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Lima Shanty Town Tour (Local Life Experience)

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Explore the real Lima and meet the friendly locals on this 3.5-hour guided tour of a shanty town in the city. This eye-opening experience challenges common preconceptions about such poor working class areas. Your visit contributes to the community, as a percentage of the tour cost is given to improving conditions in the shanty town.
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    Villa El Salvador
    Stop: 4 hours -
    This is an unique anthropologist experience You will have the opportunity to be part of the daily activities and duties of locals that live in one of the crowdest districts of Lima. It is a rich cultural experience you will always remember. On this walking tour you will get the opportunity to see how a large majority of Lima's population truly lives in happiness ambience and community system. We at Haku Tours want you to see 'the real' Lima. Take a walk up the famous yellow stairs and along narrow cute roads all the way to the hilltops and discover beautiful city views of Villa El Salvador. During the tour, we will also visit a local daycare center, and the friendly families from this nice community. The town's huge dimensions and breathtaking views are impressive for any visitor. Remember this tour is about to know people, who will share with you their culture, traditions, believes and thoughts. You should expect to get warm welcomings and happy smiles (locals love visitors).
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Explore one of Lima’s shantytowns during this educational tour
  • Learn about daily life from residents and the challenges they face
  • Visit a kindergarten and local artisans to hear their stories about their home
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from Barranco, Miraflores, and San Isidro
What to Expect
Meet your guide at your central Lima hotel and head towards the shantytown. Receive a short briefing about basic guidelines for the tour before heading in. Wander the alleyways and listen to informative commentary from your guide about the history of the community and its residents. Meet local residents throughout the tour to get a deeper look at their daily lives. Stop at a kindergarten and a silverware factory and listen to stories about the developments within the community. Walk up the ‘yellow stairs’ to take in the astounding dimensions of the shantytown as well as the views of the city below before heading back your hotel to conclude the tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Miraflores, Peru
2: San Isidro, Peru
3: Barranco, Peru
4: Haku Tours: (Local Life Experience & Peru's Top Authentic Food Tours), Oficina 711, Calle Porta 170, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Traveler pickup is offered
All our prices included pick up and drop off to your hotel or Apartament only when is located in: Barranco, Miraflores and San Isidro. Outside these places, you have to pay a small fee for your pick up/drop off.
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel or Apartament pickup and drop-off from Barranco, Miraflores or San Isidro only
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • If your hotel is outside the pickup zone, you can pay an additional fee to be picked up from your hotel
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We had a great experience with Philippe on our tour of the Villa El Salvador district. Learned so much about the everyday life of those living in this shantytown. We had the pleasure of meeting several residents who graciously welcomed us. Would highly recommend this tour to
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What a wonderful introduction to Lima and Peru. Edwin was a wonderful guide and the tour was a beautiful experience. We were graciously welcomed into the community by the members of the community. I was concerned that the tour might have been exploitative of the community, but
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Experience a bit of the life and culture of massive Shanty Town. Sobering and yet up lifting. Not just a walk around.....this is a chance to meet and interact with a few residents clearly well known by our wonderful guide. An experience impossible to duplicate on your own. Dress
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We are in Peru for almost a month and decided to get a different experience of the subculture of Lima. Having been in other parts of the world with less fortunate, Lima’s Shantytown is really no difference. Different reasons perhaps but still same challenges. Tour guide was
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I can’t explain how much I recommend this. AMAZING experience. Jimmy & Arlette are loved by the families and kids of the shanty towns and as their guests your are welcomed with open arms. 100% would recommend as a must do for anyone visiting Lima. The money paid for the trip
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About the operator
By: Haku Tours
1,294 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Great Tour of Lima
The guide, Saulo (hopefully I spelled that right) was great. He was knowledgeable, friendly and personable. He
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Stephen B
Barcelona, Spain
Great tour
Felipe is great and super knowledgeable. Really professional team and seamless coordination and communication from
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Great and knowledgeable people and great food!
Our chefs were very nice and talked to us about Peruvian culture and how that led to the food we were making. The
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Great tour. Highly recommended!
The tour includes some of the most important historical attractions in Lima. Our tour guide is very informative
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Private DownTown Lima Tour
Our guide Felipe was amazing! He was aware of our pace, was clear and pleasant and full of info!! Highly
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Marta C
Etrembieres, France
Great discovery!
We enjoyed a lot this cooking class, we learned not only about the cooking (which you get to eat at the end!) but
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Toronto, Canada
Excellent walking tour of Lima
This tour was a great choice to see Lima’s colonial centre. Pick up was punctual and with good communication, and
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Lima walking tour
We had an amazing tour by Felipe, He is so knowledgeable and fun to be with. We ended up with a private tour and
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Tokyo, Japan
An excellent airport-to-airport transit tour
We had a four-hour layover in Lima and decided to book a short tour to see what we could, and we were surprised at
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Great experience
I had a great cooking lesson with Nindi at Haku Tours. I was picked up from my accommodation on time and taken to
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Regina, Canada
Nice afternoon cooking class!
We did this on our last afternoon in Lima before heading home. Chris showed us around the market and David was our
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Lima, Peru
informative and interesting
Great tour by Filipe of Lima's historical sites, including the Plaza Mayor and Lima Cathedral, Plaza San Martin,
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Bellevue, Washington
Shanty Town Tour
We had a great experience with Philippe on our tour of the Villa El Salvador district. Learned so much about the
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Must do when visiting Lima
What a wonderful introduction to Lima and Peru. Edwin was a wonderful guide and the tour was a beautiful
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Guy u have to try the donkey poo poo drink it is the best or the toe. Fungus lettuce sandwich pls try it
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  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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