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Address: Jr. Junin and Jr. Carabaya, Lima, Peru
Phone Number:
980048502
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Once considered the heart of old Lima, this grand plaza features many...

Once considered the heart of old Lima, this grand plaza features many important architectural monuments and buildings including a magnificent bronze fountain dating from 1650, the Archbishop's Palace with its elegant balconies and the Government Palace dating from 1924.

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Government Palace and Center

A nice place to visit with many restaurants around. The Changing of the Guard is very impressive with the band playing and the guards marching outside of the palace. Very much... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice place to visit with many restaurants around. The Changing of the Guard is very impressive with the band playing and the guards marching outside of the palace. Very much like the Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lima is a long,narrow city with the airport at one end in Callo and the other end up against the sea_ Miraflores and Baranca. I prefer to stay right by the Plaza de Armas is in the dead centre of the city. Think of it this way_ your next door neighbour is the President of Peru. You can easily take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The central historical area is flat out incredible. Anything you could want is here. Beauty abounds. Requires more then one visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You will see the historical center of the town. Near by is many old buildings. Attractive for me was those wooden balconies. Also You can make shopping there. But on Saturdays be aware of pick pocket ones, like in every tourist area where is a lot of people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Did a drive by because we did not have time to stop. It is a beautiful well kept building with great history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want pomp and army officers with uniforms loaded with brass then watch the changing of the guard. There is a nice brass band to accompany it all. The plaza itself has good colonial architecture but very little shade. It is hot in January. Go a few blocks off the square to get the good less touristy less expensive... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Colorful changing of the guard ceremony augments the very attractive central plaza. Key to the history of Peru.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We just visited and the president was there, observing the changing of the guard. Our Lima Cab driver told us this was happening and he got us "ringside!" The area is beautiful, chocked full of stunning governmental buildings, many of which have the Moorish-style balconies. The Plaza is easy to reach (by car) and easy to navigate (by foot.) The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on a coach tour. We were lucky enough to see the changing of the guard, with all the South American pomp.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Plaza and surroundings are absolutely beautiful. Like the rest of Lima, all is spotlessly clean. We have never seen a cleaner city anywhere. This was quite a surprise after visiting several garbage choked cities in Columbia, Ecuador, and northern coastal Peru. The people here obviously take great pride in their city and have done a wonderful job of restoration... More 

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