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Historic Centre of Lima

Lima, Peru (San Isidro)
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Ranked #12 of 128 attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Lima's downtown center, with its breathtaking architecture and rich history, makes it clear why it deserves to be a Unesco World Heritage Site.
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Sydney, Australia
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2,110 reviews 2,110 reviews
708 attraction reviews
800 helpful votes 800 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We did this ourselves without an organised tour and felt we were able to pace it better and focus on our interests rather than on group needs. The area has so much of interest and definitely worth a priority visit to see the grandeur, architectural highlights and history.

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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The old town of Lima is worth a visit. It's buildings are magnificent and there is lots to see for the Italian art lover. Also lots of different churches in the centre. Don't miss the old cafe from 1905 which is still in it's original glory.

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Adelaide, Australia
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195 reviews 195 reviews
51 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The centre of Lima is a good place to start your tour of Lima. Walk around the old historic centre.Look at the beautiful Spanish style inspired buildings,visit the churches. Plenty to see.

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Palm Springs, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Lots of stuff to see and do in this area. I booked a tour, but as with most tours, you are never given enough time to check things out...just a brief visit

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Long Beach, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A lot going on in this area...so wear comfortable walking shoes and don't recommend being in the Center on a Friday around 4pm. Why?? Everyone is going home and its' the start of a weekend!.

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Denver, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I found the centre of lima organized and nice, but crowdy and a bit dirty. traffic is horrible and the way they drive is crazy!

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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Wow, the historic center of Lima is full of things you can't even imagine! The Plaza de Armas is always full of activity: parades, protests, dancing, bands, festivals and it extremely lively. High security in the area as the historic area is near some rather unsafe areas. Be careful and mindful and stay in the populated areas. Lots of tourist... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Spent hours wandering around getting lost. It's definitely a cool little city with lots of little mysteries to discover. Spend a couple of hours getting lost!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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389 reviews 389 reviews
205 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

we did the colonial tour took in most the intersting local sites real good half day trip would recommend

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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A must see in Lima...wonderful buildings around plaza de armas, at noon they do changing of guards at the presidential palace...you can find some good food as well..

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