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Learn about Lima’s past by touring the cathedral, palace and churches of its well-preserved historic center. Visit galleries, museums and go on a shopping spree.

Downtown Lima is a lively neighborhood that showcases a legacy of architectural masterpieces and bears witness to the development of an important Spanish colonial town. Admire centuries-old palaces and beautiful churches, explore shopping districts and visit museums and art galleries. The downtown area is also known as the Historic Center of Lima and is a constant hive of activity.

Start at Plaza de Armas, Lima’s handsome central square, which dates back to 1535. Framing the square are some of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Step inside the opulent 16th-century Catedral de Lima to see its Baroque art and the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire.

Watch the changing of the guard ceremony at the Palacio de Gobierno de Perú, the Government Palace. Admire the arcaded façade and elegant wooden balconies of the Palacio Municipal de Lima, the Municipal Palace.

Just a short walk from the main square are more architectural wonders, such as the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and Basilica de San Francicso. Visit the Casa de Aliaga, one of South America’s oldest colonial buildings.

Devote some time to Downtown Lima's galleries and museums. Inspect work by national and international artists at the Pancho Fierro Art Gallery and examine the fine collection of pre-Colombian gold at the Museum of the Central Bank of Peru.

Stroll along Jirón de La Union, a pedestrianized avenue between Plaza Mayor and Plaza San Martín. It’s where old meets new, with ancient churches located near modern retail outlets, cafés and restaurants.

As the heart of Lima’s city center, Downtown Lima is well served by public transport. The metro stations of Desamparados and Estación Jirón de la Unión provide easy access to the neighborhood’s attractions. Downtown Lima is a short walk or metro ride from other major Lima attractions. After your visit, explore the streets of Chinatown and enjoy the gardens and art museums at Parque de la Exposición.


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Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
4.5 out of 5
Paseo De La Republica 170, Lima, Lima
The price is HK$737 per night from 13 Mar to 14 Mar

Located in Cercado de Lima, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lima Art Museum and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (279 reviews)

"Great hospitality and food - nice room, very spacious"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

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Gran Hotel Bolivar
Gran Hotel Bolivar
3 out of 5
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Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is steps away from Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

3.6/5Good! (56 reviews)

"Great food, even better pisco sours. Service was great from top to bottom! Beautiful old hotel, much more charming than a Hilton! Only thing is no ac, can get a lil warm at night"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

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Hotel Diamond Lima
Hotel Diamond Lima
2.5 out of 5
Jr. Cuzco, Lima, Lima
The price is HK$414 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Kennedy Park and Huaca Pucllana Ruins are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (66 reviews)
In the meat of historic Lima

"We stayed at this hotel for 1 night on the last leg of our Peru trip, just making our way back from Cusco. Earlier on our trip we stayed in Mira Flores both times and wanted to stay more towards the historic part of Lima just to be closer to the plaza. The hotel is perfectly placed. It’s right next ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

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Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental
3 out of 5
Jiron Puno 196, Lima, LIMA
The price is HK$407 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Lima Art Museum and National Stadium are also ...

3.9/5Good! (207 reviews)
Very comfortable place

"The room was huge, the bed was very comfortable. The breakfast could of been better. It was not hot, and if you didn’t get down there early, there was not much to choose from. Our stay was cut short, because of the fact that we have to leave Peru early. The hotel informed us the morning of March ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

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Hotel Kamana
Hotel Kamana
3 out of 5
The price is HK$277 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. ...

3.4/5Good! (253 reviews)
Great place to stay in central Lima

"Nice hotel in the center of Lima, room was clean, service friendly and a safe place to stay. Only complaint was the bed was more firm then I prefer and while the fan at was sufficient and temperature at night comfortable, this place has no air conditioning."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

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Hostal GQ
Hostal GQ
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$194 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Cercado de Lima, this hostal is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Park of the Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)

"Habitación limpia y ordenada. Ventana muy pequeña."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

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