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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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Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
star-4.5
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A lovely day away from the city.
A great trip with Nico our knowledgeable guide. It was a bit breezy on the top deck but worth it for the views, especially when we got into the calmer river channels. The luxurious water front homes were great to see and Nico educated us on the various service boats that deliver to the properties. Tigre was cute and St Isidro interesting. A lovely day out.
JacquelineL_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lima

star-4
Fun look into a different part of the city!
Donna_R, Apr 2022
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Had a really lovely tour guide (Jessica) who was so fun and passionate about what she did. Really fun to take a boat ride and see a completely different side of Buenos Aires you probably otherwise wouldn't! San Isidro was beautiful. Would recommend if you have a spare day!
star-5
Great bike tour!!
Whitney_W, Apr 2022
Bike Tour San Isidro, Miraflores and Barranco,
Riding bikes around the city is such a great way to take it all in. I highly recommend going with a guide so you better understand everything you’re seeing as well as for safety reasons. Some crossings are a little dodgy.
star-5
Very enjoyable tour
Laura_R, Apr 2022
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Great tour to escape from the city and see a different side of Argentina. Nice to travel on the boat for a while and watch the city change!
star-5
Great company and great tour guides
Cedric_M, Mar 2022
Bike Tour San Isidro, Miraflores and Barranco,
Joel and Gabriela were magnificent. A last-minute travel issue prevented us from taking part in the tour. But they were accommodating and willing to postpone it. We were able to go on the tour the last day and Joel was very knowledgeable and friendly to my wife and me. Joel took us all around Miraflores, San Isidro, and Barranco and showed us the beauty and energy of Lima. Please book them for a wonderful tour.
star-5
Excellent
rowan_b, Apr 2022
Bike Tour San Isidro, Miraflores and Barranco,
The tour guide Jo and the man that organised the bikes were both great and friendly. We had a lovely group. The bikes were good and the route was easy to cycle. A good balance of information and cycling. An excellent tour and would highly recommend :)
star-5
Nice trip
LUISGERARDO_B, Mar 2022
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Emiliano is a great guide, you can expect exactly whab the tour describes. If you really want to know Tigre, I recommend you planning to stay in the Islands, because in the tour is not enough time. Thank you Emiliano.
star-5
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.
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
Well worth doing the delta and Tigre trip
Sheena_G, Mar 2022
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
A lovely day sailing to Tigre and the Delta. Amazing to see the different lifestyle on the river. Great guide and fab snacks in Tigre. Weather wasn’t so good but still a good trip and experience
star-5
This was a great trip...
Christine_H, Mar 2022
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
This was a great trip getting away from busy city scenes. Our guide, Hernan, was wonderful! He is very knowledgeable and speaks English very well. He had many great suggestions on museums and restaurants as well. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Boat trip through the delta
Angela_R, Jan 2022
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
We enjoyed the tour, the day was well organised with cathedral stop, boat tour through the delta and snack at the elegant rowing club.
star-5
Excellent & Informative
Claude_R, Feb 2022
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Excellent half-day tour away from Buenos Aires. We enjoyed the boat ride, especially the interesting variety of river homes. The scenery was beautiful all along the ride. The empanada lunch was delicious and in a very nice setting. Best of all and what really made this tour so amazing was our guide. He gave us information about everything we were seeing, but also provided so many fascinating facts and observations about daily life in Argentina. We would highly recommend the tour.
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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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