Things to do in Lima

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For an architectural primer, make Plaza Mayor your first port of call when you arrive in Lima. There, Colonial meets Neo-Baroque at the city’s most f... Read More

For an architectural primer, make Plaza Mayor your first port of call when you arrive in Lima. There, Colonial meets Neo-Baroque at the city’s most fascinating square. Other great Lima attractions include Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Columbian pyramid in the middle of the Miraflores neighborhood, and MATE, which houses a wonderfully curated selection of photographer Mario Testino’s images.

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  • Barranco Neighborhood in Lima Getty Images
    Barranco

    By far Lima’s most artsy, bohemian neighborhood, spend a day or more wandering Barranco's cobblestoned streets, lined with ateliers, art galleries, tiny... Read More

  • El Malecón de Miraflores in Lima Getty Images
    El Malecón de Miraflores

    Joggers, cyclists, and even parasailers frequent Miraflores’s cliffside boardwalk at all hours of the day. There are five miles of pristine green paths... Read More

  • Huaca Pucllana in Lima Courtesy of Huaca Pucllana
    Huaca Pucllana

    The pre-Columbian adobe-and-clay pyramid can't compare with Machu Picchu and Cuzco, but Huaca Pucllana’s location—in the middle of Miraflores’s modern... Read More

  • Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco in Lima Getty Images
    Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

    A minor basilica and museum awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, this Baroque church was inaugurated in 1672 and is best known for its large system of... Read More

  • MATE Mario Testino Museum in Lima Caroll Taveras
    MATE Mario Testino

    Celebrated son Mario Testino returned to his city of birth to open MATE, a stunning visual portoflio of the photographer’s most famous works. Fashion,... Read More

  • Mistura Food Festival in Lima Courtesy of APEGA Sociedad Peruana de Gastronomía
    Mistura

    Food lovers from all over Latin America fly in for a taste of Mistura, the largest food festival in the continent. An annual, two-week event held in... Read More

  • Museo de Sitio y Santuario Arqueológico de Pachacamac in Lima Courtesy of Pachacamac Site Museum
    Museo de Sitio y Santuario Arqueológico de Pachacamac

    Built in honor of the god Pachacamac, these archeological remains comprise several impressive mud-brick pyramids as well as Inca-constructed... Read More

  • Museo Larco Museum in Lima Courtesy of Museo Larco
    Museo Larco

    Located in quiet Pueblo Libre, this museum is known for its unusual collection of erotic pottery, made more than 1,300 years ago. Housed in an 18th... Read More

  • Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historía del Perú in Lima Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historía del Perú
    Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historía del Perú

    Ancient silver vessels and stone idols fill one wing; the other provides a survey of Peru’s more recent history at the National Museum of Anthropology,... Read More

  • Plaza Mayor in Lima Getty Images
    Plaza Mayor

    This central square is literally where Lima began. The city's founding cornerstone, Plaza Mayor (also known as Plaza de Armas) is filled with... Read More

  • Terminal Pesquero Villa María del Triunfo Fish Market in Lima Courtesy of Terminal Pesquero Villa María del Triunfo
    Terminal Pesquero Villa María del Triunfo

    Visiting this bustling fish market in southeast Lima is one step away from being aboard a fishing vessel for real—and allows diners to gain perspective... Read More

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