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Lima's downtown center, with its breathtaking architecture and rich history, makes it clear why it deserves to be a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Lima, Peru
San Isidro
+51 1 4492575
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 3, 2010

Known locally as "Centro de Lima", the district is filled with amazing and incredible architecture that is hundreds of years old. Within Centro de Lima you will find the San Franciscan Monastery, Governor's Palace, many churches, Chinatown, excellent food, and great shopping. The main square,...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed January 14, 2012

The main plaza offers some nice views towards the presidential palace and the main cathedral, which is definitely worth seeing. But beyond that the trade-off between seeing nice architectural samples on adjacent streets and facing the noise and the crowds is less tempting. Arequipa and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed walking dowtown and going to the artisan places. Great place to shop for silver and silver variations goods.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Any visit to Lima would not be complete without a tour of its historic centre which has been declared a UNESCO World heritage Site. Much of the architecture and monuments date from the time of the Spanish presence in Peru.

Thank 53Shadrach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nicely kept and a good place to walk around to enjoy the sites. We took a tour bus around the city, which is probably not the way to go due to traffic as it took too long and the weather was a bit crispy. All...More

Thank Shela01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Centro Histórico is not to be missed on a trip to Lima. Spacious, clean and lots of beautiful buildings with great photo opportunities. Plenty of restaurants and cafes, some very old and traditional. Handicraft shops are worth a look as well.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One gets a good impression of the size of the city of Lima when traveling through the congested streets by bus. It took us a good half hour to get from Miraflores to the Historic Center of Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 is...More

Thank Kelleygirl2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour of the Plaza de Armas was limited to viewing the Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace, Government Palace and the Municipalidad (City Hall) from the outside only. All look very impressive set within this UNESCO Workd Heritage site, although the vultures roosting on the cathedral...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not sure if I was annoyed with the noise (honking non-stop) and disgusted with the dirty streets, horrid smells and bums everywhere because it really IS that bad or because I'd just spent two weeks in the mountains listening to birds and waterfalls but...More

Thank Anikabella
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As another reviewer has mentioned, Lima’s historical center is no better and no worse than any other central historical site. The balcony of the Palace of the Archbishop and the Cathedral are beautiful and standout in this area. There are a lot of people trying...More

Thank sharms202
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is another historic district in a continent full of them. The Plaza San Martín and Plaza de Armas are nice enough but overall this is no better or worse than any other.

Thank Millet02
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We tried the 16 course tasting menu with South American beverage pairing. Simply amazing masterfully used ingredients. Very special night for us with my daughter and her boyfriend. It's expensive but really worth it. We would not be able to try this menu anywhere else...More

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Lenka P
October 24, 2017|
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Response from YS K | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know any hotels near airport. Airport area is not a good area. I recommend Mira Flores if staying one night. Taxi will cost you about 30 to 40 soles. Grab a taxi in the airport. Only authorized taxi can enter the... More
August 25, 2017|
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Response from Ingrid h | Reviewed this property |
One huge tip, do NOT use Taxis, do not use public transportation, UBER is super cheap there, and they are there within a few minutes if that long
April 7, 2017|
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Response from Harold B | Reviewed this property |
Este es un review del centro histórico y no de un tour. Su hotel le podría organizar un tour me imagino