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Lima’s Historic Centre Through Local Eyes

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


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Tour Summary

This private walking tour combines the classic highlights of Lima’s historic centre with alternative, less touristic hidden gems. On this city tour, your guide takes you to the highlights of the colonial architecture of Lima’s centre, such as Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Church. On the other hand, we also discover Lima’s old city walls, China Town, the Central Market and other hidden gems.

As with all our tours, we like to give it an alternative and local touch. Some of the places we visit on this walking tour are usually not included in the traditional city walking tours. Even though it’s just a block away from the main touristic area, the places are filled with local Limeños going about their daily business.

Of course, the guide will tell you all about the history behind the colonial buildings but he also likes to focus a bit on interesting facts and stories of life in Lima, sometimes funny and sometimes sad. 

It is important to mention that the tour includes public transportation from Miraflores (with the guide) but private transportation (pick-up and drop-off from your hotel to the historic centre) is also possible for an additional fee.

  • Visit the highlights of the historic centre of Lima
  • 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 life in Lima
  • Flexible, private walking tour

Private walking tour inclusions

Departure & Return Location

Your guide will meet you at your preferred location

Meeting Time

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

Price Includes

  • Bilingual guide
  • Private walking tour
  • Public transportation
  • Pick-up and drop-off (by car) possible for additional fee

What to bring?

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

What to expect on this private walking tour?

At your preferred time, your Alternative Peru guide will meet you at your hotel. Together you take public transport to Lima’s beautiful colonial centre. We always take the official buses of the municipality, which have their own lane, making them safer and a lot quicker than other vehicles. It is also possible to add private transportation to and from the centre for an additional fee. On the way, the guide will give you some background information about the city of Lima. Feel free to ask any questions about anything you see that tickles your curiosity.

Highlights of Lima’s city centre

During the city tour, we walk by the major highlights of the historic centre of Lima with its impressive colonial architecture. 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 Basilica. The many beautiful mansions with the typical wooden balconies. These are just a few of the many highlights of the beautifully restored and maintained colonial area of the city centre.

Hidden gems and a local touch

Besides these classics, we also take you to some hidden gems such as the old City Wall Park with a good view on one of Lima’s oldest human settlements, China Town and the bustling Central Market where many locals do their daily shopping. While this part of Lima centre is just outside the main touristic area, it seems already a different world, where the locals go about their daily lives and business. 

All through the tour, your guide tells you interesting facts of daily life in Lima, the city’s colonial but also recent history and of course answers all your questions about anything you’re curious about. After the walk, the guide accompanies you back to your hotel, either by public or by private transportation.

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