Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Lima Discovery Tour

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Lima Discovery 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, visit San Francisco Convent and the Catacombs, hit the local market and see the great variety of fruits and vegetables reflecting the rich biodiversity of Perú and try the best Pisco Sour in town! Our National drink
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In Brief

Miraflores, Peru
3 hours 45 minutes
Daily, except Monday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Plaza De Armas De Lima, Plaza central Lima, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

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 that really know what it's like to live there – the locals. Ditch the history books, this Lima walking tour will give you everything you need to know!

You'll meet your local guide at the main gate of the Virgen Milagrosa Church in Mitraflores, and start the tour by taking the local bus to dowtown, just as locals do. On the way, you'll learn a few words of Spanish, something that will come in handy for the rest of your Lima travel experience! Here you'll also get some insider info on the colonial times in Perú, before heading out on your adventure through the City of Kings.

Our walk continue along part of the 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 must-sees.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Stop At: Mercado Central (Central Market), Lima Peru

Next on this Lima city tour, you'll go to the colourfull the Central Market. With your local guide, you'll navigate your way through 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 you'll find examples of dishes from all over the country at the market, and learn about them from a local. Thought Peru didn't have much of a food scene? You can think again!

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Jiron Lampa, Jirón Lampa, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

Basílica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima

As you move ahead on this historical Lima tour you will visit the breath-taking Monasterio San Francisco, home to huge underground catacombs and 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 everything you see.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Museo del Pisco, Calle Moral 229 Corner Santa Catalina center of historic Arequipa, Arequipa 04001 Peru

After all that learning, it's time to rest your body and give yourself a break, and the only way to do that in Lima is with a Pisco Sour in hand! Your local guide will take you to the place where this iconic drink is the best in town, or so they claim…This Lima tour will come to an end here, where you can continue your own exploration of the city, or your local guide will be able to point you in the direction of your accommodation.

As a city so important to Peru's history and culture, it can be hard to know what to do in Lima to really tap into what it is to be a Limeño. With a local by your side on our Lima Discovery tour, you'll get to know the classic stories and local tales of this fascinating Peruvian city.

Duration: 40 minutes


  • Local English-speaking guide
  • City bus ticket
  • Entrance fee to San Francisco
  • One Pisco Sour
  • Entry/Admission - Jiron Lampa
  • Entry/Admission - Museo del Pisco


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Mercado Central (Central Market)

Departure Time

1:15 PM

Departure Point

Iglesia Matriz Virgen Milagrosa, Cl. Lima 333, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Returns To

Plaza de Armas, Calango 15615, Peru

Additional Information

  • 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 you’ll 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Here in Lima, a city of more than 10 million inhabitants, traffic becomes a big problem. But on this tour, you'll be riding public transportation that runs on natural gas and has a dedicated lane. This saves a lot of time while helping the environment in a city with as much pollution as Lima.
  • You will visit the local Central Market where you can try the best seasonal fruits in the area, right from local producers.
  • You finish the tour with a pisco sour, Peru's national drink, at a local bar that has the reputation of preparing one of the best pisco sours in the city. The bar is eco-friendly and they don't sell plastic bottles or use straws.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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!
• Submitted 15 Aug 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.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2017
Great way to start our visit to Peru MilagrosMilliewas an informative and dynamic guide full of history and facts about the city.
• Submitted 26 Jan 2017
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!
• Submitted 03 Oct 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.
• Submitted 24 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
• Submitted 24 Sep 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 03 Jul 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!!
• Submitted 24 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
• Submitted 19 Jun 2016
Paula was knowledgeable and picked up on what we wanted to see and moved along when we were ready to visit the next site. The length of the tour was perfect and Paula was easy to talk to and her English was excellent. Lovely person.
• Submitted 05 May 2016
The tour leader was excellent. She concentrated on the most interesting sites and made sure that we did not bump into large tour groups. She was caring and personable and ended with a relaxing stop in a small cafe where we could all talk and discuss the tour.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2015
Our Guide Paula was amazing and made the tour enriching, fun and a great experience for the entire group. Definitely look up Paula for an amazing time during your vacation.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2015
What a great tour this is. Very informative and you get to see so much. Lima is such a beautiful city and is well worth a closer look and this is the way to do it. Our first taste of the legendary Pisco Sour at the Hotel Maury was a highlight. You feel that you are walking into a bank and then there's this beautiful bar. We had a great time.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2015
We loved this tour. It was just the right amount of time and our guide was wonderful. Taking the tour was much more efficient than trying to find the things we saw on our own. If we were on our own we would have passed by buildings not knowing what they were. Having the guide was an absolute benefit. We highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 15 Sep 2015
Loved the tour and the guide and really loved the pisco sours at end!
• Submitted 05 Aug 2015
Very good. A great mix of history, architecture, and a bit of contemporary life.
• Submitted 02 Jul 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 18 Jun 2015
The tour was very nice, a lot of things to know and to see. Thanks
• Submitted 26 May 2015
Only my wife and I made up the tour group. Guide was superb. Got to see so much of everyday downtown Lima life. Market was very interesting. Catacombs, shopping areas, etc. Wow!
• Submitted 05 Jun 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 03 Apr 2015
This was a great tour - one of the high lights of our trip and put Lima in a different light. The tour guide, Paula, was wonderful.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2015
Georgio our guide was really friendly and knowledgeable and brought everyone on the tour together! Toe covere a good range of places and was worth the money!
• Submitted 19 Mar 2015
Our guide was so lovely! She even even when the extra mile to make sure we were out of the city before the roads were blocked from a student protest that was due to begin at 5pm. I really enjoyed the tour and we saw all of the main sites of Lima.
• Submitted 12 Mar 2015
Teresa was excellent. It was a great introduction to the city. Very happy that it all worked using the Viator app. Will definetly recommend using this service in the future.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2014