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A typical day could be to visit or take a tour to downtown Lima (colonial Lima) in the morning, and then at lunch time head for the Miraflores district and enjoy the great cuisine. Visiting Larco Mar Mall you'll have a great view of the beach from 200 yards above. Then, it's about a fifteen minute drive to the handicraft markets in Pueblo Libre where you can buy all types of ceramics, knitwear, silver items, etc. at less cost than at other places.

  General Events, Food Festivals, Trade Shows, etc. More Info Here

See & Do By District

  Barranco More Info Here
  Lima Cercado ("el Centro")
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  Miraflores More Info Here
  Pueblo Libre More Info Here
  San Borja More Info Here
  San Isidro More Info Here
  San Miguel More Info Here
  Surco - Monterrico More Info Here


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General Events, Festivals, Trade Shows, etc.

March- During March there are festivals throughout the country to celebrate the Wine and Grape harvest. In the district of Surco, which is just south of Miraflores, there is also a wine and food fair "Festival de la Vendimia" during the second week of March (see calendar of events at Surco.Net). The vineyard regions are primarily south of Lima, in the area of Ica, Pisco and Arequipa)

July 28 and 29 - Fiestas Patrias or Independence Day is the 28th of July. It is celebrated over two days. On the 29th is the long parade that includes the military and armaments. The parade is traditional held along the Av. Brasil. .

September is the month of Mistura, the very large festival showing the products and foods of Peruvian cuisine. The public is welcome to purchase products or entrees, sweets and fresh breads, chocolates, etc. prepared by restauranteurs from around the country, including wines and pisco, a true Peruvian liquor. Besides talks and contest of popular chefs, there is an enormous market of fresh and prepared products by vendors that come from across Peru, including various indigenous cultures and people. Mistura really is quite an experience!!

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Dates- Normally held over ten days over the second week of September.

The location is usually announced by July.
Locations vary, but are within the city of Lima.

In 2014, the venue was set up in various buildings along the beach of the Costa Verde, and along the roadway that parallels the cliffs of the city. A previous location had been at the park Campo de Marte, held "al fresco" in the district of Jesus Maria near the border with Lince which is heading northward out of Miraflores, if following Av. Arequipa.

For pictures and more information of what to see, where to eat, the contests, the products available at the large stands of the Gran Market, go to

How to Get there? Here you will find the shuttle bus schedule: which leaves from the LarcoMar Mall, every two hours. Charge runs about S/.50 soles which includes the entrance fee to Mistura. This is a good option is you are not familiar with Lima or the language.

If you would like to get there on your own, you could take a taxi which could cost about S/.15.

Note- The show was founded and organized in part by chefs in Lima, including celebrity TV chef Gaston Acurio of Peru, owner of "Astrid y Gaston" in Miraflores, and other gourmet quality restaurants, along with his chef-wife, Astrid, having locations in eight or more countries, including Spain and another being planned for Britain. ( They have seafood/cebiche restaurants "La Mar" in various countries, including in California and New York, in the U.S. And, a bistro-pastry chain called "Tanta" also in various countries, including Spain and the United States.

Also, September is usually the month of the international food show- ExpoAlimentaria. This show attracts vendor/producers and buyers of food and beverage products as well as machinery, packaging, services, and all related to the food industry. Check-

is the month for Expo Pesca, the intenational trade fair for fishing and aquaculture.


To the south from Miraflores, along the coast, this district is a popular destination for visitors because of its history and architecture. There is a landscaped main park and refurbished Republican style mansions. This is where the landed gentry built their homes in the 18th and 19th century. There are frequente concerts and cultural exhibits along the tree-lined streets. In the main park Parque Municipal there are statues of Carrara marble such as of Venus.

A trendy neighborhood of Barranco is well established with cafes, boutiques and restaurants, in historic buildings. One street has different nightclubs. Prestigious artists and writers live here.

Puente de Suspiros
- The area that is fun to explore is around the Puente de Suspiros ("pwen-tay") Bridge of Sighs (pictured here). This is a tourist attraction and favorite place for those in love. Below the bridge is an old narrow street that winds between old houses and balconies, and on down to the sea.

Across the bridge is an abandoned old church "La Ermita" with history and charm. (see Cathedrals and Churches)

Scenic Views- behind the this church is a pathway to the top of the cliffs where there is a look out area, with views to the beach, sea and residences built far across the ravine. From at least one of those homes, production crews have filmed soap operas, due to the beautiful scenery from their windows.

Museo de Arte Colonial Pedro de Osma - the palacial Pedro de Osma museum of colonial art with a valuable private collection of paintings and sculptures. (pictured)
Located at Av. Pedro de Osma 421.

Manos Morenas - A restaurant with typical peruvian food, known especially as "criolla" food. They offer live shows from Wednesday to Saturday. The prices are moderate. Located at
Av. Pedro de Osma 409, in Barranco.

Costa Verde Restaurant
- along the beach here, not far south of the Miraflores beach, is a pier extending into the ocean. This is where the reknowned Costa Verde restaurant is located. It is one of the fine dining experiences of Lima, serving seafood and international cuisine with a view! Offering many choices by menu or buffet. See more of this restaurant "On The Menu" page. Nearby to this is the Rustica Costa Verde, a very nice restaurant on the beach, that also has live shows. (s/.50 soles or about $18 for a lunch buffet, s/.30 or about $11 average for an entree- October 2010)



This district, with the same name as the city, is normally referred to as "el centro" or "cercado de Lima." The section of this district known as "el centro" is the area of the Plaza Mayor, which is a central area of urban commercial activity to the local population. This district has older buildings of impressive colonial architecture.

Plaza Mayor
(formerly Plaza de Armas) - On this significant plaza of the city, there are
three of the most important buildings of the colonial period: the Cathedral, the Palaces of the Viceroys (current Government Palace, known as the House of Pizarro) and the City Hall. In the center of the plaza is a large bronze fountain erected in 1650. This plaza is said to have been constructed at the site of the Temple of Taulichusco, who was the ruler before the conquistador Francisco Pizarro arrived.

Palacio del Gobierno - On the north side of the Plaza Mayor is the Government or Presidential Palace, also known as the House of Pizarro (pictured to the left). It was built in the 1930's, on the site of Pizarro's house. The interior is stately and luxurious with gilding, beautiful patios, richly decorated salons, an impressive entrance hall and other treasures of the nearly 500 year history of Lima.
Tour hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. If interior tours are available during your visit, take your passport to make an appointment, at the side entrance is along the Av. Jr. de la Unión.
In front, there is a daily changing of the guard at 11:45 am where people line up along the plaza to watch. At the other side, the palace is situated along the river Rio Rimac, where there is a stone bridge dating from the year 1610.

Cathedral of Lima - In this historical center is a popular tourist attraction of the Cathedral, located on the plaza. Iit occupies the same place of the original building of 1555, with the reconstruction carried out by the direction of the Jesuit Juan Rehr after an earthquake of 1746. Its facade and interior are austere. The highlights are the choir seating, the altars and the tomb of conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

See more about this cathedral, and others to visit here in Lima cercado, on the page of "Cathedrals and Churches"

Palacio del Arzobispo - next to the Cathedral of Lima, and on the east side of the Plaza Mayor is the Palace of the Archbishop. This building was constructed in 1924, in a neo-colonial style. It is a symbol of the importance of the church in Lima, with beautiful wooden balconies. You can visit the Palace from Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Palacio Municipal- Also on the Plaza Mayor is the Municipal Palace. This building dates to the 1930's, having replaced an orginal structure. It has a neo-classical style with colonial characteristics of the earlier colonial period, like the wooden balconies. Inside is an impressive white marble staircase and richly decorated entrance hall. The ‘Palacio Municpal’ is really worth a visit (Monday to Friday 09.00 am to 04.00 pm). There is an interesting collection of photographs of ancient Lima, and paintings from the Peruvian artists Ignacio Merino (1817 – 1876), José Sabogal (1888 – 1956) and Francisco Laso (1823 – 1869). There is a beautiful library that has a colonial theme with treasures like the original Charter of the Foundation of Lima signed by Francisco Pizarro, Peru's Declaration of Independence, and a piece of stone from the moon. Located at Av. Jr. de la Union 200.

Church and Convent of San Francisco - located a couple of blocks to the north-east from the Plaza Mayor, this religious complex is one of the best with colonial architectural from the 17th century, formed by the convent and church of San Francisco. It has cloisters with tiles that are centuries old, and an interesting museum of Viceregal art that contains a valuable collection of artistic works. This complex is an excellent example of baroque colonial architecture, comprised of the Convent of San Francisco, and the Capilla de la Soledad y del Milagro (Chapel of Solitude and the Miracle), which has a neo-classical facade. Dating from 1542, an extensive system of catacombs lies beneath. The cloisters are famous for the authentic Sevillian tile work, which was completed in 1620. Besides the museum of religious art, there is the Zurbaran hall and a library of ancient books. English and Spanish tours are available. Located on Plaza de San Francisco. Telf. 51 1 427 1381. See more about this church and location on the page of "Cathedrals and Churches."

Mansions "Casonas" - around the city of Lima there are palacial homes yet standing that may be interesting to see or enter. Most have been converted to a commercial use. Here are several in the Lima cercado area of Plaza Mayor. *Note- if any of the people at these houses are kind enough to show you around, please give a donation.

- Casa de Aliaga - this is the only colonial house in America which is still ocuppied by the original family. Their ancestor, Jerónimo de Aliaga, was one of Pizarro´s soldiers. He was granted land by Pizarro in 1535. The oldest colonial mansion in Lima, built on the site of a pre-Colombian altar. Inside there is a very impressive wooden staircase, elegant salons and stately colonial period furniture. It is located at Av. Jr. de la Unión 224, close to the Government Palace and the Central Post Office. Only open to tour via a city tour with "Lima Tours" agency in Lima.

- Casa de Riva Aguero- Now a , built in 1760, now the Institute Riva-Aguero, a extensive historical library and a museum of popular art, of the Universidad Católica, called the "Museo de Artes Tradiciones Y Populares." Located at Av. Jr. Camaná 459.

- Casa de Oquendo (or Palacio de Osambela) - finished in 1807, it is a mansion which houses art exhibitions called "Cultural Center Garcilaso de la Vega." The mansion has forty bedrooms and an inner courtyard. Pictured here, it has five balconies and a lookout dome "mirador," where merchant and ship-owner, Don Martín de Osambela, used a telescope to watch for the arrival of galleons to the port in Callao. Located at Av.
Jr. Conde de Superunda 298.

- Palacio Torre Tagle (tag-lay)- (pictured here, with its impressive balcony) This is a very old and stately private home, believed to be among the most beautiful. This mansion was built in 1730 by José B. Tagle, the Marquis of Torre Tagle and treasurer of the Royal Spanish fleet. His coat of arms is still visible above the door. The house is a gem of colonial architecture of Lima’s glory days. Its two cedar balconies feature carved geometric patterns and grandly accent the Spanish-Andalucian facade. In keeping with tradition, one of the balconies is longer than the other. Along with fine cedar balustrades and stone archways, its courtyard contains a 16th century coach, which boasts a genuinely portable potty.
The house is open to the public every afternoon.
Located at Jr. Ucayali 363

- Casa de Rada (or Casa de Goyoneche) - across from Palace Torre Tagle, this private home was built in the mid 1700's and has beautiful preserved balconies. It was converted to a bank office. Located at Av. Jr. Ucayali 358.

- Casa Pilatos- now the "Tribunal Constitucional" or Constitutional Court- this is a mansion from 16th century, making it one of the oldest colonial buildings in Lima. It has a double hall, stone pilars and monumental staircase at the entrance. It is located at Av. Jr. Ancash 390, near the Church of San Francisco.

Other colonial houses and mansions worth seeing in this area are:

- Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes- School of the Beaux-Arts is a preserved convent from 1603. The current ornate facade of the school was designed in 1924 by the famous Spanish sculptor and architect Manuel Piqueras Cotolí. Inside is an impressive patio and arcades. Located at Av. Jr. Ancash 681.

- Casa de las Trece Monedas- House of the Thirteen Coins named after the coins of the family's coat of arms. It is a mid 18th century residence of rococo architecture style. The rooms and patio are still beautiful, in a classic Spanish style. It now houses the National University of Engineering, at Av. Jr. Ancash 536.

- Casa de la Riva- built in the 18th century, at Av. Jr. Ica 426.
- Casa Negreiros- built in the early 18th century by Don Jorge Negreiros, the chief magistrate of Arica. A historical gem of a mansion with a long wooden balcony that wraps around the length of the facade. Located at Av. Jr. Azángaro 536.

- Casa Barbieri- located on Av. Jr. Callao near the corner with Av. Jr. Rufino Torrico.
- Casa Prado- at Av. Jr. Cusco 448.
- Casa Teatro de la AAA- at Av. Jr. Ica 323.
- Casa Museo Berckemeyer- a typical 17th century house, at Av. Jr. Lima 341.


Casa de Riva Aguero- (pictured) Aside from other institutions in converted mansions mentioned above, here is one that has exhibits of traditional and popular art. This mansion is now called the "Museo de Artes Tradiciones Y Populares." Built in 1760, it also houses the Instituto Riva-Aguero, which has an extensive historical library and archives, a part of the Universidad Católica.
Located at Av. Jr. Camaná 459.

Approximately eight blocks south from the Plaza Mayor area, passing the Plaza san Martin, are:

Art Museum of Peru - El Museo de Arte de Peru. Located in the next block from the Museum of Italian Art, two blocks from the Sheraton Hotel.

Museum of Italian Art - El Museo de Arte Italiana, pictured. This museum is about a block from the high-rise Sheraton Hotel. If facing the hotel entrance, turn to your left, walk about a block to the nearby ornate museum surrounded by a green park with trees.


Iglesia- Corazon de Maria

This is a beautiful church. Pictures do not justice to the details. This is one of the tallest churches in Lima, and possibly the largest dome in the city. It was built in 1956 in the style of Renaissance Revival. See more information on this church at the "Cathedrals and Churches" page. click here

Location: Jiron 1 de julio 523, with Av. Sucre in Magdalena del Mar, traveling west on Av. Sucre from the intersection with Av. La Marina. The monument below is not far from here.

Monument to the Immaculate Heart of Maria

The monument was inaugurated on July 5, 1996, in tribute to the deep Catholic faith of the community of Magdalena del Mar. The statue of Mary measures 6.50 mtrs. high and weighs 4 tons. It was placed on a solid cement column of 12 meters with two beams that support the column forming an angle of 60º with a view to the Av. Brazil. These, represent a rosary and the Sacred Trinity.

at the end of Av. Brasil, west of the intersection with Av. La Marina.

Ancient Ruins- Huaca Huantille

More information about this site on the page of the Huacas of Lima at the "Ruins" page click here




Miraflores is, without doubt, an excellent tourist and hotel district of Lima. It is one of the districts having large commercial areas and beautiful green areas. Miraflores is a neighborhhood of gardens but also of beaches of the city along the Costa Verde. There are many cafes, pubs and restaurants. Miraflores has parks and landscaped gardens. It has numerous theatres, cinemas and an interesting pre-Incan temple known as the "Huaca Pucllana" (one of the numerous archaeological ruins existing in Lima).

Miraflores is the cultural center of Lima, and has modern retail-commercial areas, such as along the pictured Avenida Pardo. Parque del Amor (Love Park) is a very popular park known by tourists, at the top of the cliffs, several blocks west of Parque Kennedy. In addition, this district has an ancient archaeological ruins, Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca construction based on adobe blocks forming a pyramidal form. It was one of the important administrative centers of the culture in Lima. On occasion, it is a scene of musical events and others. It has a museum which displays diverse pieces found in the excavations completed so far. See the "Ruins" page for more of this ancient site. Click here

Beaches of Miraflores - Miraflores has eight beautiful beaches that have summer activities for the beach-goer. The beaches are called: Los Delfines, La Pampilla, Pacífico Sur, Waikiki, Makaha, Redondo, La Estrella y Las Piedritas. They are accessed by three traditional routes: from San Isidro, near the border with that district; the traditional Bajada Balta access road near the center of Miraflores; and from the south by the Quebrada de Armendáriz. These beaches are along the roadway of the "Costa Verde," from where it is possible to admire the beautiful cliffs of Miraflores, as well as the terraced slopes and to enjoy the sunsets and majestic calm of the Pacific ocean. Here, the modern buildings proudly rise to form a "pearl" of a cityscape along the Pacific Ocean coast. An area of ocean is known as the Sea of Grau and is a center of a variety of aquatic sports. Competitions include the international "La Costa Verde" lifeguard rescue.


Calle De Las Pizzas - The real name of this pedestrian street is the Boulevard San Ramon, but it is commonly called Calle de Las Pizzas (calle - "ka-yeah"). This street was closed to vehicular traffic, converting it into a famous walkway or pasaje ("pa-sah-hay"), well known as the Calle de las Pizzas (street of Pizza) because here you can find a dense concentration of restaurants dedicated to the specialty of pizza and Italian cuisine. As you walk by, the hosts or waiters are eager to serve you. Great place for lunch or dinner and a sangria. (pictured)

Craft Markets (Indio Mercado - Av. Petit Thouars) - There are several gift and souvenier markets on Av. Petit Thouars, in Miraflores. They have large selections of handicrafts, also the "pan pipe" instrument called Antara, and the typical Inca wool hat that covers your ears called Chulo. There are also necklaces, silver, large Amazon jungle taxidermi insects and fossil rocks. These shops are not expensive and they extend two blocks of the street near the Saga Fallabela store. You can find incredible ceramics; handmade wool sweaters; silver and gold jewelry; brass, copper or wooden crafts; carvings, etc. (the large Indio Mercados on Av. La Marina would have better pricing and be more selection) See more on the "Shopping" page. Click here

Museum Exhibition of the Gold Museum in Surco - called "the Sala Museo Oro del Peru" is an exhibition area of the beautiful LarcoMar shopping mall, built into the cliffs of Miraflores. Here, over 100 pre-columbian artifacts of the Museo de Oro near Monterrico is put on display. Hours: open daily from 10:00 am. To 10:00 pm. at Larcomar Shopping Center, Av. Malecón de la Reserva 610 – Miraflores.

Museum - Amano Foundation Museum (Fundacion Museo Amano, pictured) - This is a private archaeological museum founded by Yoshitaro Amano, and arguably the best collection of Pre-Colombian textiles in the world, including a tiny, 1000-plus-year-old bit of cloth that's on record as the world's densest piece of fabric. Here you can appreciate the pieces of ceramic, textiles and objects of diverse pre-hispanic cultures. Take a look at the pieces of unique textile art, painted textiles, and many other categories of items from the north coast of Lima, ceramics originating from one of the ancient Peruvian cultures called Chancay, and other pieces of northern Peru cultures.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 2pm to 5pm. You should call for an appointment. Fee: donation. Telef.: 41-2909. Webpage:

Location: Retiro 160, Miraflores, in the block that is parallel to the 11th block of Av. Angamos Oeste (west).

Taxi directions: Miraflores, Museo Amano, "Retiro uno seis cero, con la altura cuadra once de la Avenida Angamos Oeste"
Museo "mu-say-o." - Amano "ah-man-o." -
Retiro "ray-tier-do." - Uno "ew-no." - Seis "say-ss." - Cero "ser-do." -
Con "cone." - Altura "al-tur-da." - Cuadra "qwa-dra." - Once "on-say." - Angamos "ahn-ga-mos." - Oeste "o-es-tay"

Museum - Cultural Association Enrico Poli (Asociacion Cultural "Enrico Poli") -Here you can appreciate a large, private collection of Mr. Enrico Poli. It includes pre-hispanic artifacts of ceramics, textiles, and metal. Colonial period furniture, paintings, works of gold and silver, and from ruins of early Peru. (pictured)
Hours: Open every day by appointment from 11:00 to 7:00pm. Entrance charge. Telef.: 422-2437, 440-7100

Location: Av. Lord Cochrane 466, Miraflores.

House Museum - Ricardo Palma (Casa Museo- Ricardo Palma) - This is the plantation house where, Ricardo Palma, the celebrated author of Peruvian culture and brilliant traditionalist lived and where he passed his last years between 1913 and 1919. The house dates from the beginning of the 20th century and has multiple levels such as the foyer, conservatory, patio and bed chambers.. On exhibit is the property and personal objects. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 12:30pm and 3:30pm to 6pm. Small entrance fee.

Location: Av. Gral. Suárez 189, which is the block parallel with the 2nd block of Av. Ricardo Palma.
Taxi directions: Avenida Gral. Suarez uno ocho nueve, altura cuadra dos de Avenida Ricardo Palma.
Pronounciation- Suarez "Swar-ez" - Ocho "o-cho" - Nueve "new-eh-vay" - Palma "pa-al-ma"

Huaca Pucllana - This site in an early stage of excavation. If work is in process while you are there, someone might invite you inside the fence to show you around. It is an old pre-Inca settlement from between 200-800 A.D. and includes a very large pyramid structure, 500 meters long, with rooms, patios and ramps. It still needs to be fully excavated. There are nice cafes and restaurants in this area, so that it might be a good idea to have lunch here and then walk to the ruins. Read more about this site on the "Ruins" page.

Pucllana is today a historic cultural park that is under the control of the municipality of Miraflores. It has been investigated since 1981 by the architect Isabel Flores and her team.. It is often visited by researchers and tourists. Onsite, there is a small museum, a park of native flora and fauna, a tourist restaurant and a craft gallery.

Hours: Monday to Friday- 9:30 to 3:00 pm.. except Tuesdays. Lunches with a folkloric show at 1:00pm. Telf.: 45-8695. Web:

Note- on a map of Lima, this site is also referred to as "Huaca Juliana."

Location: 8th block (cuadra) of Av. General Borgoña, Miraflores. This site is also about two blocks from the corner of Av. Angamos Oeste and Av. Comandante Espinar, near the Ovalo Gutierrez.

Taxi: Huaca Pucllana (wha-ka, Puc-yana) "cuadra ocho de Av. General Borgoña" (pronounced "Hen-er-owl" "Borgone-yo"), cerca Avenida Angamos con Comandante Espinar" (cerca "sair-ka")

Mansions (Casonas) - In the Miraflores district, there exists a conservation of the antique charm of beautiful mansions, a few are mentioned here. CASA MARSANO, located at Av. Arequipa 5031. Equally important is the CASA SUAREZ that has great similarity to the presidential palace (Palacio del Gobierno) located on block 46 of Av. Arequipa. Another was the house of the famous JULIO C. TELLO located on Av. Comandante O¨Donovan 115.

Parque Del Amor (Love Park)- Inaugurated the 14 of February of 1993 (Valentine's Day), where you can see the sculpture "the Kiss" of the famous Peruvian artist Víctor Delfin. It is the park where couples take each other's hand or hug with a kiss or leave flowers after the consecretion of their wedding. It is a beautiful place, along a pathway at the top of the cliffs, overlooking the sea. And, to see the romantic phrases of Peruvian poets.

Parque Kennedy - The beautiful Parque Kennedy (Kennedy Park, named after John F. Kennedy) is where you'll see craftsmen painters and groups of Andean musicians. Each Sunday people are attracted by the painting exhibits, musical events. There is a collectibles and crafts market from 6 to 9pm daily.


Craft Markets- the "Mercado Indio" is a market of Peruvian craftmanship of all kinds. There are a few close together, of stands housed in large buildings along Av. La Marina, between the 6th and 10th blocks. At these markets you can find fine apparel of Alpaca wool, beautiful ceramic figures, carved wood objects or furnishings, tooled leather crafts, copper or silver crafts, jewelry and much more. It's easy to pass an hour or two looking at the unique items. These markets normally have hours from 10 am to 6 pm daily.

Museo Larco - (pictured) The Larco Museum was founded in 1926, by Mr. Rafael Larco and his son, after obtaining an earlier collection (of 600 pieces) from a relative. His son, Rafael, wanted to create a living monument to his father, whom he admired for his patriotism. It is now one of the most prestigious institutions for conservation and restoration of Peruvian artifacts. The museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. The museum is in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid, and surrounded by beautiful gardens. It has one of the finest ceramic, gold and silver collections from ancient Peru, and one of the world´s largest collections of pre-Columbian art including the Moche, Nazca, Chimú, and Inca cultures. (the Incas conquered or absorbed these and other pre-Columbian cultures) On display is the only complete golden pectoral shield of an ancient Chimu culture leader, and pre-inca ceramics particularly of another culture in Peru called Mochica. It is one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. Larco is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Columbian art, after being exhibited in the world's leading museums. Taxi - 15 minutes from Miraflores, San Isidro or Lima's International Airport. Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9:00 to 6:00 pm. (daily including holidays).

Telf. 461 1312 / 461 1835. Info at -

Location: Av. Bolívar 1515, Pueblo Libre. To the west of intersection with Av. La Marina.

Museo Antropológico - (pictured) The National Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology (full name- The Museo Nacional de Arqueología Antropología e Historia del Perú). The museum has an international reputation for its work and presentation of a most extensive collection of pre-Columbian ceramics, textiles, gold artifacts, metals, weavings, mummies, funeral offerings and figures carved in stone. Ancient cultures represented include: Chavín, Mochica, Chimú, Tiahuanaco, Pucará, Paracas, Nazca and Inca. The museum houses over 100,00 artifacts spanning the entire history of human occupation in what is now Peru, arranged chronologically and didactically. Artifacts from pre-Inca Peru include stone tools carved some 8,000 years ago.

A section of the museum is an old colonial plantation mansion, where there are many artifacts from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, when this suburb was all farmland and pre-Inca pyramids.

The museum is well worth a visit. There is something to interest everyone.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Telf: [51 1] 463-5070

Location: on the Plaza Bolivar, off of Av. La Marina, in the Pueblo Libre district, an area between San Miguel (airport area) and Miraflores. From Av. Faucett (aka Av. Elmer Faucett), turn left on Av. La Marina and continue to the intersection with Av. Sucre (about 3 to 4 miles), as a marker, watch for the tall, dome structure off to the right side which is near Av. Sucre. Turn right on Av. Sucre then right on Av. Gral. Vivanco to the Plaza Bolivar which covers a whole block on the left side corner. Turn left before the Plaza, and the museum will be on the next block (covering the whole block).


Museo de la Nación - National Museum- This museum has many artifacts, exhibits and diaramas of life of the ancient Peruvian people. There are constant exhibitions of contemporary art.
Location: Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 in San Borja, not far from the Miraflores area, traveling east on Av. Prado. The large, well marked building will be on the left side.

National Library - This newer building houses the expansive library, established in 1821. The library built up its collection after having most of its works stolen during the war with Chile in the 1880's. There is a theater, restaurant, exhibition halls and internet wifi service. The library also contains the largest selection of newspapers and magazines in the country.
Location: adjacent to the Museo de la Nacion. Entrance on Avenida de la Poesia 160 in San Borja. Telf. 51-1-513-6900.

Huaca San Borja - This archaeological zone was constructed by the Ichma culture and resembles pyramid foundations made of adobe (mud.) Inside there are enclosures, passages and uneven levels to explore. See more about this site in the "Ruins" section. Click here
Location: Av. Canada y de la Arqueologia (on the corner), San Borja.




San Isidro is also an excellent hotel district of Lima. It is one of the districts having large commercial areas and beautiful green areas. It is "walker friendly" with somewhat less congestion and many charming side streets through residential neighborhoods to explore, where you can come across parks and unique houses. There are many cafes, pubs and restaurants. San Isidro also has a private golf club and landscaped gardens.

Los Delfines Hotel and Casino, Spa - This 5 star, high rise hotel is probably the most unique hotel in Lima. A unique feature of Los Delfines is the enormous glass aquarium in a vaulted, solarium-type space, off the lobby. Here, the hotel keeps two dolphin mascots, Yaku and Wayra. There is a lounge/bar area where guests can watch them swim, and the four daily training sessions with the dolphins.

In the evening, stop by the lounge to see the aquarium lit up in the evening for greater effect. Enjoy exotic drinks and listen to live music, surrounded by views into a spectacular dolphinarium, before a visit to the hotel's exclusive casino. "Knossos" is the gourmet restaurant, also located on the first floor, and serves international cuisine with blazing flambes as a specialty. See the "On The Menu" page for more information on the fabulous buffets.

The Delphos Coffee Shop is open 24 Hours. A special tea time buffet is served while watching the fun loving dolphins. There is also a fitness center and spa with Turkish bath and massage.

Location: Los Delfines is in San Isidro, a wealthy residential area of Lima. Located across from the Lima golf club, at Calle Eucaliptos 555.

Huaca Huallamarca - San Isidro has an interesting pre-Incan temple known as the "Huaca Huallamarca" (one of the numerous archaeological ruins existing in Lima).
It has a pyramid structure of an ancient culture that existed by the rise of the Inca empire. The site is said to have been in existence by 200 A.D. See more about this site on the "Ruins" page.

Daily visits (except Mondays, when it is closed) from 9:00 am til 5:00 pm.

Location: Av. Nicolás de Rivera 201, crossroad Av. Los Laureles, San Isidro. The Av. Rivera is parallel to the golf club in San Isidro "El Golf," 2 blocks to the north side of the golf course, between the golf course and Av. Javier Prado.


Here in the San Miguel district, near the international airport Jorge Chavez, there are activities in close proximity that have an interest for all ages. It is a place to spend with the family, friends or for a great experience on your own getting to know the local food and talking to the people.

Iglesia San Miguel Arcangel

For the Catholic and the believing world, San Miguel Archangel church is nearby, famous for the curing masses that are held each Saturday and the third Wednesday of every month, celebrated by the Father Manuel Rodríguez who has done so much good for the people of Peru. People come from all parts. There are many existing testimonies of those that have been cured of their illnesses, some that were supposed to be incurable. See more of this church on the page of "Cathedrals and Churches." Click here

Location: about 20 minutes from the airport, on Av. Precursores, 5 blocks from Av. Faucett, near Av. La Marina.

Centro Comercial- Av. La Mar

Near the zoo, a few minutes by car or about 5 blocks walk, there is an area of cafes, boutiques, internet point, and restaurants, and a 3 story mall that is open in the center where there are small restaurants around the open-air courtyard. The options are many for a chance to try different dishes or daily "menu" specials while taking in the local culture. Adding to that; some cafes broadcast the soccer games being played around the country or Latin region. We found the area to be a good alternative than to larger commercial centers and high traffic areas of Miraflores.

Area Location: Av. La Mar, the block behind Plaza San Miguel, near the intersection with Av. Universitaria.

If coming from the zoo- after exiting the zoo, walk straight ahead along the wall of the zoo and then turn at the next left. Continue straight on that road which turns into Av. La Mar. At the next light, continue straight along Av. La Mar, about the second block on the right will be the mall entrance, on each corner of the block. Around to the other side of the mall is a bakery/ice cream shop. Looks are delicious, without free radical damage! But maybe try a little as you will not see these flavors back home. It's a nice area to walk, and there will be many shops and restaurants along this block. Enjoy!

To take a combi from the zoo- cross the street to take a combi/van coming from the right, from Av. Faucett. One of the combi's you can take will be marked "Lurin" that travels along Av. La Mar. as most combis will that pass here. Wave to the combi when you see it coming, they'll pull over. Tell the attendant that you'd like to go a short distance to the commercial center on Av. La Mar.
"al centro comercial en la Avenida La Mar, la espalda de la Plaza San Miguel" it is that simple.
("comercial" is pronounced- "co-mercy-owl"). The ride will be no more than 5 blocks, if you count the streets passed on the right side, after getting on the combi. "about 5 blocks" is "como cinco cuadras"- (cinco is "sin-co") (cuadras is "kwah-dra").

If you are not sure where to get off a combi, when getting on or paying, ask the attendant to advise you when it is your stop. Advise me, please - "Me avisa, por favor" (Me - "may" , avisa - "a-visa")

The cost should be 0.50 centavos to 1 sole per person. Normally they will give you change, for example if you have a 2 soles or 5 soles coin. This is good when in doubt of the combi charge, giving a 2 or 5 soles coin will cover the fee and they will give you the change without having to know spanish. There are times when the attendant might overcharge a little, but we find that if it happens that little amount is worth the convenience.

Huaca Tres Palos

Within the property of the zoo Parque de Las Leyendas, there is the remains of a once great complex of temples from a pre-Incan culture, during a period not long after the time of Jesus. The surrounding area of the district and beyond would have been open land and areas of agriculture. Thanks to the founder of the zoo, Felipe Benavides Barreda, the grounds have protected the last remaining pyramid-type structures of this complex, which are very large. The rest of the complex was destroyed due to urban sprawl, etc. There is a small musuem here, with artifacts and exhibits of this early culture. It is worth a visit, and not far from the airport or the port of Callao, should your time in Lima be limited. Entrance is only through the gates of the zoo, along Av. Precursores, south of Av. Elmer Faucett. See more of this ancient site on the "Ruins" page. Click here

Parque de Las Leyendas

A zoo which showcases the wildlife of Peru's three zones- coast, sierra highlands, and jungle (selva). See the parrots, jaguars and large condors of Peru and other animals from the Amazon and Africa including a girafe, tiger and water buffalos. Within the park is a large complex of ancient stone ruins of pyramidal structures and a small museum with artifacts and exhibits of this pre-Incan culture. Very interesting! Great activity, especially for kids.

The hours are 9am to 5:30pm daily. The entrance fee is approximately s/9 soles adults, s/4.50 for kids. Telf. (51-1) 464-4282 or 464-4264

Location: about 20 minutes from the airport, at the south end of Av. Precursores which is not far from where it crosses Av. Faucett near Av. La Marina.

Plaza San Miguel

A large, modern shopping center that offers fashion boutiques, restaurants, cinemas, banks and just about anything else you can imagine. Nearby are Pizza Hut, Dominos, McDonalds, Burger King, TGI Fridays, Chilli's, chinese food and dozens of excellent restaurants serving Peruvian cuisine and seafood dishes such as the famous cebiche.

At this commercial center and nearby are mega department stores of Saga Falabella, and Ripley; mega supermarkets like Tottus, Wong and Metro, large cinema chains of UVK, Planet and Cinemark, large fitness centers such as Gold's Gym and Planet Fitness. Nearby universities are the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú, and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (the oldest of the Americas); major banks such as Banco de Crédito, Interbank, Continental, City Bank, etc.

Plaza San Miguel is to the south of Av. Faucett, at the corner of Av. La Marina and Av. Universitaria, about 20 to 25 minutes from the airport.

SURCO - Monterrico

Museo de Oro- Gold Museum - one of the most visited, a private collection and replicas of gold and jewels of the pre-Columbian cultures, especially pieces of the Mochica's, Chimú's and Nazca's cultures. This collection of Mr. Miguel Mujica Gallo took years to gather, sometimes getting artifacts from the hands of grave robbers. It includes many gold figures, jewelry, masks, knives and artifacts from the Inca and colonial periods. There are mummies, head-dresses and other ancient relics.

Antique Weapons Museum- On the second floor of the Museo de Oro, there is an interesting museum collection of weapons and armor from many cultures, with pieces from the 16th century. Artifacts from Peru's history, such as items owned by the Pizarro brothers and Simon Bolívar, are also on display. You may want to do both museums as part of a tour, for better learning of the peices, through a guide. (no elevator access)

Monterrico Hippodrome- In Surco, at the Monterrico village area, there is a race track called the Hippodrome, where national and international horse races are held. Tuesday and Thursday- 7pm. Saturday and Sunday- 1pm.. On Independence Day, July 28th, there is are gala horse races.


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