: Hotel B Lima: Stay of Distinction

    Tour Peru’s capital city from the charming comforts of a luxury mansion. Staying at Hotel B, you’ll tour the city to learn about its culinary traditions as well as its rousing history, all while enjoying the impeccable service and accommodations of this distinguished hotel.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,128
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Lima: Miraflores Park Hotel: Stay of Distinction

    Minutes from the beach, enjoy prestigious alternative accommodation in Lima.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 827
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Luxury Inca Trail

    Journey in style on a once in a lifetime trek. Reward yourself each night with oversized tents with beds, portable toilets and hot showers and gourmet chef-prepared meals with champagne.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,148
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Nazca & Paracas Luxury Experience

    Exploring a side of Peru far from Machu Picchu and Cuzco, this luxury extension brings something a little special to any Peru tour, with a flight over the Nazca lines, and a VIP experience in the Ballestas Islands.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,675
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Nazca Experience

    Witness the Nazca Lines as well as the Ballestas Islands. See where the desert and the sea come together in spectacular landscapes in Paracas that are teeming with wildlife.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,447
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Peru Odyssey

    Discover the highlights of Peru in the company of a private guide on this comprehensive vacation. Explore the capital of Lima and enjoy its culinary delights before delving into Cusco and the Sacred Valley to experience the wonders of Machu Picchu. Cap off your trip with a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,135
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Classics (Bestsellers), Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Peruvian Palate

    Goway's Peruvian Palate is a 9-Day Peru vacation that excites your tastebuds. Visit Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Aguas Claientes while sampling incredible Peruvian meals.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,240
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Peruvian Rivers, Jungles & Machu Picchu

    Experience luxury and adventure on this journey along the Amazon and through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Start in Iquitos, where you’ll cruise along the Amazon aboard the luxurious Aria Amazon, before heading to the Sacred Valley to explore its Incan ruins while staying at the explora lodge.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,670
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Luxury and Beyond
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Upscale & Different Peru: VIP

    World famous for Incan Ruins and ancient cultures, a Peru vacation can also be a showcase for a range of luxury and culinary experiences.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,294
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond
    Peru See Trip Details
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