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Alternative Peru

#19 of 598 Tours in Lima
Lima, Peru
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About Alternative Peru
Want a truly alternative, authentic and local experience in Lima? Want to get to know the city beyond the touristic attractions? Then our alternative cultural experiences are what you're looking for! You'll get to see some unique places and meet some amazing locals in areas that most tourists don't get to see. In addition, your visit supports these locals and their projects. All tours can be customised if you have any specific interests and tours are always in very small groups and often private. Your very knowledgeable bilingual tour leader and the local guides will tell you about what you see with lots of background information. Authentic, educational but also fun experiences!
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The Fisherman and Ceviche Culture of Lima Tour

For visitors, Lima might seem a modern metropolitan but if you go off the beaten path, you’ll discover a diverse city with many different cultures. Many customs and traditions were brought to the capital by immigrants from the Andes or the Amazon. But, Lima also has its own rich history and culture. As a coastal town, fishing and seafood have always been very important.

If you are interested in getting to know more about Lima’s own traditional culture, this Fisherman and Ceviche Culture of Lima tour should be on your itinerary.

First, the guide will take you to an artisanal fish market and pier, where you will go for a short boat ride along Lima's coast with beautiful scenery. Afterwards, you visit several locals in the local fishing community, including an artisan boat builder, and you will try the best ceviche of Lima in a tiny, local family restaurant. After lunch, the guide takes you to the best view of Lima, a hill that has played a very important role in Lima’s history.
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4 to 5 hours
from $105.00

Private Local Artisans and Pachacamac Tour

Combine a visit to Pachacamac archaeological complex with a stop in one of Lima's neighborhoods known for its artisan population on this full-day tour. Walk through the ruins of Pachacamac while listening to guided commentary on the site's Inca and pre-Inca history. Back in Lima, pick up some traditional handicrafts and artworks from Ayacucho and enjoy lunch with a local artisan family. Entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Lima hotels provided.
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7 hours
from $135.00

Alternative Food and Social Tour of Lima

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. 
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7 hours 30 minutes
from $120.00

Lima Off the Beaten Path: Local Communities and Cultural Immersion

Go off the beaten tourist path and see a different side of Lima with this guided tour. Explore the city’s working-class neighborhoods, travel by boat to the Morro Solar viewpoint, visit the second-largest cemetery in the world, and hear about life in one of Lima’s poorest hillside communities and efforts by a local NGO to improve conditions.
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7 hours 30 minutes
from $110.00

Half-Day Local Communities and Social Tour in Lima

Take the road less traveled in Lima for a unique learning experience about some of the citizens of one of the largest cities in the world. After visiting a cemetery with more than one million interred, meet the employees of a nongovernmental organization fighting poverty and inequality in Peru. Spend the rest of your tour visiting one of Lima’s most impoverished neighborhoods and eating lunch with a local entrepreneur trying to make a difference in her community.
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4 to 5 hours
from $110.00
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Jordan M wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions6 helpful votes
My girlfriend and I had the most amazing time in Peru, thanks to Natalie and her team at Alternative Peru. Natalie created a personalized tour for the two of us that showed us almost everything Peru has to offer- from the amazing food scene in Lima to Cusco/Machu Picchu and the ancient sites in the surrounding area, to world’s highest Lake at elevation- Lake Titicaca, and ending in the majestic Amazon. Natalie put together an epic trip that we won’t ever forget! It was great to have everything booked and planned for us which made traveling through the country so much easier. We loved that Alternative Peru shows you all the main tourist sites of the country, but also takes you off the beaten path, so you get to see how the real Peruvians live. One of our highlights of this experience is all of the local cuisine we got to taste- this is especially the case with our fishing/ cultural tour of Lima that we did with Alberto. This is a most do tour while in Lima and Alberto, was so informative. We couldn’t be happier with our experience in Peru and highly recommended using Alternative Peru if you are visiting the country.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Balbek wrote a review Mar 2020
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We took Full-Day Authentic Lima Experience organized by Alternative Peru in July 2019. It was very well organized trip showing us a local, normal life in Lima. We were for ex.in artisanal fish market, took short boat tour, visited cementary and the poorest Lima districts with its local projects. We had a van with a driver and a guide. It was really interesting and I can recommed such a trip and this company to everybody who is interested in seeing real life and not just tourist attractions.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Perris22 wrote a review Dec 2019
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I was sceptic to do this tour as it is a lot of money for three persons. But my daughter convinced me and I am not sorry for that. Our guide Alberto and his driver picked us up at our hotel and from there we were taken care of with such a good personal touch all day. All day long we where stuffed with interesting information and good scenaries. Albertos deep personal involvement in how these humble but driven people have it and that they should continously develop them self and their community, affected us in a very positive way. That we were lucky to see dolphins in the beginning of the short sea trip, was a big bonus.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Jamie G wrote a review Dec 2019
Conesus, New York16 contributions
Nothing I say here can do the experience we shared any justice. Alfredo and the driver picked us up at our Airbnb. I wish I could remember the drivers name as he was very friendly and open to all of our questions. We started the day at the Chorrillos fishing village and we were shown around the market. Alfredo introduced us to a tasty simple fried sardine sandwich that is very popular there. Next we went out on a fishing boat to learn more about the area and the fishermen that work the local waters. The colors of the boats and the people we met were equally beautiful. Next we were taken up into Chorrillos and shown around the historic village by Julio, a member of one of the oldest families in the area. His pride for his village and the history were very noticeable. We saw where all the boats from the village were made, by one boat maker. We were then shown where Julio and his father breed and raise champion fighting birds. My favorite part of the trip is when we made it to the top of their house where Julio has a small restaurant where he prepares and serves the best Ceviche I have ever had. Julio showed us how he prepares the fish and explained the whole process. After we filled our bellies with fresh seafood and our hearts with conversation and connections we headed out to the top of Chorrillos for the most amazing views. Thank you to Alfredo, Julio and all the people we met and connected with. You will all be forever burned in our memories and on our hearts.
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Lourdes & Isaak wrote a review Nov 2019
Ponce, Puerto Rico8 contributions
This was the best activity we did on our short trip to Lima in Nov2019. We did The Fishing Culture of Lima tour, taken through the fish market, took a quick boat ride in the bay, visited a boat carpenter's workshop, and a local's home (the Casas family) in Chorrillos, while learning about the importance and rich history of the area. There was a beautiful display of a variety of roosters, and the best ceviche we had was here; made by a local who showed us step by step and fresh caught! (Thanks Julio!) Everyone was very hospitable. Shout out to Alfredo and Placido for a great experience. Highly recommended if you want a breath of fresh air while staying in the big city. You really get to know a place and it's people.
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