Plaza de Armas de Lima
Changing of the GuardEvery day at noon at the Plaza de Armas (also called Plaza Mayor), trumpets blare, drums pound, and cymbals crash as the guard changes outside the presidential palace. Enjoy the Spanish fanfare like a local: from a plaza bench with an ice cream cone. The Plaza is also the site of festivals, concerts, and the much-loved annual National Pisco Day when the fountain spouts free high-proof grape brandy for all.
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
The heart of Lima, this central main square is almost always the first stop of any tour in the city. Dating to the 16th century and established by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the 140-square-meter (1,500-square-foot) plaza is surrounded by impressive architectural gems, including the colonial-style Palacio Arzobispal, built in 1924, which is adorned with wow-inspiring Moorish balconies. The plaza's centerpiece, a tiered bronze fountain, sits where gallows once stood and has spewed water since 1650.
Photo by Theodore Scott/Flickr.
Plaza De Armas Lima
People Watching at the Plaza
Additionally, if you're in the area around noon head to the nearby Presidential Palace where the changing of the guard takes place Monday - Saturday.
Colin Roohan traveled to Peru courtesy of PromPeru, Travcoa, and LAN as part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. Hear more about Colin’s journey on the USTOA blog.
City square (or circle) in Lima, Peru
We hit a few sights and then made our way into Plaza Mayor, also known as Plaza de Armas, in Lima's historic center. In full view was the city's government palace and cathedral beautifully lit up during the warm summer night. We were all in awe with the gorgeous colonial architecture and historical significance it held. What a wonderful way to start the trip and leave an everlasting impression in our hearts.
I took the time to capture the moment with my camera to share with friends and family and am now doing the same with the wonderful AFAR community. Be sure to click on the link below to enjoy the photograph in full effect.