10 Essential Things to Do in Lima, Peru

Lima is one of South America’s last undiscovered cities. Most travelers will simply pass through the city on their way to the more famous sights of Machu Picchu or Cusco.

Hang around, and Lima will slowly but surely entice you further with its historic streets and delicious cuisine. Here are our favorite things to do in Lima, Peru.


This is where Francisco Pizarro founded the city, which would then go on to become the capital of much of Spanish South America, and then Peru.

Take a Stroll Around Plaza Mayor

This is the Government Palace that was built by Pizarro when he began ruling Peru and the surrounding regions in the name of the Spanish Crown.

Visit the Palacio de Gobierno

See the Catedral de Lima

The magnificent Lima Cathedral also stands in the Plaza Mayor and dates back to 1535 when its construction first began, alongside the rest of the historic center.

Go to the Museo de la Nación

Lima’s Museum of the Nation is one of the best places in the city to visit to learn more about Peruvian history and culture.

See Artifacts at the Museo Larco

It’s a fantastic place to learn more about the culture and history of the people that were here before the Spanish, but that is largely unknown elsewhere in the world.

Visit the Ruins of Huaca Pucllana

It’s a stunning look at ancient American civilization, as this huge pyramid was constructed and used hundreds of years ago.

This is a Spanish mansion that dates back to the foundation of the city in 1535, and it’s a beautiful place to see.

Casa di Aliaga

Swipe Up to Learn More!