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  • Lima: Swim with Wild Sea Lions at Palomino Islands

    1. Lima: Swim with Wild Sea Lions at Palomino Islands

    Meet your friendly crew then sail to the islands of Callao, travelling through the "El Camotal" underwater, open sea and passing by San Lorenzo Island.  At 11:30 AM, reach the farthest point, Palomino Island, which houses a large colony of sea lions. Here, you can freely swim alongside these great animals in neoprene suits. Then, at 12:35 PM, you will return to the meeting place in Calloa at Calle La Mar 229. Your return will begin through impressively shaped cliffs and islets. You will have the chance to enjoy a snack on board before arriving at the pier in Callao at 1:00 PM.

    The crew were funny, engaging, genuinely happy to take us out to swim with the sea lions. The experience was amazing. I have swum, surfed, dived in the ocean for 50 years but never have I been happier in the water than I was swimming with the sea lions. Their noise, inquisitive and fun nature was incredible. I was fortunate enough to be nibbled on the foot by one! Words can’t describe. Have no second thoughts, do it, you won’t regret it.

  • Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

    2. Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

    Wait for your local guide at your hotel lobby and get ready to start the tour. First, discover the beauty of Miraflores. Learn the history of this emblematic and most visited district of Lima. Also, admire from the outside the archeological site of Huaca Pucllana. Understand the importance of this ceremonial and administrative center made of adobe and clay. Then, visit The Olive Trees Park in San Isidro district. Relax in this peaceful green area full of ancient preserved olive trees. Also, visit the beautiful Love Park and celebrate love in all its forms. Take photos of The Kiss, an iconic sculpture made by the acclaimed Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Admire the surroundings from the tiled benches inspired in Antoni Gaudí's Parc Güell in Barcelona. After that, enjoy from the cliffs of Miraflores awesome views of Lima and the Pacific Ocean. Then visit Barranco, the artsy neighborhood o...

  • Lima: Panoramic City Bus Tour

    3. Lima: Panoramic City Bus Tour

    Enjoy the mesmerising sights of Lima, with three separate day-time panoramic tours to choose from, as well as a fabulous night and fountains panoramic tour. From the open-top deck of the double-decker sightseeing bus, you'll have unrivalled views, in what is already an alluring destination. See everything the Peruvian capital has to offer, from natural beauty to historic architecture. With an audio guide provided in English and Spanish, you'll also have an educational experience on this highly enjoyable trip around Lima. The tour begins in Larcomar, a well known tourist centre of Contemporary Lima, continuing then with a panoramic view of the most important attractions of the capital such as the Huaca Pucllana, the Exposition Park, the Lima Art Museum, the Italian Art Museum, the Miguel Grau Square, the Palace of Justice, the San Martin Square, the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Govern...

    It wasn’t what I had expected but was a good experience once on the bus. The pick up directions were incorrect. There was no NVK cinema ticket office. There was no signage at all for the bus stop. After asking several locals we finally found where to meet. Good thing we initially arrived an hour early. The tour was narrated by an actual person instead of a prerecorded dialogue. However, they used a poor quality speaker system instead of headphones. Could not hear or understand much of the descriptions. Spoken first in Spanish then English. The highlight was an actual off bus tour of the Lima Cathedral.

  • Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Downtown and Catacombs Night Tour

    4. Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Downtown and Catacombs Night Tour

    Visit the historic side of Lima and explore its streets at night. After pickup at your hotel, admire the illuminated Cathedral of Lima, an architectural jewel that has a Renaissance-style facade. Stroll around the Main Square, see beautiful buildings like the Government and Municipal Palace, then experience the nightlife of the colonial side of Lima on Chabuca Granda boulevard. Try local desserts and typical drinks, and visit a unique chocolate museum at night. Later, head to the San Francisco Convent and its famous catacombs. Discover a unique part of Lima underground with corridors full of history and beautiful paintings. See the library, various rooms, the main cloister, and a work of art made of wood and stone. Explore a network of tunnels and underground rooms, and find remains of people who lived hundreds of years ago. Next, make your way to the Magic Water Circuit, the Guinness ...

    Book and enjoy! Pick up to drop off was a safe and enjoyable experience. Took visiting the sites to a level of just view and enjoy. Having a personal tour guide and a small group could not have been better!

  • Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

    5. Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

    After being picked up from your hotel, the tour begins by visiting one of the most important squares of Peru. San Martin Square is surrounded by balconies, Acestrals' homes, colonial residences, and beautiful palaces. Following this, visit one of the most significant avenues of Lima, Jiron de La Unión. The tour then continues to the square of Lima or 'Plaza Mayor'. Here you can view cathedrals, the government palace, city hall, and wonderful balconies decorated uniquely with an Arabic influence. The tour concludes with a trip to one of the oldest catacombs of America, the 'San Francisco Monastery'.

    Super friendly Guide, covered all the interesting sights of Lima. I learned a lot of facts and side stories about the life in Lima and Peru in general. Strongly recommend this tour.

  • Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

    6. Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Lima, and then travel 30 minutes southeast to the archaeological complex of Pachacamac, named for the Inca Earth Maker god Pacha Kamaq. Learn all about the culture and traditions of the Inca Empire at the museum, where artifacts discovered at the site are artfully displayed. Stroll around the sacred land and get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the pyramid Temple of the Sun. Return to the car and enjoy traditional alfajores (cookies) from the region. Then, drive back to Lima full of memories, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

    Jordan was a fantastic guide. He really knew a huge amount about the Pachacamac, the history of archeology of the site, and also in general about Lima and how it has developed. The tour was personal, meaningful and FUN. Highly recommend.

  • Lima: Magic Fountain Park and Bohemian Barranco Tour

    7. Lima: Magic Fountain Park and Bohemian Barranco Tour

    Enjoy a tour of Lima's bohemian district of Barranco. Visit a massive fountain complex surrounded by great monuments and greenery at the Magic Water Fountain Park. Start with a hotel pickup and transfer to Magic Water Fountain Park. Take a tour of the park and its dancing fountains with lights, music, and interactive elements. Listen as your guide explains the significance of the area. Watch the famous Light Show that displays the different cultures of the coast, mountains, and jungle of Peru. Enjoy a tour of Lima's cultural district of Barranco. Barranco has become known as a bohemian neighborhood with a budding art scene. Its old mansions are being turned into restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, design shops, art galleries, and museums. Stroll through the neighborhood’s artsy streets and see wonderful murals and graffiti. Learn more about this fascinating district from your guide. Fin...

  • From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

    8. From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

    Wake up early for pick-up from your hotel at 4:30 AM and travel to the Paracas National Reserve. Enjoy a breakfast box on the way there. Board the first boat to Ballestas Islands and admire the scenery of Paracas Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife like sea lions, seagulls and penguins.  Travel to the aerodrome of Ica and watch an informative video on the history of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jump on to a Cessna 208 Caravan plane and fly over the ancient geoglyphs, to view them from above. Take pictures of the whale, astronaut, monkey, hummingbird and many more of the geoglyphs. Head to a traditional Peruvian restaurant and choose between a creole or seafood lunch, complemented with drinks. Indulge yourself with a wine tasting as well as traditional pisco, famously made in the region.  Return to Lima at 7:00 PM.

  • Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

    9. Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

    Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Miraflores, San Isidro or Lima Downtown. Make your way to Barranco, Lima’s bohemian suburb which is known for its nightlife. See Barranco’s Central Park, its Municipal Library, and the Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge which stretches over the neighborhood. Next, head over to Chorrillos. Once one of the most exclusive summer resorts in Lima, Chorrillos now boasts an ecological reserve called “Pantanos de Villa.” After visiting Chorrillos you’ll drive down the South Pacific Coast Highway to Pachacamac, the most important ceremonial site on the Peruvian coast during pre-Inca and Inca times. Pilgrims came to this large complex to pay homage to the creator god Pachacamac. Throughout the centuries the site was occupied by different Andean civilizations including the Lima, the Wari, the Ichma, and finally the Inca Empire. Marv...

    Carla was excellent! Loved seeing these ancient ruins and the Barranco district is GORGEOUS :)

  • Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

    10. Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

    Immerse yourself in Lima's colonial history with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, start your experience at San Martin Square, where you can admire striking examples of colonial architecture such as the old Bolivar Hotel. Later, visit the breathtaking Plaza de Armas and admire impressive buildings such as the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and more. Finish your tour in downtown Lima at the fascinating Catacombs and Museum of San Francisco. Learn more about Peru's colonial period through the museum's vast collection of artwork, see rare editions in the library and wander through the blood-curdling passages of the catacombs, where the bones of 25,000 people lie. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

    Lucas was an amazing tour guide. I usually don’t do city walking tours but this was worth it. We would never have seen or learned so much about Lima if it wasn’t for Lucas. I definitely recommend!

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What people are saying about Lima

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 500 reviews

This tour was wonderful! We did not have a lot of time in Lima but we wanted to get in as much as we could. Luca, the tour guide, was wonderful. Kind, sincere, caring, extremely knowledgeable, and willing to entertain all our questions, take pictures for us, asked us our opinion, and made us feel welcome to his beautiful country and city. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has some time but not a lot. The driver was nice as well and they provided us with a clean van, water, and snacks.

I had an amazing time! Our guide brought us to visit the plaza in Miraflores, the plaza del amor, he discussed with us the coastal life, we road along the coast of the pacific ocean to the town of Barranco where we have a nice coffee stop. Our guide was amazing and friendly and willing to share the history.

Book and enjoy! Pick up to drop off was a safe and enjoyable experience. Took visiting the sites to a level of just view and enjoy. Having a personal tour guide and a small group could not have been better!

Super friendly Guide, covered all the interesting sights of Lima. I learned a lot of facts and side stories about the life in Lima and Peru in general. Strongly recommend this tour.

It was super educational and I totally recommend it the guy who was giving the tour was so friendly :)