Lima Photo Spots

Beyond Cusco and Machu Picchu, both renowned for their pre-Columbian Andean culture, Peru has many other beautiful places where visitors can admire splendid Spanish colonial architecture, explore impressive tourist attractions, and try exceptional Peruvian cuisine. One such destination is Lima, the capital of the country. With its exuberant historic centre, vibrant street art, and breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, Lima stands as a true gem in South America, even being elected one of the best destinations in the continent by travellers. There are endless opportunities to capture great Instagram photos in the city, and here we are with our picks of the top 5 places to take photos in Lima. 🇵🇪

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  1. Embrace romance and make a wish at Puente de los Suspiros, aka the Bridge of Sighs.
  2. Experience the beauty and charm of the small yet historic La Ermita Church.
  3. Stroll with the locals and enjoy the breathtaking sea views along the Malecón.
  4. Discover exuberant colonial architecture and rich history at Plaza Mayor.
  5. Mingle with street artists and performers and take in the grandeur of Plaza San Martin

Photo: Valery in Lima for Flytographer. Jenna and partner celebrate a honeymoon in Lima with a honeymoon photoshoot in the Barranco District.

1. Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs)

One of the most Instagrammable places to take photos in Lima, Puente de los Suspiros, also known as the Bridge of Sighs, is a mandatory spot in the bohemian, street-art-infused district of Barranco. The bridge exudes a mysterious and romantic allure. Locals often share that true love stories begin right there. 💗 Another fun belief is that anyone who crosses its 30-metre span holding their breath will have their wish fulfilled. Ready? 1… 2… 3… Off you go! ⏳

Besides crossing the bridge and admiring its stunning surroundings, you can also explore beneath it for more fantastic photo angles. The bridge is within a lush park, where you can marvel at colourful murals, and is surrounded by some of the finest restaurants and bars in the Barranco district. Have we mentioned ceviche and pisco sour yet? 😋

Photo: Livushé in Lima for Flytographer. Sydney and partner celebrate a honeymoon in Lima with a honeymoon photoshoot on Puente de los Suspiros.

2. La Ermita (Ermita Church)

Also within vibrant Barranco and just a few steps from the Bridge of Sighs, you’ll discover La Ermita, a charming, petite chapel that’s a true local icon and one of the best places to take photos in Lima. This colonial building has immeasurable historical value with its gorgeous bell towers and neoclassical influences evoking the architectural style prevalent in Lima’s historic centre. Although the church has been closed to the public since the 1940s because of earthquake damage, it remains a picturesque sight on a delightful square adorned with lovely trees, sculptures, and flower beds. 🌷

Hot tip: 🔥 Another historical gem worth exploring is Museo Larco, a museum showcasing an impressive collection of pre-Columbian and Incan art. Surrounded by stunning gardens, the museum is housed in an 18th-century viceroy’s mansion, offering great backgrounds for your photoshoot.

Photo: Livushé in Lima for Flytographer. Karen and family capture memories in Lima with a family photoshoot near La Ermita Church.

3. Malecón

The long strip of pristine parks along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean is known as the Malecón, which means ‘boardwalk’. Considered one of Lima’s most beautiful places, this spectacular seaside public space spans from Barranco to Callao, but the most popular spot sits in the elegant district of Miraflores. Join local joggers, skaters, families, and couples and soak in the stunning coastline stretching ahead of you. 😍 Don’t miss Parque del Amor or the ‘Love Park’, which is named as such because of the quirky sculpture of an embracing couple that sits amidst mosaics and flower beds.

While in Miraflores, another unmissable spot is Huaca Pucllana, an impressive adobe and clay pyramid dating from pre-Inca Lima. Besides its photogenic allure, the site offers a glimpse into the ancient history of Peru. 👍

Photo: Valery in Lima for Flytographer. Kyle and partner celebrate a proposal in Lima with a proposal photoshoot in Malećon.

4. Plaza Mayor

Located in the Historic Centre, Plaza Mayor, or Plaza de Armas, is the main square of Lima and is considered the city’s birthplace. Loaded with history and majestic buildings, the square is a perfect spot to start a walking tour of Lima’s old city. 👌

Plaza Mayor is surrounded by beautiful colonial architecture. Boasting both baroque and neoclassical elements, Lima‘s Cathedral is probably the most famous landmark around. ⛪ On the opposite side, Palacio Municipal has a vibrant yellow facade adorned with wooden balconies typical of Peru. The centrepiece of the square is a stunning bronze fountain. ⛲ Wherever you look, there are irresistible details that make Plaza Mayor one of the top places to take photos in Lima.

Photo: Livushé in Lima for Flytographer. Janel and family capture memories in Lima with a family photoshoot in Plaza Mayor.

5. Plaza San Martin

Also in the Historic Centre of Lima, you’ll find Plaza San Martin. Popular with artisans and musicians, this square is always lively, offering a real-time display of culture. A favourite photo spot is the statue of José de San Martin, considered Peru’s liberator. It depicts him as he crossed the Andes on his horse. 🏇 Similar to Plaza Mayor, there are magnificent buildings all around, most designed in neoclassical European styles, such as the Colón Theater, and the lavish Hotel Bolivar—all beaming a genuine sense of grandeur.

For an even more lavish experience, head to the Circuito Mágico del Agua, or the Magic Water Circuit, just a 10-minute car ride from Plaza San Martin. Featuring 13 fountains, the Magic Water Circuit holds the Guinness Book record of the largest water fountain park in the world. 😮 At night, you can expect a captivating show of lights, music, and interactive experiences.

Photo: Flytographer in Lima. Donna and family capture memories in Lima with a family photoshoot in Plaza San Martin.

Capturing Memories in Lima

That’s not all! Lima is full of surprises and things to do. Here are a few honourable mentions:

  • Discover the modern side of the city in San Isidro, Lima’s financial district. The area boasts several parks, shopping malls, restaurants, and bars. Cheers to that! 🍻
  • The off-the-beaten-path district of Chorrilos has a serene vibe worth checking out. Once a fishing village, today the area is a beach resort where you get postcard views over the bay of Lima. 🌊

As we mentioned, Peru offers countless amazing destinations beyond Cusco and Machu Picchu. Here are two of our favourite ones:

  • Time allowing, explore other ancient wonders of Peru, such as the world-famous Nazca Lines in southern Peru. A sight to behold! 👀
  • What about a real oasis? Huacachina is a desert oasis with a tiny village just west of the city of Ica. At its centre is the Huacachina Lagoon, surrounded by palm trees and rolling sand dunes that offer fun buggy rides and sandboarding opportunities. The more adventurous can go paragliding to admire the desert landscape from a bird’s-eye view. 🐦

What else can make your Lima trip unforgettable? A one-of-kind photoshoot with one of our Flytographers capturing all your fun moments in this Peruvian gem.