Larco Museum

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Lima: Huaca Ruins and Larco Museum at Night with Dinner

1. Lima: Huaca Ruins and Larco Museum at Night with Dinner

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Miraflores or San Isidro districts of Lima. Your first stop will be Huaca Pucllana, an impressive pyramid in the middle of modern Miraflores. Step back in time more than 1,500 years as you observe this pre-Inca sacred site. Your next stop will be Huaca Huallamarca, a refurbished archaeological site in San Isidro, to finally stop at Huaca Mateo Salado in Pueblo Libre, the biggest within the city. Then, discover stunning examples of pre-Colombian art at the amazing Larco Museum, where highlights include objects of the finest gold and silver from ancient Peru, along with a collection of erotic pottery. End the night with a 3-course meal at the Cafe del Museo, set in the grounds of the museum. Choose from a menu of typical food and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the terrace and gardens. After your meal, transfer back to your hotel with your driver.

Tour to Larco Museum in Lima

2. Tour to Larco Museum in Lima

You are invited to visit the Larco Museum and head back in time to the pre-Columbian era. Admire the best and most complete collection of gold and silver from this period and be amazed by the Museum's famous collection of erotic pottery. Learn about more than 5,000 years of the history of ancient Peru, through a fascinating collection of pre-Columbian art. You will be picked up from your hotel at 9:30am or 2:30pm, then you will go to the Larco Museum in Lima. This visit is ideal for history lovers and travel specialists. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best museums in Latin America. The Museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens that give life to the place. After having explore the Museum completely, you will return to your hotel.

Lima Half-Day Tour of Must-See Sites

3. Lima Half-Day Tour of Must-See Sites

This tour will provide you with a comprehensive historical oversight of the city, while hitting up all the "must-see sites." Drive along Lima's first freeway, built during 1960s and 1970s to arrive to downtown Lima, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will be able to appreciate the impressive monuments and imposing architecture from the colonial times. You will visit 16th century Convent of Santo Domingo, one of the best preserved monasteries in whole of Lima, where you will be able to see the old Lima from its tower. On the way to the Larco Musuem, pass by a pre-Hispanic site built in the middle of the modern area. Your visit then continues to the Larco Museum, featuring the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous "erotic" archaeological collection. Finally, try a lucuma mousse. Lucuma is an endemic fruit in the Andes.

Lima: Half-Day Colonial Lima and Larco Museum Tour

4. Lima: Half-Day Colonial Lima and Larco Museum Tour

Explore Lima's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is packed with fascinating historic buildings. Your tour will begin with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square. It is here that you can appreciate countless examples of grandiose colonial architecture. Afterwards, you will stroll over to the cathedral, before visiting Casa Aliaga. Casa Aliaga is a colonial mansion gifted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that era that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Following this house, you will experience the Larco Museum, which lies in the traditional Pueblo Libre district. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of erotic art.

From Lima: Full-Day to Ballestas Islands & Ica "Huacachina"!

5. From Lima: Full-Day to Ballestas Islands & Ica "Huacachina"!

Experience a fun day in Ica! your pick up will start at 5 am from your accommodation. Then, you will have a smooth 4-hour ride to Paracas where we will catch the boat trip to Ballestas Islands. On your way to the islands, you will get to feel the fresh ocean breeze, and look at the mysterious "Candelabro de Paracas Geoglyph". As you get close to the islands you will hear the friendly growls of the sea lions, happy penguins jumping around, Peruvian boobies hunting, and more. After your tour of the islands, you will get some time to enjoy a tasty local breakfast, your tour guide will always recommend you the best places for you to enjoy your meals. After the breakfast stop, we will continue the adventure toward Ica-Huacachina (1-hour ride approx). As soon as you arrive, your tour guide will organize your ride to the impressive steep dunes, almost one hour of pure adrenaline riding the buggies and practicing sandboarding. Words are not enough to describe the amazing desertic landscape, you will have time to get the most memorable pictures. After your tour, it is a good time to go for Lunch (your tour guide will help organize it) or enjoy a good cold drink. Do not miss the chance to take a walk around Huacachina Oasis, hearing the mysterious legends of this beautiful place. Of course, you will not miss the opportunity to visit a local winery where you can taste different samples of local sweet wines and some pisco our national drink! After this fun day, it is time to come back to Lima for a comfortable drop-off at your hotel. Your professional driver and tour guide will take care of it.

Larco Museum Cultural Experience

6. Larco Museum Cultural Experience

Find out about ancient Peru’s rich history during a guided tour of the famous Larco Museum. Depart Lima and arrive in the Pueblo Libre district, home to the 18th century mansion where the museum is located. Marvel at the collection of gold, silver, precious stones, pottery, metals, and textiles that covers 5,000 years of Peruvian history. Stop to look at the well-known gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery. Listen to the interesting facts your guide shares about the Larco family’s passion for collecting archaeological relics.

Lima: Pachacamac and Larco Museum Private Tour

7. Lima: Pachacamac and Larco Museum Private Tour

Escape the modern bustle of Lima on a quest to learn about the area’s ancient past. Climb a pyramid inside Pachacamac and peruse the 45,000-piece pre-Columbian collection of the Larco Museum. Venture south of Lima down the Pan-American Highway on a short drive to the 200 A.D. archeological site, Pachacamac. Allow yourself to travel back in time as your private guide shares key information about one of the most important Pre-Inca places of worship along the Peruvian coast. Wander by temples and pyramids before visiting the on-site museum. Next, head to Pueblo Libre and enter the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the 7th century. Admire the pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects and erotic art.

Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Catacombs visit

8. Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Catacombs visit

Travel from the comfort of your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro to the to Larco Museum, which is located in a magnificently restored 18th century mansion. Walk through its awesome collection of ancient jewelry, gold, pottery, metals, and textiles. Journey to Plaza San Martin in the stunning Historical Center of Lima. Find out more about how this Plaza was made in the 1900s to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. Admire the fascinating statue that represents Peru’s liberator and the neoclassic buildings. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings like the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Be enlightened about the rich history of Peru's capital by your expert guide. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima city and explore the underground catacombs.

Lima: Half-Day Past & Present City Tour with Larco Museum

9. Lima: Half-Day Past & Present City Tour with Larco Museum

Start your tour at the Larco Museum, one of the best museums in the country, and explore the relics and artworks of pre-Incan cultures including the Mochica, the Nazca, and the Chimu. Admire artifacts made of ceramic, gold, and silver, some dating back more than a thousand years.  Continue to the main square to and take in the Government Palace and other examples of colonial architecture. Visit the Catacombs Museum and learn about Lima's original cemeteries, which were built under the city's churches.  Finish your tour at the Memorial Museum in Lima, a good place to understand the turbulent events that shaped Peru between 1980 and 2000. Learn how Peru overcame its terrorist past and became the country you see today. 

Lima: Lima Gastronomic Tour Including Lunch and City Tour

10. Lima: Lima Gastronomic Tour Including Lunch and City Tour

Try the various flavours of Peru on a historical gastronomic tour of Lima. Explore the city's cuisine and history, and admire buildings from the pre-colonial era to the present day. See Lima's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be picked up in Lima and head to San Isidro where you can visit a local market and explore the offerings of fruits, vegetables, meat cuts, and fish. Arrive at the restaurant and participate in a Pisco Sour demo class. Enjoy a cooking demo class of Peruvian dishes. Eat a tasty Peruvian lunch and then return to your hotel before the afternoon portion of the tour. Visit Old Town Lima for the afternoon portion of the tour, starting at Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion built in 1535. Explore the only house in the area from this period that is still owned by descendants of the family who built it. Continue the tour with a scenic tour of the colonial city center: the Plaza de Armas, where you can see examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Admire the magnificent Lima Cathedral, built in the 16th century. End the tour at the Larco Museum, home to an impressive collection of pre-Columbian pieces of gold and silver, looms, and erotic art. Return to your hotel after the visit to the museum.

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What people are saying about Larco Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 39 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the Tour of Huaca Ruins & The Larco Museum! Our guide Marta was very interesting & informative. She made the experience vibrant and fascinating, with insightful details about the history & culture of Peru. We only wish that the tour could have been a little longer, as there was so much to see & experience! We enjoyed our dinner at the Larco Museum Cafe. Excellent food & service and a beautiful environment. I highly recommend the tour and the Larco Museum.

We had a private tour. Andrea, our guide, was warm and very knowledgeable. We got to see different huacas (pyramids) around the city ans learnt about some of its districts. The highlight for us was the Museum. It was amazing. You could spend a whole day there. The museum’s restaurant is a beautiful place. The driver waited for us and took us back to our hotel. He was also very friendly. Overall, a great experience!!

If you are in Lima this is a must-see! I had a great time visiting the Larco museum with my guide jhonathan, he was so knowledgeable about the culture and history of Peru. Pick up and drop off to my hotel were provided, which was very comfortable. Definitely recommend this tour!

Great trip

We had a great time on the trip. It was great to see the Larco Museum and the other sites. The guide and the driver were excellent- both informative and friendly.

Great tour. Larco Museum a highlight. Our guide was excellent. She was incredibly knowledgeable and informative.