Day 1: Arrival in Lima and Pre-Hispanic Lima – Huaca Pucllana – Museo Larco
Upon arriving in the city of Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city and to our services while en route to the hotel. You will begin your tour of the city with a trip to Miraflores, a modern and traditional Lima residential neighborhood. Here you will be able to admire the Huaca Pucllana Pyramid, an administrative and ceremonial center for the ancient pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Peruvian coast. Afterwards, you will head to the Pueblo Libre Disctrict and visit the Larco Herrera Museum, an eighteenth-century Viceregal mansion that houses more than 3,000 years of Peru’s pre-Columbian history. The museum boasts a supremely fine collection of gold and silver jewelry and worship paraphernalia that demonstrates the superb skill of ancient Peruvian gold and silversmiths. The Larco Herrera also contains a famous collection of erotic ceramic tomb art that gives insights into various aspects of pre-Columbian sexuality. After your visit to the museum, you will return to the hotel. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.
Day 2: Lima City Tour
At the scheduled time, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a tour of the city’s main avenues, boulevards, and squares. The tour will begin with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). You will get a chance to explore the square by foot and admire the exteriors of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the Cathedral of Lima, and the Municipalidad (City Hall), all examples of Lima’s still-present colonial architectural opulence. Afterwards, you will visit La Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, you will make your way to the Convento de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Convent), a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country. Finally, you will leave behind Lima’s Historical Center and begin your journey through the streets of modern Lima as you head toward the most traditional of the residential zones of the capital: San Isidro and Miraflores. In San Isidro, you will pass through the heart of the city’s financial district and then enjoy a panoramic view of the Huaca Hullamarca Pyramid, an important pre-Inca and Incan ceremonial center and cemetery built out of adobe mud bricks. Soon afterwards, you will travel to the district of Miraflores, a perfect spot to enjoy wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along peculiar streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), witness to untold numbers of past and present romances, and source of inspiration for one of Peru’s great composers, Chabuca Granda. When you are done touring Barranco, you will return to the hotel. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.
Day 3: Excursion to Palomino Islands
After breakfast you will head to the Marina Yacht Club of Callao, where you will board a boat that will take you to the Palomino Islands, a group of rocky islands and islets full of natural grottos and caverns. These islands are a natural paradise for marine birds such as pelicans, Peruvian Boobies, Guanay Cormorants, and other species unique to the Peruvian coast, as well as a refuge for Humboldt Penguins and sea lions. Along the course of the voyage, you will be able to see San Lorenzo Island, currently home to a naval base, as well as Frontón Island, where you can still see the remnants of an old prison. On the return trip, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Bay of Callao and La Punta seaside as you sail surrounded by a diverse array of vessels, among them warships, merchant ships, and pleasure cruisers. Upon arriving at the pier, you will begin your return trip to the hotel. On the way, you will be able to see the Real Felipe Fortress, which served to protect the capital from pirate and privateer attacks during the Colonial period, and you will visit the quaint seaside town of Chucuito, which is inhabited by families of Italian descent. You will have some free time to eat lunch. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.
Day 4: Lima Departure
At the scheduled departure time, you will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport or bus station for your return trip.