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  • Convento de San Francisco

    1. 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 and other bones, the Convento de San Francisco is...Read More

    Convento de San Francisco
  • Huaca Pucllana

    2. Huaca Pucllana

    Miraflores | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Rising out of a nondescript residential neighborhood is this massive, mud-brick temple complex. You'll be amazed at the scale—this pre-Inca...Read More

    Huaca Pucllana
  • 3. 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

  • 4. Museo Larco

    Pueblo Libre | Museum/Gallery

    Fuchsia bougainvillea tumbles over the white walls surrounding the colonial bishops mansion built atop a pre-Columbian temple. It houses the...Read More

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  • 5. Museo Pedro de Osma

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Even if there were no art inside this museum, it would still be worth the trip to see the century-old mansion that houses it. The mansard-roofed...Read More

  • 6. Parque del Amor

    Miraflores | Park/Playground

    You could imagine you're in Barcelona when you stroll through this lovely park designed by Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Like Antoni Gaudí...Read More

  • 7. Plaza de Armas

    El Centro | Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

  • 8. Plaza San Martín

    El Centro | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This spectacular plaza is unlike any other in the city. It is surrounded on three sides by neocolonial buildings dating from the 1920s, the...Read More

  • 9. Bajada de Baños

    Barranco | Neighborhood/Street

    The cobbled road that leads down to the "Baths"—the beaches—is shaded by massive trees and lined with historic architecture. Once the route...Read More

  • 10. Barrio Chino

    El Centro | Neighborhood/Street

    A ceremonial arch at the corner of Ucayali and Andahuaylas marks the entrance to Lima's tiny Chinatown. It consists of little more than a block...Read More

  • 11. Caral

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Few people realize it, but the oldest urban site in the western hemisphere is just 220 km (120 miles) north of Lima. Caral was first settled...Read More

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  • 12. Casa Riva-Agüero

    El Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 13. Casa Solariega de Aliaga

    El Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

    Lima's oldest house, commonly known as Casa Aliaga, is a beautiful example of Spanish-colonial architecture a block from the Plaza de Armas...Read More

  • 14. Casa Torre Tagle

    El Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

    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

  • 15. Catedral

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The first church on the site was completed in 1625. The layout for this immense structure was dictated by Francisco Pizarro, and his basic vision...Read More

  • 16. Cerro San Cristóbal

    El Centro | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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

  • 17. Convento de Santo Domingo

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 16th-century Convent of Saint Dominic offers a glimpse of life in a cloister. This sprawling structure shows the different styles popular...Read More

  • 18. Correo Central

    El Centro | Government Building

    Inaugurated in 1924, 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

  • 19. Country Club Lima Hotel

    Hotel–Sight

    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

  • 20. El Faro de la Marina

    Miraflores | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

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

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