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Go off the beaten path, spend a day in a local community, and experience Lima beyond its touristic areas! This full-day tour will take you through the sandy slopes of Lima's desert outskirts to visit one of the city's settlements, where migrants from all over Peru created their own communities in search of a better life. While these diverse communities may be some of the poorest neighborhoods of Lima, your knowledgeable local guide will show you why they are not defined by poverty. On this tour that showcases the rich Peruvian culture, strong sense of community, and positive initiatives of these communities, you will witness both an authentic and optimistic outlook on this way of life in a safe and interesting way.
Growing up in Lima, I've learned to love the city for its quirks and imperfections. After graduating from a local business school, I started working as a translator for volunteer workers such as doctors, nurses, and school teachers, mainly from the USA. This experience gave me the chance to see firsthand the wide diversity of cultures and customs, and I soon realized that a great way to continue discovering these cultures was by entering the tourism industry.
Ever since, I've loved leading tours and meeting new people from around the world. I love showing them that there's so much more to my culture than meets the eye. In exchange, I've gotten to also learn about their interesting cultures and hear some wonderful travel stories. Yes, guiding tours is my job, but in reality, it's hardly work because I love it so much.
I have been working in tourism for four years already. During these four years, I have especially loved leading alternative and local tours because I can show others my country in a truly unique way. I am able to share the history and daily life of my country in an authentic way. Before I became a guide, I first started working as a dishwasher at a polleria, a chicken restaurant, then as an assistant to the cook, and finally as a waiter in another restaurant on the main square of Lima. These experiences interacting closely with tourists and popular travel destinations inspired me to begin studying tourism.
However, I also have to say that my Andean roots played an important role in my decision as well. My parents are from Cajamarca, the northern Andes of Peru, and migrated to Lima 40 years ago. As a result, my brothers and I were born and raised in Lima, but we would return to the Andes during the holidays. Living in these two drastically different places has taught me a lot about my own country and has given me a broader perspective on my surroundings. My passion for and knowledge about my country became a full-time occupation and a way of life, something I wouldn't exchange for anything in the world. I’m happy to share everything I can about this beautiful country, and I invite anyone and everyone to come and see it.
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