We spent two days with the wonderful guides of Haku Tours. Our guides for Day 1 were Daisy & Santiago. We began with a tour of Shanty Town. There were a few problems on the way caused mainly by Lima traffic and road construction, but once we arrived the experience was eye-opening. Be forewarned that there is a lot of walking, and much of it seemed to be uphill, so be prepared and wear comfortable shoes. The tour itself was informative, and at the same time an emotional experience. The living conditions are harsh at best, but the spirit of the people we met was strong and they were committed to provide a better future. The children were wonderful and their smiles were genuine. Following the Shanty Town tour we had lunch (not included) at a great local restaurant. From there it was on to a downtown tour of the San Francisco Monastery, the area around the cathedral, and the shopping area. The evening concluded with a visit to the laser light fountain show - something you shouldn't miss if you are in Lima overnight. The only drawback was that there was a concert in the stadium which caused huge traffic problems and a delay in getting back to the ship - but it was no problem as we were staying overnight. Day 2 was spent with Edwin touring the ruins at Pachacamac. That was one of the highlights of our whole 31-day cruise. Edwin's personal knowledge, warm personality and outstanding communication skills brought the ruins alive. We followed that with a buffet lunch at Rustica (excellent food - included in the tour price for this day), and concluded with a tour of the colorful Barranca district. Coordination via email with Haku Tours was easy, payment was made only after the tour was complete. All in all a wonderful experience - highly recommended!
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