An enormous metropolis and the capital of Peru, Lima was called “the King of Cities” by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. You’ll see why this city earned such a lofty title when you travel to Lima for your photo shoot. A combination of colonial architecture, traditional culture, and modern development all blend together creating a diversity few other places can rival.
7 Top Photo Spots in Lima
Beautiful, old, and majestic, the Santo Domingo church is a photographer’s dream come true. Constructed in 1540, Santo Domingo still remains one of the most important churches of Peru to this day, and is certainly one of the most picturesque. Make sure to include the famous tiles of Santo Domingo in your photo shoot.
These memorizing pieces of art depict the life and work of Saint Dominic, for whom the church was named after. Other great photo sites at the church include the beautiful garden area located in the courtyard, as well as the impressive arches of the church, which are beautifully lit from within during the evening hours.
Plaza de Armas
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the heart and center of Lima. Also referred to as the Plaza Mayor, most of the buildings surrounding the square date back to the Spanish colonial era, making the perfect setting for some excellent shots to include in your photo shoot. Unfortunately, much of the original structure of the buildings was destroyed during the massive earthquake in 1746, but thanks to restoration efforts, each building has been recreated to match the former design and preserve an important piece of Peru’s history. By all accounts, the Plaza de Armas is a top photo site in Lima, both because of the majestic buildings and the historic significance the space has for the city. Some of the attractions you could consider using in your photo shoot are the beautiful bronze fountain at the plaza center, and the Palacio del Gobierno, the site where Peru declared Independence in 1821.
A stark contrast to the rest of the city surrounding it, the ancient site of Huaca Pucllana is now located in the center of the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. On all sides there are modern city buildings, and yet this impressive and historic pyramid still stands on account of conservation efforts in the city. The pyramid itself was built of clay and adobe and would have crumbled long ago in a climate more wet and humid than Lima’s.
In order to preserve this important historic cultural area, a guide is required to visit Huaca Pucllana, but it’s certainly worth it in order to include pictures of this top photo site during your stay. The impressive seven-tiered platforms of the pyramid, the intricate brick work, and the lingering character of a past era are sure to give your photographs a truly unique touch.
Convento de San Francisco
A must-visit site for any photographer to Lima, the Convento de San Francisco is famous for a variety of reasons. One of the primary attractions is the elaborate catacomb system located underneath church, where it is estimated the bones of 10,000 or more people are buried. While the bones lining the corridors can be an eerie site, it also guarantees you’ll get unique pictures of Lima for your photo shoot.
If you prefer to skip the cemetery, you can always just tour the part of the church above ground, famous as being one of the best preserved colonial style churches of Lima. There is also an extensive art collection, including an enormous mural of the Last Supper.
The most modern neighborhood of Lima, Miraflores is located right next to the ocean, and is full of high-rise buildings and classy futuristic architecture featuring steel and glass siding. Photographers in Miraflores will likely have the chance to capture an iconic image of a hang glider sailing over the neighborhood, which has become a popular leisure activity for tourists and residents alike. There are plenty of great sites for your photo shoot, including lush green park spaces, cliff top views overlooking the surfers and waves below, and impressive contemporary buildings. Even though it’s close to the center of Lima, the vibe of Miraflores can make you feel like you’re in a different city all together, which can add a bit of surprise and variety to your photo shoot.
Circuito Magico del Agua
With thirteen separate fountains, Circuito Magico del Agua is famous as being the largest fountain park in the world. It’s a spectacular site for photographers, and certainly one of the top photo sites of Lima.
You won’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph the picturesque fountains, each with their own characteristic artistic charm. The Fuente de la Fantasia has laser lights and music incorporated into the fountain, and the largest fountain, the Fuente Mágica, reaches a height of more than 80 meters in the tallest water jet.
Rafael Larco Herrera Museum
Often simply referred to as the Larco Museum, this historic building and museum holds significance for the city of Lima in a number of ways, making it an important place to include in your photo shoot.
Most of the art and artifacts held in the museum are from ancient Peruvian civilizations, and the current building is on top of a site that used to be occupied by an ancient pyramid. The site marks both the terrible destruction of colonization, and a renewed effort to preserve ancient tradition, which can both be conveyed in your photographs of the Larco.