Guided tour

Lima: Shanty Town Tour

4.9 / 5

20 reviews

Lima: Shanty Town Tour

From US$ 55 per person

Explore the real Lima and meet the friendly locals on this 3.3-hour tour of a shanty town in the city. This eye-opening tour experience challenges common preconceptions about such poor working class areas. Your visit contributes to the community.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
In the lobby of your hotel
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Experience the real Lima and live, laugh and learn with the locals
  • Explore a real Peruvian local community and visit the friendly families and children
  • Enjoy a walking tour of a shanty town in Lima
  • Admire the impressive panoramic views
Full description
On this walking tour you will get the opportunity to see how many of the locals in Lima really live, and share a great time with them. Take a walk up the famous "yellow stairs" and along narrow roads, and visit a local kindergarten. The town's huge dimensions and breathtaking views are impressive for any visitor. Upon arrival you will be told about security and given some basic guidelines to follow while on this tour. Although shanty towns have a reputation, the guide will make you feel 100% safe at all times. While you slowly make your way to the base of the hill, your guide will explain about the community and its developments, as well as about the urbanization projects, politics, religion, etc. Gradually, slowly start your journey up the ‘yellow stairs’, pause for pictures of the amazing views of greater Lima and get a glimpse into homes and local life. Stopping along the way to visit the colorful neighborhood and families and see first-hand the smiling children of Lima. Meet a local craftsman who produces beautiful hand-made silverware and perhaps make a purchase or two. On your way down visit a local kindergarten and have the chance to meet the children on the street.
  • Pick-up from your hotel in Miraflores, San Isidro, Barranco or central Lima
  • Private transport
  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance tickets, tolls, parking fees and taxes
  • Return transport
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with back problems
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
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a small bottle of water, a hat and sunblock if it is sunny.
  • Please to provide your hotel's name and address to organize your pick-up.
  • You will visit a shanty town that Haku Tours sponsors. Please contact the tour operator if you wish to make donations of any kind.
  • Please visit out “projects” page to see the work of Haku Tours and what our wonderful clients are doing to help the local people.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 20 reviews

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At first I was a bit skeptical, but was pleasantly surprised. It was a leisurely stroll in a small group through Shanty Town, the huge poor district of Lima. No gawking like in the zoo, unobtrusive and yet close. Armando our guide showed us respectfully and lovingly through the daily market and some residential streets of Shanty town. At the market we could buy gifts such as cut vegetables and sweets. The people were happy and it was nice to give something in passing. A couple had colored pencils with them, great idea, the children were very happy. The money for the tour in Shanty Town will benefit the people who live there. Thanks Armando Highly recommended :-)

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April 24, 2019

We had a very nice enthusiastic guide. We visited the local market and also visited some families who live in the area . The organization is doing a good job. Most of the money we paid for this Tour goes to projects in the neighbourhood. Together with the guide we bought fruit and distributed it to children. Definitely recommended if you want to see more than just the tourist sights.

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April 21, 2019

Amazing, must-do tour to see the other side of Lima.

I was the only one who signed up for the tour, so I essentially had a private tour. It was excellent, eye-opening, and humbling. You visit the local markets and get to try foods you never have before, and you get to interact with locals and get to know their way of life. Definitely recommend.

June 29, 2018

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