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Lonely Planet Experiences: Lima Old Town Walking Tour

Product ID: 25399
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Experience modern Peruvian life on this Lima tour that puts you in the shoes of locals. Admire the colonial balconies, hit the local market, visit San Francisco Convent and the Catacombs.
About this activity
Duration: 225 minutes
Starting time 1:15 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the real Lima on a guided walking tour of the city famous sights and hidden gems
  • Enjoy an informal Spanish lesson, wander Jiron de la Union, try local specialties, and mingle with Limenos in central market
  • Explore Lima's churches, parks, and plazas and delve into the city's history along the way
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Get your hands on the blueprint to modern Peruvian life on this Lima tour that puts you in the shoes of locals. Admire the colonial balconies, hit the local market and see the great variety of fruits and vegetables reflecting the rich biodiversity of Perú and finish with the national drink, the Pisco Sour!

You’ll start the tour by taking the local bus to downtown, just as the locals do, and along the way, you’ll learn a few words of Spanish – something that will come in handy for the rest of your Lima travel experience! Once we’re downtown, your walking tour will begin with a stroll along Jirón de la Union, a pedestrian avenue linking Plaza San Martin to Plaza de Armas. Along the way, your local guide will be pointing out the sights along this street, from the hidden gems to the Lima’s classic tales.

Your walk continues towards the most well-known tourist area in the city, Plaza de Armas, located in the heart of the old town, home of the Government Palace, Archbishop´s Palace and the Cathedral.

Next on this Lima city tour, you’ll go to the colourful Central Market. With your local guide, you’ll navigate your way through all the various stalls, checking out the fresh produce and learning about the eating habits of the locals. 

Then you will visit the breathtaking Basilica of San Pedro, administrated by the Jesuits named after San Pablo, a building so rich in history that it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1991. 

This Lima tour will come to an end here, where you can continue on your own exploration of the city, or your local guide will be able to point you in the direction of your accommodation.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • City bus ticket
  • Entrance fee to San Francisco
  • One Pisco-sour shot
What’s Not Included
  • Snack and drinks
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Front Door of the Virgen Milagrosa Church, next to Miraflores City Hall in Kennedy Park.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This trip is offered on a shared basis. Maximum group size is 12
• Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour
• Your guide can help you organise a taxi back to your hotel after the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
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    4.8 / 5
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Execellent value for a 4 hour walking tour.

The Discover Lima Walking Tour, through Urban Adventures Americans was an excellent value. Coming from San Isdro, The meeting point Hotel Bolivar Plaza San Martin was an easy land mark to find by taxi. Our guide Teresa was outstanding. She was there early and we were fortunate to be the only two on the tour. Teresa’s English was impeccable. She was extremely knowledgeable about the architecture and history of City Central Lima. The tour was well paced and a lot of fun. Teresa being a native of Lima, we felt like we had a personal friend to show us the culture and daily lives of the residents of Lima. Teresa gave us recommendations of fruits and drinks to try at the market, and gave us a list of must try menu items when we are at a restaurant. At the end of tour Teresa was kind enough to secure us a taxi, negoting the price to Mirafores. We would definitely recommend this tour.

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March 14, 2013

Preis-Leistung Perfekt!

Unsere Tourguide war wirklich gut. Sie hat viel gewusst und sich die Zeit genommen auch auf Fragen einzugehen. Wir hatte nur eine sehr kleine Gruppe von 3 Personen was die Tour sehr angenehm gemacht hat. Sie hat darüber hinaus gutes Englisch gesprochen und es hat einfach nur Spass gemacht so die innenstadt von lima kennen zu lernen.Ich kann das nur weiter empfehlen.

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January 4, 2013

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Execellent value for a 4 hour walking tour.

The Discover Lima Walking Tour, through Urban Adventures Americans was an excellent value. Coming from San Isdro, The meeting point Hotel Bolivar Plaza San Martin was an easy land mark to find by taxi. Our guide Teresa was outstanding. She was there early and we were fortunate to be the only two on the tour. Teresa’s English was impeccable. She was extremely knowledgeable about the architecture and history of City Central Lima. The tour was well paced and a lot of fun. Teresa being a native of Lima, we felt like we had a personal friend to show us the culture and daily lives of the residents of Lima. Teresa gave us recommendations of fruits and drinks to try at the market, and gave us a list of must try menu items when we are at a restaurant. At the end of tour Teresa was kind enough to secure us a taxi, negoting the price to Mirafores. We would definitely recommend this tour.

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March 14, 2013

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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 25399