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Free Things To Do in Lima

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Lima. Popular attractions include Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)and Malecón.
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    Known as the birthplace of Lima, the Plaza de Armas (also known as Plaza Mayor) functioned as the heart of the Spanish colony dating back to 1535. Travelers say it's a must-see for every first-time visitor to Lima.

    Located in the historic center of Lima, this main square is full of photo ops. Although none of the original structures stand, the current architecture is still photo-worthy. You won't be able to miss the bright yellow Municipal Palace, as well as the bronze fountain that dates back to the early 1650s.

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    The Spanish word malecón directly translates to "pier," but that word doesn't quite describe (or do justice to) the malecón in the Miraflores district of Lima. These cliffside pedestrian boardwalks offer breathtaking ocean views, and as such are usually filled with locals and tourists.

    The 6-mile stretch of parks and boardwalks are lined with shops and restaurants, providing the perfect place for a photo op as well as activities, such as jogging and cycling. You can find bike rentals at places like Lima Bike Rentals and Bike Tours of Lima. Recent visitors said you'll also see daredevils cliff jumping and parasailing.

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