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Free things to do in Lima

 

Five Free things to do in Lima
Square in Lima, Peru‘ taken Ricardo Frantz by is licensed under CC by SA 3.0

Five Free Things to do in Lima

 

The city of Peru that we call Lima today was officially established in 1535 by Fransisco Pizarro the Spanish conquistador. However the area was inhabited thousands of years before that.

Many different tribes and cultures have called the area of Peru home over its history but the most famous are the Incas. Under their ruler Pachacuti and his son Tupac (not the rapper!) they conquered the other tribes and became the most powerful nation in the South American continent. They were ultimately conquered by the Spanish and Lima eventually became the city it is today.

With all that in mind we present our list of the top five free things to do in Lima:

 

 

5. Spanish Inquisition Museum

 

Visiting the Spanish inquisition Museum is one of the free things to do in Lima
Via Flickr

 

Possibly not the place with the most pleasant history, The Spanish Inquisition museum, is number five on our list of free things to do in Lima. The mission of this museum is to “conserve and pass on the cultural heritage for future generations”

The Spanish Inquisition was essentially set about to enforce the Catholic Religion in Spain and its territories. If they believed you were only pretending to be catholic they would “test” you by torturing you horrifically. Prisoners were actually tortured in the basement of this building and with the wax figure representations, this museum can actually be quite creepy!

To check the opening hours visit the Museum of Congress and Inquisition

 

 

4. La Punta

 

Number four on our list of free things to do in Lima is La Punta. La Punta is a mostly upper middle class district situated in the Western side of the city.

As it is a peninsula it is almost completely enclosed by ocean (the Pacific Ocena to be precise) which means it has plenty of beaches!

These beaches are frequented by visitors in the Summer trying to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Lima. The waters are usually very calm so it can be quite a popular spot. It can also be a

Read more about La Punta and the district here

 

 

3. Parque del Amor

 

Parque del Amor is one of the free things to do in Lima
Parque del Amor Via Lo and Betold

 

The third activity is more for those of you who are travelling as a couple. The Parque del Amor or Park of Love is dedicated to all the lovers of the world.

The Park features a statue of two people kissing as a centrepiece called “El Beso” (the kiss). It also has benches and mosaic walls which have a certain Gaudi-esque style similar to the ones in Barcelona.

Parque del Amor is especially romantic during the sunrise and the sunset as you can imagine. Although it is designed with couples in mind it is perfectly possible to go there on your own as well… I guess

 

 

2. Free Walking tour of Lima

 

A walking tour is one of the free things to do in Lima

 

As you can see from the image above Lima is a fairly big city and can be intimidating for your first visit. What better way to explore the city than taking part in the penultimate activity on our list of free things to do in Lima – take a free walking tour.

At Five Free Things we love walking tours. Depending on the tour guide, they can be extremely fun and informative, sometimes you can even learn things from a local that wouldn’t appear in any guidebook. Free walking tours Peru offers a free walking tour of three cities; Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa.

Tours start at 11:00 am and they happen six days a week from Monday to Saturday. For more information check out the Free Walking Tours Peru website.

 

 

1. Tour of Palacio de Gobierno

 

taking a tour of the palacio de Gobierno is one of the free things to do in Lima
Casa de Pizarro Lima‘ taken by Stuardo Herrera is licensed under CC by 2.0

 

The final activity on our list of free things to do in Lima is to take a tour of the Palacio de Gobierno. Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace in English) can also be known as Casa de Pizarro. It was originally used by Pizarro as his head office whilst he governed Lima.

Nowadays the palace is used as an official residence of the Peruvian president since Peru’s independence. You can still take a look around, although access to some areas may be restricted.

The entrance hall is beautifully decorated along with the patios and lounges. Just make sure to take your passport with you as you might be asked for identification by the guards.

 

 

 


That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Lima, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!

 

 

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