Lima (3 days / 2 nights)
Day 1: Lima
Assistance and transfer to the selected hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Lima – City
In the morning, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima. The tour starts with a panoramic visit to the Huaca Pucllana, archaeological precinct built in the IV century A.D. It was a ceremonial and administrative centre which was considered by the Incas as a sacred site. The tour continues passing through the Historical Centre, with its colonial mansions and its Moorish style balconies, San Martin Square and the Main Square with their different buildings: Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, Cathedral Basilica and the Town hall.
A visit to the Banco Central de Reserva Museum (*) is included. It has a fine selection of objects made in gold, ceramic and textiles of different pre-columbine cultures. Then we visit the San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious colonial art in America, and where we can appreciate the great Patio decorated with Seville tiles from the XVI century, Moorish arches and underground catacombs.
The tour finishes in Larcomar, an entertainment center and a privileged spot to have a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
(*) Banco Central de Reserva Museum closed to the public on Saturdays and Sundays afternoon and Mondays all day.
Day 3: Lima – Departure
At agreed time, transfer to the airport.
Pachacamac (4 hrs)
Guided visit to the splendid and vast archaeological citadel of Pachacamac, a sacred and ceremonial site dating back to the beginning of Christianity, where thousands of pilgrims converged top pay tribute. The site comprises pyramidal temples and enclosures build by successive pre-Columbian civilizations and the Incas. The tour includes a panoramic sightseeing of the traditional and bohemian district of Barranco and the Ecological Reserve of the Pantanos de Villa.
Larco Museum and Archaeological Museum (4 hrs.)
Guided visit to the Larco Museum, housed in a colonial mansion built in the XVII century over a pre-Columbian pyramid of the VIII century. It is considered the largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art in the world.
The tour continues with a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History (*), also housed in a colonial mansion. It is considered the grandest museum in Peru. A vast and varied cultural heritage is exhibited in its showrooms, such as two important carved stone pieces dating back to the Formative period 1000 years B.C. (the ‘Estela Raimondi’ and the ‘Tello Obelisk’), the largest textile collection and a major collection of ancient Peruvian metals.
(*)National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, closed on Mondays.
The Peruvian Paso Horse Tour Show and the National Celebration (15:30 hrs – Tuesday and Thursday)
We depart at 15:45 hrs towards Hacienda Mamacona, 20 mins away from Lima, where we will enjoy the Peruvian Paso Horse show. We will watch these beautiful animals, with its manner of treading that is more like dancing, and the skilful work of the ‘chalanes’ (horse riders).
An early dinner is offered. It consists of a varied buffet with the most representative and delicious typical dishes of the Peruvian cuisine. During the dinner we will enjoy an excellent show of our folklore.
Lima Lit up at Night and Dinner Show (4 hrs)
Our excursion starts visiting Lima’s impressive Historical Centre with a panoramic view of the main attractions of the beautifully illuminated city. The tour is followed by a dinner-show at the ‘Junius’ restaurant, with its varied and exquisite cuisine, while watching the most renowned Peruvian dances.
Lima Lit up at Night and Magical Circuit of Water (3:30 hrs – Wednesday to Sunday)
Our excursion starts visiting Lima’s impressive Historical Centre with a panoramic view of the main attractions of the beautifully illuminated city. Follows a visit to the Parque de la Reserva, and its Magical Circuit of Water. This is a wonderful spectacle of light, sound and water fountains.
Pedro de Osma Colonial Art Museum (2:30 hrs)
Guided visit to the personal collection formed by Don Pedro de Osma among which there are paintings, sculptures, furniture and other artistic works of the Colony. The collector was a connoisseur of the Peruvian Colonial art, who gathered outstanding objects of a vast type and technique that reflects the richness of the Peruvian art of the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Caral (8 hrs)
Visit to the city of Caral, located 189 km (117 mi) north of Lima in the Supe Valley. This archaeological wonder was built in 2500 B.C. Contemporary with other civilizations such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China is one of the most ancient cities of the Americas. The city of Caral is made up of a series of architectonic complex such as the Main Pyramid, the Amphitheatre Pyramid and the Elite Residential Sector.
Culinary tour (4 hrs)
The route begins by visiting a market, where you have the explanation and demonstration of the different fish and seafood of our coast; as well as fruit and vegetables of our region. Then we visit one of the best cevicherias of the city, where you will learn how to prepare our famous ceviche. The tour continues visiting a traditional Tavern, where you will learn how to prepare our well-known Peruvian drinks: pisco sour and algarrobina and you will have the opportunity to test our Pisco in its different presentations. Finally, you can taste typical dishes of Peruvian cuisine and delight with our varied and delicious desserts.