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Larcomar, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Forget alpaca! Those in the know go for vicuña instead, a much softer—and pricier—cousin of the alpaca. Alpaca 111 is widely regarded as Peru's most stylish and highest-quality purveyor of those coveted scarves, throws and...

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Av. Simón Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre 15084, Peru

Collector Rafael Larco Hoyle's thoroughly impressive trove of pre-Columbian ceramics is considered Peru's best. In an 18th-century viceroy's mansion, the museum, founded in 1926, houses items from his amassed collection of some 50,000 ceramic...

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Jirón Camaná 170, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

An impressive 16th-century church and convent, Santo Domingo is the final resting place of two important Peruvian saints, including the continent's first black saint, San Martín de Porres, whose skull sits encased in glass...

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Jirón Lampa, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

Centuries-old catacombs decorated with human bones pepper the crypts at this Franciscan monastery dating to 1774. Decked out in impressive Spanish Baroque architecture, the canary-yellow church and monastery also house a remarkable library with...

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Antigua Panamericana Sur 31.5, Lurín LIMA 16, Peru

The Incan archaeological site of Pachacamac is a former citadel sitting about 31 kilometers (19 miles) from the city center. While it can appear to be little more than a whole lot of sand and dust in parts, excavations have revealed a few of the...

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Lima District 15001, Peru

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...

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Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru

Seen one water-and-light show, seen them all, right? Not so fast! Lima's must-see El Circuito Mágico del Agua at Parque de la Reserva will impress even the most aquatically skeptical travelers. A dozen illuminated water fountains spring to...

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Malecón de la Reserva 610, Miraflores 15074, Peru

If your main goal is picking up some lovely Peruvian-made handicrafts, fashion and other local delights, Centro Comercial Larcomar is one of Peru's loveliest shopping malls, sitting on prime cliff-top real estate, just above the sea. You can find...

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cuadra S/n, Calle General Borgoño 8, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Huaca Pucllana, a restored centuries-old adobe ceremonial temple, has remarkably and defiantly sat right in the heart of Miraflores since 400 C.E. The temple complex includes a Wari (or Huari) cemetery, where four preserved mummies were discovered...

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Parque Intihuatana, Miraflores 15074, Peru

There's no better way to explore a new city on a beautiful day than getting out and about on a calorie-burning bike tour. Bike Tours of Lima offers several options, from localized three-hour Miraflores/Barranco/San Isidro rides to longer,...

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Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 1113, Barranco LIMA 04, Peru

Since Lima boasts some of the tastiest eating to be had in South America, it's only natural to throw yourself right in the middle of the delightful culinary landscape on a food tour. Lima Tasty Tours will introduce you to the vibrant local...