Peru Lima malecon
Peru Lima church
Peru Lima clown

Many tourists arrive in Lima only to fly straight out to Cusco, Arequipa or other popular tourist destinations in Peru. But the country’s sprawling capital deserves a chance to impress, and travellers who stick around for a few days are rewarded with a fascinating mix of history, culture, food and drink in this metropolitan melting-pot of all things Peruvian.

Lima is increasingly recognised as the culinary hotspot of South America, and foodies flock here to dine at world-renowned restaurants owned by Peruvian celebrity chefs such as Gastón Acurio and Virgilio Martínez. The city is also packed with lively cafes, bars and nightclubs, spread across bohemian districts, chic upscale areas, and places where regular Peruvians grab a cold beer.

The city is also home to most of Peru’s best museums and art galleries, while the historic centre – all of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site – is packed with mansions, churches and palaces from Peru’s colonial period and the Republican Era. You’ll also find archaeological sites right in the heart of the city, such as Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores, as well as the vast complex of Pachacamac just south of Lima’s urban boundary.

6 days

Classic Peru & Machu Picchu

The classic route to Peru's most popular highlights
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9 days

Machu Picchu & Amazon cruise

Small-ship luxury cruise with Machu Picchu
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9 days

Machu Picchu & Amazon lodge

See Peru from rainforest eco-lodge to mountain empires
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12 days

Highlights of Peru

A grand tour of Peru's mountain civilisation
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12 days

Qhapaq Ñan trek to Huanuco Pampa

Explore Peru's grand route of the Incas
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8 days

Active Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu trek

Explore Peru's grand route of the Incas
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15 days

Iguazu Falls & Andean Highlights

A grand tour of Peru and Brazil
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18 days

Northern Peru beyond Machu Picchu

Amazon river cruises and archaeological wonders
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