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Lonely Planet Experiences: Lima Old Town Walking Tour

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Lima Old Town Walking Tour

From $39 per person

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.

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Duration 225 minutes
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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
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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
  • Snack and drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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

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  • 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

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    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

Price-performance perfect!

Our tour guide was really good. She knew a lot and took the time to answer questions. We only had a very small group of 3 people which made the tour very enjoyable. She also spoke good English and it was just fun to get to know the city center of Lima. I can only recommend it.

January 4, 2013

November 21, 2017

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