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.
- 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.
Deivis and Carolien
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 was born and raised in Belgium, but have always had a passion for travelling. My studies in philosophy, history, and anthropology have helped me realize my passion for world cultures and community development. During school, I had the opportunity to study in South Africa, backpack through Asia, and work for various environmental NGOs. My love of travel and desire to continue to learn more about NGOs and sustainable development led me to Lima to learn the ins and outs of sustainable tourism.
Working in Lima has taught me so much, not only about the travel industry and NGOs, but also about local culture. As a foreigner, I've loved being able to form such genuine cross-cultural connections and really discover what local Peruvian life is all about. Every day, I learn something new about topics from socio-economic issues to cultural nuances and Peruvian history. Every time I learn something, I get really happy, because it's just another interesting fact that I can share on my tours!