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How to Spend 3 Days in Lima

How to Spend 3 Days in Lima

Three full days in Lima afford you plenty of time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, see its most famous sights, taste its culinary delights, behold sites of ancient history, and venture out of town and down the coast. Here are a few ways to experience the very best of Lima in three days.

Day 1: Explore the City

Start your visit in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed historic center of Lima, filled with interesting colonial-era architecture and cultural history. Private and group city sightseeing tours by bus or by foot visit such sights as Exposition Park (Parque de la Exposición), the Palace of Justice (Palacio de Justicia), the Plaza de Armas, and the Monastery of San Francisco. 

Alternatively, travel around the city on a hop-on hop-on sightseeing tour. You can create a personalized itinerary by disembarking at sights of interest and spending as long as you’d like at each.

After exploring the colonial center, head for Lima’s buzzing neighborhoods. Walking and bicycle tours through the bohemian Barranco district take you to see colorful street art and galleries, as well as the Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros), a wooden structure spanning the Bajada de los Baños, a stone walkway that runs down to the Pacific. Some Barranco tours are specifically focused on the area’s excellent restaurants.

Day 2: See Ancient Ruins

Around 20 miles south of downtown Lima, Pachacamac Temple makes for an easy half-day excursion. The vast archaeological site dates from AD 200 and is home to temples dedicated to the sun and the moon.

Another option for those with an interest in pre-Columbian history is a full-day tour to Caral, the oldest known city in the Americas. Private and group tours take you three and a half hours north of Lima to discover the well-preserved pyramids and temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, believed to have been built in 5,000 BC. Tours typically include lunch.

In the evening, if time allows, get a taste of Lima’s highly rated culinary scene on a food tour. Your options include visiting some of the city’s best restaurants, bar-hopping downtown, or taking a cooking class, which begins with a tour of a local market. 

Day 3: Experience the Peruvian Galapagos

Limeños looking to escape into nature flock to Paracas, an area rich with wildlife, culture, and history about a 3-hour drive south of the capital. Guided full-day tours typically include time for sandboarding and dune-buggy riding around the sand dunes of Huacachina. They also explore the Ballestas Islands, known as the Peruvian Galapagos for their diversity of wildlife, which includes Peruvian boobies, pelicans, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins.

Alternatively, you can combine a cruise around the Ballestas Islands with a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of huge geoglyphs in the desert that experts believe were created more than 1,000 years ago, on a full-day tour from Lima.

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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

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Don’t let limited time in Lima stop you visiting Huacachina and Paracas. See the desert oasis and natural hotspots on a full-day tour, ideal for travelers short on time. After traveling to Paracas, you’ll embark on a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, regularly compared to the Galapagos Island, to see colonies of sea lions and seals. Then, explore Huacachina desert in a dune buggy and go sand boarding. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 18 hours
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$129.68
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Private Full-Day Best of Lima Tour

Private Full-Day Best of Lima Tour

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With one day in Lima you can explore the very best of the city, from the colonial architecture of the historic center to pre-Colombian art and seaside neighborhoods. See the gorgeous interior of the San Francisco Convent, tour the Museo Larco, then get a glimpse of Lima’s earliest history in Miraflores. This full-day, private tour of Lima offers the flexibility and convenience of a personalized tour, including pickup and drop-off at hotels in some neighborhoods, and it’s an ideal choice for first-time visitors.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands

Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands

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Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating sights in one day as you visit the majestic Ballestas Islands, a marine sanctuary, before taking an aerial tour of the famous Nazca Lines during this full-day tour from Lima. Spot for sea lions and exotic sea birds during your Ballestas visit, then continue south to the Peruvian town of Ica where you’ll board a Cessna aircraft for an aerial experience above the Nazca Lines. This experience also includes a guide, lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel.
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  • 14 hours
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$450.00
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Temple of Pachacamac Half-Day Tour from Lima

Temple of Pachacamac Half-Day Tour from Lima

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Uncover the ancient mystery of the Pachacamac Temple on a captivating and comprehensive tour from Lima. Explore the remarkable religious compound with a knowledgeable guide to discover its intriguing history and 200 AD origin; gaze at majestic pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon; and admire the architectural precision of the buildings while learning about the customs of prehistoric Inca civilization.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$39.00
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$39.00
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City Sightseeing Lima Panoramic Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Lima Panoramic Bus Tour

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Climb aboard a distinctive double-decker bus to discover the spectacular sights of Lima on a city sightseeing tour. Choose from three daytime options—the historic tour, Barranco and Miraflores, and the city tour—or the Night and Fountains tour, which includes entry to the Magical Circuit of Water. Feel the wind in your hair from the top deck of an open-top bus and listen to audio commentary to learn about the city its landmarks like the ancient Monastery of San Francisco and Parque del Amor (Love Park).
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  • 1 day
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Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing

Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing

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Discover the wealth of historic and modern attractions found in the Peruvian city of Lima during this sightseeing tour. Feel like a real ‘Limeño’ (a Lima local) as you explore the town’s colonial and Incan architecture, visit its charming residential neighborhoods, see the scenic cliff-strewn coast, and admire its many religious shrines and churches. This Lima city tour also includes entrance fees, a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours
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$36.00
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Food & Art: Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

Food & Art: Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

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Experience a more authentic, less-touristy side of Lima during this half-day walking tour through the city’s Chorillos and Barranco neighborhoods. Observe the hum of activity in ‘fish town,’ a section of Chorillos that hosts a fish market and a cast of local fishermen, before heading to the nearby cliffs to sample some local snacks. Continue to the increasingly trendy Barranco area to admire colorful mansions and hip art galleries.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.90
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Food Walking Tour in Barranco Neighbourhood of Lima

Food Walking Tour in Barranco Neighbourhood of Lima

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Lima’s cafes and restaurants offer fresh ingredients and interesting flavors, with recipes handed down the generations—but overcoming the language barrier to find the best places isn’t easy. On this walking tour, explore the Barranco district with your guide and hit the foodie spots the locals love. Choose a morning or afternoon tour with tastings across multiple stops—including a restaurant ranked in Latin America’s top 50—and discover a world of delicious food in Lima.
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  • 4 hours
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$87.18
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Highlights of Lima - Private Half Day Tour

Highlights of Lima - Private Half Day Tour

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Experience the best of Lima on a limited schedule on a private tour that explores city highlights, from the colonial-era historic center to the coastal Miraflores neighborhood. Browse for souvenirs at a local market, see gorgeous churches, and stand at the foot of Huaca Pucllana, an ancient pyramid in the heart of the city. Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of a private guide throughout the tour, with the option to add a local lunch and walk through Parque Kennedy, Lima’s beloved ‘cat park.’
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima

All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima

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If you’re looking to discover Lima’s ancient history then look no further than this private full-day tour of Caral, the oldest known city in the Americas. With a private guide, discover the well-preserved pyramids and temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, believed to have been built in 5,000 BC. A breakfast box, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 12 hours
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$225.00
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$225.00
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