The highlight of the day tour is the visit to one of Lima’s human settlements. These diverse local communities were started by immigrants from all over Peru and while they might be the poorest neighborhoods of Lima, they are filled with hardworking people who are trying to provide a better life for their children and themselves. On our visit, we focus on hope, optimism and positive initiatives.
There are so many things that we want to show you on this Lima tour and we can’t fit them into one day! That’s why the tour is a bit different every day. If you’re the first one to book a tour on any given day, you can choose between a few options.
OPTION 1: You can start the day with a visit to some alternative sights such as an artisanal fish market with its pier, where we might even go on a short boat ride along the coast (with life vests) on some days, a visit to Lima’s version of the Christ and the Morro Solar with its great views of Lima, and the second largest cemetery in the world, which is very different to the other ones in Lima and around the world! This morning program is especially popular in Spring and Summer (October – May).
OPTION 2: The alternative morning program allows more time and visits in the human settlement. It starts with the visit to the cemetery (because we’re just so intrigued by it) and then continues towards the human settlement where we’ll learn more about fair trade and a typical aspect of Lima life: its small informal businesses. We’ll visit the workshop of a group of ladies that organized themselves into a small business that manufactures handicrafts that are then sold as fair trade products. When weather and other circumstances permit, we’ll also visit the so-called ‘wall of shame’ that separates one of the poorest neighborhoods of Lima from one of the richest.
In the afternoon, for both options, a local guide will show us around her neighborhood located on the slopes of the sandy hills of Lima’s outskirts and will show you some of the innovative social and environmental projects that have been set up by a local NGO. The aim of this Lima tour is a genuine intercultural experience since we will visit and interact with several locals. We will enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the local moms’ house and we will learn more about daily life in this harsh environment but will also get the chance to be introduced to some of the efforts carried out to improve the situation. On some days, we will be able to participate in the workshops of the NGO and see the great work they’re doing with local kids, teenagers or adults.