Lima

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Lima

Bullfighting at Plaza de Acho

Catch a bullfight in the world's third oldest ring. On Sundays in July and from October to December, matadors challenge los toros in the 18th-century Plaza de Acho.

Jr. Hualgayoc 332, 011-51-1-315-5000
Tags: things to do | culture | history | spectator sport

Ciurlizza Collection

Aracari Tours organizes private visits to Peruvian writer Jim Ciurlizza’s house, where guests explore his collection of everything from 18th-century Spanish crystal to modern Picasso masterpieces before enjoying a homemade meal.

Aracari Tours, Ave. Pardo 610 #802, 011-51-1-242-6673, www.aracari.com
Tags: smart splurge | art | things to do | culture | history

El Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo)

Explore 210 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians, each located in replications of Peru’s three regions: the coast, the highlands and the jungle.

Ave. La Marina Cuadra 24, 011-51-1-464-4282
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife | zoo

Iglesia de San Francisco

Lima’s most visited church has a baroque exterior and a mudejar (a blend of Moorish and Spanish design) interior. Visit the impressive catacombs below to see the bones of some 75,000 people.

Jr. Ancash 471, 011-51-1-427-1381
Tags: family | things to do | architecture | history

La Catedral

Francisco Pizarro commanded the creation of this massive church in 1625. Although it was rebuilt after earthquakes in 1746 and 1949, Pizarro’s mark remains; visit the chapel where his body is entombed.

East side of Plaza de Armas, 011-51-1-427-9647
Tags: family | things to do | architecture | history | religious

Lima Country Club

For an additional fee, guests of the Country Club Lima Hotel can cross the street to enjoy this par-72 course – one of the most prestigious in Latin America.

Los Eucaliptos 590, 011-51-1-611-9000, www.hotelcountry.com
Tags: golf | things to do | outdoors | sports

Monterrico Hippodrome

Place your bets at the national and international horse races that take place here four days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday).

Ave. El Derby s/n Puerta 3, 011-51-1-610-3000, www.jcp.org.pe (Spanish only)
Tags: gambling | things to do | spectator sport

Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera

The museum’s most popular exhibit – the salá erotica (erotic room) – attracts a curious following, but don’t discredit the allure of this 18th-century mansion’s location atop a 7th-century, pre-Columbian pyramid.

Ave. Bolívar 1515, 011-51-1-461-1835, www.museolarco.org
Tags: views | art | things to do | culture | architecture | history

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