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  • 1 Casa Riva-Agüero Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Camaná 459 PE - Lima

    The red façade of a large colonial-style house with wrought-iron railings at the windows stands near San Agustín Church. A huge whitewashed porch-way, flanked by two glazed balconies emblematic of the Republican style, provides access to the headquar..

  • 2 Las Nazareñas Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Angle Tacna et Huancavelica PE - Lima

    At one point all that remained after the earthquake of 1655 that demolished the district was a Christ painted on the wall. In the 18C, Las Nazareñas was built on the site and to commemorate the miracle, each 18 October a Procesión du Señor de los Mil..

  • 3 Casa de Osambela Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Conde de Superunda 298 PE - Lima

    Casa de Osambela, also known as the Casa de Oquendo, is a Neoclassical abode that was finished in 1805. An unusual feature on Lima's cityscape, it is equipped with an octagonal watchtower of Muslim inspiration which looms over a long façade adorned w..

  • 4 Casa de Aliaga Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    La Unión (calle Palacio) 224 PE - Lima

    Built in 1535 on land donated by Francisco Pizarro to Gerónimo de Aliaga, one of his co-conquistadors, the Casa de Aliaga still belongs to the latter's family. Admire the tasteful porch topped with a wooden balcony from the Republican era, and the in..

  • 5 National museum of Peruvian culture Interesting

    Museums and art

    Alfonso Ugarte 650 PE - Lima

    Very nearby Plaza 2 de Mayo, behind a Tiahuanaco-style façade, the Museo Nacional de la Cultura Peruana is devoted to ethnography, folklore and crafts, from the pre-Incan period to the present-day. In addition to Incan ceramics and keros (vases) you ..

  • 6 Rímac neighbourhood Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Armas PE - Lima

    The working-class neighbourhood of Rímac lies on the other side of the Puente Piedra (17C stone bridge), not far from the plaza de Armas. Exquisite churches and authentic abodes, like Quinta de Presa, stand at the foot of the Cerro San Cristóbal, fro..

  • 7 Quinta de Presa Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Chira 344 PE - Lima

    Formerly a country estate, it is said that this exquisite summer residence (1760) was built by Viceroy don Manuel de Amat for his mistress, la Pericholli. It embodies a fine blend of French rococo and colonial architecture. The staircases, for exampl..

  • 8 Alameda de Los Descalzos Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PE - Lima

    The picturesque and poetic Alameda de Los Descalzos is an Andalusian inspired promenade surrounded by greenery and dotted with statues and fountains. Laid out in 1611, it was modified by Viceroy Amat, and finally acquired its definitive aspect in 185..

  • 9 Puente de los Suspiros Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Paseo Chabuca Granda PE - Lima

    The picturesque 19C Puente de los Suspiros bridge, 44 m long and seemingly suspended in mid-air, is probably the most romantic and most photographed site of Barranco. It spans a narrow footpath dug into the cliff which leads to bajada de los Baños be..

  • 10 Puruchuco Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Carretera Central - Vitarte PE - Lima

    Puruchuco, built out of adobe, is the former residence or palace of a pre-Incan curaca (official) stands on a hillside some 10 kilometres from the centre of Lima. It was modified under the Incas, when it was probably a government office or perhaps ev..

  • 11 Huaca Wallamarka Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Jr. Nicolás de Rivera - San Isidro 201 PE - Lima

    The huaca Wallamarka is one of the many pyramids built out of unbaked clay bricks in the valley of the Río Rímac. Both a sanctuary and a necropolis, after several years of excavation work in the mid-20C, several hundred mummies were discovered, toget..

  • 12 Fortaleza Real Felipe Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Independencia PE - Lima

    Fortaleza Real Felipe is an impressive 18C fortress. Reputed to be impregnable, it withstood the pirates in the 18C, then the Spanish, who had themselves built it during Peru's wars of independence. Take the time to walk round its ramparts between th..

  • 13 La Punta Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PE - Lima

    At the end of the 19C, this district of handsome, occasionally dilapidated 1900 villas was Lima's prized seaside resort and the scene of bourgeois extravagances made fashionable by Italian immigrants. A perfume of this vanished era seems to prowl sti..

  • 14 Lima's Central Market

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ayacucho PE - Lima

    The Mercado Central, not far from the Barrio chino (Chinatown), is a treasure trove for clothing, fabrics and crafts. The ambience is unique and the alleys are packed from morning 'till night. However should you fail to find your heart's desire, head..

  • 15 Plaza San Martín

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PE - Lima

    Inaugurated in 1921 to celebrate the Independence centenary, Plaza San Martín was endowed with a huge equestrian statue of José de San Martín, the Argentinean liberator of Peru. Characteristic of the 1920s and 30s, impressive arcaded edifices minglin..

  • 16 José Pío Aza Ethnographic Museum

    Museums and art

    Jr. Callao 562 PE - Lima

    The small ethnographic museum of José Pío Aza stands opposite the entrance to the garden of Lima's Santa Rosa Church. It is home to everyday objects and arts and crafts made by the Indian tribes of the Puerto Maldonado, in the basin of the Rio Madre ..

  • 17 Plaza de Toros de Acho

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hualgayoc 333 PE - Lima

    Bullfighting aficionados should make a beeline for the Plaza de Toros de Acho, the first bullring built on the South-American continent. Founded in 1766 under Viceroy Amat, it was rebuilt in 1946 and can now seat 13 000 spectators. After visiting the..

  • 18 Miraflores

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PE - Lima

    The safe and affluent neighbourhood of Miraflores is home to Lima's nobility and a favourite with tourists. It is the ideal place to shop for souvenirs, whether at the Larcomar (shopping mall at the end of the busy Avenida Larco), Mercado indio or an..

  • 19 Mercado indio of Lima

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. Petit-Thouars 5245 PE - Lima

    The Mercado indio of Miraflores is a huge market where you can find art and craft objects from every region of Peru: fabrics, traditional garments, alpaca pullovers, ceramics and pottery, musical instruments and ornaments. The market, which is a must..

  • 20 Maranga archaelogical complex

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - Lima

    Maranga's complejo arqueológico, a huge archaeological site (400ha), is home to numerous pyramids and vestiges whose varied architecture bears witness to the variety of cultures that inhabited Lima prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. One after the..

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