Tours to the Historical Center leave at 9:30 A.M.
and tours of Miraflores leave at 3 P.M. every day except Sunday.
Just visit the Tourist Information Center to sign up!
Avenida Jose Larco 799, Miraflores
Included in the tour:
- Guided explanation of historical sites
- Free tasting of chocolate & liqueur
- S/5 for transportation (about $1.50)
- Gratuity for guide
- Extra food or drinks
Lima Free Walking Tour
The new Lima Free Walking Tour is the perfect way to see the diverse and vibrant Lima Historic Center at no cost. This tour will take you on a historical and captivating adventure of the fifth largest city in South America. The Lima Free Walking Tour lasts around three hours and the friendly guide will always be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the sites. Below is a brief introduction to the various stops on the tour.
The Lima Free Walking Tour begins at 9:30 am outside the official Tourist Information Center on Avenida Jose Larco in the popular Miraflores district. Here, you will meet your bilingual guide and the rest of the crew that will be taking the tour. The tour’s main focus is on the historic center of Lima, but your guide will still give a description of Miraflores along with some advice on the best bars and restaurants to visit there. From here, you will take the Metropolitano bus to Downtown Lima.
San Martin Square
The first stop on the tour is the iconic San Martín Square. This square is of the utmost importance to the people of Lima as it is steeped in history. The two monuments of José de San Martín and La Madre Patria in the middle of the square are of great sentiment to the people of Peru, the reasons for which your guide will discuss.
The Main Square
San Martín Square is followed by a walk to the always-lively main square. It is here that Peru’s independence was first proclaimed. Your guide will give you a little insight into the unique architecture and aesthetic of the surrounding buildings. Here you’ll be given 10 minutes to walk around and explore before meeting at the government palace to see the changing of the guard. For many people, this is the highlight of the Lima Free Walking Tour.
Chocolate lovers will be in paradise when they reach this part of the tour. Here you will be taught all about the history of chocolate and taste some delicious Peruvian chocolates. And what’s more is that all of this is completely free of charge.
The House of Peruvian Literature
This former train station is now home to a wide array of literature, most notably that of famous Peruvian novelist and intellectual Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Your guide will tell you a little bit about his life and you’ll get a chance to explore this unique museum.
Santo Domingo Church and the Indian Market
Santo Domingo Church dates back as far as the end of the 16th century and is especially renowned for its architecture. Your guide will teach you some of the fascinating history of this place, after which you’ll be given a few minutes to explore and take photos. This is then followed by a visit to the nearby “Indian Market” where you will find a huge selection of artisan handicrafts–the perfect place to pick up souvenirs.
Boulevard Chabuca Granda
The final stop on the Lima Free Walking Tour is the Boulevard Chabuca Granda. Your guide will explain who Chabuca Granda was, and why this particular street is so popular with the majority of Peruvians.
You will return to Miraflores from the unforgettable Lima Free Walking Tour at approximately 2pm unless you decide to stick around Downtown Lima and enjoy some more of the sights and sounds. If you’d like to find out more about any of these sites you’ll have to check out the tour for yourself. We promise you will not regret it! If you tried our walking tour of the Historical Center then you will love our new walking tour of Miraflores!
Walking Tour of Miraflores
The walking tour of Miraflores departs every day except for Sundays, at 3 pm from the Tourist Information Center on Avenida Jose Larco 799, Miraflores. From here you will discuss the crucial roll Miraflores had in the War of the Pacific, before embarking on the tour of Miraflores, where you will visit:
Kennedy Park is one of the principal touristic spots of Miraflores. It received its name on the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, a previous president of the United States. The park is famous for having the best Picarones in the city, as well as plenty more snacks. The park is also home to more than 100 cats, which gives it the rather appropriate nickname of the cat park!
Parroquia Virgen Milagrosa
Arguably one of the most important churches in Miraflores, this structure was built in 1919 by the Polish architect Ricardo de Java Malachowski. Inside the church, we can find stained glass windows, decorated to represent different episodes of the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.
Mercado N° 1
If you want just one market to summarize all of Lima’s markets then look no further, Market 1 of Surquillo is architecturally different to any of the other markets in the city, and you can find around 300 stands with locals selling a great variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, meats, juices, spices, herbs, cereals and much more. You can also find some really good small restaurants with a real local taste known as “Huariques”. This market is great for tourists and people that are interested in Peruvian gastronomy.
The market is made up of a series of small shops, covering three blocks. Each arcade has a series of small shops that sell ‘traditional’ Peruvian handicrafts and souvenirs, including alpaca scarves, sweaters, and hats, colorful woven textiles, embroidered cushions, ceramics, jewelry, and musical instruments. In short, this is the perfect place to gather traditional gifts at a low price for those back home while you’re traveling. Don’t forget to haggle over the price!
Pre-Inca ruins located in the heart of Miraflores, built by the first’s cultures that habituated Lima in the IV century A.C. It’s believed that the main function of this site was a ceremonial administration point. These ruins were built with adobe brick and many remains have been found by archaeologists on the site, such as textiles, colored ceramics and some remains of food. Lose yourself in the museum and have a delicious meal in the restaurant with the ruins as the main view. Where else can you eat like this?
Learn all there is to know about Peruvian Cocoa, as well as the process of making chocolate, from the beginning in the cocoa tree, all the way to being packaged and sold. You can also indulge in a sample of chocolates, pisco, cocoa tea, and chocolate spreads.
Park of love
Inaugurated on February 14th, 1993, the Parque del Amor is a favorite of tourists and locals alike, with it’s huge and beautiful sculpture dedicated to love, “The Kiss” created by the Peruvian artist, Victor Delfin. The park is also bordered by a colorful mosaic wall, where you can read romantic phrases from the best known Peruvian poets and writers.
This shopping center was inaugurated in 1998 by Fernando Andrade, the ex-mayor of Miraflores. It has 115 stores, 17 restaurants of both traditional Peruvian food and international, and if you’re looking for fun it has bowling, bars, clubs, and plenty others. It’s the most famous commercial center in Miraflores.
Lima is a wonderful city, and with so much to discover, you simply cannot miss your opportunity to get to know this wonderful city alongside those who know it best.