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Lima Travel Guide


Lima has many tour operators with experienced English-speaking guides for local and countrywide sightseeing. The most frequently recommended operator is Lima Vision, which offers various city tours as well as longer tours that combine the city with the pre-Inca site of Pachacámac. Condor Travel offers various city tours, including a gastronomic tour, and can arrange trips to Caral, the oldest city in the Americas. Solmartour has an array of Lima tours and day trips to the archaeological sites of Caral and Pachacámac. Ecocruceros offers half-day boat tours to the Islas Palomino—home to 4,000 sea lions—but it's a chilly excursion from May to December. Turibus and Mirabus offer some of Lima's most affordable city tours in roofless, double-decker buses. Turibus departs from the Larco Mar and Mirabus departs from Parque Kennedy, both in Miraflores. Energetic travelers can pedal their way past Lima's sights on a guided tour with Bike Tours of Lima.


Bike Tours of Lima. If you prefer to pedal, this company offers daily bike tours of Miraflores to San Isidro or Barranco to Chorrillos, as well as a tour of the historic El Centro every Sunday. Calle Bolivar 150, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 01/445–3172. From $30.

Ecocruceros. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the half-day boat tour to the Islas Palomino, off the coast of El Callao and home to more than 4,000 sea lions and abundant bird life. This is a very chilly trip from June to December, but you can swim with the sea lions from January to May. 01/226–8530. From $48.

Lima Vision. Lima Vision offers the best selection of city tours, by day or night, including a full-day excursion that combines a city tour with a visit to the ruins of Pachacamac. They also offer a Peruvian paso horse show, a gastronomic tour, and a full-day tour to the ruins of Caral—the oldest urban center in the Americas. 01/447–7710. From $26.

Mirabus. This company offers a variety of tours on open-top double-decker buses – from the classic city tour to a selection of night tours, including one that visits the city's oldest cemetery, Cementerio Presbítero Maestro. Mirabus also runs tours to the pre-Columbian ruins of Pachacamac or Caral. Most tours depart from the front of the church in Miraflores' Parque Kennedy, however 50-minute tours of Lima's historic center depart regularly from the Plaza de Armas in El Centro from 3 pm to 7 pm. Calle Virgen Milagrosa at Lima, Parque Kennedy, Miraflores, 18. 01/242–6699. From $3.

TuriBus. Turibus offers four-hour city tours on double-decker city buses as well as shorter tours of Barranco and Miraflores or El Centro. The company also offers night tours, including one to Lima's oldest cemetery, and a tour of the Real Felipe Spanish fortress in El Callao. Tours depart from Malecon de la Reserva across from the Casino Miraflores, by the Larcomar shopping center, but the ticket booth is in the lower level of Larcomar, across from La Bombonniere restaurant. Larcomar, Malecon de la Reserva, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 01/234–0249. From $7.

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