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Lima’s Historical Center Through Local Eyes

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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

This Lima walking tour combines the classic highlights of Lima’s historical centre with alternative, less touristic hidden gems. On this private tour, you’ll visit traditional highlights Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Church but you’ll also pass by the old Post Office, Lima’s old walls, China Town, the Central Market and some other less known places. Your guide will share some interesting stories and facts about not only these historic places but also about Lima’s current reality.

  • Visit the highlights of Lima's historical center
  • Learn about Lima's colonial and contemporary history
  • Discover several hidden gems
  • Go slightly off the beaten path to a local commercial neighborhood
  • Hear interesting and funny facts and stories about Lima life

Departure & Return Location

Pick-up by guide from hotels in central areas (and then head to public transportation). If you choose the option (for an additional fee) of private transportation guide and driver will meet you at your hotel.

Meeting Time

You can choose the starting time. From your hotel (and back), the tour takes about 4 – 4.5 hours.

Price Includes

  • Bilingual tour leader
  • Public transportation
  • Walking tour

What to bring?

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

Your bilingual guide will meet you at your hotel (centrally located). Together you will take public transport to Lima’s beautiful colonial centre. It is also possible to add private transportation for an additional fee. On the way, the guide will give you some background information on the city of Lima. Feel free to ask any questions you might have! The guide is very knowledgeable.

In the next three hours, you will walk by the major highlights of the historic centre of Lima: Plaza San Martin with the majestic Hotel Bolivar, the impressive Plaza de Armas or the main square of Lima with the Cathedral, City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Government Palace, the old train station transformed into the House of Literature, the San Francisco church and the many beautiful mansions with the typical wooden balconies. Besides these classics, your guide will also take you to some hidden gems such as the old Postal Office, the Park of the City Wall with the view on one of Lima’s oldest human settlements, China Town and the bustling Central Market, where many locals do their shopping. You’ll walk through a part of Lima that is just outside the touristic area but gives you a good idea of the ‘real’ Lima, full of people, little shops, a lot of colors.

While walking, your guide will tell you some interesting facts of daily life in Lima, contemporary and recent history, interesting stories and of course answer all your questions about life in Lima, Peru’s history or about anything you’re curious about! After the walk, the guide will accompany you back to the touristic centre, Miraflores.

Your guide will introduce you to some phenomena typical for life in Lima, which locals take for granted but which visitors are very interested and surprised to learn about.

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!