Larco Museum and Lima’s Historic Center. A new VIPAC Experience

In 2017, the Larco Museum was ranked as number 22 of the 25 Best Museums in the World, according to Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards. This marked the first time a Peruvian museum made the list. The Larco Museum was founded by archeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle, who spent his life investigating and protecting the vestiges of Peru’s northern, pre-Colombian cultures. Larco Hoyle not only treasured and catalogued the remains he found on his scientific explorations of the archeological sites on the north coast of Peru, but he also purchased numerous private collections. Today, the Larco Museum exhibits almost 45,000 objects from the Mochica, Virú, Chimú, and Sipán Cultures, as well as other, smaller cultures that populated pre-Incan Peru.

The Museum’s warehouse is one of the most interesting spaces to visit, housing nearly 30,000 ancient huacos, or ceramic vessels, that depict an incredible assortment of representational images: the many faces of former Peruvian settlers – from a variety of day-to-day expressions to sicknesses –, activities that were practiced, or the agricultural products that were cultivated. It takes time to adequately appreciate the extensive collection, but it is well worth it.

The Cultures, Textile, Gold and Jewels, and Ceremonial Vessels displays, as well as the Ceremony of Sacrifice display are the cherries atop this incredible experience. Not only visually stunning, these displays help visitors understand how Peru’s pre-Incan cultures evolved.

Recognizing that our guests do not always have the time to visit all the attractions the city of Lima has to offer, VIPAC has designed a new, premium experience with talented, museum-trained guides:


Lima’s Historic Center and the Larco Museum

This exclusive tour takes you through Lima’s Historic Center, where you can admire and learn about the numerous architectural relics that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin in the magnificent Santo Domingo Convent, which was built during Lima’s foundation, and originally housed the San Marcos University – the oldest university in the Americas.

Stepping into the convent is like stepping into the past. The oldest chairs in the country sit in the chorus area, while the library – with its 25,000 books from the Dominicans, some of which were printed in the XV Century – is of incredible historic value. The Santo Domingo Convent was transited by all the major Saints of Lima, and currently houses the remains of San Martín de Porres, San Juan Masías y Santa Rosa de Lima.

From here, cross through Lima’s Main Plaza – which contains the Government and Municipal Palaces – as you make your way towards the Lima Cathedral. The Cathedral is contains numerous religious art gems, and is considered an integral part of Lima’s history. The paintings housed within it take us on a visual tour through moments of Lima’s past.

Then, make your way to the Larco Museum, located 30 minutes from Lima’s city center. The museum, named one of the Worlds 25 Best Museums by Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards, has many different displays that offer visitors a journey through the beauty and history of Peru’s ancient cultures. Meanwhile, the warehouse contains an impressive amount of ceramic pieces that depict faces, objects, fruits, birds, and many other aspects of day-to-day life in ancient Peru.


  • Times: 08:00 am and 2:30 pm
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Services: Shared groups, 25 people max
  • Includes: Transportation, guide, and admission to the Santo Domingo Convent, the Lima Cathedral, and the Larco Museum.
  • Sites Visited:
    • Santo Domingo Convent
    • Lima Cathedral
    • Larco Museum



A Night at the Museum

Enjoy a special evening visit to the most prestigious museum in the city. Climb the illuminated pre-Colombian pyramid atop which the Larco Museum sits, and discover the treasures of ancient Peru as you tour the spectacular spaces and galleries. Upon finishing the tour, indulge in an exquisite dinner at the magical and cozy on-site restaurant, with a view of the beautiful museum gardens.


  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Services: Shared groups, 25 people max
  • Includes: Transportation, guide, admission to the Larco Museum, fixed-menu dinner at the Museum Restaurant
  • Sites Visited: Larco Museum


Larco Museum, traditional tavern, and Magical Water Park Circuit

Experience Lima and its lively city center in a different way. The tour begins at the Larco Museum, where you will have the chance to learn more about ancient Peru and its inhabitants as you make your way through the galleries of this unique, Viceroyal mansion. Built upon the ruins of a pre-Colombian pyramid from the VII Century, the spaces of this impressive XVIII Century estate contain incredible and extensive history. After working up an appetite, continue on to an old tavern and indulge in a tasting of classic Peruvian sandwiches, accompanied by a refreshing beverage made with beloved Peruvian pisco. The night ends with an exciting water and light spectacle at the Magic Water Circuit, Lima’s new entertainment icon.


  • Time: 4:00 pm
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Services: Shared groups, 25 people max
  • Includes: Transportation, guide, admission to the Larco Museum and the Magic Water Circuit, and a sandwich and pisco sour at the tavern.
  • Sites visited:
      • Larco Museum
      • Queirolo Traditional Tavern
      • Magic Water Circuit


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