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Tourists might be most attracted to Peru because of its Andean and Amazonian cultures, but the traditional culture of coastal Peru definitely deserves some of their attention too. If you are interested in getting to know Lima’s local culture, an experience of Lima’s traditional fishing culture should definitely be on your itinerary. The Fishing Culture of Lima tour takes you to an artisanal fish market and pier as well as to their community where you’ll meet several locals and of course try the Peruvian national fish dish: Ceviche.
Pick-up from hotels in central areas. Pick-up at cruise shuttle stop or airport available for an additional fee.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 10am (starting time can be changed if you prefer) and take you to one of Lima’s most traditional and colorful communities, the fishing district of Chorrillos. Start your day with a visit to its picturesque seafood market and pier, where local fishermen sell their catch of the day and repair fishing nets and boats for their next adventure offshore. They will share their experiences and views on today’s challenges of artisanal fishing and our local guide will also show you the wide variety of fish, shellfish and other types of seafood that have added incredible nutritious value to the diets of ancient and modern Peruvians. On most days, we’ll also be able to take a short boat ride to have a better view of Lima’s coastline in a small artisanal boat, made by a local boat builder, and learn more about the vast biodiversity of this side of the Pacific.
Next, we’ll walk through the old streets of Chorrillos, while your guide explains the importance of this town in the history of Peru. On the way, we will stop by a local boat builder’s workshop to understand the laborious process of making an artisanal fishing boat, before we get to a delicious lunch.
For lunch, we will take you to the house of one of the most traditional families in town, who are preserving traditions from the first Spanish Peruvian settlers, locally known as “Criollos” whose culture has blended for more than 2 centuries with the indigenous, African and Asian traditions to create the unique coastal culture of Peru. They practice different “creole” traditions that were passed on from their ancestors to the next generations in music, food and other various cultural expressions.
Ceviche, the Peruvian national dish, will be the star on our table; you will learn why all Peruvians are so proud of this delicious seafood dish. If you want to learn more, we can ask our hosts for a demonstrationclass on how to prepare home style Ceviche.
After lunch, we will continue our tour toward the iconic hills of Chorrillos known as Morro Solar, a big cluster of hills facing the Pacific Ocean that was the site of an important 19th century battle, which shaped the history of modern Peru. From one of its peaks you will have a unique view of the huge cityof Lima and its vibrant residents.
We will leave Chorrillos after enjoying its amazing landscape from the Morro Solar and will be back at your hotel at around 2:30pm.
Your visit provides an (additional) income to several local community members, including the boat maker, the local cooks, the boat owner and the local guide. By visiting the pier, you have also contributed to the fisherman’s cooperative at the artisanal fish market. These members mainly spend money in their own community and as such pass on those benefits to other locals.
The traditional coastal culture of Peru is often neglected by tourists or they are not even aware of its existence as Andean traditional culture is mostly advertised abroad as the main Peruvian traditional culture. Visits and attention by visitors, especially foreigners, nourish their pride in their trade and culture. This can have an important impact on the conservation of traditions but also the community’s and individuals’ self-esteem.