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Tours in Lima - Peru Tours
Lima Tours, Peru

Lima was founded in 1535 and in a short period of time became the most important city in the Americas. Today, there are more than eight million inhabitants, and the city shelters immigrants from all corners of the globe, which has transformed it into a mixed city par excellence. In the historic centre, placed by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage List, you can visit splendid samples of Colonial architecture like the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Convent of San Francisco as well as fantastically wood carven balconies. Lima is also an inexhaustible source of culture, demonstrated by the existence of numerous and varied museums like the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology, and History and the Rafael Larco Herrera Archeological Museum, which guards priceless Incan and pre-Incan treasures.

Situated in the heart of the city are great archeological monuments such as the Huallamarca Huaca or the Pucllana Huaca. And, on the outskirts of Lima facing the ocean is Pachacamac, the most important pre-Incan sanctuary on the coast, built in the third century A.D. Some of the other great attractions are the beaches where you can do all types of aquatic sports, enjoy the sun, or simply gaze at the mesmerizing beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

During this trip, you must also remember to sample one of the best cuisines in the world. The city offers a wide variety of restaurants and inviting locales where you will be able to taste delicious dishes, the result of the mixing of European, African, Asian, and Andean cuisines.

 
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 Lima City Tour
 

Tour to become familiar with Lima and its history
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service. In the morning or in the afternoon
Duration: approximately 3 hours

This excursion offers the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary. In Lima, there were several different pre-Columbian cultures which are dated thousands of years back. Lima was part of the Inca Empire until was founded by the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro on the 18th. of January, 1535. During our guided tour we will travel along its millenary history.

Ancestral Lima. At the Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological precinct build in the IV century A.C., we will have a panoramic view of this magnificent ceremonial and administrative centre which was considered by the Incas a holy village. We will learn about the life and rituals of its ancient inhabitants and admire its typical pyramidal building, very characteristic of sacred pre-Hispanic edifications which were adored in the coast of Per.

Colonial Lima. The Peruvian Viceroyalty was the most important one in the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital. The highlights of its historical centre are its architecture and the urban design of the city, found in old streets filled with colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies. Our trip includes the Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), Plaza San Martin (San Martin Square) and the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), with their different buildings: Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Palacio Arzobispal the (Archbishop's Palace), the Basilica Catedral (Cathedral Basilica) and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace)

In its historic centre we shall visit one of its most beautiful buildings, the (1)Museum of the Banco Central de Reserva, where we can admire Peru's treasures: a fine selection of objects made in gold, ceramics and textiles of its different pre-Columbian cultures, ranging since their origins to Inca times. We will enter the monumental Convento de San Francisco (Convent of Saint Francis), which displays the biggest collection of religious art in America. We can admire the Choir Room and the Monks' Library, the Sacristy, with its collection of Zurbaran and Rivera paintings. The Big Patio of the Main Cloister, decorated with sevillan tiles from the XVI century, its beautiful Moorish arches and its subterranean crypts known as The Catacombs, where you will feel the presence of Lima's colonial past.

Contemporary Lima. Visit to the most traditional residential areas in the capital: The Olive Grove of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar, distinctive tourist centre of contemporary Lima.

(1) Museum of BCR is closed to the public on Saturdays and Sundays afternoon and Monday all day.


 
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 Pachacamac
 

An archaeological and mystic experience. An unforgettable tour
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

A unique archaeological and mystical experience: The Oracle, Temples, Palaces, Myths and Legends. Ancestral Shrines. Our tour will start at the Pucllana temple built in the IV century A.D., an ancestral and ceremonial site dedicated to the local divinities.

Pachacamac guided tour of the splendid and vast archaeological citadel of Pachacamac, the temple of the deity, Pachacamac, believed to be the creator of the universe and a divinity adored by old Andean civilizations. A sacred and ceremonial site dating back to the beginnings of Christianity where thousands of pilgrims converged to pay tribute and consult the Pachacamac oracle, who they believed could see the past, the future and people's fate.

The site comprises pyramidal temples and enclosures built by successive Pre-Columbian civilizations and finally the Incas. Highlights include the Temple of Pachacamac, the Sun God shrine, and the Palace of the Chosen Women or Virgins of the Sun. At the site museum there is an idol of the deity, Pachacamac, which couldn't be seen by the profane, and was reserved for the high priests who kept, revered and interpreted the divine oracle in the old times. A sacred site, the temple was considered to be part of the planet's mystical axis.


 
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 Gold Museum of Peru
 

The Gold Museum of Peru
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Visit the Peru Gold and Weapons of the World Museum for a first-hand experience of pre - Hispanic times where, in addition to finding items of gold, there is a great variety of textile mills, fabrics made of feathers, glass, huacos and ceramics representing the customs of the people.

You’ll also get to see some of the mummified characters that still exist today as well as find various regional weapons and soldiers’ uniforms from 1,200 BC, with horse saddles, spurs, armours and other important items that made history.

You will develop an awareness of what Peru and the rest of the world was like in ancient times when you explore our large exhibits and digest the tour.


 
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 Lima lit up at night and Dinner Show
 

Discover Lima "the City of the Kings" beautifully illluminated at evening. This experience includes dinner show
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Discover the beauty of our capital, visiting the main attractions and architectonic monuments beautifully illuminated under the enchantment and tranquility of nighttime Lima. Then enjoy a magnificent buffet dinner and spectacular Peruvian show. Our excursion shows you Lima's impressive Historical Center. Such important attractions as the Grau Plaza, San Martín Plaza, Palace of Justice, French Palace, Lima Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, Government Palace, Desamparados Train Station, and San Francisco convent, among others, are presented panoramically.

You will be able to take unforgettable photos, with all the serenity that Lima offers at night and these beautifully illuminated attractions as a background.

As a finishing touch there is the best Dinner Show in town, prepared and presented especially for you at the famous restaurant, Junius. There, you will explore the best of Peru. You will enjoy its various and exquisite cuisine, as well as a selection of the most culturally significant expressions of the coast and highlands which make Junius the most important restaurant with a deliciously Peruvian musical and folkloric show. Additionally, you can purchase top quality local products such as pisco, chocolates, wines, jewelry, ceramics, and books, among other items. Based on a modern, cosmopolitan concept, Junius qualifies as the best "Peruvian restaurant boutique".


 
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 The Peruvian Paso Horse and Lunch Show
 

The Peruvian Paso Horse is the main reason for Casa Hacienda Los Ficus. This experience includes lunch
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 3 1/2 hours

The Hacienda "Los Ficus", is located in Lurin valley, just 15 minutes south of Lima.

The trip to arrive includes traveling across rural roads, cultivated fields and small towns. It's a private hacienda house, that opens its doors to the visitors on very special and exclusive occasions.

The Peruvian Paso Horse is the main reason for this hacienda concept. Over there you will increase your knowledge about the history of the Peruvian Paso Horse, its very own characteristics.You will see newly borns as well as horses being trained to the bridle, also adult horses showing off all their strong qualities. You will appreciate our horse with its luxurious outfit "apero", and also the typical garments of our "chalanes".

You will spend one day in contact with nature, and with horses being bred in pasture. At lunch time you will enjoy typical Peruvian flavors.


 
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 Pachacamac's Sacred Citadel, the Peruvian Paso Horse Show and the National Celebration
 

A unique and exclusive excursion with three selected attractions
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 5 hours

Pachacamac. Sacred and Ceremonial place of the beginning of our Christian era where millions of peregrines arrived to leave their offers and to consult the oracle of Pachacamac, that looks the past, the future and the destiny. Comprise pyramidal temples and enclosures build by several pre-Columbian cultures and by the Incas. Standing out the Pachacamac Temple, the adoration place to the God Sun and the palace of the Chosen Women, the Virgenes del Sol. The entire place is considered sacred and part of the mystic axis of the world.

The Peruvian Paso Horse and The National Party. An exclusive and unique exhibition of the Peruvian Paso Horse which also includes a delicious lunch or early dinner with fresh ingredients of the garden and the typical Peruvian flavors characterized by its spicy ingredients and exotic mixtures.


 
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 Museums of Lima
 

Guided visit to Larco Museum and National Museum of Archaeology
Daily Departures in shared/group or private service. From Tuesday to Sunday in the morning or in the afternoon
Duration: Approximately 4 hours.

Great museums are in capital cities and Lima is one of them. Lima is home to two of the most important museums in this part of the Americas. They house incomparable artifacts and collections of pre-Colombian art from Peru and the New World.

Larco Museum. Housed in a unique colonial residence dating back to the XVII century, built on top of a VIII century pyramid, this fabulous museum includes the exquisite Collection of Peruvian Gold and Silver from the olden days, and the Pre-Hispanic Erotic Art Salon. Its pieces have toured major world museums. Larco is among only a few museums around the world opening their vaults to the public, with over 45,000 archaeological pieces that have been classified by renowned specialists and scholars. The Larco Museum exhibits the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world.

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History (2). The old Colonial mansion housing this museum was an old residence of Peru's viceroys and then of its Liberators. This is Peru's grandest museum and houses the Estela Raymondi and the Tello Obelisk monuments, two important carved stone pieces dating back to the Formative period 1000 years B.C. It features the largest textile collection, with fabrics from the Pre-Ceramic period through the Inca Empire, and a major collection of Ancient Peruvian metals. The remarkable Tawantinsuyo Room illustrates one hundred years of the Inca Empire through virtual models and re-creations.

(2) National Museum of Archaeology is closed every Monday.


 
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 Multi-activities Full day Tour.
 

Lima at your choice
Daily Departures in shared/group or private service.
Duration: Approximately 8 hours.

The best restaurants in Lima together with the best city tours. Choose from our combinations and get ready to enjoy the best Lima can offer you. All tours include a typical Pisco Sour cocktail, appetizer, main course, dessert and beverage at a first class restaurant.

MORNING TOUR
ADDITIONAL
AFTERNOON TOUR
NIGHT TOUR
CITY TOUR LIMA
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LUNCH
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PACHACAMAC
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CITY TOUR LIMA
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LUNCH
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LARCO MUSEUM
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PACHACAMAC
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LUNCH
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MUSEUMS OF LIMA
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PACHACAMAC
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LUNCH
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GOLD MUSEUM OF PERU
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CITY NIGHT
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FOUNTAINS OF LIMA
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CITY NIGHT
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DINNER SHOW
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FOUNTAINS OF LIMA
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DINNER SHOW


 
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 Colonial Religious Lima Tour
 

Tour to the ancient and most important churches of Lima City
Daily Departures in shared/group or private service. In the morning of in the afternoon.
Duration: Approximately 3 1/2 hours.

Includes a tour to the most beautiful churches of the city of Lima.

The Cathedral of Lima (1) is the main and largest church in Peru. It was built east of the Plaza Mayor between 1564 and 1622 on the orders of conquistador Francisco Pizarro, whose remains, along with outstanding works of colonial art, lie inside. Also synthesized in its many architectural styles all streams for which the capital of Peru has gone through from colonial times to the present. Inside, the Cathedral has five naves and ten side chapels. Its decor is simple, elegant, spacious and warm decor, from highlighting the choir stalls, carved wood, and the beautiful gold-leaf altar.

The monumental complex of the Basilica and Convent of San Francisco de Lima, also known as Iglesia San Francisco or San Francisco de Jesus, is in the historic center of Lima. This church along with the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Solitude and the Miracle Church, constitutes one of the most charming and artistic corners of Lima. Ramon Menendez Pidal, Spanish philologist and scholar, in this regard said: "It is the largest monument to erect and noble land of wonder in them the conquest." It was originally built in 1546 by Franciscan priests and later rebuilt after the earthquake that devastated the city of Lima in 1655.

The church of San Pedro, declared a sanctuary was built by the Jesuits from the sixteenth century, is one of the most important religious complexes in the Historic Center of Lima. It is administered by the religious order of the Jesuits. It has three rooms and one of the country's most beautiful domes, abundant light, tile decorations, intricate Baroque decoration of old paintings and carved frames. A notable feature of this church, according to historian Rubén Vargas Ugarte, are the numerous religious and historical relics it houses, among which are two remnants of the Cross of Calvary, Christ Ivory (a gift from Pope Pius V), a thorn from the crown of Jesus, a shin bone of the Apostle Paul, a bone from the head of San Mateo and Jerome, relics of St. Simon and St. Matthias, ash and a letter of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a rib San Francisco de Borja, the bones of Santa Rosa de Lima, full remains of 41 martyrs, among many others.

The construction of the church and convent of Santo Domingo took about fifty years. Its construction began during the founding of Lima and ended in the late XVI. This convent has several altars, of which the most important is the altar for Peruvian saints, developed in the neoclassical style and adorned with images of Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Masias, which guard the remains of the saints mentioned.

(1) The Cathedral of Lima, is closed on Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday so we offer entrance to the Huaca Huallamarca.


 
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 The Sacred City of Caral
 

Visit the America's old civilization
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 12 hours

Caral, the oldest city in America, was declared a World Cultural Heritage in 2009.

It is one of 18 settlements identified in the valley. Covering an area of around 65 hectares, the city features a series of complexes such as the Great Pyramid, the Amphitheater Pyramid and the Residential Quarters of the Elite. The wind gusts powerfully over the sands Caral, the oldest city in the Americas. A living force that the ancient inhabitants allegedly tried to reproduce in their flutes. Crafted from condor and pelican bones, the first 32 flutes found at the archaeological site represented one of the biggest surprises produced at Caral.

In 2001, researchers held the Archaeo-Musicological Research Workshop for the Flutes of Caral, in a bid to reproduce the sound of each one of them, just as the ancient dwellers might have heard them in 3000 BC. Much earlier than the Incas and while civilizations like the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Indian, and Chinese (3000 and 2000 B.C.) flourished, the city of Caral, located north of the city of Lima, was built; this was the first American expression of a Pre-Ceramic urban settlement with monumental architecture in an area greater than 10 hectares.

Today, Dr. Ruth Shady, the head archaeologist in charge of the project, travels each weekend to Caral to continue with excavation work. Dr. Shady leaves the city and her office at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology at the Cultural Center in Lima's San Marcos University to continue with her investigation into the past.


 
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 Palomino Islands
 

Spectacular noon to Palomino Islands
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 5 hours

Two islands. The first one has a wide variety of animal life with the most representative being the South American sea lion. Some of these specimens weigh 300 kilograms. The second island works as a shelter for the old and sick sea lions; that is why it is known as “The Hospital”.


 
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 Shopping Tour
 

We will take a great and varied selection of Peruvian products
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Lima has the best selection of crafts, fashion, jewelry, decoration and art shops from around the country to which we travel the best shops in the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores where traditional markets are located numerous indoor and outdoor . They offer competitive prices, a wide variety of products made in Peru.


 
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 Gastronomic Tour and Shopping
 

A full day to awaken our senses
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 8 hours

A great culiinary tour to learn from the Peruvian gastronomy and popular art. Test your senses by tasting the local products in a local market. Visit Chinatown, the largest in South America and taste some of the Peruvian-Chinese food, drive around the Historic Centre of Lima observing its monuments.You will try the exquisite Peruvian Creole dishes of a recognized and awarded local chef.

You will also visit a restaurant where you will be able to go in the kitchen to observe the making of ceviche, a great gastronomic experience! Finally walk around the streets of Barranco, which is described in the book "The City and the Dogs" by Mario Vargas Llosa, visit a private collection of the best Peruvian handicraft, and visit some shops for the best handicraft coming from all the corners in Peru.


 
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 The best places of Lima
 

Tour of the places you can not miss in Lima
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 4 1/2 hours

These are sites that you cannot miss of this great city. After being picked up from your hotel, you will first visit the Huaca Pucllana, the ceremonial centre of the Lima Culture, which developed in the central coast of Peru between 200-700 AD. The archaeological site is located in the heart of the modern district of Miraflores, as a testimony to the splendor of Peru’s ancient societies. The site has a permanent exposition and a small area containing native flora and fauna.

You will then head to the Larco Museum which exhibits, in chronological order, over 3,000 years of Peruvian Pre-Colombian history housed in a Colonial mansion. The museum features the finest gold, silver and ceramic collection in the country.

The tour ends visiting the Historic Centre of the city, where you will go to the Plaza Mayor or Main Square of Lima where the Government Palace and the Cathedral are located. You may observe the changing of the guards, which normally occurs each day at noon. Finally you will visit the San Francisco Monastery, built in mid XVII century. You will tour its catacombs, home of more than 25,000 graves, and visit its library .


 
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 Historical Buildings in Lima
 

Escape into the magnificent colonial and republican era in the city of Lima.
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Visit the Hotel Bolivar with its rich architecture, visit Casa Osambela, a colonial house of particular interest, visit Casa de Aliaga, stunning mansion owned by the same family since the viceroyalty.

Mingle with the locals at Bar Maury, and experience the barmen making our typical Pisco sour.


 
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 Magical Water Circuit
 

Guided tour to Magic Circuit of Water
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 2 1/2 hours

Guided excursion to the “Magical Water Circuit” the largest water fountain compound in the world, certified by Guinness WorldRecords.

Here you will enjoy a wonderful display of water, light, music and images presented at Reserve Park, one of Limas’ most beautiful urban areas.


 
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 Sailing Excursion in La Punta Bay
 

Daily departures in Private Service Charter máximum 6 people.
Duration: Approximately 4 hours.

The experience will include a four hours of sailing. Charter excursions with bilingual staff and interpreters will offer snacks and drinks for visitors who want to go beyond the traditional sites and enjoy the experience of sailing.

The Pacifc Ocean is the largest on earth covering an area of about 165 700 000 km 2. The seabed of this ocean is mainly fat, however its relief map shows several seamounts, the Pacifc mountain range, underwater volcanoes and its active tectonic plateau.

The Peruvian portion of the ocean is known as Grau´s Sea with 200 miles in width. The Humboldt Current fows along the Peruvian coast line and its cold water which is rich in plankton, creates the perfect habitat for different species that have made it one of the richest in hydro-biological resources.

San Lorenzo is the largest island of this sea and is located just in front of Callao. Because of the lack of fresh waters, it has never had human occupation but used by ancient Peruvian as a cemetery, since it was considered as a sacred place. Once Spaniards arrive, it became a silent witness of the Peruvian History. Its quarries allowed the building of the Real Felipe´ Fortress and were used by pirates and corsairs as shelter in their intent of plundering the ships transferring treasures to Spain. It also housed Chileans, waiting the right moment to attack the city of Lima during war in 1879. In republican times, it was used as a quarantine spot for sick Chinese slaves upon their arrival at the country.

Still today, the island keeps secrets and treasures of the different periods of the Peruvian history that need to be discovered and studied to delight us!


 
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 Mistura, Latin America’s most important culinary fair
 

A tribute to our biodiversity, one of the richest in the world.
Departures in shared/group or private service
Duration: Approximately 5 hours.

In September, celebrate ten days of cultural feast together with small-scale farmers, chefs, bakers, restaurants, culinary institutes, food lovers and culinary experts. Enjoy unique flavors that make Peruvian cuisine one of the best and most varied in the world.


TOURS INCLUDE:

Tours in shared/group service

Bilingual (English/Spanish) official guide

Entrances to tourist places / museums according to the tour

Tourist Transportation with official drivers

Pick up / Drop off at your hotel in Lima downtown, Miraflores or San Isidro

Duration travel times may vary due to operational reasons

The order of the tours may vary as well due to operational reasons and according to travel times



NOTES:

 

NO minimum is required for private tours

Private tours can be in any required language

Two (2) is the minimum number of passengers required for shared/group service

Additional combinations of all tours are also possible; write us to info@perurooms.travel for any special request.

For private tour services, ask for our special rates to info@perurooms.travel

On main holidays (January 1, Holy Thursday, Holy Friday, May 1, July 28 and 29 -Peru Independence Day-, December 24, 25 and 31 there is an additional cost of 50%.

 
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