Lima Free Walking Tour: The Best Way to Explore the City!
The Lima Free Walking Tour leaves for the Historical Center at 9:30 A.M. and Miraflores Walking Tour at 3 P.M.
every day except Sunday
Just visit the Tourist Information Center to sign up!
Avenida Jose Larco 799, Miraflores
With its incredible mix of Spanish colonial architecture, vibrant culinary and arts scenes, and a spectacular scenic coastline, Lima is a can’t-miss destination in South America. The best way to get a feel for all that this amazing city has to offer is by taking the Lima Free Walking Tour to the historic center. The best Lima Free Walking Tour departs from the official Tourist Information Center in Miraflores at 9:30 A.M. every day except Sunday. On the tour, you’ll get to know the following interesting sites.
Lima Free Walking Tour
Take the time to get to know the corners of the capital city of Peru! With our excellently trained guides who are always happy to help you with whatever you need, you can learn and explore with them.
You’ll begin the tour at 9:30 A.M. at the official Tourist Information Center in Miraflores. From here, you’ll walk through this popular district and your guide will give you some useful tips on restaurants, bars and other things to do nearby. Then you’ll board the Metropolitano bus to head to Downtown Lima.
San Martin Square
This square was built in the early 20th century and was named for the large monument to the liberator Jose de San Martin which sits in the middle of the plaza. You will learn a little about Jose de San Martin and the history of popular gatherings in the square.
After spending time in San Martin Square, you’ll head over the Main Square, where you’ll be given some free time to look around and take some photos before meeting in front of the Government Palace to see the changing of the guard.
You’ll learn about one of Peru’s most delicious national products: the cacao bean and the chocolate made from it. You’ll even get a chance to taste!
The House of Peruvian Literature
Located in a former train station, The House of Peruvian Literature is one part museum, one part library. Here you’ll learn about some of Peru’s most famous writers and get an overview of Peruvian literature.
Santo Domingo Church and Indian Market
Visit the convent where San Martin de Porres, the first black saint in the Americas, spent most of his life. After exploring this architectural wonder, you’ll head over to the nearby “Indian Market” to check out its huge collection of artisan handcrafts. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir!
Chabuca Granda Boulevard
The final stop is the popular Chabuca Granda Boulevard. Your guide will explain who Chabuca Granda was and why this particular street is so popular with Peruvians.
The Lima Free Walking Tour will return to Miraflores at about 2pm, unless you decide to stay in Downtown Lima to continue exploring. To find out more about these sites listed above, you’ll definitely have to take the tour for yourself. Don’t miss out!
Lima Walking Tour of Miraflores
The Lima Walking Tour of Miraflores begins at 3 PM, every day except Sunday from the Tourist Information Center, where you will walk through Miraflores and your guide will point out all of the best bars, restaurants, and shops in this popular district and explore the local history of the area. One of the most historically significant parts of Miraflores’ history is the role it played in the War of the Pacific. It was during the battle of Chorillos and Miraflores that Chilean soldiers took the city of Lima. You will learn more about the battle and the historical importance of the war and the other areas of importance in the area throughout the tour.
Kennedy Park is one of the principal touristic places in Miraflores. People come here to relax and to walk around the area that boasts a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes. A curious fact is that the park is also known as “The cat Park” since it is the home of approximately 100 cats, which you can see sleeping around the park.
Parroquia Virgen Milagrosa
Also known as the Miraflores church, this structure was built in 1919 by the Polish architect Ricardo de Java Malachowski after his arrival in Peru. Inside the church, we can find stained glass decorations based on the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.
Mercado N° 1
Market 1 of Surquillo is one of the many local markets in Lima. The architectural design makes it 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 great 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 that sell ‘traditional’ Peruvian handicrafts and souvenirs, including alpaca colorful woven textiles, embroidered cushions, ceramics, jewelry, and musical instruments.
With low prices, it is a great place to visit if you want to buy some souvenirs of your trip. Spend a little time shopping around for the best deal and then ask for a discount.
These are pre-Inca ruins were built by the first’s cultures that habituated Lima in the 4th century. It’s believed that the main function of this site was an administration point. These ruins were built with mud bricks and many remains have been found by archaeologists on the site, such as textiles, colored ceramics and some remains of food like fruits, meats, and seafood which were part of this ancient communities diet. Today this site is a historic cultural park that allows visitors to transport back to the past while they visit the ruins, lose themselves in the museum and have a nice meal in the restaurant with the ruins as the main view. Where else can you eat like this?
Hear all there is to know about the Peruvian cocoa and see the process of making chocolate, from the cacao tree all of the ways to the wrapping of the delicious treat. Tourists can take the opportunity to taste chocolates, chocolate jams, Peruvian pisco, and cocoa tea.
The whole group enjoys the cacao tour briefly try all of the different options, and buy the products at the Choco Museo shop, which has body lotions, lipsticks, candles, cocoa beans, and notebooks.
Park of love
This beautiful park is located in the Malecon Cisneros. It was inaugurated on February 14th, 1993. In the central part, you can see a beautiful sculpture dedicated to love, “The Kiss” which was created by the Peruvian artist, Victor Delfin. The park is bordered by a colorful mosaic wall, where you can read romantic phrases from the best known Peruvian poets, phrases such as:
“You are above the infinite sea” written by Augusto Tamayo Vargas.
Inaugurated in 1998 by Fernando Andrade, this shopping center has 115 stores,17 restaurants of all flavors, and if you’re looking for fun it has bowling, bars, clubs, and plenty others. It’s the most famous commercial center in Miraflores.
Chances are pretty high that if you’re staying in Lima, you will be staying in Miraflores. The Lima Walking Tour of Miraflores is a great way for you to get to know the area that you are staying in, and the tour of the Historical Center of Lima is a must for those interested in the history of the city.