Lima City Tours

More than a stopover on the the way to Machu Picchu, Lima is a center of exciting cultural, gastronomic & artistic activities.  In collaboration with local urban guides, we are delighted to offer a variety of Lima city excursions to give you a taste of the passionate Limeno spirit.  Our guides are punctual, reliable and knowledgable.  They are also our friends and when you meet them, we know they will become your friends too.

Airport Transfers: we arrange reliable Lima airport transfers
$45 (for 1-2 people)/ $55 (for 3-6 people) each way. 

Tips for arranging your tours:

  • Flights from Lima to Cusco depart morning & early afternoon.  This is not enough time to arrange a Lima tour on the same day as your flight to Cusco.
  • Flights from Cusco to Lima depart morning & early afternoon.  If you have long layover in Lima before your international flight, it is possible to organize a Lima tour. Please remember that after 6 pm some places may be dark or closed.  If your flight from Cusco is delayed this could affect the quality of your tour if there is no daylight.  We'll do our best to work around these delays when they happen. We can often make changes & continue with your tour.
  • All city tours begin and end at your hotel.  To schedule a Lima tour starting/ending from the Lima airport, there is a transfer fee starting at $45 per group each way.  (up to 4 pax.  Without luggage. Can be stored at airport for $9 per bag)
  • Cruise ship travelers are invited to ask about group rates. Tours can begin/end at the gate to the docks in the Callao Port of Call based on the arrival/departure schedule of your cruise ship. (special permits are required to come dockside to your cruise ship)

Lima City Tours

Lima City Tour with Cathedral  $76 USD pp  (min 2-3) / $71 USD pp for 4 or more        

We walk through the main streets, squares and avenues of the city beginning with the Love Park in Miraflores, for a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Then we continue for a panoramic view of the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial center of the Lima culture. Next is the Plaza de Armas where we find the Government Palace and City Hall. And we end with a visit to the Cathedral to explore the Convent of Santo Domingo.

•Cathedral is closed on some national and / or religious holidays
•Cathedral does not operate on Saturdays in the afternoon or Sunday morning, replaced by Huaca Huallamarca.
•You can not enter religious sites in shorts.

For those interested in colonial architecture and the history of Lima 

Areas visited: Lima colonial and residential area (Miraflores and San Isidro).
Includes: Mobility, guide, entrance to the Cathedral and Convent of Santo Domingo.
Duration:  2.5 - 3 hours
Begins/Ends: Your Lima hotel
Includes:  Private guide, private transport, entrance & snacks  

Larco Museum, Tavern and Magic Water  $110 USD pp (min 2)    

This tour is an investigation into the history of Lima from a different angle. We begin in the Larco Museum is the backdrop to begin learning about the ancient Peruvians. The building is a unique one-of-a-kind royal mansion dating from the eighteenth century, which was built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century. We continue our tour heading to an old tavern to tempt our palates with a tasting of Peruvian sandwiches accompanied by a drink made from pisco, the signature liquor of Peru. Finally, we visit the whimsical Magic Water Circuit, the new icon of entertainment, to witness a wonderful show of ornamental fountains that offer a blend of color, fantasy and illusion.

All year operation. Wednesday through Sunday.
Start Time (variable) 16:00 hrs.

•On Monday and Tuesday the Magic Water Circuit is closed for maintenance and will be replaced by a visit to the bohemian district of Barranco.
•It does not operate in some national or religious holidays.

For those interested in pre-colombian history, sample of local food and whimsical entertainment

Visited areas:  Museo Larco & Magic Water Circuit
Begins/Ends: Your Lima hotel
What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, camera and
Includes: Mobility, guide, entrance to the Larco Museum, snack and beverage in tavern, entrance to the Magic Water Circuit.

Pachacamac - Legendary Ruins   $98 USD pp (min 2)

Driving 31.5 km south, we arrive at Pachacamac Archaeological Site. This Ceremonial Center was occupied between 200 BC and 1532 AD by Lima, Wari, Ischma and Quechua cultures. PACHACAMAC, considered as the "Lord of the tremors" and the God that kept equilibrium in the world, was the most venerated deity in the coast of Peru for almost seventeen centuries! For that reason, the architecture, as well as the history and legend that lies behind it, is staggering and well worth exploring and learning about.
We´ll visit the most representative temples scattered around the site, like the Temple of the Sun, which was formerly painted in a vivid red colour and decorated with niches facing the Pacific Ocean, and the Temple of the Mamaconas or Acllawasi, where maidens of high status lived and were dedicated to worshipping the Sun, to the production of fine textiles, and to be chosen as wives for the Inca and Nobles.
Before we go back, we´ll have enough time to visit the small site museum and enjoy a fresh, homemade sandwich and a drink in the cafeteria or another nice area of our choice.
For those who would like to learn about the history of ancient South American civilizations.    

Areas visited: archaeological areas Pachacamac Sanctuary.

•Comfortable walking shoes. Windbreaker coat during the winter. Hat and sunscreen.

•The Temple of Pachacamac is closed every Monday and for some national and religious holidays.

Includes: Mobility, guide, entrance to the Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac.
All year operation: Tuesday to Sunday.
Duration:  3 to 3.5 hours
Begins/Ends:  Your Lima hotel (closed on Mondays)
Includes:  Private guide, private transport, entrance, fresh sandwich & drink               

Lima After Dark  $106 USD pp (min 2)

We enjoy a unique night visit in the most prestigious museum in the city. We ascend the pre-Columbian pyramid, lit on which is the Larco Museum, and discover the treasures of ancient Peru as we walk through its halls and galleries. At the end of our journey, we delight our palates with an exquisite light dinner in a magical and cozy atmosphere in front of the beautiful gardens.

Includes: Mobility, guide, entrance to the Larco Museum
Start Time (variable) 19:30.

Duration:  3.5 - 4 hours
Begins/Ends:  Your Lima hotel
Includes:  Private guide, private transport, entrance, fresh sandwich & drink                               

Lima Arts and Traditions  $94 USD pp (min 2)              

A unique and intense tour of the historic center of the city to visit some of the architectural relics that are part of Cultural Heritage. Our starting point is the Convent of Santo Domingo, whose corridors were traveled by San Martin de Porras and Santa Rosa de Lima in the seventeenth century and where his remains now lie. Then, we walk to the Casa Aliaga, where we will unveil the secrets of this traditional family with 17 generations. We continue our visit to the Cathedral, a masterpiece of religious art, then to the convent of San Francisco, monumental legacy of the colonial era.

Open year round: Monday to Friday.  Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

• Cathedral closes on some national and religious holidays
• Taking pictures with flash in the Cathedral is prohibited.
• You can not enter religious sites in shorts.

Duration:  3 to 3.5 hours
Begins/Ends:  Your Lima hotel 
Visited areas: Convent of Santo Domingo, Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Convent of San Francisco.
Includes: Mobility, guide, entrance to the Convent of Santo Domingo, Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Convent of San Francisco.                              

Bicycle Modern Lima - Miraflores & Barranco $78 USD pp (min 2)

Guided Art Tour by bicycle - enjoy pedaling the circuit around the bohemian district of Barranco including museums and art galleries
Pre Inca Tour - MiraFlores and San Isidro pre-Incan treasures

- English-speaking Tour Guide
- Bicycle
- Safety helmet
- Bicycle lock
- 01 bottle of drinking water per person
- Tickets to museums on the route
- Mechanical assistance

Not included:
-Travel insurance or medical treatments in case of accidents

Lima Birdwatching

Pantanos de Villa & San Pedro Fields - Coastal Marshes          

Pantanos de Villa is a small protected marsh (396ha) within the city limits of Lima, despite its proximity to the city, the site supports most of the coastal marsh species found in Peru and was declared a Ramsar Site (a wetland of international importance) in 1977. More than 130 bird species have been recorded here and typically more than 50 species can be seen on a single visit.                    
It is an excellent place to spend a morning or afternoon in Lima and offers a good introduction to Peruvian birds. We can also visit San Pedro and combine the fields with sea watching from the shore.
Duration:  varies.  please contact -
Begins/Ends:  Your Lima hotel
Includes:  Private guide, private transport                   

Lomas de Lachay - Intro to Peruvian birding           

With only about 55 bird species here, Lomas de Lachay is a good introduction to Peruvian birdwatching.  It holds some specialties and four endemics that are difficult to see elsewhere. It is best to visit during the wet season when it gives the impression of a cloud forest (between May to November) but the most interesting birds are year round residents.
The endemic Thick billed miner can often be seen in rocky places. Peruvian sheartail, Purple-collared woodstar and Oasis hummingbird are active in open areas anywhere with flowering plants.       
Duration:  varies (please contact
Begins/Ends:  Your Lima hotel
Includes:  Private guide, private transport            

El Olivar - Urban Olive Forest Habitat            

With a number of 25 to 30 species of birds, urban parks present moderate challenges to survival.  Urban birds are usually flexible about their food and are well adapted to habitats with open vegetation.
Many species have been introduced artificially by escaping from cages and have established stable urban populations, as the case Azuleja Tanager (Blue-gray tanager), which is native to the Amazon, and the Emerald Parakeet (Pacific parrotlet) .
Other species such as the Cerulean Honeypot (Bananaquit), the domestic pigeon (Rock Dove) and Casero Sparrow (House sparrow) have been very successful in its continental expansion to fully adapt  to environments modified by human activity.

Parks and gardens include various pastures that attract a variety of pigeons, doves and shiny Tordo (Shiny Cowbird); and areas with flowers, ideal for honeypot Warbler and hummingbirds.  Power lines and other key places offer refuge for tropical species (tropical Kingbird); specialists in catching insects on the wing; roofs  provide safe nesting places for House Sparrow, and areas above the tall trees and open spaces, offer ideal conditions for insects that attract swallows.
Characteristic birds of the area include the Turtupilín (Vermillion flycatcher) and the most well-known raptors are the Gavilan Podermos Cinnamon (Harris hawk) and the Bell-Owl (Barn Owl)
Duration:  varies (please contact
Begins/Ends:  Your Lima hotel
Includes:  Private guide, private transport