We start the excursion by heading to the heart of the city to visit its colonial centre. There we take a short walking tour past various attractions, including the Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), San Martin Square and the Plaza Mayor (Main Square). We see the Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, the Basilica Cathedral and the Municipal Palace (City Hall). We then continue to the Convent of Santo Domingo, the oldest church and convent in Lima. Its construction began in 1540, but it was later modernized into its present neo-classical style in the 18th century.
We also visit Lima Cathedral, the main church of the city and site of the crypt where Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro is interred. After visiting the colonial area of Lima, we continue to the modern side of this great metropolis. In the Miraflores district, we visit Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca ruin dating back to 500 AD.
After Huaca Pucllana, we head to the Indian Market, also located in Miraflores. Here you find hundreds of stalls overflowing with traditional Peruvian handicrafts. Spend free time browsing the shops and searching for the perfect Lima memento - a knitted Peruvian hat or stunning piece of silver jewellery perhaps? The market is also near Kennedy Park, the heart of Miraflores, where you find cafes and restaurants. We then – maybe reluctantly - climb aboard the motor coach and return to the ship.