Pueblo Libre, or Free Town, owes its name to being the temporary home of the continental independence fighter, Simon Bolivar. It was later made a reducción, where Peruvian Indians were concentrated from their widespread, rural homes into urban centers. The rationale was to facilitate conversion to Christianity.

The middle-class Pueblo Libre has retained the feel of an old village, as have other reduccion neighborhoods. Plaza Bolivar is home to some of Lima’s better gastronomy and nightlife, yet the district as a whole remains quiet.

Points of Interest:

  • Plaza Bolivar
  • Larco Museum
  • National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History