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Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

1. Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

Immerse yourself in Lima's colonial history with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, start your experience at San Martin Square, where you can admire colonial architecture buildings. Later, visit the breathtaking Plaza de Armas and admire impressive buildings such as the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and more. Finish your tour exploring the fascinating Catacombs and Museum of San Francisco. Learn more about Peru's colonial period through the museum's vast collection of artwork, see rare editions in the library and wander through the blood-curdling passages of the catacombs, where the bones of 25,000 people lie. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

2. Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Get to know Peru's capital in the course of a single day with your expert, professional guide. Encounter sights like the Huaca Pucllana, Olive Park, and the underground catacombs as you immerse yourself in this evocative city. Start your experience with convenient pickup from your accommodation and get ready to discover the Miraflores district. Cruise through this upscale area while learning about its history. See sights like the Huaca Pucclana pyramid, built between 200 and 700 AD. Next, head for the famous San Isidro district. Luxuriate in the beautiful groves of the Olive Park and admire Victor Delfin's famous "The Kiss" sculpture in the Love Park. Take in awesome views of Lima and its Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Miraflores, Continue your tour with a visit to the artsy and bohemian district of Barranco. Marvel at the beautiful murals typical of this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Take the opportunity to make a wish at its Bridge of Sighs, and visit its atmospheric Plaza. Conclude your tour in the city's bustling downtown. The city's historic center is full of places of interest included the Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, and Magic Fountains Park. Your guide will also take you to essentials like the San Francisco de Asis Museum, and the famous underground catacombs.

Lima: Historical, Colonial, and Modern City Tour

3. Lima: Historical, Colonial, and Modern City Tour

Discover Lima’s top attractions across three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern, on this guided tour. You’ll visit fascinating sights like the San Francisco Convent and the famous catacombs, see areas like Larcomar and more, as you learn all about them. After being picked up from your accommodation in Miraflores or San Isidro at about 09:00 AM, the tour will begin with a beautiful panoramic view of the Pucllana Pyramid. This magnificent ceremonial and archeological center, built in the 4th century AD, was considered a sacred village by the Incas.  Following this, you’ll travel to the monumental San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. A highlight of the visit is the underground vaults – the catacombs. As you travel, you'll learn all about the history of these sights from your bilingual guide. Next, it’s on to the traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores, and Larcomar. At about 02:00 PM, the tour completed, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, your mind filled with the many wonderful sights and history of Lima.

Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

4. Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Then, see Miraflores: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca temple, The Love Park, Barranco: Murals, pittoresque old mansions, The Bridge of Sighs and San Isidro: The Olive Park.

Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

5. Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, the tour begins by visiting one of the most important squares of Peru. San Martin Square is surrounded by balconies, Acestrals' homes, colonial residences, and beautiful palaces. Following this, visit one of the most significant avenues of Lima, Jiron de La Unión. The tour then continues to the square of Lima or 'Plaza Mayor'. Here you can view cathedrals, the government palace, city hall, and wonderful balconies decorated uniquely with an Arabic influence. The tour concludes with a trip to one of the oldest catacombs of America, the 'San Francisco Monastery'.

Lima: Historical Center, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Site Tour

6. Lima: Historical Center, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Site Tour

Travel from your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro, to the charming Historical Center of Lima to see all the highlights with this group tour. Visit a local restaurant for an optional lunch. Marvel at Plaza San Martin, a plaza that was made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. View the statue that represents Peru’s liberator and soak up the history of the stunning neoclassical buildings. Head to the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to see the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Listen as your expert guide will explain the rich history of Peru’s capital. Travel to downtown Lima to explore the catacombs. Head to the Pachacamac archeological site and museum to experience one of the largest religious centers in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast with buildings from different kingdoms predating the Inca (200 AD). Admire pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon.

Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

7. Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

Explore the Cercado de Lima, San Isidro and Miraflores districts of Lima and admire sights such as the Renaissance-style cathedral, Government Palace, Municipal Palace, Archbishop's Palace, and Union Club in the main square. Visit the Convent of San Francisco and Catacombs, admire the colonial balconies, and see Plaza San Martín. Take a tour of San Isidro to see the biggest olive park in Peru and one of the biggest parks in the city. Visit the financial district before going to Miraflores for a look at the sacred Pre-Inca Huaca Pucllana temple that belonged to the Lima culture Get a view of the sea at Malecón Cisneros and Love Park, and end with a stop at the exclusive Larcomar shopping mall, where you can purchase some lunch overlooking the sea.

Lima Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

8. Lima Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

Discover everything Lima has to offer on this full-day tour. Visit Pachacamac, a pre-Inca archaeological complex, and contemplate what it was like to have lived during those times. Drive through Pantanos de Villa, a preserved area in the middle of the city, known for its natural beauty. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a family house turned into a restaurant. Visit the bohemian district of Barranco, walk its streets and enjoy the ocean views and visit the Bridge of Sighs. In the afternoon, visit The Convent of San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and its chilling catacombs. Walk the streets of Lima and take in the Parque de la Reserva, included in the Guiness Book of Records as the largest fountain complex in the world and observe a unique show of lights and music.

Artsy Barranco district and Lima City Tour with Catacombs

9. Artsy Barranco district and Lima City Tour with Catacombs

Travel from your accommodation in the areas of Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro to the vibrant and hip Barranco district. Experience the art that has flourished in an area that was built up with elite vacation homes. Learn how this area has evolved into the most romantic and bohemian district of Lima, with the old colonial mansions being converted into restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, design shops, art galleries and museums. Walk along the cliffs to take in ocean views. 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. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings. See the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima and explore the underground catacombs.

Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Catacombs visit

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Saint Francis Monastery

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 170 reviews

Our guide was Susana Armas and she was fantastic. We ended up having a private tour as there was no one else booked at the same day/time. I don’t think we would have appreciated all the aspects of Lima on our own. She even introduced us to Lima style churros which were amazing.

This tour was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Susan was knowledgeable, professional and fun! She made our stay in Peru unforgettable. Definitely recommend this tour with Susan as the tour guide.

Lima has a lot to know, but thanks to Lucas, we got to know a lot of history, he was very kind and explained everything to us in detail. Thank you Lucas.

We enjoyed our trip from the beginning until the very end. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and hilarious. Definitely recommending to others.

Paloma was great, she gave us a lot of information about the plazas and buildings all around. Very recommend. Great experience