Lima Shanty Town Tour (Local Life Experience)

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    9:00am or 2:00pm
  • Departure Details :
    1: Miraflores, Peru
    2: San Isidro, Peru
    3: Barranco, Peru
    4: Haku Tours: (Local Life Experience & Peru's Top Authentic Food Tours), Oficina 711, Calle Porta 170, Miraflores 15074, Peru
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore the real Lima and meet the friendly locals on this 3.5-hour guided 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.


  • 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

Know More about this tour

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.


Hotel or Apartament pickup and drop-off from Barranco, Miraflores or San Isidro only


Professional guide



Food and drinks

If your hotel is outside the pickup zone, you can pay an additional fee to be picked up from your hotel

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 20-Dec-2019

    Our tour was wonderful! It was great to learn about the people who live in the shanty towns.
    This tour is a win-win-win. While we were learning about their lives and their culture, we purchased fruits from the market and gave the fruit to the children as we ere touring the shanty town. A portion of the proceeds of the tour price go to help the people in the town and I think that's wonderful. While we were on our tour, several of the locals stopped us and thanked us for coming. It was a heartwarming experience and we enjoyed every second. Thank you!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Personally meet a variety of the citizens, leaders, business owners and children in the sprawling shanty towns around Lima. Your tour guides are known and beloved in the community and through them and you will begin to understand the background of these hard working people. You will witness their daily processes, expressions of pride and generosity and extraordinary practices developed to protect and support each other and the growth of their opportunities. These passionate tour guides will expose the sorrow, strength and potential of a people overlooked by modern day journalism. Guaranteed moments of awe, respect, sorrow, self-reflection and joy will fill your experience. The hearts of these people will touch yours and EVERY dollar you spend for this particular tour goes back to helping the five communities this outfit supports. Haku Tours is the real deal if you want to learn about the culture, history and hope these Peruvians share. Favorite tour of my life. I am forever changed and was given the opportunity to create positive change. Thank you Jimmy! PS you will not feel unsafe or find a beggar ANYwhere but there will be opportunities to purchase small handmade items, water, and fruits or vegetables. You will wish you had a few Peruvian coins in your pocket at some point in the journey.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    An excellent tour of the slums of Lima, which are situated on high hills overlooking the city. We did not feel at all unsafe; in fact we found the people we encountered to be quite nice and very appreciative of the plantains and tangerines we gave out to their children. Our tour guide, Felipe, was exceptional, providing us with an outstanding educational experience. Make no mistake, the living conditions in shantytown are bad; the homes are hovels and the few stores and schools that are there are third world. Miraflores and Barranco are great places to stay, but to get a complete picture of life in Lima I highly recommend you take this tour. Haka tours donates their profits to this poor community, so your money you spend on this tour will be going to a very worthwhile cause.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was truly one of the most amazing experiences I had on my trip to Peru. Myself and 2 other female travelers completed this tour in May 2019 during our stay in Lima. The guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the work this organization does in the area to enrich the lives of the lowest income families in the region. Throughout our entire tour through the shanty town, the locals were incredibly inviting, always stopping to say good morning or to make sure we weren't cold in our shorts (we're from a colder region of the USA). To see people in an impoverished community be so happy and thankful, it was truly heartwarming. I believe every person visiting Lima should take this tour. It is incredibly enriching and humbling!

  • 18-Jan-2019

    This trip was a bit of an eye opener for the tenagers we were travelling with. This gives you an insight into how others live. We enjoyed this experence very much. I feel this is a must for people to really understand how others live.

  • 12-Jul-2018

    I traveled alone for a 7-day tour of Lima/Machu Picchu, and booked everything myself. I stuck mostly to the beaten path, for safety reasons, but I am so glad I took this shanty town excursion with Haku Tours (via Viator). I found the tour itself to be a great, safe way to see some of the parts of Lima that I was not brave enough to explore alone. The people of Villa El Salvador are kind and warm. The open-air market was a sensory buffet. It's eye-opening to see how the majority of the real district residents of Lima live day-to-day. While Miraflores and Barranco are picturesque and touristy, they don't have quite the obvious native-Peruvian heartbeat that Villa El Salvador has. 10/10, completely recommend.

  • 24-Oct-2017

    Be courageous, you'll remember this experience forever!

  • 30-Sep-2017

    Such a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful experience. Take this tour. My husband and I were the only people on the tour along with out guide, and we felt completely safe and secure. Our driver stayed with the vehicle once we entered the shanty town, and our guide walked us along, explaining the history of the particular shanty town while including well-managed stops with vendors/business women along the way. We also saw a school and health center that was currently under construction. Additionally, this tour will add so much depth to your Lima experience.

  • 06-Sep-2017

    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!

  • 29-Aug-2017

    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

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