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“The Changing of the Guard”

Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
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Private Lima City Tour from Callao Cruise Terminal
Ranked #25 of 352 things to do in Lima
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Get there about 11:45 AM 7 days a week, to see the Changing of the Guard. It's actually very amazing with the beautiful Colonial place in the backgroung the band plays National Treasures, and even a few contemporary latin pieces, then there's the Pomp and all that....and the marching, and the yells, and finally, the Guard Change.....A must do!

After, walk around the right side of the palace all the way till the street turns right (right as you're looking at it from the front), there's a 105 year old restaurant call Bar Cordano at the corner end....every Peruvian President in the has eaten there. It's a little local spot, not expensive, or pretentious, just an Itialian corner bar, with the tile floor so old, it's lovely, and rutted with 105 years of walking, and the old bar and granite trim....They have the sandwiches with nice pork and ham, my fav was the Lengua di Sala and Aroz (Beef toungue in a nice red sauce, with rice). very tender, old world flavor, Salads, Ceveche, and so much more....Have a Beer, or a Pisco Sour, or try the Ciche Mareno ( a corn juice drink with spice), it's non-alcoholic, and it's refeshing, and strangley nice!...........after a nice little lunch walk on a block more and take a tour of the St Francis Church with the underground tombes, and the old library, short tour, just a few soles, and they have in English Tours, and it's a great place to get away from thre sun, nice and cool, and very very beautiful in it's Catholic way!

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

I have lived in Peru all my life and this year has been the first time I could visit it. If you are in Lima for a few days , you can have a great opportunity. The Palace is fantastic and the visit is free!!. Unfortunately you can only visit 4 rooms but the architecture is amazing. One of the rooms is like the Versalle's in France. You have to register beforehand. How? Go to the left side of the Presidential Palace, if the door is closed ,you can knock, there is always someone inside, during the day, and they will show you where you can register. The office is a few steps from there. You need your ID or passport. The visits are on Saturday.If the visit ends before 12, I recommend you to stay till the change of guards in the patio of the palace. You can always see it from outside, but if your name is in the list, they let you enter and see it from inside. As you will be hungry, go to the other side of the Palace, (from outside) you will find El Cordano bar restaurant, one of the oldest places in Lima where writers used to gather there to exchange opinions in the early 1900s. Lots of Presidents have visited that place as well. Ask for a butifarra, a delicious sandwich made of jam with onion salad. there are other dishes you can try. If you wanna go for something sweet, ask for a pudin, made of bread mmmmm delicious.I am sure you will enjoy your visit in Lima downtown.

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We happened to time our visit just perfectly to be in Lima on the third Sunday of the month when they do a special changing of the cavalry with a musical and choreographed performance which was amazing and fun. At 11 am. The regular changing of the guard is everyday at the same time, but if you happen to time it right the cavalry performance is sure to please!

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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Be at the Presidential Palace at noon and listen to the brass band and watch the goose-stepping changing of the guard. A nice ceremony - lasts about 30 mins - then you can visit the Cathedral. Lots of good eating places around here and interesting arcades of shops.

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Reviewed March 26, 2012

I visited the Palace and I love it, very nice, I had the chance to walk inside the Palace

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