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“peaceful part of Lima”
Review of Presbitero Maestro

Presbitero Maestro
Ranked #52 of 369 things to do in Lima
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Also called "Noches de Luna Llena", this is the oldest cemetery in South America and night tours are offered through Turibus and a few other agencies. It is operated by SBLM and is a top tourist attraction in Lima.
Reviewed 23 February 2016

First time at Lima, as many visited Lima in the past. The city is messed and dirty. The traffic is very bad. The air is polluted. On the last day at lima after 2 nights stayed, I decided to come here. Actually the entrance is right near the subway station. Here is the tip. The gate is METAL HUGE one. I missed that and kept walking around the wall.. and end up with side exits. so, even you go in, the people worked in the park will bring you all the way to the entrance to buy ticket, especially you have camera on you. The grave yard is divided by big street.. one is new section for regular families.. and the other side with more art works in it which on left hand side.. where you can see the dorm.. both side ask you pay something, but just go to the famous people one is good enough. I went there in the day time and walking around. IT'S HOT, you are under the sun all the time. I don't feel this park is scary.. and if you don't mind walking here and take photos, it could be fun also. this park is big if you want to walk around. 2-3 hours needed. The subway to here is ok and easy. but avoid walking too far from the station. it's not safe as I have been told, don't show your camera out. the park officer even ask me to put the camera in the backpack before going out of gate. this is a unique place to visit if you don't know what to do in lima.

Thank lifecity
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

Great pleace to visit, and if you want to add a pinch of thrill, do it at night. Historic place where more than 68 Peruvian presidents are resting, it has some unique features that make it worth the visit, the mausoleum of the fat people, the area of the unborn children, the area of those who committed suicide, and the list goes on and on. Place for 200,000 souls contains the history of Peru, beautiful mausoleums, is the most ancient cemetery in Latin America. Try to do it on a tour, if not, get a guide at the cemetery, they will tell you where to look

Thank Mario M
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Reviewed 3 June 2015

If you like cementaries, this is the one you needto visit. Its historical and very old. Grave sites are very nice.

Thank xochitl
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Buenos Aires' Recoleta cementary is a must in every trip to Bs. Aires. Yet, Presbitero Maestro is hardly known by foreigners, and even some locals. It is, though, an extraordinary piece of art and history. Walking among graves of national peruvian heros, you'll find astonishing sculptures. Only problem is that it is not located in a very safe, nice area: easy solution, arrange a trusted taxi to take you there and arrange a time (1 hour is normally enough) to pick you up back at the main gate.

4  Thank Olabitz
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

I love visiting cemeteries. Often they are a great way to enjoy the artwork and symbolism.
It was hard to find a tour to Presbitero Mastro, but if you want to visit, do so with HAKU tours!
Two pieces of advice, keep up with the admission ticket. Several times while in the cemetery, was stopped and asked to see the ticket. The reason why is there has been damage and vandals in the cemetery and the current groundkeepers want to make sure that no harm is done. The second thing is to wait to pull your camera out after going inside the cemetery and not near the entrance (according to guides, the groundkeepers will some time want to charge you).
The tomb stones are truly amazing. The work that went into some of the graves will amaze you.
There is even a section where those who were tall and larger than average are buried.
There are over 20 Peruvian presidents buried here.
The hall of hero is amazing! It's only opened in limited times, but still peek inside to admire the greatness.
If you want to view a different side of Lima past history, this is a must!

8  Thank airlink9972
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