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Why Book This Tour?

  • Unique and Authentic Tours
  • Responsible and Sustainable
  • Respectful Exchange with Locals
  • Alternative and Off the Beaten Path


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Lima Food Tour Summary

Over the last few years, Peruvian food has become very popular worldwide. Because of this international attention, Peru and especially Lima has become a foodie paradise. There are plenty of great food tours in Lima these days, without a doubt. But for those who don’t want a traditional Lima food tour, we have developed our own alternative and local food tour off the beaten path.

On this off-the-beaten-path food tour, we visit a local market where many Limeños do their daily shopping or have a quick lunch. We try some of the traditional Peruvian foods how and where the locals eat them. With typical Peruvian drinks, snacks, fruits, dishes, etc in an authentic setting surrounded by friendly locals, this food tour is both a cultural and gastronomic experience.

There’s the option to end the tour here and make it a half-day tour or to extend it with the visit to the human settlement (basically the half-day Authentic Lima Experience but with a drink and snack at a local family’s house instead of the full lunch). On this full-day tour, we visit several places in a human settlement in the hills of Lima such as a very unique and huge cemetery, a local social project and a local family’s house

 

  • Visit an authentic local market and try some of Peru's diverse flavors
  • Taste regional dishes, fruits, cheeses, liquors, drinks, and sweets
  • Visit a very unique cemetery, the 2nd largest in the world!
  • Learn more about daily life in a human settlement in the Lima hills
  • Responsible and meaningful encounters with locals
Food Tour Inclusions

Departure & Return Location

Pick-up from hotels in central areas. Pick-up at cruise shuttle stop or airport available for an additional fee.

Meeting Time

10am

Price Includes

  • Private tour
  • Private transportation
  • Several food and drinks tastings
  • Bilingual tour leader
  • Local guide in the community
  • All activities
  • Donation to the project visited

What to bring?

  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Comfortable, closed shoes
  • Water
  • Sweater and/or light coat (May - October)

What to Expect on this Lima Food tour

Local market tour in the morning

Discover the wide world of Peruvian food as our guide takes you far from any touristy vibes to experience a distinctly Peruvian style local market. You learn about and of course taste an array of different regional ingredients, most of which are strictly Peruvian. It soon becomes obvious why Lima and Peru have become the food meccas of South America! 

On the market tour, we try food and drinks from the plentiful Pacific coasts, the fertile Andean mountainsides, and the farthest corners of the Amazon Rainforest that Peru so proudly calls its own. We recommend not to have a large breakfast before coming on the tour! 

What’s on the menu? The guide tries to adapt this a bit to your preferences but cheese, sweets, juice, fruits, and typical Peruvian drinks are a definite. The main dish can vary a bit, for instance if you’re a vegetarian or have allergies, but we often go to the best ceviche market stand in Lima (according to us). As mentioned, we can take any preference or restriction into account.

Afternoon visit to a local community
In the afternoon and with a full stomach, the guide takes you to a part of Lima that is very much off the beaten path: one of Lima’s many human settlements. First, we discover one of the largest cemeteries in the world, a very unique place that doesn’t leave anyone untouched.
 
After the cemetery, our local guide shows us around the community and tells us more about a project set up and run by locals. We learn about daily life in this harsh environment, however, the focus is on positive initiatives to improve the situation and the hope and optimism of the locals. We will even meet one of these local families, who welcome us with a hot or cold drink and a chat. 
 
We should be back at your hotel around 5:30-6pm, depending on traffic.
How does your visit leave a positive footprint?

Your visit benefits the local community in different ways. First of all, it provides an additional income to several local community members. For instance the venders on the market, the local guide and the family.

Secondly, by visiting you also support the local project of Jugando Aprendo, which works with children and teens from vulnerable families. The tour price includes a donation to this local project.

In addition to financial benefits, the interest and attention of people from all over the world increase the pride of the local people in their communities. This motivates them to continue their hard work to improve their community.

 

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