Centro Historico de Lima
Centro Historico de Lima
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Lima's downtown center, with its breathtaking architecture and rich history, makes it clear why it deserves to be a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: San Isidro
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  • Stacy Gwylneth
    Boston, Massachusetts1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting Lima
    Nice city, worth knowing.... the ideal is to take a bike tour or take advantage of the sightseeing buses to get to know the city a little bit. the food is very good, excellent cuisine. to get to know the city to the fullest, go with the idea of walking a lot, it is the best way to take advantage of everything.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 June 2023
  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, New Jersey7,106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History, History and More History
    The Historic center is the old Downtown of the Lima Metropolis, and among the most important tourist destinations in Peru. It starts at The Plaza de Armas in Lima, and in the entire district, there is no street, plaza or balcony that is not relevant to Peruvian history. Amazing…! The City of Lima (the Capital of Peru) was founded by Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, and given the name “City of Kings”. The Main places to see here are the Arch Bishop’s Palace, the Basilica Cathedral, Convent of Santo Domingo, Government or Presidential Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and so much more. And then, there are the Balconies – 1600 of them around the district – built in the Viceroy Era. They are maintained meticulously well, and they even have a “Adopt a Balcony” Program. Given the time constraints of the city tour, we could only stop at, and examine a few of the important places. But we are delighted at what we were able to see. Our guide drove us around some of the neighborhoods, and pointed out some buildings that have a Black and White Logo on their facades. This meant that they are UNESCO listed buildings. The Colonial/Victorian architecture reminded us of Europe. So worth it to spend a lot of time in this historical district.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Brad P
    Dallas, Texas163 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit
    Went to Peru to see Machu Picchu. Added day in Lima due to late flight and glad we did. Took a nice tour of the Spanish city center. very nice.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 November 2023
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RYAN CONNOR VAQUER
Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This place summarizes the experience of the encounter of a multifaceted reality of a country that has been shaped over time with pre-Columbian roots.
Written 19 January 2024
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Brad P
Dallas, TX163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Went to Peru to see Machu Picchu. Added day in Lima due to late flight and glad we did. Took a nice tour of the Spanish city center. very nice.
Written 28 November 2023
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ7,106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The Historic center is the old Downtown of the Lima Metropolis, and among the most important tourist destinations in Peru. It starts at The Plaza de Armas in Lima, and in the entire district, there is no street, plaza or balcony that is not relevant to Peruvian history. Amazing…!

The City of Lima (the Capital of Peru) was founded by Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, and given the name “City of Kings”.

The Main places to see here are the Arch Bishop’s Palace, the Basilica Cathedral, Convent of Santo Domingo, Government or Presidential Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and so much more. And then, there are the Balconies – 1600 of them around the district – built in the Viceroy Era. They are maintained meticulously well, and they even have a “Adopt a Balcony” Program.

Given the time constraints of the city tour, we could only stop at, and examine a few of the important places. But we are delighted at what we were able to see. Our guide drove us around some of the neighborhoods, and pointed out some buildings that have a Black and White Logo on their facades. This meant that they are UNESCO listed buildings. The Colonial/Victorian architecture reminded us of Europe.

So worth it to spend a lot of time in this historical district.
Written 9 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

eastlight54
solihull238 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We spent a morning here on our last day in Lima. I was very disappointed, whilst there are many large buildings round the two squares the rest of the area is a bit of a dump, nothing attractive about it and not much to see. There was a strong police presence everywhere. It was not worth the 30 minute taxi ride to get here, give it a miss.
Written 8 October 2023
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Stacy Gwylneth
Boston, MA1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Nice city, worth knowing....
the ideal is to take a bike tour or take advantage of the sightseeing buses to get to know the city a little bit.
the food is very good, excellent cuisine.
to get to know the city to the fullest, go with the idea of walking a lot, it is the best way to take advantage of everything.
Written 28 June 2023
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mediawhite
Georgia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We loved walking around the area and enjoying the food and architecture. It was a highlight of our trip
Written 13 February 2023
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bcsystems
Ann Arbor, MI4,954 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We were on a tour and we mostly ventured down a large main street of shops, restaurants and bars. Though along the way, there was some interesting architecture and historical buildings.
Written 18 November 2022
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enncle
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK5,984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
My partner and I visited while staying in Lima, about a 40 min Uber from miraflores, £6 . Historical centre was gorgeous, lots to look at, unfortunately churches where closed due to work. But it was a great day out. Fantastic architecture.
Written 9 November 2022
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The historic center of Lima is about 9 square blocks of pedestrian only streets in the center of Lima. The main town square is there, the Presidential palace and much more.
Written 4 November 2022
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain885 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Centro historico is a mandatory stop for every tourist. Being that said, it's a little disappointing. Mainly because of the insecurity you feel. I've been in other South American historical centers (e.g., Quito) and it's different. As you reach the Plaza de Armas you're told to not step one street out of the Plaza or the two main roads.
The plaza itself is quite large, with Lima's Cathedral on one side and several historical buildings nearby (most of them, being remodeled). It's nice and quite crowded with tourists and people trying to sell you things.
Written 10 October 2022
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