Cynthia Caceres and walking companions in the streets of Lima. Photo credit: Eduardo Cavero.
Cynthia Caceres wrote this guest post on a walking tour of Lima, Peru.
She is the founder and general manager of Lima Mentor which organizes “meaningful and authentic experiences” in Lima.
The best way to explore the historic area of Lima is by walking its streets.
Called the “City of Kings”, Lima, a UNESCO site, has an important cultural heritage that can be seen throughout the city.
The city’s main buildings date back to the Colonial times about 500 years ago.
Lima used to be one of the most important cities in South America. Since the beginning of its existence, it was the center of the vice-royalty that extended from what is now Ecuador to Chile.
Today, it is an entertaining, friendly and gourmet city facing the open sea and modern life with 5-star hotels, elegant restaurants, and the best airport in South America.
A unique way to go back in time and live the best of the Colonial and Republican times is by going on the Historical Buildings in Lima tour.
The walking tour guide will play an important role in sharing stories, anecdotes, interesting facts, legends and important dates of Peruvian history.
Highlights of the walking tour will include:
- monuments from the Spanish Inquisition;
- the continent’s first university (Universidad Mayor de San Marcos);
- exquisite churches and convents;
- baroque facades;
- old bars, hotels, shops;
- rich architecture and
- people and traditions.
On this walking tour with Lima Mentor, guests will visit a private home, next to the Government Palace, and Lima’s oldest and most aristocratic hotel.
Guests will walk through plazas, visit the Lima Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, Government Palace, Desamparados Train Station, San Francisco convent, the old wall of Lima and more.
They’ll learn how to make the legendary cocktail Pisco Sour in one of Lima’s most traditional bars.
This tour will take about 3 hours starting and ending in Lima’s historic area.
Lima Mentor tours can be organized any day of the week with specialist guides in any language (booked in advance).