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San Isidro

San Isidro

Lima, Peru

The Basics

A stark juxtaposition to San Isidro’s contemporary look is Huaca Huallamarca, also known by its Quechua spelling, Wak’a Wallamarka. This significant archaeological complex houses a pre-Colombian adobe pyramid that served as an ancient ceremonial burial site. An on-site museum displays artifacts excavated from the site, such as mummies, textiles, wind instruments used to mimic the songs of birds, and pottery carved with unique geometric shapes and anthropomorphic figures by the Lima culture.

Travelers have many options to explore San Isidro. Private and group walking and cycling tours may be half-day, full-day, or combined with visits to the upscale Miraflores neighborhood or even a short cruise from the Callao port. If you would rather hone in on a specific interest, there are tours focusing on art, culture, and San Isidro’s dynamic food scene.

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Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
star-4.5
$89.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
It’s Another World
This was a very interesting cultural journey. It is amazing the way people adopt a way of life living on newly created delta islands with basically no services. Everything comes and goes by boats, from groceries to water to medical services.
Wanda_G, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lima

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River Delta boat tour
Michael_P, Jan 2022
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Romeena picked us up on time at our hotel in the firm's van. She was very knowledgeable about local history and spoke English very well. The San Isidro Church is historical and beautiful. The river delta boat tour gave a close up view of homes and lifestyles of the people who live on the Delta islands, not connected to the mainland. The upper deck can be quite warm and sunny but you can go below to an air conditioned area. Very informative and easy way to spend half a day.
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Great
Laura_D, Jan 2022
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
This was a great tour. We enjoyed the relaxing boat ride down the Tigre Delta and at the same time learned about this unique area of Argentina. Tour guide was great - very personable.
star-5
It’s Another World
Wanda_G, Jan 2022
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
This was a very interesting cultural journey. It is amazing the way people adopt a way of life living on newly created delta islands with basically no services. Everything comes and goes by boats, from groceries to water to medical services.
star-5
A great day.
Mary_H, Jan 2022
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Nicholas was a wonderful guide, giving a little history lesson as we went along. It was a small group so plenty of time to talk.
star-5
Fascinating Tigre
Matt_M, Jan 2022
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
A tour is only as good as it's guide and Enrique was fantastic! Best tour ever. An eye opening view of a spectacular nomadic lifestyle in the Delta.
star-4
Worth the trip!
Kurt_V, Dec 2021
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Tigre delta is worth the experience. It is so different from the capital that it definitely is an additional experience. San Isidro is not worth the stopover. The fruit market is nice to stroll around. The boat cruise was very nice. It was announced as a 1 hour cruise but easily took 1,5h. Very nice. Guide Nicholas did a fine job.
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Hidden Gem!
Aida_G, Nov 2021
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
San Isidro and Tigre were a pleasant addition to our trip to Buenos Aires. Our driver Diego was so knowledgeable and accommodating, very very nice guy. The boat trip was fun. The only thing that I would change was that the empanadas were not that good, other than that this is an amazing tour!
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A great tour for English speakers with little Spanish language skills
Justin_F, Dec 2021
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Marcelo is a very knowledgeable guide with a good grasp on the history of Argentina. His communication in English is really good and invites questions and discussions.
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Trip to Tigre Delta
jennifer_c, Dec 2021
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Great guide, Henrique Heinz! He filled in so much info about Buenos Aires and came along on the boat too. Tigre is a fascinating side to BA life- well worth a visit. Bistro made everything easy.
star-5
Excellent relaxing tour
Nova_F, Nov 2021
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Very relaxing boat ride. Enjoyed the visits en route to the boat. Excellent friendly and informative Guide.
star-4
Enjoyable boat ride
AndrewJames_F, Mar 2020
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
I loved the boat ride from the Port into the Tigre Delta. It was great to get out of the city and see what Argentinians do for fun in the summer. We saw family BBQs and kids jumping from piers and alot of natural beauty. The lunch was very good in a well air conditioned restaurant (which was needed that day!). The stop in San Isidro is brief and there is a bus ride back to Buenos Aires. I am really glad I did this trip to get a sense of the areas outside of Buenos Aires.
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cecilia is great
Matt_C, Jul 2020
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Tigre is a very beautiful area, I liked the navigation and empanadas, Cecilia was an excellent guide

Things to Know Before You Go

*As the country's center for banking, it might make sense to do your currency exchange transactions here. Be sure to have your passport. *Bring a healthy appetite—and a connoisseur’s palate. San Isidro hosts many of the city’s top restaurants, including Astrid y Gaston, founded by Gastón Acurio, Lima’s most beloved chef and credited with putting Lima cuisine on the map, and Maras, where chef Rafael Piqueras (formerly of El Bulli) employs molecular gastronomy to reinvent traditional dishes from the Andes, the Amazon, and the coast. *Wear comfortable shoes if joining a walking tour.

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How to Get There

North of Miraflores, San Isidro is serviced by the city electric express bus, El Metropolitano, along the Ruta Troncal line.

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When to Get There

Any time is a good time to visit, as the weather is warm and mild throughout the year. During winter months (May to November), coastal places, such as San Isidro, Barranco, and Miraflores, will be cool, damp, and foggy, so have a sweater or a scarf for nighttime visits.

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Wildcard

Hidden Oasis El Olivar Park (Parque El Olivar) is a welcome respite from the city’s intense traffic and pollution. Declared a National Monument in 1959, the beautiful green space is filled with ancient olive trees, a lagoon, and lawns for quiet picnics. Look for the signs alerting you to all the different and exotic species of birds that make their homes in the trees.

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