Lima Tours

Lima Walking Tour – Explore Lima through the Eyes of a Local!

Lima is an incredibly vibrant, cultured and dynamic city with unlimited opportunities for discovery. The best way to see it all is to take a Lima Free Walking Tour.

Lima is an incredibly vibrant, cultured and dynamic city with unlimited opportunities for exploration and discovery. Packed with a variety of Spanish colonial architecture, art, and excellent cuisine, Lima is a must during your travels in South America. The best way to see all of the things that this amazing place has to offer is to take a Free Lima Walking Tour to the city’s historic center.

Lima Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Lima

Lima Walking Tour

There is plenty to discover in the streets of Lima, and sadly if you don’t know what you’re looking for then you are simply faced with almost meaningless buildings. Take any of these tours to learn a little about the history, facts and tips to any of the 3 destinations they have to offer in the historical center of Downtown Lima, the touristic district of Miraflores or the bohemian art district of Barranco.

Meeting Point

The Lima Free Walking Tour leaves for the Historical Center at 9:45 A.M. , to Miraflores at 2:55 P.M and to Barranco at 10:35 AM from the Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores (Avenida Jose Larco 799 or Avenida Diagonal 494, Miraflores)

Lima Walking Tour of the Historic Center

The Lima Free Walking Tour leaves for the Historical Center at 9:45 A.M. , from here, you’ll take the Metropolitano bus to the historical center, experiencing the use of the public transportation as a local.

San Martin Square

The first stop it is the San Martin Square, the second most important square in downtown lima, this square was built early in the 20th century and was named after the giant monument of the liberator Jose de San Martin that was erected in its center. In this spot, your guide will inform you of the history of the square and the gatherings that take place here.

Main Square

After spending some time in San Martin Square, the tour will then move on to the Main Square. Once the Main Square has been reached, the group will all be given free time to roam around, take pictures and soak in the history of the square. The group will then meet again in front of the Government Palace to observe the impressive changing of the guard.

Downtown Lima

Jirón de la Unión

It is a street of the Pizarro checkpoint, for many years the most important road in the city, characterized by being the most aristocratic and where the most famous inhabitants were meeting. Subsequently, with the damage of the historic center of Lima, the Jiron of the Union lost its aristocratic character to assume a fully commercial one.

Iglesia de La Merced (La Merced’s Church)

This church of the order of the Mercedarian was located here in 4 lots that were offered after the foundation of Lima in 1535, the first church was made of adobe and precarious materials of the time.

Jirón Ica

El jirón, in its first blocks, has an exclusively commercial character, highlighting the presence of restaurants. After its intersection with Tacna Avenue, the shred acquires a residential character. The western part of the jirón, especially after Tacna Avenue, is part of one of the city’s crime zones.

Main Square

After spending some time in San Martin Square, the tour will then move on to the Main Square. Once the Main Square has been reached, the group will all be given free time to roam around, take pictures and soak in the history of the square. The group will then meet again in front of the Government Palace to observe the impressive changing of the guard.

The House of Peruvian Literature

Located in what was previously a train station, The House of Peruvian Literature is part museum, part library. During this part of the guide, you’ll gain knowledge about Peru’s most famous writers and about the history of Peru’s literature in general.

Basilica and Convent of San Francisco

It is one of the most extensive religious complexes in Lima. It was built in the second half of the 16th century (1535), of Baroque and Mudejar styles (12th century style characterized by having Arab influence and the brick’s main material).

Parque de la Muralla

Last but not least, the final stop of the tour is the Wall Park. In the park are remains of the old city wall, that once protected Lima from invading pirates and the rising waters of the Rio Rimac. Today you can see around 300 meters of the nicely restored city wall which was based on brick, boulder and calicanto, which is the mixture of sand, lime and egg white of the Guaneras birds. It was built during the colonial era in the 17th century.

Lima Walking Tour Conclusion

The Lima Walking Tour will then return to Miraflores at approximately 2 pm, unless you decide to do some further exploration of Downtown Lima, which is also advised! If you think these sites listed above sound interesting, then don’t waste any time and join the tour for yourself!

Lima Walking Tour of Miraflores

The Lima Walking Tour of Miraflores begins at 2:55 PM, every day from any of the Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores, where you will walk through its streets 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 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.

Parque Kennedy

Kennedy Park is one of the principal touristic places in Miraflores. It received its name on the 50th anniversary of the death famous president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. People come here to relax and to walk around the area that boasts a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes. In the park, you have the chance to taste some Peruvian food like Butifarra, Chicha Morada, Arroz con Leche, Picarones and more. 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.

cats chilling out in kennedy park

Parroquia Virgen Milagrosa

Also known as the Miraflores parent church, this structure was built in 1919 by the Polish architect Ricardo de Java Malachowski after his arrival in the early 20th century. Inside the church, we can find stained glass decorations based on different episodes of the life of Jesus Christ and the image of the Virgin Mary.

Mercado N° 1

Market 1 of Surquillo is one of the most emblematic 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. Also around the area, you can 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.

Indian Market

The market is made up of a series of small shops that cover 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.

With low prices, it is a great place to visit if you want to buy some souvenirs of your trip. You can bargain and haggle the prices so spend a little time shopping around for the best deal and then ask for a discount.

Arequipa Avenue

Arequipa Avenue is one of the main avenues in the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. It extends from north to south in the districts of Lima, Lince, San Isidro and Miraflores along 52 blocks.

It has a cycle path located along its entire central berm. Before the implementation of the SIT, Arequipa Avenue was the seventh most congested road in Lima due to the excessive

Pizza’s street

Paseo San Ramón, traditionally called Calle de las Pizzas, is a pedestrian street located in the Lima district of Miraflores. The characteristic 2-block street is full of restaurants whose main offer is pizza, hence its particular name. At night, this passage becomes a nightlife center where there are several pubs and bars. The corner of Avenida Diagonal with Calle Berlín marks the end point of this pedestrian path and the busiest area of the avenue.

Choco Museo

Hear about the Peruvian cocoa, and see the process of making chocolate, from the beginning as a cacao tree and the production 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 for about 10 minutes, as the process of making different types of chocolates and derived products is explained, you can 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.

Parque del Amor

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.

Larcomar

This shopping center was inaugurated in 1998 by Fernando Andrade, the ex-mayor of Miraflores. Actually, 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 Walking Tour of Barranco

The Lima Walking Tour of Barranco begins at 10:35 AM, every day from any of the Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores, where you will walk through of the Barranco district. At the beginning you’ll board a local bus call “La Chama” with your guide to head to the Barranco district.

Barranco View

Barranco is considered as the bohemian and cultural district of Lima. It has been the favorite residence of artists and writers. Barranco was founded on October 26, 1874. An extremely attractive beach resort for upper-middle-class and foreign tourists from Lima, who for the most part built large ranches and European-style houses.

Art Work Stair

Here, you can find murals of many different artists. A place where artists of all disciplines and backgrounds have gone to nurture their creative inspiration. Lately, Barranco’s streets have become something of a canvas, as the local government continues to allow more murals to be painted on the streets’ walls, Barranco is morphing into a colorful and lively street art gallery.

Bajada de Baños

The Bajada de los Baños is considered a Colonial and Republican Real Estate Cultural Heritage. Formerly it was a small ravine that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, currently it is a road but it continues to cross the famous Bridge of Sighs. Its name, Bajada de Baños, is due to the path that leads to the sea and in ancient times to the Baños de Barranco.

Casa de los Suspiros – Jade Rivera Paintings

A good place full of good taste and avant-garde that brings together an interesting variety of crafts and art of all kinds.

Puente de los Suspiros

In the heart of Barranco is the Puente de los Suspiros, a traditional wooden bridge wrapped in an air of romanticism, for having been the site that began countless love relationships in Lima.

Puente del Equilibrio

Equilibrio is balance, and in this part of Barranco the cultural reality of Peru is shown, under the bridge we find a mural called “the mural of the races”, since Peru is a multicultural country.

The Barranco Fair

The Barranco Independent Fair is an initiative of independent creatives and merchants from Lima located in the district of Barranco. The Fair supports and promotes local artists, entrepreneurs and SMEs.

Sanchez carrion Boulevard

A street with a long tradition that housed different families, today converted into a boulevard, it joins Bolognesi Avenue with Grau and the Municipal Park. Ideal for night owls who like fun as it is a meeting place for all people from Barranco on weekends. Pubs and clubs are waiting for you.

Main square of Barranco

Barranco is a district that has a strong entertainment offer. This district of Lima with old mansions, cheerful people and lively nights is known as “the artists’ neighborhood”. It was founded in 1874 and borders the Miraflores neighborhood. In the Plaza de Armas is the National Library and there you can get maps of the area with tourist information on bars, restaurants, shops and hotels.

The Lima Free Walking Tour will return to Miraflores at about 1:15pm, unless you decide to stay in Barranco to continue exploring.


Chances are pretty high that if you’re staying in Lima, you will be staying in Miraflores or Barranco. The Lima Walking Tour of Miraflores and of Barranco 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.

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