City Orientation Walk, Lima

City Orientation Walk, Lima
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Lima Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Lima Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Lima, the capital of Peru, is a huge, thriving metropolis established by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. The carefully preserved city center has retained much of its original colonial character set in the stones of numerous Baroque and Renaissance cathedrals, colonial mansions and palaces, many of which are included in this city orientation walk.

City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Peru » Lima (See other walking tours in Lima)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: vickyc
Cathedral of Lima

1) Cathedral of Lima (must see)

The Cathedral of Lima is a Baroque style temple of 1564, designed by famous Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The cathedral is particularly noted for its interiors, opulent with the intricate and delicately vaulted ceiling and checker board floor. The structure is embellished with very rare Baroque furnishings, the most remarkable of which are the beautifully carved choir stalls. Also notable is the colorful mix mosaic chapel which contains the tomb of Francisco Pizarro himself. Within the...   view more
Casa del Oidor

2) Casa del Oidor

Casa del Oidor is a 17th century mansion, one of the oldest in Lima. It was built shortly after the city was founded. The house stands at Plaza Mayor and has a great historical significance. Its name “Casa del Oidor” translates as “the one who hears and listens” and reportedly is due to the fact that during a certain period of time the city magistrate, duly appointed by the king, had presided here over the court that used to hear complaints from members of the public. It is also said...   view more
Government Palace

3) Government Palace (must see)

The Government Palace - the official residence of President of Peru - is located on the bank of the Rimac river in the center of Lima, overlooking the northern side of Plaza de Armas. This imposing site is graced with history and presented both strategic and spiritual importance to the ancient Incas as a former burial ground that had once housed the shrine of Taulichusco, the last chief of the Incas.

Construction of the palace was ordered by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Since then it has...   view more
Plaza Mayor

4) Plaza Mayor (must see)

What a better place to start a tour of Lima than the center of the city? Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor (“Main Square” in Spanish) is the place where Lima city was born in 1535, founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. It is also the spot from where Jose San Martin announced Peru’s independence from Spain in 1821. Importantly, Plaza Mayor is encircled by many monuments of historic importance, such as the Government Palace, the Municipal Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the...   view more
Santo Domingo Church

5) Santo Domingo Church (must see)

There are many places of historical value in Lima found in a close proximity to each other. One such place, Plaza de Armas, is the central square of the city and provides access to some of the most important sites in the nation's history, including the Santo Domingo Church. The church stands in the northwest section of the Plaza, on the land donated by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistador and the founder of Lima, to a Dominican friar, Vicente Valverde, in 1540. It is one of the oldest...   view more
Alameda Chabuca Granda

6) Alameda Chabuca Granda

Situated right behind the Government Palace, Alameda Chabuca Granda is a large pedestrian strip and vantage point stretching for two blocks along the Rimac River. The area is packed with street entertainers and snack vendors selling traditional Peruvian food at remarkably reasonable prices, and is completely safe and family-friendly until late at night. The area's signature attraction - red statue of a dancing woman - is in fact a monument to Chabuca Granda, famous Peruvian singer of the...   view more
Monastery of San Francisco

7) Monastery of San Francisco (must see)

The Monastery of San Francisco (Spanish: Convento de San Francisco) is a grand piece of architecture and a place of immense religious importance in Lima, much popular with foreigners and locals alike. Tourists usually get awestruck when they see the dome, the fascinating vault which has a half spherical shape intricately carved in cedar. Complete with a church, the convent makes up the Lima Historic Center and was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1991. Within the complex are...   view more
Plaza Bolivar

8) Plaza Bolivar

If you are fascinated with history and have a passion for historic places, then Plaza Bolivar in Lima is the right place for you. Previously known as Plaza de la Inquisición (Square of the Inquisition) and Plaza del Congreso (Congress Square), Plaza Bolivar is found in the downtown part of Lima, known as Barrios Altos. It lies two blocks away from Abancay Avenue and three blocks east of Plaza Mayor.

Presiding over the square is the Legislative Palace - the seat of the Peruvian Congress, -...   view more
Torre Tagle Palace

9) Torre Tagle Palace

The Torre Tagle Palace is a prominent Spanish Baroque mansion in downtown Lima, built in the 1730s. Today, the palace serves as the residence of Peruvian Foreign Affairs Minister and is heavily guarded by security forces armed with sophisticated weaponry and intensely monitoring the premises.

The palace boasts a nicely decorated façade with two elegant, dark color, wooden balconies done in a typical Lima style of architecture, wherein one balcony is bigger than the other. The building itself...   view more
Merced Church

10) Merced Church (must see)

La Merced Church is an 18th century church in Lima, built in the so-called Churrigueresco style. The first church on this site was built in 1534 and housed the very first mass ever served in the city. The history of this place is the history of destruction and reconstruction. The original La Merced temple eventually proved too small for a growing community and had to be pulled down. The new, bigger church was built in its place in 1628. The year 1687 brought an earthquake in which the church was...   view more
Square San Martin

11) Square San Martin (must see)

A very emotional place for many South Americans, and quite understandably so, Square San Martin commemorates General José Francisco de San Martín who was the principal architect of the liberation of South American territories from Spanish control. The square was inaugurated in 1921 on the centenary of the declaration of independence of Peru in 1821. Placed in the center of the square is a mounted monument to General San Martín which was created by Catalan sculptor Mariano Benlliure.

The...   view more
Francia Square

12) Francia Square

Francia Square's main highlight is the Recoleta Church. The church was built over a period of several different additions, and the various archaeological styles reflect the construction method. One may notice an example of French Gothic style, while another will cite Romanesque style. The church also is home to the Archaeological and Anthropological Museum of Natural...   view more
Plaza Grau

13) Plaza Grau

Plaza Grau was established in honor of the Pacific War hero and famous captain of the Navy - Admiral Miguel Grau. A statue and fountain pay homage to Grau in the middle of the square. Tourists can also visit the Justice Palace, Art Museum, and Naval Heroes Park from Plaza...   view more
Paseo Colon

14) Paseo Colon

Paseo Colon is an arterial road that runs across the downtown part of the Peruvian capital city. It was built in 1901 to address the needs of Lima's citizens who resided on the city’s outskirts. Under the presidentship of Nicolas de Pierola, the avenue was called 9 December, but later was renamed to Paseo Colon in keeping with its pedestrian nature.

Paseo Colon stretches from the West to the East of the city and comprised five blocks, linking Plaza Bolognesi with Plaza Grau. During the...   view more

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