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Central Lima

Central Lima is the centre or heart of Lima the capital city of Peru. Central Lima comprises of four areas; Centro Historico, Barrios Altos, Barrio Chino and Santa Beatriz. To the east of Centro Historico are the Barrios Altos and Barrio Chino. South of the historic centre is Santa Beatriz.

Centro Historico or the historic centre of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the historic centre, Jirón de la Unión (Union Street) is of importance when navigating. The historic centre is divided east and west by Jirón de la Unión (Union Street), from which cuadras (blocks) are numbered beginning at 100 with the first number changing at the next cuadra (for example cuadra 4 will have street numbers in the range of 400 to 499).

Barrios Altos is where the oldest buildings in Lima can be found. Parque Universitario and remnants of the colonial city walls can be seen here.

Barrio Chino, as the name would suggest, is home to China Town. One of the most significant streets here is Calle Capon with the Arco Chino.

Santa Beatriz is home to the Estadio Nacional and Parque de la Reserva.

Get in


  • Congreso de la Republica, Plaza Bolívar, Av. Abancay s/n - Lima, +51 1 311 7777, [1].
  • Correo Central, Pasaje Piura, next to the Palacio de Gobierno. glass-covered shopping arcade. 19th century. copy of one in Brussels
Facultad de Medicina San Fernando UNMSM
  • Facultad de Medicina San Fernando UNMSM, Av. Grau between Huanta and Cangallo (12º 03' 21 S 77º 01' 22 W). Requires ID for entry, botanical garden at rear, some nice old buildings. (-12.0578,-77.0230)
  • Gran Biblioteca Pública de Lima, Av. Abancay Cdra. 4, Lima, [2].
  • Hotel Bolivar, Plaza San Martín, [3].
  • El Molino de Santa Clara, Jr. Ancash.
  • Portada China.
  • Quinta Heeren (12° 02' 58 S 77° 01' 4 W), Cuadra 12 del Jr. Junín.
  • Teatro Felipe Pardo y Aliaga, cuadra 4 del Jr. Apurímac.
  • Teatro Municipal, Jr. Ica.
  • Teatro Segura, Huancavelica 261, Lima, Perú.

Churches and Convents

  • Convento de San Francisco (Museo del Convento de San Francisco de Asis de Lima, The Franciscan Monastery or Catacombs), Plaza San Francisco, Lima, (511) 426 7377, [4]. Monday to Sunday 9:30am to 5:45pm. Fans of colonial churches will be pleased with the architecture of this well-known church in downtown Lima. However, the more compelling reasons to visit this cathedral include underground catacombs featuring over 25,000 real human skeletons (buried between the late 16th and early 19th centuries) arranged in artistic patterns, and also a beautiful library with mysterious, oversized books and spiral staircases in Harry Potteresque form. (-12.0455,-77.0272)
  • Catedral de Lima, Plaza de Armas, +51 1 427 9647. Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-1PM.
  • Convento de Santa Clara, Jr. Huanuco.
  • Convento de los Descalzos.
  • Convento de Santo Domingo, Corner of Jr. Conde de Superunda and Camana, +51 1 427 6792. Mon-Sat 9AM-1PM, 3PM-6PM, Sun 9AM-1PM.
  • Santuario de Santa Rosa de Lima, +5114251279.
  • Iglesia de San Pedro.
  • Iglesia de San Agustin.
  • Iglesia La Merced.
  • Iglesia Las Nazarenas.
  • Iglesia San Marcelo.
  • Iglesia de Jesus, Maria y Jose.
  • Iglesia de Santa Ana.
  • Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen.
  • Iglesia de los Huefanos.
  • Iglesia La Recoleta.

Cultural Centers

  • Centro Cultural Educativo (Estacion Cultural Desamparados), Jr. Ancash 207, +51 1 311 3900 anexo 805. T-S 9AM-7PM.
  • Centro Cultural de la Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (Centro Cultural ENSABAP), Jirón Huallaga 402, +51 1 427 9442 / 426 6966, [5].
  • Centro Cultural Español, Jr. Natalio Sánchez, Cdra.1., Santa Beatriz., +51 1 330 0412.
  • Centro Cultural Jose Pio Aza, Jr. Callao 562, +51 1 331 0771 (), [6]. T-S 10AM-5PM. Features a museum and library.
  • Centro Cultural San Marcos (La), Av. Nicolás de Piérola 1222, Parque Universitario, +51 1 619 7000 anexo 5207 (), [7].

Houses and Palaces

  • Casa Barbieri, Jr. Callao at Rufino Torrico.
  • Casa Goyeneche (Casa de Rada), Jr. Ucayali.
  • Casa Negreiros, Jr. Azángaro 532.
  • Casa del Oidor, Corner of Jr. Junin and Jr. Carabaya.
  • Casa Osambela, Jr. Conde de Superunda 298.
  • Casa Pilatos, Jr. Ancash 390.
  • Casa la Riva, Jr. Ica 426.
  • Casa de las Trece Monedas, Jr. Ancash 536.
  • La Casa Nacional de Moneda, Corner of Jr. Junin and Paruro, +51 1 613 2000, [9].
  • Palacio de Gobierno, Plaza Mayor, (511) 311 3908. Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The changing of the guard at 11:45am can be seen from the Plaza Mayor. (-12.0451,-77.0300)
  • Palacio de Justicia, Av. Paseo de la República, [10]. (-12.0576,-77.0354)
  • Palacio Municipal, Jr. Cailloma 125, +51 1 427 0958. Mon-Fri 9AM-3PM, Sat 9AM-2PM.
  • Palacio Arzobispal, Plaza de Armas, +51 1 427 5790, [11]. Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM.
  • Palacio de Torre Tagle, Jr. Ucayali 363. (-12.04884,-77.02931)

Museums and Art Galleries

  • Casa de la Gastronomía (El Museo de la Casa de la Gastronomía Peruana), Jr. Conde de Superunda, one block north west of the goverment palace (plaza de armas) (Antiguo Palacio de Correos de Lima (the old post office)). Thursday to Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Casa Museo Jose Carlos Mariategui, Washington near Plaza Jorge Chavez. (-12.0639,-77.0391)
  • Casa Museo Miguel Grau, Jr. Huancavelica 172, +51 1 428 5012. Tus-Sun 9AM-5PM.
  • Galeria Juan Pardo Heeren, Jr. Cusco 446.
  • Galeria Pancho Fierro, Pasaje Santa Rosa 114.
  • Galería ICPNA San Miguel, Av. La Marina 2469, [12].

  • Museo Andres del Castillo, Corner Jiron de la Union and ?. (-12.0520,-77.0360)
  • Museo de Arqueología y Antropología de San Marcos, Av. Nicolás de Piérola 1222 (Centro Cultural de la Universidad), Lima (Parque Universitario), +51 1 619 7000 annex 5216, [13].
  • Museo Arqueológico Josefina Ramos de Cox del Instituto Riva Agüero (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), Jr. de La Unión Nº 554, (511) 427-4961 or 626-2000, [14]. Tuesday to Saturday 10AM-7:30PM and Sunday 11AM-5PM. A small collection of archaeological artifacts from sites around Lima.
  • Museo de Arte Italiano, Parque Juana Larco De Dammert. Paseo de la República 250. S/.4. (-12.0584,-77.0367)
  • Museo de Arte de Lima, Paseo Colón 125, Parque de Lima (12º 03' 38 S 77º 02' 13 W), [15]. Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday close 5:00pm, Closed Mondays, 1st of May, Easter Thursday and Friday, Christmas 24th and 25th of December and New Years 31st of December and 1st of Januray. Has permanent and temporary exhibits of Peruvian art, covering pre-Hispanic, colonial, republican and modern art. Adult S/.6.00, Child S/.4.00. (-12.0606,-77.0369)
  • Museo de Arte de San Marcos, Av. Nicolás de Piérola 1222 (Centro Cultural de la universidad), Lima, +51 1 619 7000 annex 5214, [16].
  • Museo de Arte y Tradiciones Populares (Instituto Riva Agüero), Jirón Camaná 459, Lima, +51 1 626 6600, [17]. Mon-Fri 10AM-1PM and 2PM-7PM. An interesting collection of popular arts, including masks and costumes from current festivities in the Andean region. The Institute is housed in a very old colonial townhouse. One of few of its kind open to the public. Adults S/.2.00. Students and children S/.1.00.
  • Museo del Banco Central de Reserva, Jr. Ucayali 271 (corner of Jr. Lampa and Ica) (12º 02' 53 S 77º 01' 49 W), (511) 613 2000. Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am to 4:30pm, Wednesday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 1:00pm. Free entry. (-12.0482,-77.0301)
  • Museo del Banco de Crédito del Perú (Sala Numismática y Sala de Acuarelas Pancho Fierro), Corner Jr. Lampa y Ucayali, Lima, +51 1 349 0606 anexo 2210.
  • Museo del Banco Wiese, Jr. Cusco 245, Lima.
  • Museo del Cementario Presbitero Matias Maestro, Jr. Ancash, cuadra 17 (4a puerta), +51 1 385 2117, +51 1385 2084, Night tours +51 1 427 3798. Mon-Sun 8:30AM-5PM. Adults S/. 5.00, Students S/. 3.00, Children S/. 2.00.
  • Museo del Cerebro, Jr. Ancash 1271, Lima, [18].
  • Museo de los Combatientes de Arica, Corner of Conde de Superunda and Cailloma. (-12.0445,-77.0329)
  • Museo del Convento de San Francisco, Pza. San Francisco, Jirón Ancash, Lima, +51 1 427 1381 or 426 7377.
  • Museo de la Cultura Peruana, Av. Alfonso Ugarte 650, corner of Sanchez Pinillos. Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. (-12.0479,-77.0431)
  • Museo Grafico del Diario - El Peruano.
  • Museo del Hospital Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo, Jirón Ancash 1271, Lima, +51 1 328 1473 / 328 0505.
  • Museo de la Inquisición y del Congreso, Jr. Junín 548, opposite Plaza Bolivar, (511) 311 7777 (), [19]. Monday to Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm. (-12.048,-77.026)
  • Museo Metropolitano de Lima, Parque de Lima, Corner 28 de Julio and Garcilaso de la Vega. (-12.0633,-77.0369)
  • Museo Militar (Centro de Estudios Historicos Militares), Parque Juana Larco De Dammert, 9 De Diciembre, Lima, Perú (12º 03' 34 S 77º 02' 14 W). Monday to Thursday. (-12.0594,-77.0372)
  • Museo Municipal del Teatro, Teatro Segura, Jirón Huancavelica 240, Lima, +51 1 426 7206.
  • Museo Nacional Afroperuano, Simon Rodrigez, opposite Plaza Bolivar. (-12.0468,-77.0258)
  • Museo Postal y Filatélico del Perú, Pasaje Piura, next to the Palacio de Gobierno, 426 7264. Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm. (-12.0443,-77.0307)
  • Museo de Sitio del Parque de la Muralla, Parque de la Muralla, Jr. Amazonas cdra. 1, on the south bank of Rio Rimac, just west of the Abancay Avenue bridge (12º 02' 40 S 77º 01' 34 W). Monday to Sunday 9am to 9pm.

  • Museo Universitario de la Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal, Jr. Cañete 697 esquina con Nicolás de Piérola, +51 1 425 1725.
  • Sala de Exposiciones en el Colegio Real.


  • Parque de la Exposicion (Parque de Lima), Bordered by the avenidas Paseo Colón, Garcilaso de la Vega, Paseo de la República y 28 de Julio, Santa Beatriz (12º 03' 44 S 77º 02' 11 W). Features a large fountain, Japonese gardens, Teatro La Cabana. Museo Metropolitano de Lima is in the south east corner and Museo de Arte de Lima is in the north of the park. (-12.0623,-77.0359)
  • Parque Juana Larco De Dammert, Bordered by Garcilaso de la Vega, Paseo de la República and 9 De Diciembre (12º 03' 32 S 77º 02' 14 W). Features a fountain and is home to the Museo Militar and the Museo de Arte Italiano. (-12.0585,-77.0372)
Parque Universitario
  • Parque de la Reserva (Circuito Magico del Agua), Bordered by Paseo de la República, Sanchez Cerro, Arequipa and Madre de Dios with Petit Thouars running right through the middle. (12º 04' 16 S 77º 02' 04 W), 427 1993 or 427 1021, [20]. Wednesday to Sunday, closes 11:00pm, light shows at 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm. Re-opened on July 27, 2007, with 13 fountains and a Guinness World Record for the highest public fountain at over 80m tall. Best time to go is right at sunset and stay till dark to see all the lights in full effect in each one of the fountains. The laser show at the Fuente de la Fantasia fountain lasts about 30 minutes. S/. 4.00. (-12.0710,-77.0341)
  • Parque Universitario, Intersection of Abancay and Nicolás de Piérola (12º 03' 15 S 77º 01' 53 W). Features three monuments and a clock tower. Theres some street art across the street from the south east corner of the park. (-12.0541,-77.0314)
  • Parque de la Muralla.
  • Alameda Chabuca Granda.
  • Alameda de los Descalzos.
  • Paseo de Aguas.
  • Paseo de Nuestros Heroes Navales.


  • Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), (12º 02' 45 S 77º 01' 50 W). This is the main square of downtown Lima. In the Spanish tradition, it's bordered in four sides by Government/Presidential Palace or Palacio de Gobierno, the Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace, the Municipalidad or City Hall, and assorted businesses. (-12.0458,-77.0306)
  • Plaza Bolivar, Corner of Abancay and Junin. (-12.0477,-77.0260)
  • Plaza Bolognesi (Plaza Francisco Bolognesi), (12º 03' 37 S 77º 02' 30 W). A large round park with a statue in the center, surrounded by curved buildings. A few blocks west of Parque de la Exposición. (-12.0602,-77.0416)
  • Plaza Carrion, Corner Av. Grau and Huanuco.
  • Plaza Dos de Mayo, (12º 02' 47 S 77º 02' 34 W). A large round park with a statue in the center, surrounded by curved buildings. Similar to Plaza Bolognesi. (-12.0463,-77.0428)
  • Plaza Francia, Corner of Villaran and Camana, next to Iglesia de Recoleta. (-12.0532,-77.0378)
  • Plaza Italia, Corner of Huanta and Junin. (-12.0506,-77.0227)
  • Plaza Peru, next to the Palacio de Gobierno, adjoining the north corner of Plaza Mayor. (-12.0448,-77.0308)
  • Plaza San Martín, 9th block of Jirón de la Unión (12º 03' 05 S 77º 02' 05 W). A beautiful plaza in the historical district of Lima. A walk along Jirón de la Unión will take you to the Plaza de Armas and past many historical buildings. (-12.0514,-77.0347)



  • Polvos Azules, Corner Paseo de la Republica and Garcia Naranjo (12º 03' 42 S 77º 02' 01 W). A crazy indoor market. Buy cheap clothes, cd's, dvd's, software, games, shoes, backpack's, spirits or perfumes. Most things are counterfeit, but nevertheless of good quality. There are several similar markets in, or near, central Lima.
  • Passarela Real Plaza Centro Cívico, Corner of Garcilaso de la Vega and Bolivia, (12º 03' 23 S 77º 02' 14 W). Shopping Mall, Department stores, KFC, Subway, it has a small amusement park with a rather large spinning swing which looked like fun.
  • Jiron Camana, One block Northeast of Plaza San Martin. A few blocks of this street are dedicated to Antique stores. You can find anything from in-box Rambo dressup kits, to antique guns, to ships in bottles, to first print Borges collections, though finding them in good quality might be tough. As of Autumn 2012, there is also a bootleg DVD store with a very well curated collection. Walk one block east on Nicholas de Pierola and turn left. You should see a beautiful blue church at the end of the street.


Atlantic, Jr. Huallaga 146, +51 1 426 9627.

  • El Paisa Internacional, Jr. Apurimac 265, Lima, +51 1 427 8976.
  • Salon Capon, Jr. Paruro 819, Lima, +51 1 426 9286. Chinese
  • Salon China, Jr. Ucayali 727, Lima, +51 1 428 8325.


Around the Plaza Mayor you can find some nice bars. Around Plaza San Martin you can find "El Directorio", "De Grot" and "Mao Bar", which are small rock pubs occasionally hosting shows from local bands and low-priced beer, when compared to similar places in Barranco or Miraflores.


  • 1900 Backpackers Hostel, Ave Garcilazo de la Vega 1588, Lima, +51 1 424 3358 (), [21]. It´s the only Hostel in the Historic Center and in front the Lima´s Museum of Art. It was recently opened in a fantastic Colonial Mansion. It blends perfectly the comfort of new amenities and services with the old charm of colonial architecture. It´s clean and with english speaking and well educated staff which is really helpful in a City were not many people speaks english.
  • Hotel Continental, Jr. Puno 196 Centro Histórico, Lima, +51 1 205 6200 (), [22]. Looks nice, in central Lima Simple about S/.100.00, Double about S/.140.00.
  • El Inn-Ka Bed & Breakfast, [23]. A new, family owned and run, vegetarian/vegan friendly Bed & Breakfast in the eclectic neighborhood of Jesus Maria. They offer affordable rates, city tours, taxi services, Wi-Fi, many vegetarian/vegan options (as well as advice on where to find the best veggie eats in the city), and more.
  • El Sol, Av. Rep. de Portugal 169-171, Brena (Two blocks from Plaza Bolognesi). Clean, modern rooms with cable TV and WiFi S/.35.00.
  • Hotel España, Corner of Ancash and Azangaro (across from San Francisco Convent), +51 1 428 5546, [24]. Traditional hotel with wide range of accommodation options. Lots of rooms including dorms starting at 18 soles/night, although prices for all rooms have almost doubled in the past year. Internet cafe and travel help on site. Rooms a bit outdated at times but decorated with paintings, a minimal amount of furniture and the occasional Greek statue. This family run hotel/hostel is full of greenery and generally has guests from all over the world. The restaurant serves only breakfast which can be inconvenient if you want to sit anywhere outside your room after 11:00am. The crowd of guests is a great mix of different cultures and backgrounds. It can get a bit noisy with traffic around the downtown area and the constant bird noise from the two parrots who live in the rooftop courtyard. The wifi is unreliable and only reaches a few rooms.
  • Hotel Mandarin, Av. Petit Thouars #1301 y Teodoro Cardenas, Santa Beatriz, (). A large, very good value hotel located in the Santa Beatriz neighborhood, near to the water fountain park. One block from Arequipa, the boulevard that runs between downtown and San Isidro/Miraflores. A large supermarket, cinemas, bars and restaurants are a few blocks away. Clean, modern rooms with cable TV, WiFi, etc available for S/.40.00


  • Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima, 315 1300, [25].
  • Office of Tourist Information, Psje. Los Escribanos 145, +51 1 315 1542.
  • Tourist Protection (Protección al Turista), 224 7888. Its my understanding if you've had a problem with shonky tour operators, a bad hotel, etc, then these guys might help you out.


  • Emergency (Central de Emergencias), 105.
  • Security (Central de Serenazgo), 318 5050 or 3185055 or 3185491 or free call from public telephone 0-800-1227-0.
  • Fire (Compañía de Bomberos), 116.

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