A tour of Larco Museum with the curator

The Larco Museum in Lima contains an astonishing 45,000 artefacts dating from the pre-Columbian (basically pre-European) period, and including an impressive collection of Inca crowns and other ornamental pieces decorated with gold and precious stones.

Ollie and Kate B are here to help give you the inside track.

Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Dec - Jan

Flight from London London

12:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs

The collection itself is impressive, but we can arrange for you to see the highlights (45,000 pieces would take a while) in the erudite company of archaeologist Ulla Holmquist, the Museum's chief curator.

Enjoy Holmquist's expert explanations of the beautiful precious metal collections, the ancient woven textiles and the religious and cultural history of Peru and the wider region before the arrival of the conquistadors. In another part of the museum the large and extremely graphic collection of erotic pottery needs rather fewer explanatory comments.


Original Highlight

Image of Will Boocock

The permanent exhibition in the Gold and Silver Gallery is the – often quite literally – the crowning glory of the Larco collection, and hearing about the ornaments’ construction and provenance from a master in her field really brings everything vividly to life.

Will, Original Traveller

Where to stay

Country Club

Country Club

Located in San Isidro, the most exclusive residential and commercial district of Lima, the hotel dates back to 1927.

Belmond Miraflores Park

Belmond Miraflores Park

Located in the quiet yet fashionable Miraflores district, an area famed for its excellent seafood restaurants, Miraflores Park Hotel is ideally positioned for discovering the hot spots of the up-and-coming gastro capital.

Casa Andina Private Collection Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection Lima

The hotel's stylish contemporary design and cutting-edge technology make it one of Lima's best hotels.

Hotel B

Hotel B

Situated in the trendy Barranco neighbourhood in Lima, this Arts Boutique Hotel is in a prime location, close to the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by leafy streets and the elaborate architecture of elegant mansions.



The team behind Atemporal have coined the term 'hotelito' to define this boutique bolthole, located in the heart of Miraflores.

Start creating your tailored trip today

Ollie and Kate B are our Lima experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

Call us on +44 (0) 20 7978 7333

Or enquire online