"This was such an excellent off-the-beaten-path tour in Lima and none like any other I've been on before. It was truly a moving experience. I learned so much about the resilience, resourcefulness and goodness of people from the families we met on the Lima tour. There was such an incredible sense of community and feeling of hope that you could feel very strongly." D.S.
The highlight of the day tour is the visit to one of Lima’s so-called human settlements, but we prefer to refer to them as local communities. These diverse communities were started by immigrants from all over Peru and while they might be the poorest neighborhoods of Lima, they are filled with hardworking and very warm and welcoming people who are trying not only to improve the lives of their children but also build a better and stronger community. This visit focuses on hope, optimism and positive initiatives.
There are so many things that we want to show you that we can’t fit them into one day! That’s why the tour is a bit different every day. The tour visits other families and places every day but it’s always an amazing experience. If you have a special interest or preference, please let us know and we’ll try to accommodate it. If you’re the first one to book a tour on any given day, you can choose between 2 morning programs.
OPTION 1: Start the day with a visit to alternative sights such as an artisanal fish market with a picturesque pier, where we might even go on a short boat ride along the coast (with life vests) on some days, a visit to Lima’s version of the Christ and the Morro Solar with its great views of Lima, before heading to the second largest cemetery in the world, which is very different to any other cemetery you’ve seen before! This morning program is especially popular in Spring and Summer (October – May) because of the weather.
OPTION 2: The alternative morning program allows more time and visits in the human settlement. It starts with the visit to the cemetery (because we’re just so intrigued by it) and then continues towards the human settlement where we’ll learn more about fair trade and a typical aspect of Lima life: its small informal businesses. On most days, we visit the workshop of a group of ladies who organised themselves into a small business that manufactures handicrafts that are then sold as fair trade products. If you don’t mind walking a bit, we could also see the so-called ‘wall of shame’ that separates one of the poorest neighborhoods of Lima from one of the richest. But we can adapt the tour to your specific requests and interests so don’t hesitate to point those out to us!
”This Lima tour focuses on the positive side of community life. We really enjoyed being able to meet and talk to local people, learn their stories and struggle for better life in this harsh environment. It is a safe and very well organised tour. Lunch at senora Ninfa's house was delicious! Thanks for a very interesting day! Lots of memories and food for thought..." G.R.
In the afternoon, for both options, a local guide will show us around the neighborhood and you’ll also learn more about a local project set up and run by locals. But first you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at a local family’s house. The local cook/mom also loves to learn more about where you came from and will in return share some stories about herself. The local guide will tell you more about daily life in this harsh environment but at the same time point out some of the efforts carried out to improve the situation. She’ll tell you more about this local organization, its aims and its projects and you’ll meet and talk to some of the families who participate in the projects. On some days, you will even meet the local kids and teenagers while they are participating in the activities of the local NGO.
When you book, check with us if there is already a tour available on a specific date and let us know which option you prefer for the morning program.
"I have lots of experience in Lima, Peru and found this organization to have a refreshing, well informed approach. They do an excellent job of exposing people to real life Lima while being encouraging to the locals around them. Rather than just going and gawking...(too often the case), they demonstrate great relationships and care with the locals. You would be wise to choose this group. If you want a glossy tour and the status quo, then there are plenty of other tours to choose from." G.S.
If you don’t have time to do a full day-tour, check out our half-day tour version!
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Proceeds and efforts from the Lima tour will contribute to the particular local social project that you participate in.
The proposed program is subject to change. – To confirm reservation, a non-refundable deposit of 50% per booking is required – Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents/itinerary. – Alternative Peru reserves the right to cancel the participant’s place on a tour if there are not sufficient participants or for unforeseen circumstances – If damages are caused to third parties, all the expenses claimed from Alternative Peru that originate from the above-mentioned incident will be charged to the client, who will have no right to later claims. – Rates are per person – By booking, the participant declares to have read and agreed with the general booking conditions and the rules for responsible community tourism which are mentioned elsewhere on this website.
There will be no refund for unused services. – Alternative Peru reserves the right to cancel or change any trip due to river, road, weather conditions, political climate or any other unexpected circumstances. We also reserve the right to cancel any trip due to client unsuitability because of age, ill health, poor fitness, intoxication etc. – Any missed tours due to the above listed incidences (eg weather conditions or political climate) cannot be refunded or recuperated.