Join us to discover the great city of Lima, colonial and modern. Visit the oldest tourist centers, its valleys, pre-Hispanic temples and its great main square. See the colonial architecture and gardens, learn more about their religious beliefs and the unique names of their streets. Be ready to know the most ancient archaeological site of America named the city of Caral, and one important religious complex known as Pachacamac. Do not leave the capital without a taste of its food and drinks, all inside this journey full of experiences, tastes and grandeur!
In the morning, our transportation will pick you up from your Hotel and start the journey with the visit of the colonial and modern part of the Capital. It is here where colonial palaces, monasteries and convents exist in amazing harmony with modern buildings and the most impressive and ancient Pre-Inca huacas. Our first stop is the Initihuatana Park, located at the overlook in Miraflores, where we will able to see the great Pacific Ocean. Then we walk through Miraflores and San Isidro, two of the most beautiful and exclusive neighborhoods in the capital. We continue our day with the visit to Colonial Lima: The Plaza de Armas, its Cathedral, the Government Palace and the Santo Domingo Convent. Finally, we will continue with the visit of the Larco Herrera Museum, with a palpable explanation of Peru’s history before the Incas culture. The museum is filled with a valuable collection made up of more than 10,000 pieces of Mochica, Chimú and other Pre-Inca civilizations. For those interested in the most intimate customs of this ancient culture, the Museum's collection of erotic ceramics is a faithful and unique representation of its kind. Return to your Hotel.
We start our day in the traditional district of Barranco where we will appreciate the central park, the Bajada de los Baños, the Old Library, the “ranchos” or colonial houses, the traditional Bridge of Sighs and its famous boulevard that is the best expression of nightlife in Lima. We will continue our tour with the visit of the district of Chorrillos, once known for its beaches and for housing the only natural reserve area of the city, the Pantanos de Villa. Finally, we will head towards Pachacamac, located south in Lima and the biggest pilgrimage center of Peru, see the local museum and walk around the giant complex, visit its temples, pyramids and museum. After the experience, we return to your Hotel.
Our third day will take us to the most ancient archaeological site of America: The sacred city of Caral, located 190 km (118 miles) north of Lima (approx. 4 hours). First, we will make a stop at the Paramonga Fortress, place that functioned as a religious and astronomical center applied to agricultural purposes. The mud citadel, as it is known, belonged to the Chimú culture. Throughout our visit we will go through passageways and ramps to learn more about its history and observe a panoramic view of the Fortress Valley. Then, we will continue our journey to the citadel of Caral that occupies 66 hectares. The Caral Culture is the oldest civilization in America, and it is estimated that it was formed more than 5,000 years ago in Peru. No other older site with the same level of complexity has been found in the entire continent. In Caral, several monumental buildings stand out, and each one fulfills markedly different functions, whether administrative, religious or ceremonial. Return to Lima and your Hotel.
On our final day, we will discover the delicious gastronomy of the capital. A four-hour tour where we will visit a variety of restaurants and small businesses, to be able to taste the most traditional local specialties. We will taste around 15 flavors of Peruvian fruits, drinks and dishes. In addition, we will learn to cook the Ceviche, Lomo Saltado and Pisco Sour, traditional dishes of Peru. Immerse yourself in Peruvian history and culture, and as you will see, each bite has a story to tell! Return to your Hotel and end of services to continue with other destinations or side trips.
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