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  • Tours of Lima

    Once called the City of Kings and awash in gold, Lima has grown to become a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis.

    A vast, sprawling city and home to nearly 9 million habitants, Lima offers modern amenities, fantastic cuisine and great nightlife.

    Lima City Tour

    Included:

    • Pick up from your hotel in Lima
    • Visit to the main square of Lima.
    • Visit to the Convent of San Francisco and its old catacombs.
    • Visit to the Olive of San Isidro, Miraflores and the shopping center of Larco Mar.
    • All entrance fees.
    • English speaking guide.

    Not included:

    • Extras & gratuities.

    Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

    • Departs daily at 9:15am and 2:15pm approximately

    PRICE: $38.00 per person

    PRIVATE: $55.00 per person

    • A minimum of 2 participants are required

    Axis of Latin American History

    The best introduction to Peruvian natural history and it's three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial, and contemporary. Lima was the home pre-Colombian cultures which date back thousands of years. The land of the Incas, Lima was conquered by Spaniards on the 18th of January, 1535. Tour with South Americans' Secrets to learn and retrace the steps of this millennial history.

    Discover ancestral Lima "Huaca Pucllana" - the Incan's most important ceremonial and administrative center and South America's most culturally developed civilization between 200 AD and 700 AD. Marvel at the great adobe clay pyramid constructed during this period with it's seven staggering platforms.

    Colonial Lima, preserved in the Lima's historic center, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Peru and South America. Located principally in downtown Lima, it has been known as the City of Kings for millenia. This heritage has earned Unesco's moniker as World Heritage Site, namely for it's originality and high concentration of historic monuments constructed during Spanish rule.

    During the era of the Vice-Royal of Peru, a work of art was created representing the magnificence and, grandeur of the legendary royal life. Our trip includes the Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), Plaza San Martin (San Martin Square), Plaza Mayor (Main Square), Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Palacio Arzobispal (Archbishop's palace), Basilica Catedral (Basilica Cathedral), Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace), and the Convent of San Francisco which still holds many colonial treasures including the subterranean catacombs of San Francisco.

    Contemporary Lima boasts all the modern world has to offer and the tour is complete with a visit to the modern district of San Isidro with a stop at Olive Grove then a visit to Miraflores and the fantastic Larco Mar shopping center that is built on cliffs overlooking the ocean.

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    Flights over Nazca Lines From Lima (1-day VIP Private)

    Included:

    • Private VIP transport to Pisco airport from your hotel in Lima (3 hours)
    • VIP First Class Guided tour of the "Candelbra" geoglyph and the Ballestas Islands (2 hours)
    • Overflight of Nazca Lines (95 minutes)
    • Private VIP transport return to Lima
    • All transport, fees and taxes

    Not included:

    • Extras & gratuities.

    Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

    • Departs daily at 6.00am

    PRICE: $430.00 per person

    • A minimum of 2 participants are required

    See the Nazca Lines, Candelbra Geoglyph and Ballestas Islands all in one day!

    Without question this tour is the quickest way to cram these incredible sights in just a day while in VIP comfort and style.

    You will be picked up at your hotel in either a car or van (with air conditioning) - depending on your group's size - and be whisked to the docks of Paracas bay to set out on an exciting voyage to the famous Ballestas Islands nearby. The Ballestas Islands is considered the Galapagos of Peru for it's immense abundance of sea life and unique rock formations.

    Along the way you will pass the enigmatic "Candelabra" - a famous geoglyph with a mysterious past. Your english-speaking guide will explain the various theories of it's creation along with natural and geologic explanations of the islands and the plethora of wildlife that it hosts. You will enjoy front row VIP seating (2 seats for one person) so you will have ample space for camera bags and you won't have to tolerate other passengers breathing down your neck while you view this spectacular marvel of nature.

    On return from the islands there should be time to relax on the sea-side promenade for lunch before setting off to the nearby airport with your driver. You will board a Cessna Caravan that holds 12 persons with wide seating and large windows. We work with only the best airlines operating the latest planes and with expert staff for your safety. Your flight will last 95 minutes and enroute to the Nasca lines you will also see the lush green valleys of Ica and the vast mountainous sand dunes of Huacachina. When you touch down your driver will be awaiting you to whisk you back to Lima in time for dinner.

    Pachacamac

    Included:

    • Pick up from your hotel in Lima.
    • Visit to the Temple of Pachacamac.
    • All entrance fees.
    • English speaking guide.
    • Drop off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

    Not included:

    • Extras & gratuities.

    Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

    • Departs daily at 9:15am and 2:15pm approximately

    PRICE: $45.00 per person

    • A minimum of 2 participants are required

    A unique archaeological and mystical experience

    A guided tour of the vast and splendid archaeological citadel of Pachacamac, the temple of the deity, and Pachacamac - believed to be the creator of the universe and a divinity adored by old Andean civilizations. A sacred and ceremonial site dating back to the beginnings of Christianity where thousands of pilgrims converged to pay tribute to and consult the Pachacamac Oracle who they believed could see the past, the future, and the fate of any man, woman, or child.

    The site comprises pyramidal temples and enclosures built by successive pre-Colombian civilizations then finally the Incas. Highlights include the Temple of Pachacamac, the Sun God Shrine, and the Palace of the Chosen Women or Virgins of the Sun. At the site's museum find an idol of the deity Pachacamac, which was invisible to the profane, and was reserved for the high priests who kept, revered, and interpreted the Divine Oracle in old times. A sacred site, the temple was considered to be part of the planet’s mystical axis.

    Caral

    Included:

    • 08:00 h. Pick up from your hotel in Lima. Private transportation.
    • 10:00 h. Arrival in Caral.
    • Guided tour at the ruins of Caral and Entrance fees.
    • Lunch at a local restaurant in Caral.
    • 14:00 h. Return to the city of Lima.
    • 16:00 h. Arrival in Lima. Drop off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

    Not included:

    • Extras & gratuities.

    Recommendations:

    • Bring water
    • Slippers or comfortable shoes
    • Caps, hat or umbrella.
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun glasses
    • Camera

    Duration: Full day

    • Departure: 8:00am
    • Times are estimated, except the departure time.

    PRICE: $195.00 per person

    The Oldest Civilization of Americas

    For those with a keen interest in archeology and adventure, the tour embarks from Lima via the Ruta del Sol (just around 2 hours) enroute to discover the Norte Central civilization.

    Also known as Caral or Caral-Supe, the Norte Central civilization was a complex Pre-Columbian society that spanned nearly 30 major population centers in what is now known as the Norte Chico region of north-central coastal Peru.

    The oldest known civilization in the Americas and one of six sites where civilization separately originated in the ancient world, Caral flourished between 3000 BC and 1800 BC. It's derivative name, Caral-Supe, is born from Caral in the Supe Valley, a large and significantly studied site in Norte Chico. Complex society in Norte Chico emerged just a millennium after Sumer in Mesopotamia, around the same time as the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Norte Chico predates the Mesoamerican Olmec by nearly two millennia.

    Caral was discovered in 1948 but received little attention until an archaeologist named Ruth Shady further explored the 5,000 year-old city of pyramids in the Peruvian desert with its elaborate complex of temples, amphitheater, and ordinary houses. The urban complex is spread out over 150 acres (607,000 m²) and contains several plazas and residential buildings and indicates that Caral was a thriving metropolis at approximately the same time that Egypt's great pyramids were being erected.

    The Caral tour is a full day leaving early from Lima and returning late afternoon. South Americans' Secrets arranges visits to the area with professional tour

    guides or, for those with a special interest in archeology, we can offer local archaeologists who can offer specific and academic information about this interesting ancient city.

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    Peruvian Gold

    Included:

    • Pick up from your hotel in Lima.
    • Guided visit to the Gold Museum and a visit to Friendship park.
    • All entrance fees.
    • English speaking guide.
    • Drop off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

    Not included:

    • Extras & gratuities.

    Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

    • Departs daily at 9:00 am and 2:15 pm approximately

    PRICE: $50.00 per person

    • A minimum of 2 participants are required

    See Peru’s most famous gold collection, a vast and dazzling array of ancient Peruvian gold and the Arms of the World Collection.

    Ancient Peruvians were master metalworkers. The “cire perdue” or lost wax process, known across the Orient and lost in the West until the Renaissance, was the most frequent technique used by master ancient Peruvian gold and silversmiths.

    On our tour of Peru’s Gold Museum, visitors will admire an awe-inspiring collection of gold artifacts from various pre-Colombian civilizations, some more than 3,000 years old.

    Metal sculptures and jewelery of immense value in gold, silver, and precious stones, crafted for the children of the Sun God and monarchs of the vast Inca Empire, are on display for your amazement. These are the remnants that attracted so many Spanish conquerors and European adventurers who, in their quest of Peruvian gold, broke the back of the Incan civilization and later founded the Vice-Royalty of Peru under the Spanish Crown.

    Peru’s Gold Museum also displays a valuable collection of old and modern weapons that ranks among the best in the world. The halls in this section show the Arms of the World Collection of armor, uniforms and various ancient war artifacts and weapons from various time periods around the world, some dating back to as long ago as 1300 B.C.

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    Museums of Lima

    Included:

    • Pick up from your hotel in Lima and private transfer to the museums.
    • English speaking guide for both museums.
    • Entrance fee to the Larco Herrera Museum.
    • Entrance fee to the Archaeogical & Anthropological Museum.
    • Drop off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

    Not included:

    • Extras & gratuities.

    Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

    • Departure: 9.15am and 2.15am
    • Times are estimated, except the departure time.
    • Archaeological Museum is closed every Monday.

    Price: $50.00 per person

    • A minimum of 2 participants are required

    Enjoy visits to Larco Museum and Archaeological Museum in a tour that comprises breathtaking colonial mansions housing probably the best gold, ceramic, textile, and art collections in South America.

    These two museums house incomparable artifacts and collections of pre-Colombian art from Peru and the New World and are, arguably, the most important museums in South America.

    Larco Museum is housed in a unique colonial residence dating back to the 17th century and built atop a pyramid of the 8th century. This fabulous museum includes an exquisite collection of Peruvian gold and silver from the ancient Incas. It also hosts a pre-Hispanic erotic art salon. Its over 45,000 archaeological pieces, classified by renowned specialists and scholars, tour major world museums regularly. Larco is among only a few museums around the world opening their vaults to the public and can boast that it exhibits the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world.

    The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, also housed in an old Colonial mansion, was formerly the residence of Peru’s viceroys, then of its liberators. In this, Peru’s grandest museum, you find the Estela Raymondi and Tello Obelisk monuments - carved stone pieces dating back to the Formative period over three thousand years ago. The museum also features the largest textile collection, with fabrics from the Pre-Ceramic period through the Inca Empire, and a major collection of Ancient Peruvian metals. And the impressive Tawantinsuyo Room illustrates one hundred years of the Inca Empire through virtual models and re-creations.

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    Nightlife in Lima

    Included:

    • Dinner
    • English speaking guide

    Not included:

    • Extras & gratuities.

    Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

    • Departure: 6.30pm approx.

    Price: $55.00 per person

    The only tour that includes a show and buffet dinner.

    Discover the beauty of our capital, visiting the main attractions and architectonic monuments beautifully illuminated under the enchantment and tranquility of nighttime Lima. Afterwards, enjoy a magnificent buffet dinner and spectacular Peruvian show.

    The excursion guides you through Lima’s impressive Historical Center. Such important attractions as the Grau Plaza, San Martín Plaza, Palace of Justice, French Palace, Lima Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, Government Palace, Desamparados Train Station, and San Francisco convent, among others, are presented in a panorama of history and architecture. You will take unforgettable photos with all the serenity of the Lima night sky with beautifully illuminated attractions as the background.

    As a finishing touch there is the best Dinner Show in town, prepared and presented especially for you at the famous restaurant, Junius. There, you will explore the best of Peru. You will enjoy a variety of exquisite cuisine, including a selection of culinary expressions from both coast and highlands, then followed by a deliciously Peruvian musical and folklore show, making the Junius one of Peru's best restaurants, both for it's cuisine and it's culture.

    Additionally, you can purchase top quality local products such as pisco, chocolates, wines, jewelry, ceramics, and books, among other items. Based on a modern, cosmopolitan concept, Junius qualifies as the “Best Peruvian restaurant-boutique”.

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