Experience the real city of Lima by a walking tour, in company of your tour guide or going by your own you will be able to feel the real Lima , visiting areas impossible to get by tour buses, get involved with the city and its citizens. you can Tour the oldest and bohemian districts: Lima downtown, Miraflores, Barranco and others. Don’t miss this unknown and delightful city. Some suggestions:
- OLD LIMA: Walking through the oldest streets of downtown is like opening a history book, parks and avenues will take visitors back in the time to the final half of the 19 century, visiting churches and squares or taking a local drink to get the spirit of the traditional and colonial Lima named by the Spaniards “City of Kings”. There are four distinct areas with their own flavour and architecture; the area around Plaza de Armas (16th to 19th century), around Plaza San Martin (19th and 20th century), Rimac (18th century) and Barrios Altos (18th and 19th century). For the last two areas you should go with a guide, because those areas can be less safe, especially if you wander a bit further.
- CLASSY SAN ISIDRO: There is no place in Lima as beautiful, safe and accessible as this district…home of wealthy families and important bussines people of the city is also an historical part of Lima with a legacy that dates back the 16 th century. Do not miss a visit to park El Olivar,a colonial olive plantation, declared Historical monument and more than 450 years old.
- MODERN MIRAFLORES: This district is the perfect combination of past and present, also the most touristic area of Lima . Visit parks, Inca markets, the sea side and also an old archaeological site “Huaca Pucllana” ( 200 A .D.) all in one place .
- BOHEMIAN BARRANCO: Traditional district, is well know for its night life, also for it XIX century well preserve architecture. Unique in style is also the most romantic place in the city. A visit to the Puente de los Suspiros is a must.
- UPCOMING LOS OLIVOS: Fifty years ago agricultural lands dotted with haciendas and remains of prehispanic temples (even 4,000 years old!), then thousands of immigrants settled and started a new life here, first in makeshift huts, but nowadays Los Olivos is the buzzing entrepeneurial centre of the so called Cono Norte. Don't miss one of Lima's most successfull shopping malls Megaplaza Norte and the discotheques in the Boulevard of Los Olivos.
You can walk by yourself, but as well with a guide. The latter has the advantage that you'll see more. There are hardly any descriptions of routes available and most tourist guides don't go into detail. A Free Walking Tour is offered by Lucid Lima and other walks are offered by Bike Tours of Lima (ask for their walks), South American Explorers Club and Lima Walks, while other agencies transport you mainly to the historic centre and take smaller walks around there. Haku Tours has the best variety of short day tours in and around Lima, designed specially for those on a tight time schedule, or those who want to experience “the real Peru”