Lima Local Communities Tour

Lima Local Communities Tour
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$75
Duration: 7 hours
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Description

Want a small-group Lima tour truly off the beaten path? Want to get to know Lima beyond the touristic areas? Then this intercultural experience is what you're looking for. You have the choice out of two interesting morning programs. One takes you to a few alternative sights such as a small artisanal fish market and a historical heritage hill with a great view of Lima while the other allows more time and visits in the local community for a true intercultural immersion. Both programs include the visit to one of Lima's human settlements with a local guide, including the 2nd largest cemetery in the world, an NGO who does excellent work to improve life in some of Lima's poorest neighborhoods and an entrepreneurial local lady who has started her own fair trade business in her own house. You'll also have lunch at a local family where we'll share some stories with our hosts.

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at around 10am. There are two different options for the morning program:

OPTION 1 (especially popular October-May): You'll head towards the Chorrillos artisanal fishmarket and pier, where your guide will explain about the daily life of the small-scale fishermen before going on a 20-minute boat tour. From the boat, you'll see the contrast between the basic colorful fishers' boats taken over by the pelicans and the modern skyline of Miraflores in the background as well as the desert landscape that is typical for most of the Peruvian coastline. In the boat, the guide will share some historical facts and stories about the places you see.

After the boat ride, you will head up the Morro Solar where, on a clear day, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Lima. On other days, you may experience the typical Lima fog, 'neblina', which is a different, but also interesting experience. After a 30-minute drive, you'll reach the 2nd largest cemetery in the world. It's a very impressive place, different than any other cemetery you have visited before. It's located amidst the hills and human settlements. You'll have the chance to look around and if you're into photography, you'll surely take a bunch of artistic photos.

OPTION 2: The alternative morning program allows more time and visits in the human settlement. It starts with the visit to the cemetery and then continues towards the human settlement where we’ll learn more about fair trade and a typical aspect of Lima life: its small informal businesses. We'll visit the workshop of a group of ladies that organised themselves into a small business that manufactures handicrafts that are then sold as fair trade products. We'll also visit the so-called 'wall of shame' that separates one of the poorest neighborhoods of Lima from one of the richest.

For both options, you'll then head towards the human settlement where our local cook has prepared a lunch for your group. These human settlements are the result of the late 20th century growth towards the hills by migrant populations in Lima. While these are the poorest neighborhoods of Lima, they're filled with hardworking people who're trying to provide a better life for their children. The visit focuses on hope, optimism and positive initiatives.

After lunch, a local guide will show you around her neighborhood located on the hillsides 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 you'll visit and interact with several locals. You'll 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 driver and guide will drop you off back at your hotel around 5 or 5:30pm, depending on traffic conditions.

Want a small-group Lima tour truly off the beaten path? Want to get to know Lima beyond the touristic areas? Then this intercultural experience is what you're looking for. You have the choice out of two interesting morning programs. One takes you to a few alternative sights such as a small artisanal fish market and a historical heritage hill with a great view of Lima while the other allows more time and visits in the local community for a true intercultural immersion. Both programs include the visit to one of Lima's human settlements with a local guide, including the 2nd largest cemetery in the world, an NGO who does excellent work to improve life in some of Lima's poorest neighborhoods and an entrepreneurial local lady who has started her own fair trade business in her own house. You'll also have lunch at a local family where we'll share some stories with our hosts.