Casa de Aliaga
A half block from the Plaza Mayor down Unión is Casa de Aliaga (Unión 224), which was built in 1535 and is the oldest home on the continent still family owned after 17 generations. It is one of the best-preserved colonial homes in Peru, with a series of salons representing decor from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
The land for the home was first deeded to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of the 13 men who remained with Francisco Pizarro during his grueling exploration of Peru’s coast in 1527. All visits must be arranged in advance through Lima Tours (tel. 01/619-6900).
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition