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  • 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, the Convento de San Francisco is one of Lima's...Read More

  • 2. Convento de Santo Domingo

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If the Iglesia de San Francisco is Lima Gothic—all skulls and penitential gloom—Santo Domingo represents the city's sunny side. From pink facade...Read More

  • 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

    Hot-pink bougainvillea spills over the white walls of this lovely colonial mansion, which is built atop a pre-Columbian temple. What those walls...Read More

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  • 5. Museo Pedro de Osma

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Even if it contained no art, this century-old Beaux-Arts mansion would be worth the trip for its design elements alone. The mansard-roofed structure...Read More

  • 6. Plaza de Armas

    El Centro | Plaza/Square

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

  • 7. Catedral

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In its nearly 500-year history, Lima's cathedral has been torn down, built back up, razed by earthquakes, shot at, hollowed out, and remodeled...Read More

  • 8. Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia del Perú

    Pueblo Libre | Museum/Gallery

    The country's most extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts can be found at this sprawling museum. Beginning with 8,000-year-old stone...Read More

  • 9. Pachacamac


    Sacred to the god of earthquakes, this sprawling adobe temple was for 1,300 years the chief pilgrimage destination on Peru's Pacific coast....Read More

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  • 10. Palacio de Gobierno

    El Centro | Castle/Palace

    This neobaroque palace north of the Plaza de Armas is the official residence of Peru's president. It was built on the site where Francisco Pizarro...Read More

  • 11. Parque del Amor

    Miraflores | City Park

    You could be forgiven for thinking you're in Barcelona when you stroll through this lovely park designed by Peruvian artist Victor Delfín. As...Read More

  • 12. Parque Municipal

    Barranco | City Park

    Elegant royal palms, swirls of purple-and-yellow bougainvillea, and the surrounding colonial architecture make this park a Lima standout. Its...Read More

  • 13. Puente de los Suspiros

    Barranco | Bridge/Tunnel

    This romantic wooden walkway over the tree-shaded Bajada de los Baños has been the site of countless lovers' trysts. The name translates as...Read More

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