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Food and Socio-Cultural Lima Tour

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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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Tour Details

Want a truly alternative, authentic and local experience in Lima? Want to get to know the city beyond the touristic attractions and try some of the best foods the locals actually eat? Then this intercultural and gastronomic experience is what you’re looking for! You’ll get to see some unique places, try some amazing food and meet some friendly locals in areas that most tourists don’t get to see, both in a human settlement and on a local market.


  • 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!
  • Visit an artisanal boat maker's workshop
  • Learn more about daily life in a human settlement in the Lima hills
  • Responsible and meaningful encounters with locals

Departure & Return Location

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

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Price Includes

  • Several tastings on the market
  • Bilingual tour leader
  • Local guide in the community
  • Private transportation
  • 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
Discover the wide world of Peruvian food as our expert guide takes you far from any touristy vibes to experience a distinctly Peruvian style neighborhood market. You will learn about an array of different regional ingredients, most of which are strictly Peruvian. It will soon become obvious why Lima and Peru have become the food meccas of South America! These ingredients come from the plentiful Pacific coasts, the fertile Andean mountainsides, and the farthest corners of the Amazon Rainforest that Peru so proudly calls its own.
In the afternoon, we’ll take you to a part of Lima that is very much off the beaten path, one of Lima’s many human settlements. First we will visit one of the largest cemeteries in the world, which is very different from other cemeteries around Lima and the world and learn more about the cultural traditions in Peru. A local guide will then show us around the neighborhood and you’ll also learn more about a local project set up and run by locals. 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.
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 community members, including the cook and the local guide. Secondly, your visit supports the local project of Jugando Aprendo, which works especially with minors who do domestic work and their families as well as other local children and teens. The tour price includes a donation to this great local organisation, ran by our local community guides.

In addition to financial benefits, the interest and attention of people who came from all over the world increases the pride of the local people in their communities. The local people on the tour are all in a way community leaders who work hard to improve their environment and community. The admiration of visitors from across the world reinforces their engagement. Too often, they are looked down on by fellow Peruvians from more affluent neighborhoods.

Sometimes, real friendships and longterm engagements have resulted from our tours. A young aspiring cook is studying to become a chef thanks to people who met him during our tour. We love to see more of this happening too!