Don Jeronimo de Aliaga, a nobleman from
Castille, Captain of Spain, Admiral of the
Seas, co-founder of Lima and founder of the
first University in the Americas, built his
house in 1535, on the grounds of the Palace
of Taulichusco, the last Inca governor of the
Rimac (Lima) Valley.
Today, the Casa Solariega De Aliaga is the
jewel of Colonial Lima, located in the heart
of the Historical Center. Home to 16
generations of Aliagas, this ancestral
mansion is the oldest private household in
continuous use in the Western Hemisphere.
The Casa Solariega De Aliaga offers visitors
the following options, through Lima Tours:
Guided Tours for individuals and/or groups,
the house is the highlight of Lima Tours' City
Tour of Lima. Special visits may be
arranged as well.
Private Candlelight Dinners. For groups of
ten people or more, sit-down gourmet
dinners are catered in the dining room, the
courtyard or the main salon; including
cocktails, hors d'ouvres, three courses with
wine, coffee/herbal tea and cordials. The
house opens only for one group per lunch or
dinner, reservations required.
The house is the ideal venue for a gala
reception or a vice regal theme-banquet,
and is able to host groups or 120 people
(sitting) and 400 (standing). Tailor-made
menu, open bar, buffet, waiter service, live
chamber music, period costumes and
colonial carriages, are all available upon request.
The Diez-Canseco mansion can be found in a quiet part
of the residential district of Surco; it used to be the house
of the old Monterrico Chico Hacienda, to which
references exist from as early as the middle of the 18th
Century. Partly restored by Francisco and Josilu
Diez-Canseco, the mansion admirably preserves the
characteristics of a traditional Peruvian country house of
the republican period.
From the beautiful stone façade carved by craftsmen
from Cajamarca to the ceramics that decorate the
elegant dining room, the Diez-Canseco mansion is full of
magnificent objects of pre-Hispanic, colonial and
republican art. Doctor Francisco Diez Canseco Tavara is
the descendant of a very old Peruvian family whose first
member arrived in Peru at the end of the 17th Century.
Since then this old Lima family has acquired a large
collection of paintings, sculptures and other works of art.
Of this collection a series of objects that once belonged
to Francisca Diez-Canseco Corbacho are of particular
historical value. She was the great great grandmother of
the current generation and wife of Ramon Castilla,
President of Peru from 1845 to 1851; there is also a
charming dinner service that belonged to another
illustrious historical figure, Andres A. Cáceres, President
of Peru on more than one occasion and a Hero of the
Fatherland. He was the great great grandfather of Josilu
de Diez-Canseco. Venetian tables dating from the 19th
Century and important paintings of the Cusco School as
well as trunks and bureaus nearly three hundred years
old stand out for their artistic value.
With its patios and gardens the Diez Canseco mansion gives
visitors a taste of Peruvian architecture from the republican
period, strongly influenced by Spanish tastes but including
important indigenous elements of art and architecture.
In the house's exquisite dining room visitors can sample
traditional Peruvian cuisine whilst surrounded by the
furniture, architecture and decoration of an important
period in Peru's past.
Avenida Santo Toribio, in the exclusive neighbourhood of
San Isidro, Mr. Wilhelm Helbling built what has, over the
years, become one of the few town houses preserved in its
original condition, and which now contains the private
collection of the Luna Elias family, collectors of "Niños
Manuelitos", who will greet you with their generous
message of family, tradition and art.
Javier Luna Elias, an architect and great great grandson
of President of Peru Domingo Elias - a landowner in Ica
who sent that grape brandy known as Pisco to the court
of Napoleon the 3rd - is a fervent patriot and defender of
Peruvian culture and a former director of the National
Museum of Peru.
In addition to the exhibition of nativity scenes, the house
also contains exquisite examples of Peruvian art over the
centuries: pre-Columbian, examples from the colonial era
and contemporary works that show the oral tradition of
Peruvian myths and legends transmitted by the hosts, a
journey through Peruvian culture, scenery, music and
The marinera, Peru's national dance, occupies a special
place in this house.
In the dining room you can see old recipes collected by the
family, which will introduce you to the smells and flavours of
Peru's extraordinary gastronomy.
The private collection: "Nativity Scenes from Peru and
around the World”, offers visitors the following options
through Lima Tours:
private lunches or dinners for groups in the dining room,
courtyard or exhibition rooms.
The house is available for single groups to lunch or dine
and reservations must be made.
Special events; the large courtyard can be used for
displays of folk art, with images projected onto the walls
and special lighting and sound, dance and music from
the coast, highlands and jungle of Peru, Peruvian
chamber music, soloists, Peruvian pictures and talks
about old Lima, as required by the organisers.
No more than 25 Km. to the south of Lima, capital
city of Peru, is a little-known hacienda where you
can experience nature on the coast, ancestral
customs, links with the Inca past and the
incomparable Peruvian paso horse.
The traditional life of an hacienda
The Rizo Patron family, owners of Mamacona
hacienda has traditionally been involved in
farming and livestock, as well as breeding this
noble and unique animal.
The family exhibits the horses at the principal
shows held in Lima and other provinces of Peru,
They have opened the hacienda to
foreign visitors in order to demonstrate the rich
customs of the old families of Peru so closely
linked to the land and this national symbol.
Great creole cooking
A mixture of pre-Columbian dishes and the
Spanish and Moorish influences that came over
with the conquest has given us a delicious and
varied cuisine in which spices enrich meats, fish,
root and other vegetables and rice in sophisticated
dishes of popular origin. One of the traditions of the
Mamacona Hacienda is good Creole cooking.
The elegant paso horse
A house full of memories in a pleasing rural setting.
In the sunny grounds is that classical expression of
coastal culture: the Peruvian paso horse. This noble
animal is a descendant of Andalusian and Arab
horses brought to the Americas by the
conquistadors. Breeding and the environment have
transformed these ancestral lines into a unique type
of horse, characterised by its elegant gait (with its
feet parallel), making it seem as though it is dancing
rather than trotting. At Mamacona hacienda you can
see the skilled work of the riders and trainers of this