Tours leave at 10:15 A.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
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.
Lima Free Walking Tour Meeting Point
The Lima Free Walking Tour begins at 10:15 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!