Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Lima Discovery Tour

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 45 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    1:15 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Iglesia Matriz Virgen Milagrosa, Cl. Lima 333, Miraflores 15074, Peru
  • Return Details :
    Plaza de Armas, Calango 15615, Peru
  • 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.


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 Per and try the best coffee in the world!!


  • All entrance fees included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

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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 Per and try the best coffee in the world!!
This fun and dynamic tour of Lima is more than a history lesson; it connects you with the heart and soul of this fascinating Peruvian city, from the people who really know what its like to live there the locals. Ditch the history books, as this Lima walking tour will give you everything you need to know!
Youll start the tour by taking the local bus to downtown, just as the locals do, and along the way, youll learn a few words of Spanish something that will come in handy for the rest of your Lima travel experience! Once were downtown, your walking tour will begin with a stroll along Jirn 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 Limas classic tales.
Well stop for a coffee break but this wont be your average cup of joe. Youll be trying one of the best coffees in the world! Not many people know about this Peruvian treasure, and you will have the opportunity to try it!!
Our 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, Archbishops Palace and the Cathedral.
Next on this Lima city tour, youll go to the colourful Central Market. With your local guide, youll navigate your way through all the various stalls, checking out the fresh produce and learning about the eating habits of the locals. From jungle, to coast, to altiplano, or high plains, Peru has a rich and diverse food culture, and youll find examples of dishes from all over the country here at this market, and learn about them from a local. Thought Peru didnt have much of a food scene? You can think again!
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. As you take in the views of the building and this square, your local guide will be filling you with knowledge about all that you can see.
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.
In a city so important to Perus history and culture, it can be hard to know what to do in Lima to really tap into what it is to be a Limeo. With a local by your side on our Lima Discovery tour, youll get to know the classic stories and local tales of this fascinating Peruvian city.


Local English-speaking guide

Peruvian coffee

One churro

Entry/Admission - Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco


Hotel pickup and drop off


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Maximum group size is 12 people

This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select child above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if youll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

Your guide can help you organise a taxi back to your hotel.

Cancellations more than 24 hours before departure will receive a full refund. Cancellations within this period attract a 100% cancellation fee

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  • 15-Aug-2017

    Make this your first tour to get your orientation to the city. Paula, our tour guide, quickly adapted to our group of 3, personalized the tour for us, gave a good overview of Lima history, answered all our questions, made recommendations for dinner and called an Uber for us! We could not have asked for more....Oh Yes! We had the best Pisco Sour on the tour--where the original was developed by an American. Who Knew!

  • 08-May-2017

    Pros: Paula our guide, was punctual, friendly, small group and spoke fluent English.

    Cons: First and foremost, Viator failed to note that May 1st is a national holiday in Lima with many of the attractions closed. As a result, the next day we had to retrace our steps, repay the entrance fees that were to have been paid by the tour guide the day before, had the attractions been open.
    The guide was not very informative. To gain anything but superficial information, easily ascertained by reading any guide book, we had to ask questions. Then when we gained access to the attractions the next day and had the pleasure of having a schooled docent guide us, we found much of the information given to us by our tour guide, to be erroneous.
    There were black and white, signs affixed to the walls of certain buildings. When we asked the tour guide what these meant, she advised that it indicated the path of the religious march which was taking place that day. As it turned out, they signified the designation of a historic site.
    Even the venues to which we gained access, such as the San Francisco Church, we were not shown major attractions in this case Perus version of the Last Supper.
    The tour was to have lasted until 6 pm. Ours ended at 4:30 p.m., presumably due to the closure of many venues. However, in my opinion, a qualified guide would have expanded the information for those sites we were shown.
    By the way, should any reader wish to visit the Palace of the Archbishop, ask for Katherine she was fantastic.

  • 16-Apr-2017

    This was a fun way to see Lima. Our guide was very informative and we had a lot of fun. Would highly recommend this anyone with a half day to see Lima.

  • 26-Jan-2017

    Great way to start our visit to Peru MilagrosMilliewas an informative and dynamic guide full of history and facts about the city.

  • 02-Oct-2016

    I was the only person on the walking tour and had a great time with the guide Millie who was informative and funny. It was a great trip. Thanks Millie!

  • 24-Sep-2016

    Our tour guide was awesome and since there were only 2 of us on the tour, she adjusted to what we wanted to see and was super patient in answering all of our questions about Lima and the area.

  • 18-Sep-2016

    I don't think I can say how incredible our walk tour around Lima with Millie was. She gave us 100 of her energy, time, sense of humor, knowledge for over 3 hours. We saw architecture, food markets, monistary, catacombs - it was the best day ever. At the end she treated us to a Pescos Sour which was delicious. Thank you, Millie, for a great day. Di and Richard

  • 29-Jun-2016

    This tour was amazing!

  • 24-Jun-2016

    Traffic is a terrific headache in Lima so walking to discover downtown is really the best option. We loved the tour, very interesting history and Fabiana, the guide was great!!

  • 19-Jun-2016

    We learned so much from Fafiana.She was smart, funny,and very sweet. She explained th sights to us in perfect English. The tour was very worthwhile and recommend to all to get a flavor of downtown Lima and its history. Fafiana even accompanied us on our taxi ride to Park de la Reserva afterwards

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