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Top 8 Attractions In and Around Lima

Lima sits atop a row of Pacific cliffs and can't wait to show you its art, cuisine, and millennia-old civilization. Why not try these places to get a taste of the Peruvian capital?

  • Barranco

    1. Barranco

    This arty borough of Lima offers surfing, protected wildlife wetlands, colorful old buildings, and a unique south-facing location!

  • Museo Larco

    2. Museo Larco

    This museum literally represents layers of Peruvian heritage: its colonial 18th century main building lies on top of a pre-Columbian pyramid.

  • Pachacamac

    3. Pachacamac

    Discover pre-Incan civilization at this sacred citadel just outside Lima.

  • Caral

    4. Caral

    Caral is said to be the oldest city in all the Americas, inhabited since 2600 BC. Walk around dusty temples, view timeless artifacts, and ponder an ancient people.

  • Miraflores Boardwalk

    5. Miraflores Boardwalk

    In the uptown district of Miraflores, you can while away an afternoon shopping, strolling through gardens and enjoying the Pacific breeze.

  • 6. Ichimay Wari

    The artisanal crafts available to view and buy at this workshop on the outskirts of Lima will be a highlight to all interested in supporting local trade.

  • Magic Water Circuit

    7. Magic Water Circuit

    The fountain light show takes place every night from Wednesday to Sunday and is pretty spectacular!

  • 8. Cathedral of Lima

    One of the oldest European-era buildings, dating from 1535, Lima's cathedral has pride of place downtown. Flanked by palm trees outside and crowned by a golden nave inside, it's a great place to cool down and learn about Peru's particular Catholicism.

Frequently asked questions about Lima

What top attractions are a must-see in Lima?

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Peru's peak tourist season is from December to April, when the weather is warmer with clear skies. If you don't mind the crowds, visit then, because from June to December, the city is covered with a thick, gray fog.

  • What should I wear?

    You don't need to dress for particularly warm or cold weather if you go during the high season. If you decide to go on the walking trails around archeological sites, remember to bring walking boots and maybe even some blister relief!

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
  • Currency
    PEN (S/.)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +51
  • Best time to visit
    While the weather is typically always dry, the best temperatures and clear skies are found from December to April, which also means there are more crowds.

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What people are saying about Lima

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,292 reviews

A fantastic trip that is worth doing, it is enjoyed a lot starting by boat, the Ballestas Islands and Huacachina. I really recommend them, the guides are all very active and help you a lot, they are always by your side, thanks guys. I just have to tell you that the food disappointed me in Paracas.

Again great job, although the day was too long but it covered lots of different places, from boat ride to buggy ride in the desert. Started on time and finished on time as well. For sure I recommend it!

Everything went well, started on time and the tour guide was very informative and professional. Jordan took the time to explain a lot and the walking pace was reasonable.

Lucas was so accommodating and knowledgeable about the city! His love and energy for Lima made the day so wonderful!! Thank you!

Our tour guide William was great! He was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English.