7 Unmissable Things To Do In Lima

7 Unmissable Things To Do In Lima

Lima is full of amazing history that manifests itself through amazing sites in the city and outside of it. Through the historical ruins that are present today to the burgeoning modern architectural achievements, there are just so many things to do in Lima.

These are the very best things to do in Lima.

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1. Huaca Pucllana

The Huaca Pucllana is an active archaeological site in Lima that is made of clay and adobe. The ancient archaeological site that dates back to 400 B.C. is active because in 2010, four mummies were found completely intact.

Check out this active historical site and explore the mini on-site museum here that includes a tour.

Huaca Pucllana in Lima

2. Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) is what locals call the birthplace of Lima and is a must-see place for visitors. It lies in the heart of Lima and this main square presents many great photo-taking opportunities.

Make sure you check out the historic, 300+ year-old, yellow Municipal Palace building at the Plaza.

Plaza de Armas in Lima

3. Malecón de Miraflores

The Malecón de Miraflores is a cliffside boardwalk by the pier that offers beautiful ocean views. This site is incredibly popular among tourists and with many shops and restaurants in the area, along with the great views, it’s not hard to see why.

Enjoy this 6-mile stretch of boardwalk and parks and rent a bike to ensure you see all of Malecón de Miraflores.

Malecón de Miraflores

4. Museo Larco

The Museo Larco is a museum that showcases pre-Columbian art and their collection includes over 50,000 ceramic pots. The relics in this museum date back thousands of years and also include gold and jewellery.

For an interesting perspective on indigenous cultures, come check out Museo Larco.

Museo Larco

5. Circuito Magico del Agua (Water Fountain Park)

The Circuito Magico del Agua is similar to the Bellagio Hotel’s Water Show in Las Vegas. Here, you will find 13 lasers that are in sync with fun music to create a dazzling water and light show.

Come to the park during the day for a nice relaxing visit and stay for the laser lights and water show in the evening.

Water Fountain Park

6. Lima Art Museum

The Lima Art Museum carries art that has been influential in Lima’s history over the centuries. You will find over 1,200 pieces of Peruvian art that dates back to indigenous cultures all the way to contemporary Peruvian artists.

Art lovers definitely need to come to Lima Art Museum to admire the art and get a history lesson as well!

Lima Art Museum

7. Machu Picchu

Technically not in Lima, Machu Picchu is a right of passage here in Peru that can be a life-changing experience. It is seen by many to be the greatest architectural achievement in history and for its ingenuity.

If you come to Lima, you must find your way to this World Heritage site and, if you can, head up to the Citadel, some 2,400 metres above sea level.

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James Wan
James Wan

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, James has always had an inquisitive nature and traveling is now his biggest passion. His biggest thrills are visiting places he's never been to and exploring different cultures. James counts Athens, Tokyo, and Rome as the top three places he's visited.

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