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Food, Social and Cultural Tour of Lima

  • Full-day food and culture tour of Lima
  • A great introduction to Peru's capital for first-time visitors
  • Explore a Peruvian market
Food, Social and Cultural Tour of Lima
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Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Miraflores, Barranco or San Isidro and drop you off after the tour.
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You'll be picked up from or dropped off at the airport before/after the tour.
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Get a local glimpse into South America’s culinary capital on a full-day tour of Lima, which provides a great cultural introduction for first-time visitors. In an intimate small group limited to eight, you’ll explore a Peruvian market, and feast on food inspired by the cultural melting pot of Lima’s diverse communities. You'll also learn about the work of grassroots organizations, NGO's, and meet a local family to experience real Peruvian culture. 

What to Expect
Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 10am. He'll take you on a short walk towards the market while giving you some background information on Lima, its history, its cultures and how it all manifests in Peruvian dishes. The market is a distinctly Peruvian style neighborhood market with ingredients from the Pacific Coasts, the Andean mountainsides and the Amazon Rainforest.

Enjoy tasting regional meals, fruits, cheeses, liquors, drinks and sweets, all the while chatting and laughing with our enthusiastic friends in the market who are always so eager to share their favorite flavors. For seafood lovers and those who will try anything once, we will show you how to prepare a  ceviche in the market itself. You get to select fresh catches of the day that pique your curiosity for your dish (for example fish, scallops, mussels, squid, octopus, abalone, or even sea urchin!) and see on the spot how this timeless Peruvian classic is “cooked.” Carefully pace your eating and always save some room in your stomach! We then continue to meander through the market, tasting a large variety of dried snacks, side dishes, fresh fruits, time-honored liquors that will surely give you a nice jolt and succulent juices you won’t easily find on just any restaurant menu.

In the afternoon, we’ll take you to a part of Lima that is very much off the beaten path. Our private van, will pick you up from the market and we'll start heading to neighborhoods that feel very far away from the touristy vibes of Miraflores. First we will visit one of the largest and very unique cemeteries in the world where we'll enjoy some amazing views and learn more about cultural traditions in Peru.

The highlight of the tour is the visit to Lima’s Pueblos Jovenes or human settlements. They are the Peruvian favela, where colorful houses of rustic materials are built on the hillsides. These neighborhoods are the poorest areas of the city but at the same time they are rich in diversity and have some of the most hardworking and friendliest people you will ever meet. We focus on optimism and the hope and efforts for a better life for their children while we learn more about their daily lives and about positive initiatives that are changing lives.

A local guide will show us around her neighborhood located on the slopes of the sandy hills of Lima’s outskirts and will show you some of the innovative social and environmental projects that have been set up by a local NGO. The aim of this experience is a genuine intercultural experience since we will visit and interact with several locals. We will learn more about daily life in this harsh environment but will also get the chance to be introduced to some of the efforts carried out to improve the situation.

Your guide will drop you back off at your hotel at around 5:30pm (exact time depends on traffic conditions).

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Reviews (8)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
An Amazing Experience!

This tour is a gem. They take you to a local market with no tourists and give you the freshest food imaginable and tell you history along the way. The cemetery was breathtaking and I'm so glad that was part of this trip. Then meeting...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank horsegirl645
Reviewed June 24, 2018
The food part was great

The market was really fun and interesting. I tasted fruits that I had not heard of and enjoyed smoothies. The "What to expect" stated that you would learn how to make ceviche and select your own fresh seafood. We did not get the lesson but...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Laura S
Reviewed June 24, 2018
The Market part of this tour was interesting and fun

The morning part of this tour was very interesting and fun. Great guide and friendly vendors. We enjoyed trying the different fruit, juices, cheeses and other goodies. The afternoon portion of the tour was surprising, to say the least. We traveled 45 minutes in Lima...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Ginny L
Reviewed June 23, 2018
Interesting Tour

Flight did not leave until midnight so thought this tour would be a great way to end our Peru adventure. The first half of the tour was fantastic. Toured the market, tried several different juices, fruits and then had lunch consisting of ceviche(2 different kinds),fried...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Jrw1234
Reviewed April 14, 2018
Wonderful Day in Lima

Our tour guide, Alfredo and our driver picked us up at our hotel right on time. We had a wonderful experience that began in the market by sampling wonderful flavors of Peru and an awesome lunch! Alfredo keep us informed on what to expect and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 585vickih
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