Cultural Tour of Lima (Self Guided), Lima

Lima is renown for its various mysteries and places of high cultural value. This tour will take you for a walk around charming Pueblo Libre district and its most interesting attractions.
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Cultural Tour of Lima Map

Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Lima
Guide Location: Peru » Lima (See other walking tours in Lima)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • La Cruz del Viajero
  • Parroquia Santa María Magdalena
  • National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology & History
  • Larco Museum
  • San Juan Apóstol
  • Tello o Huaca Panteón Chino
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La Cruz del Viajero

1) La Cruz del Viajero

La Cruz del Viajero (The Cross of the Traveller) is a monument placed by Franciscan monks in 1672 in the small town of Magdalena Vieja (now Pueblo Libre), just outside Lima, the capital city of Peru, and the old centre of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. This followed a tradition started by Conquistador Francisco Pizarro, requiring the placement of a cross on the main routes to other parts of the country. Travellers would stop at the cross to ask for protection on their journeys, either across Peru or via ship to Central America or Spain, where the cross was made. The old cross remains near the centre of the modern-day district of Pueblo Libre and is one of its main attractions.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Parroquia Santa María Magdalena

2) Parroquia Santa María Magdalena

Built in 1557, Parroquia Santa María Magdalena is one of the oldest churches in Lima. This temple is very special because of it's graceful and refines architecture, it is also deservedly considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Since 1940 Parroquia Santa María Magdalena is listed as artistic, architectural, and religious heritage of Peru. Despite of the influence of time and numerous earthquakes the church has maintained the splendor of its altars and ornaments. In the 20th century it's façade has been renovated, but features of wonderful neo-classical style are still clearly obvious and reflect the amazing concept of the temple's architecture. Both, parishioners and tourists are welcome inside of the church, which is open daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
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National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology & History

3) National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology & History (must see)

Perhaps the oldest and the largest museum in Peru, the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History was established in 1826. It is found on Plaza Bolívar in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima.

The archeological collection is very comprehensive and contains over 100,000 artifacts, among which are exhibits from the cultures predating the Inca civilization, such as the Chavin, Moche, Paracas, Nasca, Chimu and many others. In the Tawantisuyu Room, the history of the Inca civilization is presented in a variety of virtual models.

The museum also features the Tello Obelisk and the Raimondi Stele, the famous stone monuments dating back thousands of years before Christ. The Raimondi Stele is named after Antonio Raimondi, the Italian geographer who discovered it.

Also on display are textiles, tools, metals and salvage fragments, as well as funeral offerings aged over 3,000 years. Objects belonging to the Colonial periods are also exhibited. There are close to 11,000 pieces of copper, silver and gold, illustrating the development of metallurgy, from the Formative period until the time of the Inca Empire. Part of the collection form unique pieces such as Paracas ornaments. You will be amazed by the wide range of archeological findings and artifacts from so many different cultures that are available. A visit to the National Museum offers a deep insight into the history of Peru.

Why You Should Visit:
To get acquainted with the Peruvian heritage and history; for a fee, you get a one-hour private tour with a passionate tour guide.
The museum shares a small park with the City Hall and many antique buildings and restaurants are scattered over a several block area.

Tip:
If possible, leave time for lunch, cocktails or dinner in this neighborhood – it is very upscale and funky and inviting. Not that touristy either, so no beggars or people selling things, etc.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:45am-5pm (last entry: 4:30pm)
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Larco Museum

4) Larco Museum (must see)

The Larco Museum is a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art, located in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima, Peru. Housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid, it showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is well known for its gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery. In 1925, Rafael Larco Herrera acquired a collection of vases and other archaeological pieces from Alfredo Hoyle, who was his brother-in-law. There were approximately 600 ceramic pieces in all. The arrival of these objects ignited a collector's enthusiasm in his son, Rafael Larco Hoyle. Soon after, Larco Herrera left his son in charge of the collection and those pieces completed the first collection of what would become the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum.

During that same year, Larco Hoyle received some advice from his uncle, Victor Larco Herrera, a founder of the first museum in Lima. He urged Larco Hoyle to form a new museum in Lima, one that could guard all the archaeological relics that were continually being extracted by clandestine excavators. Larco Hoyle agreed with his uncle and proceeded to create a museum that would carry on his father's legacy. Larco Hoyle purchased two large collections: 8,000 pieces from Roa and 6,000 pieces from Carranza. He also purchased several small collections in Chicama Valley, Trujillo, Virú, and Chimbote. Within a year, the collection had grown significantly and display cases were installed in a small house on the Chiclín estate. On July 28, 1926, Independence Day, the museum opened its doors to the public. The Larco Museum now lends some of its collection to its daughter museum, the Museo de Arte Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Art Museum), located in Cusco, Peru.

The Museum has several permanent exhibitions. The Gold and Silver Gallery showcases the largest collection of jewelry used by many notable rulers of pre-Columbian Peru. It comprises a collection of crowns, earrings, nose ornaments, garments, masks and vases, finely wrought in gold and decorated with semi-precious stones. Ancient Peruvian cultures represented their daily lives in ceramics, and this gallery holds the world's largest collection of erotic ceramics. The Cultures Gallery provides visitors with a comprehensive view of cultures that existed in pre-Columbian Peru through the extant indigenous art that has survived since the 16th-century Spanish conquest. This hall is divided into four areas: North Coast, Center, South, and cultures from the highlands. Other galleries include the Lithic, Vault, Ceramics, Metals, Textiles, and Storage in which visitors have the opportunity to view the Museum's entire collection of classified archaeological objects. The Museum Gallery Shop has a wide variety of ceramic, metal and textile reproductions made by skilled craftsmen from all over Peru. The reproduction techniques for these pre-Columbian artifacts have been formalized and each piece is assessed by the museum to ensure quality.

Why You Should Visit:
To look through literally thousands of excellent pieces of pre-colonial art in a gorgeous setting.
There are many public and private museums in Lima, but none as unique or pleasing as the Larco.
The outdoor gardens are very beautiful with lots of flowers, but the real highlight is the unusual erotic pottery exhibit.

Tip:
Don't miss the wonderful restaurant with great service and yet another gorgeous setting (book in advance and make sure to order a 'pisco sour' when you visit).
Having a tour guide walk you through the museum's many masterpieces, including the 'erotic' archaeological treasures, will enhance the experience.
Take 10 minutes to also look through the masses of undisplayed pieces in the rooms across the courtyard – many not represented in the main collection.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-10pm; 9am-6pm (Dec 24/25/31, Jan 1)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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San Juan Apóstol

5) San Juan Apóstol

San Juan Apóstol church has been organized in October 31, 1960 by the decree of Archbishop of Lima, Juan Landazuri. As soon as the congregation was founded parishioners started the construction works. The church has been built in modern style. Facade's peaceful pastel colors make the visitors feel calm and spiritually inspired. The San Juan Apóstol church is open every day, from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm.
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Tello o Huaca Panteón Chino

6) Tello o Huaca Panteón Chino

Named after "father of Peruvian archeology", Julio Cesar Tello, Tello o Huaca Panteón Chino was established in 1972 and fully renovated in 1998. It is located in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima. The archeological park is enclosed by a massive fence in order to prevent illegal entry. The archeological construction inside of the park dates back to 1100 and 1460 DC and amazes by the spirit od old ages. While watching these ancient platforms visitors clearly feel the unforgettable touch of the past.

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