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LocalAventura Tour: Day trip to the Local Communities of Lima's Outskirts

Day trip to the Local Communities of Lima's Outskirts

Experience the culture and community of Lima's local families
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7 hrs

Lima

2 ~ 8

High content


Description

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. 

Itinerary 

  • Your guide will pick you up in a secure van, then will drive you to the first location.
  • You will first visit the second largest cemetery in the world to witness its beautiful colors and learn about Andean burial traditions.
  • Next, you will go to the home of a local artisan who has started her own fair trade handicrafts cooperative.
  • After, enjoy a tasty lunch in a local family's home.
  • Visit a small, local NGO and learn about the progressive movements happening today within the communities.
  • Return to your hotel.

Eligibility criteria

  • This tour is easily accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities; please inform your local guide if you need accommodations.
  • If you are prone to motion sickness, please be aware that some of the roads we will be driving on are quite bumpy.
  • We will be walking on uneven, sandy underground. If you are concerned about this, please tell your local guide in advance. 

What's Included

  • Private vehicle transfers (pick-up and drop-off at Miraflores hotels)
  • Local bilingual guides
  • All entrance fees
  • Peruvian lunch at a local family’s house 
  • Visit and participation with a local non-profit project which empowers and inspires community youth and families

What's not included

  • Any personal purchases you wish to make 

Additional Pricing Information (*)

  • Proceeds and efforts from the Lima tour will contribute to the particular local social project that you participate in.

Recommendations

  • Please wear sunscreen and a hat for sun protection.
  • Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, preferably sneakers.
  • Bring a sweater or coat as the weather may fluctuate quite a bit.
  • Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
  • Bring extra cash in case you want to buy souvenirs.
  • Please tell us about any dietary restrictions prior to the tour.
  • Please be respectful of the communities and be mindful with your photography.

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Deivis and Gino

Deivis
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. 

Gino
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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