Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), Lima

4.5
#4 of 685 in Things to do in Lima
Must see · Fountain · Landmark
Create an itinerary including Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Soak in the history of Lima's original town square at Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). When the city was founded in 1535, its design required a central plaza from which a grid system of streets could be constructed. Nearly 500 years later, the grand plaza remains at the heart of Lima life. Admire the landmark buildings lining the plaza, such as the government palace, the municipal palace, and the city's cathedral. Ask one of the English-speaking tourism assistants, who are stationed in the square, for any advice you might need. Put Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and other Lima attractions into our Lima planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Tours to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
8,146 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Plaza Mayor de Lima is one of the few must see of lima with no doubt, it is surrounded by real charming colonial architecture which offer an amazing view. if you are there at 12:00 watching changing.....  more
    Plaza Mayor de Lima is one of the few must see of lima with no doubt, it is surrounded by real charming colonial architecture which offer an amazing view. if you are there at 12:00 watching changing.....  more »
  • There was a protest going on so the police barricaded the area. We had to keep circling the area to enter and they finally let us in. It was relatively empty. We enjoyed taking some pictures. There... 
    There was a protest going on so the police barricaded the area. We had to keep circling the area to enter and they finally let us in. It was relatively empty. We enjoyed taking some pictures. There...  more »
Google
  • A very calm place where you can sit and chat with friends or take great photos and draw. You must always be extra careful in the centre of Lima but there's enough of a police presence in the Plaza de Armas to feel a sense of security (not saying to drop your guard). An overall enjoyable place to relax, very tranquil and with good architecture; the church and other buildings.
  • Beautiful colonial place. Usually nearby streets are closed so taxis drop you 1 or 2 streets close. Businesses close at 9 o'clock. Be careful at night. @aitch_koch

Plan your trip to Lima

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.