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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group or Private Lima Discovery Tour
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Explore the spectacular sights of Peru’s captivating capital on a small group walking tour. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere while strolling around the central market; sample traditional pisco sour drinks and experiment with Spanish greetings; and uncover the intriguing history of Lima with an informative guide. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
  • Explore famous landmarks on a guided walking tour of Lima
  • Stop at a local market and learn about Peruvian cuisine
  • Visit a pub and try a real pisco sour
  • Small group tour allows for a more personalized experience
  • Experience Lima like a local, taking city transportation to Lima’s downtown
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Local English-speaking guide
City bus ticket
Entrance fee to San Francisco
One Pisco Sour
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

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

The Front Door of the Virgen Milagrosa Church, next to Miraflores City Hall in Kennedy Park. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///crusted.reframe.bracing

Departure Time

1:15 PM

Return Details

Plaza de Armas, Calango 15615, Peru

Local Bar in Plaza de Armas or Main Square of Lima

Greet your guide at a central Lima location to begin your cultural tour into the city’s historical heart. Wander the famous pedestrian avenue of Jiron de la Union as you learn a few simple Spanish phrases from your informative guide.

Stop to absorb the colonial charm of the San Pedro de Lima Church, marveling at the impressive bell tower as you learn about the history of the sacred 17th century structure. Continue to the vibrant and colorful market and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere; follow your guide past stalls bursting with exotic fruits and fresh vegetables and discover sizzling local dishes.

Next, venture to the legendary Monasterio San Francisco to explore the subterranean catacombs that connect the spiritual structure the other churches in the city. Enjoy a refreshing rest with a glass of traditional pisco sour in a bar that claims to have invented the iconic national beverage, using your newly learnt phrases to greet locals.

Conclude the tour at the ambient Plaza de Armas, continuing to explore Lima independently if you desire. Your guide is happy to provide assistance in getting back to your hotel in Lima.
Stop At:  
Plaza De Armas De Lima
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercado Central (Central Market)
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
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Jiron Lampa
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basílica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima
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
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Latin America
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group or Private Lima Discovery Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group or Private Lima Discovery Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group or Private Lima Discovery Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group or Private Lima Discovery Tour.

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Make this your first tour to get...
Shirley A S
, 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!
Pros: Paula our guide, was...
Alan R
, 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.
This was a fun way to see Lima. Our...
, 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.
Great way to start our visit to...
, Jan 2017
Great way to start our visit to Peru MilagrosMilliewas an informative and dynamic guide full of history and facts about the city.
I was the only person on the walking...
, 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!
Our tour guide was awesome and since...
Jennifer L
, 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.
I don't think I can say how...
, 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
Traffic is a terrific headache in...
Maria O
, 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!!
We learned so much from Fafiana.She...
Melanie C
, 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
This is advertised as a 4 hour tour...
Melissa H
, May 2016
This is advertised as a 4 hour tour we were through in 2 hours. Our guide Paula was very nice and answered questions when asked but was not really forthcoming with lots of info, would have appreciated much more info about Peru and Lima.

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