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Lima City Half Day Tour

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Lima, Peru
Lima City Half Day Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Trace the startling history of Lima, including its Pre-Columbian cultures, colonial era, and contemporary present, during this 4-hour city tour. Explore the city’s Inca history at the Pucllana Pyramid, then discover a range of colonial-era landmarks like the Government Palace and Banco Central de Reserva Museum. You’ll finish with a look at some of modern-day Lima’s top neighborhoods.
  • Discover Lima's many centuries of history during a half-day city tour
  • Learn about Lima's Pre-Columbian cultures at the Pucllana Pyramid
  • Explore Lima's colonial history in the historic center
  • See colonial-era landmarks like the City Council Palace and Cathedral Basilica
  • Admire ancient textiles, gold objects, and ceramics at the Banco Central de Reserva Museum
  • Visit modern-day Lima areas like Larcomar, Miraflores, and San Isidro
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Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

FREE PICK UPS ARE OFFERED FROM ANY HOTELS OR AIRBNB LOCATED IN THE BELOW DISTRICTS: - LIMA - SAN BORJA - SAN ISIDRO - MIRAFLORES - BARRANCO
Receive a pickup from your Lima hotel to start the excursion. You’ll pre-arrange before your trip if you prefer the morning or afternoon departure time.

Begin the excursion with an investigation of “ancestral” Lima and its Pre-Columbian cultures. You’ll visit the Pucllana Pyramid archaeological site, believed to have been built in the 4th century AD, and learn about its designation as a “sacred village” by Peru’s famous Inca culture.

Leaving behind the Pyramid, begin an exploration of Lima’s colonial-era culture and landmarks. You’ll proceed to Lima’s Historic Center to discover highlights including San Martín Square, Paseo de la República, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Government Palace, City Council Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and more. Then stop by the Banco Central de Reserva Museum, where you can admire some of the beautiful textiles, gold, and ceramics created by Peru’s various Pre-Columbian cultures (closed on Mondays and Saturday and Sunday afternoons).

After your trip to the museum, stop by the San Francisco Convent, home to one of the largest arrays of religious art in the Americas, and tour Lima’s “spooky” underground “Catacumbas” (catacombs). End the excursion by visiting some of Lima’s most popular modern-day neighborhoods, offering a glimpse of areas including San Isidro, Larcomar, and Miraflores.

You’ll receive a drop-off back at your Lima hotel at the end of the trip.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Huaca Pucllana
Ancestral Lima We start our tour with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid” a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological center built in the 4th century a.D. and considered a “sacred village” by the Incas. The Viceroyalty of Perú was the most important of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Colonial Lima We visit the Historical Center of Lima, where you will appreciate more than fifty monuments and Colonial edifications, such as the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace among others.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
We will then visit the museum Banco Central de Reserva (closed to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and Monday closed all day) where we will admire the “Treasures of Perú” Collection, a fine selection of objects made of gold, ceramics and textiles from different pre-columbian cultures. Next we will visit the monumental San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. Our highlight will be the visit of the underground vaults, known as “Catacumbas” or Catacombs.
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Miraflores
Contemporary Lima We will visit traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larcomar.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 1 person per booking is required
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant rates Not apply if they do not occupy a seat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Note: If you require an infant seat, we can assign one for an extra cost.
  • This tour does not have specific restrictions unless you are in a very bad serious health conditions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Machupicchu Latin America Journeys
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lima City Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Lima City Half Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lima City Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lima City Half Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lima City Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lima City Half Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lima City Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lima City Half Day Tour.

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Dream262912
, Oct 2019
We got this Lima tour half day and it was no visit to the Catacombs and so far no explanation or any type of refund about it? Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Traveller, Thank you for your review, we are sorry that we could´t inform you in time that the San Francisco convent was closed so that make us impossible to visit the catacombs. instead we visit the Santo Domingo church and complete all sites of our visit in Lima. Again thank you for your feedback this will help us to improve our services and inform ahead of time and avoid any bad moment.
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I'm giving this tour 3 stars mainly...
Heather
, Sep 2017
I'm giving this tour 3 stars mainly for the catacombs near the end. That was a highlight for sure, and I'm sad we couldn't take photos. Be aware that when this says half day, it's not really a half day. We were finished in under 4 hours, with quite a bit of time spent for pickups and bus changes. The information I received was good, but not nearly as thorough as I was expecting for a city tour. We didn't stop much except for the historic main district, so it was a bummer to be told of sights while speeding by on the bus. Our bus had both English and Spanish speaking tours, and even though we had headsets to better hear our particular guide, it was distracting to have the other guide speaking the other language on the bus at the same time. Just be aware of that if you have trouble hearing.

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