HD Lima, City of Kings

Duration: 1 day

Highlights: Lima.

Half day tour of Lima.

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The city of Lima was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 5, 1535, the eve of the Epiphany of the Magi – from which it derived its evocative original name of La Ciudad de los Reyes or “The City of Kings.” It is a city of rare fascination and unexpected pleasures. Lima has decaying colonial splendour and the teeming vitality of an oriental bazaar; melancholy cloudy winters and warm breezy summers; impoverished urban sprawl and quiet elegant corners among ancient buildings where the night air is scented with jasmine.

Today you will embark on a city tour beginning with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, official center of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded. You will visit the historic Cathedral, built in 1534 and an architectural masterpiece. From the Cathedral, you will walk past the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity, and on to the Church of San Francisco with its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes.

After your trip to the historic center, you will be driven across modern Lima to visit briefly the trendy, vibrant districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, home to beautiful parks, modern buildings and excellent views of the Pacific Ocean.
Discover Lima, “The City of Kings” with its fusion of urban sprawl, colonial splendour and modern, trendy neighborhoods. Highlights include the official city center of the Plaza Major, flanked by its impressive Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and Church of San Francisco, and the upscale Miraflores district.
00:00 - 00:30 Drive from pier to Plaza de Armas
00:30 - 01:15 Tour of the Cathedral; Bathrooms available
01:15 - 01:20 Cross Plaza de Armas by foot To see outside of Presidential Palace (distance approx. 100 yards)
01:20 - 01:30 Walk from Plaza de Armas to San Francisco Church; Distance approx. 275 yards
01:30 - 02:15 Tour of the Church of San Francisco; Bathrooms available
02:15 - 02:55 Scenic drive through modern Lima to Miraflores
02:55 - 03:10 Stop at Miraflores’ “Park of Love”
03:10 - 04:00 Drive back to pier Via Arica’s main beaches

Approximate duration: 4 hours
- Some leisurely walking involved
- Some steps to negotiate in the Cathedral, San Francisco and the Park of Love make this tour unsuitable for guests in wheelchairs
- The Cathedral may be closed on Sundays and can be replaced by a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent
- The chronological order of this tour is subject to change
- Activity level is Easy

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