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
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!
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
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.
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!