Visiting Hours : Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Location : Plaza Independencia.
Built in 1747 from a design by Frenchman Luis Godín, it was one of the most important forts in the Americas, and played a key role in the colony by protecting the capital from pirate and corsair attacks. Later, during the battle of 2 May 1866, it became the country’s main line of defence during the armed conflict with Spain.
Lima, the capital of Peru, is the largest city in the country, and the second-largest in South America, so there’s no shortage of things to do. Experience the history of Peru at one of Lima’s many museums, or gaze at the raw beauty of its coastline. Here are 20 things that you shouldn’t leave unexplored in the City of Kings.**
Parque Kennedy, named after the 35th US president, hosts nightly events from dancing to art exhibits. It also houses hundreds of cats that prowl the park at night. Watch the cats and do some people-watching while eating picarones, a fried Peruvian dessert made of fried sweet potatoes dipped in honey.
Peñas are music venues or restaurants, or even someone’s house, where traditional Peruvian music is played by a live band. This music is worlds apart from the electronic cumbia that has captured Lima.
Head to Museo Larco for, of all things, some erotic pre-Columbian pottery. The museum is located in an 18th-century building and has a large archaeological collection, including a lot of Peru’s pre-Colombian art, but it is most famous for its collection of erotic pottery. There are also changing temporary exhibitions.
At the Miraflores boardwalk you can paraglide over the upscale beach city and the Pacific Ocean. If the sun is out, you’ll have a beautiful view of the Pacific and of Lima’s beach neighborhoods. It cost around $70 for 10 minutes.
One of the best left-hand point breaks in the world is only a short ride away, in Chorrillos. If the swell is right, you’ll score some epic surf.
The Miraflores boardwalk runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean, providing you with miles of stunning views. Rent a bike from one of the many rental companies and enjoy a bike ride up and down the coast.
Barranco is filled with colonial mansions that have been turned into boutique bars. Head to Ayahuasca, drink one of their craft cocktails, and explore their many hidden rooms.
Underneath Lima’s San Francisco de Lima Basilica and Convent lies the burial site of over 25,000 bodies. The site was used as a burial ground until 1808. Tours of the underground catacombs are offered daily for around $7.
This cemetery-turned-museum offers visitors a glimpse into Peruvian history and, in one notable mausoleum, pays homage to those men and women who served their country in the War of the Pacific.
This area is where you’ll find Lima’s most breathtaking colonial architecture. Francisco Pizarro established the city’s central square in the 16th century to serve as the capital of colonial South America. Not one building remains from that period, but the area is nonetheless stunning.
You can find this bridge, and its surrounding park, in the Barranco district. The bridge was built in 1876 and is small and wooden, but looks rather like something found on a postcard, which is why you may run into people posing for wedding photos as you walk around.
The hustle and bustle of Lima’s Chinatown is not to be missed. Start on the main walkway, which is lined with Chinese-themed benches and lampposts and is not far from the Metropolitano, Peru’s bus rapid-transit system. From there, find a chifarestaurant (Chinese–Peruvian fusion food) and enjoy a meal.
Go around Lima on one of Mirabus’ panoramic buses and enjoy the view of the city while learning about its history. You can choose to either sit on the first floor to have a more peaceful experience or on the second floor to see more of the capital. Tours are daily (day & night) and all of them depart from Parque Kennedy located in Miraflores. You can choose from visiting the historic center at day or night, discovering Pachacamac also known as Lima’s Machu Picchu and much more!
One part museum and one part bar; what’s not to like? After you take the tour of the museum, you can sit down and enjoy a pisco cocktail.
The perfect place to take the kids or a date, El Circuito Mágico del Agua has daily light shows that are projected onto spouting fountains. If you want to get wet, go during the day and enjoy their interactive fountains that shoot water up from the ground.
Central Restaurante comes in at number 5 in the Top 50 Best Restaurants in the world, and their chef and owner has been voted best chef in the world. Enjoy the exotic Peruvian cuisine, arranged and served by altitude.
The markets are Peru’s beating heart, where each morning, hundreds of Peruvians come to get their goods. Even if you don’t intend to buy anything, you can walk through the maze of vendors and admire the cheerful chaos and the colorful displays.
This is Lima’s upscale outdoor mall overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be hard-pressed to find any mall with a more beautiful view.
You may know all there is to know about Cusco and the legendary MachuPicchu, but Peru is home to so many other spectacular sights that can easily go unrecognized. From the jungle to the Andes mountains, Peru is one of the most diverse countries in the world, and has a rich cultural history and tradition. Here are 15 must-see destinations that’ll take you on an unbeatable adventure through this unique country.**
Lima is a must-visit, especially considering the food renaissance that is taking place in the city these days. The “City of Kings” now has two restaurants that rank inside the top 10 in the world, and even the little hole-in-the-wall restaurants stay true to quality Peruvian gastronomy. With beautiful places such as the Plaza de Armas and the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco to visit, Lima has a lot to offer.
Once you come, you’ll never want to leave – that’s what everyone who has ever been to Huaraz will tell you. With the Cordillera mountain range in its backyard, this mountain town has gained a reputation as the place to go backpacking in Peru. There are seemingly endless options that are sure to amaze.
The inscrutable stone figures are a must-visit and are only six hours from Lima. Hike high into the Andes mountains and discover the mystery that is the stone faces and figures of Markahuasi, but be careful – going from sea level in Lima to the Andes too quickly will give anyone altitude sickness. Remember to take it slow.
This isn’t just another beach town along the coast of Peru. Huanchaco is steeped in history and tradition, which is evident as you take a walk done the boardwalk and see the fishermen in their reed boats dating back to time immemorial.Caballitos de totora, Huanchaco.
The beach capital of Peru, Mancora has everything you want in a beach town: nightlife, surf, sunny skies, and warm weather. With some of the most delicious and fresh food in all of Peru, this town seems to have everything.Mancora.
The town itself is small and quiet, but people come here for the hiking. Just two hours outside this mountain town are two of the most spectacular sites in Peru: Gocta Waterfall, hidden in the mountains; and Kuélap, a walled city high in the mountains that was built by the Chachapoyas culture.
The city of Iquitos, located smack dab in the Peruvian jungle, is one of the more unique cities in Peru. Unreached by any roads, this town has an Amazon vibe that is not found anywhere else in the country, and it makes the perfect launching-off point for exploring the Amazon and for the ayahuasca retreats that take place close by.
The capital of the Incas is now the capital of tourism in Peru, and for good reason. Cusco is a remarkable city, surrounded by ruins and built on Inca foundations, with fascinating colonial architecture.
The hippy town of Pisac in the Sacred Valley, offers beautiful ruins on top of a mountain and one of the best markets in Peru. You’ll also find all of your shamanic tools here, such as rapé (sacred shamanic snuff medicine) and rapé pieces.
The absolute must-see destination in Peru is, of course, Machu Picchu. It is one of those places that you won’t believe until you have seen it. The Inca citadel in the sky is an architectural marvel that is likely to leave you speechless.
The small town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley is a perfect example of Inca street planning and design. With narrow cobblestone streets and ruins that cling to the cliffside above, Ollantaytambo will make you feel that you are stepping back in time.Ollantaytambo.
The highest navigable lake in the world is also home to the Uros people, a culture that continues to live on islands made out of reeds.
The whitewashed city of Arequipa is home to one of Peru’s most beautiful Plaza de Armas and some of the country’s best food, which is saying a lot. Colca Canyon, which makes the Grand Canyon look small, is only a short ride away.
The unexplained lines that are etched in the landscape are worth a trip to the Nazca. You can take a short plane ride above the lines so you can make out the shapes and come up with your own theory as to how they were created.Nasca lines.
This desert oasis is only a short ride from Cusco. It’s surrounded by rolling rills of sand, and you really do feel as if you are stranded while staying at this tiny pond lake in the Peruvian desert. Take a day trip to explore the sand dunes on ATVs; you can even surf them.