Lima Shanty Town Tour

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Explore the real Lima and meet the friendly locals on this 3-hour tour of a shanty town in the city. This eye-opening experience challenges common preconceptions about such poor working class areas. Your visit contributes to the community, as a percentage of the tour cost is given to improving conditions in the shanty town.
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  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Free snacks included
  • Small-group tour
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Be picked up from your hotel in Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco in morning or afternoon. Upon arrival at the destination, you'll 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. 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, visiting a local kindergarten, and exploring a silverware factory. The town's huge dimensions and breathtaking views are impressive for any visitor.

Gradually, you'll 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, you'll visit a local kindergarten, and have the chance to meet the children on the street.

Please note: the tour provider is sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding shanty towns and understands that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. The purpose of this tour is for educational purposes alone and allows for a better understanding of Peruvian life inside a shanty town. Furthermore, a percentage of the proceeds from this tour will go to the community.
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Inclusions for Lima Shanty Town Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Barranco, Miraflores or San Isidro only
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Walking tour
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Exclusions for Lima Shanty Town Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • If your hotel is outside the pickup zone, you can pay an additional fee to be picked up from your hotel
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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16 reviews by the users

  • It was a great experience. We were already very familiar with the poverty in areas of Peru and had done some humanitarian work in Iquitos. Our guide did a great job. His English was superb and he was very detailed in his knowledge. His interactions with the people there was full of love and compassion. Highly recommended!

  • I had a full-day stopover in Lima and didn't want to just go sightseeing so booked this tour and so glad I did! Unfortunately I've forgotten the guide's name female but she was great and answered all of our questions providing really interesting insights into life for the people we were visiting. It also didn't feel wrong, as I was worried this type of tour might - there were only 2 of us and we were first shown around the market where we met some interesting characters and introduced to interesting produce. Then the guide showed us around the different initiatives around the community. Never felt unsafe and would highly recommend if you're looking to get off the beaten track

  • Jonny the tour guide and I stopped at a local market to pick up some breakfast foods, and shared breakfast with a local town leader. I was able to learn firsthand about the conditions of the town, and ways that this leader advocates for her community. This tour was eye-opening, as I was able to see a different part of Lima and interact with locals in a personal and meaningful manner. I would highly recommend this tour.

  • We learned so much, we were inspired. The rapport our tour guide Jean Paul had with the citizens of the shantytown was great. It was also good to know that some of the proceeds will go to help the town. We felt perfectly welcomed and safe. The view is amazing from the mountain. The people were beaut

  • Great off the beaten path tour. We saw how the locals lived and what their needs were, I am very glad to have been able to see and give back to the Community. Thank you Haku Tours and thank you to Jean Paul and Jorge, the best people and guides/drivers. Thank you for sharing your beautiful country and people.

  • This was a great tour - Jean Paul was a fabulous guide - very knowledgeable and helpful. We met some wonderful people. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

  • My favorite tour in Lima! Eye-opening

  • This was a wonderful morning visiting the people living in the shanty town area. While the living conditions are quite a bit different from ours, the people have big hearts and are very hardworking. We met one of their local leaders and saw how she influenced the government to improve the neighborhood by getting a retaining wall built. We enjoyed interacting with the children and distributing some toothbrushes we had brought. The children were delighted. Our tour guide Jimmy was fabulous. It was obvious that this was not just a job for him but truly a labor of love. He knew many of the residents well. We were very impressed with the preschool buildings and soup kitchen. The people of Peru are its greatest asset.

  • This was my best day in Peru. From the moment I stepped into the car, my guide Jean Paul Grillo started to tell me many things about Peru and Lima. Out of all my excursions I booked during my stay, Jean Paul was the most informative, friendly and knowledgeable. We explored the local market different to the cooking excursion market and sampled some snacks and fruits. I loved the shanty town experience and felt perfectly safe at all times. I enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of the locals and it was amazing to see their way of life. Felix's craft work in silver was fascinating to see. The kids were so friendly and eager to bring you their books to read. We had a cheeky shot of liquor with Maria the shop keeper. It was great to see the projects that Haku tours are developing, such as the nursery, medical centre and soup kitchen, to help assist the shanty towns and great to see a tourism country investing the money back into the community. I would recommend anyone to go on this tour and see the real life. There are some steps, but the guide will take it slow and go at your pace.

  • This tour was the most meaningful and eye-opening tour one can possibly do in Lima. Eduar, my eccentric tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable about Lima and it's past/present cultural movement. His passion and charm will put you at ease from the minute you meet him. He showed me the real Lima, how many of them live and the memories and lessons I gained from this experience will never be forgotten as long as I live. This tour will open your eyes and soul.

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USD 39.72