Fodor's Expert Review Museo Larco
Fuchsia bougainvillea tumbles over the white walls surrounding the colonial bishops mansion built atop a pre-Columbian temple. It houses the city's most impressive collection of ancient art, with works from all the country's major pre-Colombian cultures spanning several thousand years. Most intriguing are the thousands of ceramic "portrait heads" crafted more than a millennium ago. Some owners commissioned more than one, allowing you to see how they changed over the course of their lives. The sala erótica reveals that these ancient artisans were surprisingly uninhibited, creating everyday objects adorned with explicit sexual images. This gallery is across the garden from the rest of the museum. Guides are a good idea, and are just S/35 per group. The café overlooking the museum's garden is an excellent option for lunch or dinner.