Food, Social and Cultural Tour of Lima

Lima district, Peru
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DURATION
7 hours
OPERATES FREQUENCY
Daily
RETURN DETAILS
You'll be dropped off at your hotel.
DEPARTURE POINT
Centrally located hotels
DEPARTURE TIME
10am
DESCRIPTION
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).
ADDITIONAL INFO
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability. Operated by a bilingual guide (Spanish/English). Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking (allergies or any other restrictions). On the market, it is not always possible to provide vegetarian options. A moderate amount of walking is involved. Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. We recommend wearing comfortable closed walking shoes (f.i. sneakers, no sandals). Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended. From May to November it is recommended to bring a sweater and a light coat since the weather may be colder in some areas you'll visit. A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
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  • 5Rog

    The best tour of our trip and lucky enough to be just my wife and myself on it! Adolfo our guide was brilliant and we stopped in at a local market first to try everything under the sun! The highlight was a stop to have a great ceviche freshly prepared in front of us. Our guide was knowledgeable, had some great stories, was helpful and inquisitive and displayed genuine passion for Lima and the people. Our next stop was in the favela and we stopped into three different houses to discuss the peoples stories, struggles and share some laughs. Their passion, community and belief is inspiring and it was a genuine privilege to talk to these amazing people. This tour is not as confronting and dangerous as one might think. In fact, its probably safer in the favela then in downtown Lima! If you have time to take this trip, do it. We finished with great memories of Lima and the food and cultural experience was incredible.

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