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“at noon”(90 reviews)
Once considered the heart of old Lima, this grand plaza features many important architectural monuments and buildings including a magnificent bronze fountain dating from 1650, the Archbishop's Palace with its elegant balconies and the Government...more
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Jr. Junin and Jr. Carabaya, Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Awesome to see the guards change. The brass band comes out and starts playing then the guards come out and match up and down. All lasts about 30 minutes and was around 12 O clock when we were there. Guessing it’s the same time every...More

Thank D P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor of Lima, is the birth placeof the city of Lima, as well as the core of the city. This is the spot where Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535. Located in the core of the city in the...More

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Main area. A lot of tourists and the entire plaza is filled with thousands of people. There are some places to eat nearby as well. Interesting area, government buildings and churches. The changing of the guard is a big deal, but I did not find...More

Thank Curtez151
Reviewed 4 days ago

What fun this was. We went on a Saturday in the morning while the streets were closed for vehicles. At 11:40 on the dot, a military band dressed in the national red uniform marched out of the presidential palace and began to play, somewhat discordantly,...More

Thank Gina V
Reviewed 6 days ago

The center of colonial Lima. Beautiful and impressive architecture. Too many tourist-oriented businesses to feel authentic. But if you want off the square, you quickly go back centuries.

Thank Carl B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This plaza is one of the bigger ones we've visited. There are many shops, restaurants and historic buildings around it. The plaza is clean, safe and has well maintained gardens. Do not miss changing the guard @ 11:25 daily.

Thank Wim B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where else would you find so much history in one spot? The plaza is large, impressive and alive. Everytime we visit we’re just as impressed as if it were the first visit. A beautiful and dynamic spot!

Thank Gil G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The square is the heart of the city with lot of very nice buildings like the episcopal palace the cathedral very nice yellow buildings and the president palace

Thank LaupomHK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the center of the city. A must see place with many historic buildings and churches around it. At 12pm the changing of the guards happens at the parliamentary palace, for 1hr. Most churches are free to get into and there are several museums...More

Thank sarahsP93ZJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we went to Plaza de Armas, there was a large military parade going on in front of the one building (it looked like a government building... president's house maybe?). There was a band and several ornately uniformed people marching etc. The square is quite...More

Thank Randy H
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November 20, 2017|
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Response from muzzi h | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at 1900 hostel - it was brilliant!! They can arrange a taxi fo you from the airport if you give them sufficient notice. Would really think it was more than safe. Our teenage children took a taxi on their own from... More
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September 19, 2016|
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Response from stepsimp16 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on what you want to do, but maybe 2-3 days.
June 5, 2016|
Response from javk2017 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know, it does at noon. However, do check with your hotel in advance, just in case. BTW, just got this enquiry despite your posting it 2 weeks ago. Hope you enjoy your trip to Lima