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San Isidro District, Lima

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Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

1. 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 of Lima. Be amazed by its beautiful murals and make a wish at the Bridge of Sighs.

Lima: City Highlights in a Day Tour

2. Lima: City Highlights in a Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Then, see Miraflores: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca temple, The Love Park, Barranco: Murals, pittoresque old mansions, The Bridge of Sighs and San Isidro: The Olive Park.

Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

3. Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

Explore the Cercado de Lima, San Isidro and Miraflores districts of Lima and admire sights such as the Renaissance style cathedral, Government Palace, Municipal Palace, Archbishop's Palace and Union Club in the main square. Visit the Convent of San Francisco and Catacombs, admire the colonial balconies and see Plaza San Martín. Take a tour of San Isidro to see one of biggest olive parks in Peru. Visit the financial district before going to Miraflores for a look at the sacred Huaca Pucllana temple. Get a view of the sea at Malecón Cisneros and Love Park, and end with a stop at the exclusive Larcomar shopping mall, where you can enjoy lunch (own expense) overlooking the sea.

Jorge Chavez International Airport: Private Transfer

4. Jorge Chavez International Airport: Private Transfer

Be picked up on time with a professional service and ditch public transportation or haggling with a cab. Avoid lugging your bags onto a crowded bus. Meet your welcoming driver at your hotel in Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidroor at the airport. Feel free to ask your driver any questions that you have. Get great recommendations and cultural suggestions, or ask your favorite tunes to be played. Transfer between your hotel and the airport in the most secure and comfortable way with this service.

Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

5. Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

Experience the flavors of Peruvian food like a local on this street food tour. You will discover why Lima is called the gastronomic city of America, through tasting its signature stews, fruits, and desserts. Learn how to make Peru’s signature drink during a pisco sour lesson. After pickup directly from your accommodation, head first to the Chorrillos Artisanal Fishing Pier, one of the popular trade points for marine products. Get to know the history of the pier before continuing to the Surquillo Market. The Surquillo Market become something of a mecca for international foodies after the praise of the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. The market is open every day and sees a large amount of food and spices sold. You can find exotic fruits from the Amazon Rainforest, potatoes and chili peppers from the tops of the distant Andes Mountains, fresh fish and seafood from the coast, and meats of different types, including alpaca and guinea pig. Taste some exotic fruits (cherimoya, granadilla, and tumbo) and the chicha morada (drink made from purple corn), then continue your gastronomic experience at two fast-food restaurants to taste their different specialties. At La Huerta Chinen, where they specialize in Creole mixes, you’ll get to try the famous Causa Limeña (mashed yellow potatoes seasoned with limes, chili peppers, and stuffed with chicken). At Alto K Fish, they specialize in seafood. You’ll get to taste their marine trio (fish ceviche, rice with seafood, and squid pork rinds). After delighting your palate, visit the historic center of Lima and walk through its old streets appreciating its impressive balconies, churches, and colonial houses. See the main square of Lima, the cathedral, the government palace, and the convent of San Francisco and its catacombs. Later, sweeten your palate by tasting Spanish churros (filled with manjar blanco or pastry cream accompanied with white sugar). Then, visit a local bar to learn about the flagship drink of Peru, the pisco sour (made from grape pisco, limos, syrup, egg whites, and angostura bitters). As a final stop, visit the Chabuca Granda avenue to try the Peruvian donuts known by the locals as picarones (made of sweet potato dough accompanied by honey).

Lima: Culinary Tour by Bike

6. Lima: Culinary Tour by Bike

Start with pickup from the Miraflores or San Isidro district. Begin the tour at Parque Kennedy in the heart of Miraflores. Ride towards the beautiful Malecón of Miraflores and arrive at your first stop, the Buena Vista Café. Enjoy the scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and a refreshing natural juice. Continue by riding to the buzzing Market of San Isidro. Explore the market and taste a variety of Peruvian fruits such as custard apple, aguaymanto, lucuma, pitahaya, and many other native fruits. Next, taste some delicious ceviche, an iconic Peruvian dish, at Barra Chalaca Restaurant. Finally, try a typical dessert which originated in the city, the “Suspiro a la Limeña”.

Local Market & Participative Cooking Class at Urban Kitchen

7. Local Market & Participative Cooking Class at Urban Kitchen

You will be transferred from your hotel to the farmers market of San Isidro, where the day’s culinary experience begins. There, you will discover the stands and main ingredients used in Peruvian cooking, accompanied by a Peruvian chef. Learn about the flavours locals love the most, and take in the aromas and flavours around you. After exploring the market and all it has to offer, you will be transferred to Urban Kitchen to take part in a cooking lesson, where a chef will demonstrate local delicacies for you to make. After this fun experience, you can enjoy the delicious dishes prepared in class. Finally, you will return to the hotel and take your learnings home to prepare Peruvian food whenever you like.

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What people are saying about San Isidro District, Lima

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 12 reviews

We were picked up on time by our guide Manuel. It was even a private tour, which we didn't expect. First we were in Miraflores on the cliffs and visited the Parque d'Amor. Then we went to Huaca Pucllana, where we saw the temple from the outside. Our guide gave us a lot of information the whole time and was able to answer every question. Then we drove past the olive park in San Isidro. Unfortunately there was no time to get off there and go for a little walk. Then we went to the old town, where we visited the Franciscan monastery with the catacombs. Highly recommended!!! After a walk in the old town we went back to our hotel. Overall, the tour was very nice and we enjoyed it.

The guide was very friendly and explained very well! We were able to learn more about the history of Peru while enjoying the best neighborhoods of Lima.

The tour was great. Saw a lot, learned a lot. Our tour guide William did an excellent job by showing us around.

Great experience and way to know more about Lima and the history of Peru overall. Thank you William!

Alexandra is a very professional and sweet tour guide. loved her company throughout.