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Cercado de LimaLima

Learn about Lima’s past by touring the cathedral, palace and churches of its well-preserved historic center. Visit galleries, museums and go on a shopping spree.

Downtown Lima is a lively neighborhood that showcases a legacy of architectural masterpieces and bears witness to the development of an important Spanish colonial town. Admire centuries-old palaces and beautiful churches, explore shopping districts and visit museums and art galleries. The downtown area is also known as the Historic Center of Lima and is a constant hive of activity.

Start at Plaza de Armas, Lima’s handsome central square, which dates back to 1535. Framing the square are some of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Step inside the opulent 16th-century Catedral de Lima to see its Baroque art and the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire.

Watch the changing of the guard ceremony at the Palacio de Gobierno de Perú, the Government Palace. Admire the arcaded façade and elegant wooden balconies of the Palacio Municipal de Lima, the Municipal Palace.

Just a short walk from the main square are more architectural wonders, such as the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and Basilica de San Francicso. Visit the Casa de Aliaga, one of South America’s oldest colonial buildings.

Devote some time to Downtown Lima's galleries and museums. Inspect work by national and international artists at the Pancho Fierro Art Gallery and examine the fine collection of pre-Colombian gold at the Museum of the Central Bank of Peru.

Stroll along Jirón de La Union, a pedestrianized avenue between Plaza Mayor and Plaza San Martín. It’s where old meets new, with ancient churches located near modern retail outlets, cafés and restaurants.

As the heart of Lima’s city center, Downtown Lima is well served by public transport. The metro stations of Desamparados and Estación Jirón de la Unión provide easy access to the neighborhood’s attractions. Downtown Lima is a short walk or metro ride from other major Lima attractions. After your visit, explore the streets of Chinatown and enjoy the gardens and art museums at Parque de la Exposición.


Popular places to visit in Cercado de Lima

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

4/5(8 reviews)

This ceremonial square, which stands as a memorial to Peru's great liberator, is filled with artisans, street performers and musicians. 

Plaza de Armas de Lima
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Plaza de Armas de Lima

4/5(14 reviews)

This historic heart of Lima, where Francisco Pizarro founded Peru's government and the city cathedral was placed, is widely regarded as the city's birthplace.

Church and Convent of San Francisco
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Church and Convent of San Francisco

This 17th-century religious complex features a fascinating underground cemetery and an ancient library, found around its central Baroque-style church. 

Government Palace
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Government Palace

Built by the city's founder, this presidential palace now stands as a symbol of Lima's strong government and houses the country's highest office. 

Exposition Park
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Exposition Park

This park, which once hosted Lima's International Exhibition, features picturesque buildings and an art museum with a peaceful ambience. 

Cathedral of Lima
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Cathedral of Lima

4.5/5(4 reviews)

The majestic white facade and swirling twin towers of this 16th-century cathedral make for a fantastic view as you dine or enjoy a coffee around Plaza Mayor. 

Top activities in Cercado de Lima

FD Tour Pachacamac, Barranco, Downtown and Magic Water Park
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FD Tour Pachacamac, Barranco, Downtown and Magic Water Park

AU$210
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Larco Museum, Pisco Tavern & Magic Water Circuit Tour
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Larco Museum, Pisco Tavern & Magic Water Circuit Tour

AU$98
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lights, Pisco & Fun: Night city tour + Pisco tasting
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Lights, Pisco & Fun: Night city tour + Pisco tasting

AU$113
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Private Best of Lima City Tour
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Private Best of Lima City Tour

AU$252
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full Day Guided Food Tour of Lima with Samples & Lunch
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Full Day Guided Food Tour of Lima with Samples & Lunch

AU$243
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Petroglyphs of Toro Muerto and Querulpa
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Petroglyphs of Toro Muerto and Querulpa

AU$214
Per adult

Top hotels in Cercado de Lima

Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
4.5 out of 5
Paseo De La Republica 170, Lima, Lima
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$151 per night from 2 Oct. to 3 Oct.

Located in Cercado de Lima, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lima Art Museum and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (279 reviews)

"Great hospitality and food - nice room, very spacious"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020

Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Gran Hotel Bolivar
Gran Hotel Bolivar
3 out of 5
Jirón de la Unión 958, Lima

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is steps away from Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

3.6/5Good! (56 reviews)

"Great food, even better pisco sours. Service was great from top to bottom! Beautiful old hotel, much more charming than a Hilton! Only thing is no ac, can get a lil warm at night"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar. 2020

Gran Hotel Bolivar
Hotel Diamond Lima
Hotel Diamond Lima
2.5 out of 5
Jr. Cuzco, Lima, Lima
The price is AU$102 per night from 8 Oct. to 9 Oct.

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Kennedy Park and Huaca Pucllana Ruins are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (65 reviews)
In the meat of historic Lima

"We stayed at this hotel for 1 night on the last leg of our Peru trip, just making our way back from Cusco. Earlier on our trip we stayed in Mira Flores both times and wanted to stay more towards the historic part of Lima just to be closer to the plaza. The hotel is perfectly placed. It’s right next ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Hotel Diamond Lima
Hotel Kamana
Hotel Kamana
3 out of 5
Jiron Camana 547 Lima, Lima, Lima
The price is AU$51 per night from 9 Oct. to 10 Oct.

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. ...

3.4/5 (252 reviews)
Great place to stay in central Lima

"Nice hotel in the center of Lima, room was clean, service friendly and a safe place to stay. Only complaint was the bed was more firm then I prefer and while the fan at was sufficient and temperature at night comfortable, this place has no air conditioning."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Hotel Kamana
Hostal GQ
Hostal GQ
2.5 out of 5
Av. Alejandro Tirado 273, Santa Beatriz Cercado de Lima, Lima, Lima
The price is AU$35 per night from 9 Oct. to 10 Oct.

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hostal is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Park of the Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)

"Habitación limpia y ordenada. Ventana muy pequeña."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019

Hostal GQ
Hotel Paris Lima
Hotel Paris Lima
3 out of 5
Jirón Rufino Torrico 850, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Lima
The price is AU$56 per night from 1 Oct. to 2 Oct.

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

3.9/5Very Good! (56 reviews)

"Low class hotel not worth the stay would not reccomend"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2019

Hotel Paris Lima
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Other areas in Lima

Miraflores showing a sunset, landscape views and general coastal views

Miraflores

4.5/5Wonderful!(46 area reviews)

Travellers to Miraflores praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Kennedy Park and Miraflores Central Park.

Miraflores
Barranco featuring street scenes as well as a large group of people

Barranco

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

Barranco is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Bridge of Sighs and Costa Verde while you're in town.

Barranco


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