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  • 1. Casa de Aliaga

    El Centro | Historic Home

    From the outside, you'd never guess this was one of Lima's most opulent addresses. Commonly known as Casa de Aliaga, this stunning example of...Read More

  • 2. Casa Torre Tagle

    El Centro | Historic Home

    This mansion sums up the graceful style of the early 18th century. Flanked by a pair of elegant balconies, the stone entrance is as expertly...Read More

  • 3. Convento de San Francisco

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its ornate facade and bell towers, ancient library, and catacombs full of human skulls, the Convento de San Francisco is one of Lima's...Read More

  • 4. Convento de Santo Domingo

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If the Iglesia de San Francisco is Lima Gothic—all skulls and penitential gloom—Santo Domingo represents the city's sunny side. From pink facade...Read More

  • 5. Huaca Pucllana

    Miraflores | Ruins

    Rising out of a nondescript residential neighborhood is Lima's most-visited huaca , or pre-Columbian temple—a huge, mud-brick platform pyramid...Read More

  • 6. Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI)

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1871 as the Palacio de la Exposición, this mammoth neoclassical structure was designed by the Italian architect Antonio Leonardi, with...Read More

  • 7. Museo Larco

    Pueblo Libre | Museum/Gallery

    Hot-pink bougainvillea spills over the white walls of this lovely colonial mansion, which is built atop a pre-Columbian temple. What those walls...Read More

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  • 8. Museo Pedro de Osma

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Even if it contained no art, this century-old Beaux-Arts mansion would be worth the trip for its design elements alone. The mansard-roofed structure...Read More

  • 9. Plaza de Armas

    El Centro | Plaza/Square

    This massive square has been the center of the city since 1535. Over the years it has served many functions, from open-air theater for melodramas...Read More

  • 10. Bajada de los Baños

    Barranco | Promenade

    This cobbled walkway leading down to the "baths"—Barranco's beaches—is shaded by leafy trees and lined with historic architecture. Once the...Read More

  • 11. Barrio Chino

    El Centro | Neighborhood/Street

    A ceremonial arch at the corner of Jirones Ucayali and Andahuaylas marks the entrance to Lima's compact Chinatown, which consists of ten square...Read More

  • 12. Caral

    Ruins

    It’s the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere—rpredating the pyramids at Giza by some 400 years. Archaeologists say it’s revolutionized their...Read More

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  • 13. Casa de Correos y Telégrafos

    El Centro | Government Building

    Inaugurated in 1897, this regal structure looks more like a palace than a post office. You can buy a postcard or send a package, but most people...Read More

  • 14. Casa Riva-Agüero

    El Centro | Historic Home

    A pair of balconies with celosías —intricate wood screens through which ladies could watch passersby unobserved—grace the facade of this rambling...Read More

  • 15. Catedral

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In its nearly 500-year history, Lima's cathedral has been torn down, built back up, razed by earthquakes, shot at, hollowed out, and remodeled...Read More

  • 16. Cerro San Cristóbal

    El Centro | Viewpoint

    Rising over the northeastern edge of the city is this massive hill, recognizable from the cross at its peak—a replica of the one once placed...Read More

  • 17. Convento de los Descalzos

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1592 as a retreat for Franciscans who wanted to escape the bustle of worldly Lima, this functioning monastery offers an intriguing...Read More

  • 18. Country Club Lima Hotel

    Hotel

    Two royal palms stand guard, and a red carpet leads up the stairs to the entrance of this stately hotel built in 1926. Widely regarded as the...Read More

  • 19. El Faro la Marina

    Miraflores | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Constructed in 1900, this little lighthouse at the north end of Parque Antonio Raimondi, a short walk north from the Parque del Amor, has guided...Read More

  • 20. El Mirador

    Barranco | Viewpoint

    Head down the path to the left of La Ermita church and you'll come upon El Mirador, a scenic lookout with a splendid view of Lima's coastline...Read More

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