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Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


See a totally different side of Lima away from the usual tourist highlights during this visit to one of the city’s shantytowns. During your exploration, encounter silverware craftsmen and visit a local kindergarten, offering a chance to challenge the prevailing myths about poverty and the people it impacts. Best of all, a portion of your trip purchase goes to helping the community and its residents. Your tour includes round-trip hotel transport from Barranco, Miraflores, and San Isidro.
  • Discover a different side of Lima on a walking tour
  • Visit one of the city’s shantytowns and meet local residents
  • Learn about daily life with visits to a kindergarten and local artisans
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected areas in Lima
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Hotel or Apartament pickup and drop-off from Barranco, Miraflores or San Isidro only
Professional guide
Food and drinks
If your hotel is outside the pickup zone, you can pay an additional fee to be picked up from your hotel

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After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

This activity will end right where it started.All our prices included pick up and drop off to your hotel or Apartament only when is located in: Barranco, Miraflores and San Isidro. Outside these places, you have to pay a small fee for your pick up/drop off.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience.
What is the policy on sanitization during Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience.
What is the social distancing policy during Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience.

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  • "Miraflores and Barranco are great places to stay, but to get a complete picture of life in Lima I highly recommend you take this tour." See review


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Friendly hard working people
, Nov 2021
The shantytown tour of Villa El Salvador was very memorable. My guide Aracely was very friendly and knowledgeable and made sure l felt comfortable which I did. We met one of the local community leaders named Tuanama. She explained all the good work that they do. I have come away with a different outlook on life. Very friendly people. Overall a great experience. Thanks to Haku Tours.
Wonderful Time!
, Aug 2021
This was a wonderful trip and a great way to spend a few hours. The market we went to at the beginning was way better (and of course more affordable) than anything you could find in a more touristy area. The people were open, friendly, and hardworking. I can think of no good reason not to go on this tour. You will be doing good while having a memorable and fun experience.
Great tour!
, Dec 2019
Our tour was wonderful! It was great to learn about the people who live in the shanty towns. This tour is a win-win-win. While we were learning about their lives and their culture, we purchased fruits from the market and gave the fruit to the children as we ere touring the shanty town. A portion of the proceeds of the tour price go to help the people in the town and I think that's wonderful. While we were on our tour, several of the locals stopped us and thanked us for coming. It was a heartwarming experience and we enjoyed every second. Thank you!
Must Do!!!!
Peter H
, Sep 2019
We had a very informative and interesting Shanty Town Tour. There were beautiful views that can be seen at top of the Shanty Town. The people inside the Shanty Town where incredibly accommodating and friendly. This is a must do tour!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Peter, thank you so much for your warm words! We are glad to know you enjoyed your vist in Lima, and most of all, that after taking our tour, now you see our city and country with other eyes. We strongly believe that if everyone helps a little bit, we could do this world a better place. Hope to see you again! Best regards
Great tour of Shantytown
, Jun 2019
An excellent tour of the slums of Lima, which are situated on high hills overlooking the city. We did not feel at all unsafe; in fact we found the people we encountered to be quite nice and very appreciative of the plantains and tangerines we gave out to their children. Our tour guide, Felipe, was exceptional, providing us with an outstanding educational experience. Make no mistake, the living conditions in shantytown are bad; the homes are hovels and the few stores and schools that are there are third world. Miraflores and Barranco are great places to stay, but to get a complete picture of life in Lima I highly recommend you take this tour. Haka tours donates their profits to this poor community, so your money you spend on this tour will be going to a very worthwhile cause.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear customer, thanks for your kind words. On behalf of the community you've visited, thank you for taking this tour with us because we´ll be able to build more day care centers, kitchen for the communities and bring more donations to our children. We appreciate you enjoyed this tour that show the real face, not only of Lima, but also of Peru. We are more than sure it was an eye opening experience. We hope to see you soon! Warm regards.
Enriching experience not to be missed!
, Jun 2019
This was truly one of the most amazing experiences I had on my trip to Peru. Myself and 2 other female travelers completed this tour in May 2019 during our stay in Lima. The guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the work this organization does in the area to enrich the lives of the lowest income families in the region. Throughout our entire tour through the shanty town, the locals were incredibly inviting, always stopping to say good morning or to make sure we weren't cold in our shorts (we're from a colder region of the USA). To see people in an impoverished community be so happy and thankful, it was truly heartwarming. I believe every person visiting Lima should take this tour. It is incredibly enriching and humbling!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear customer, thanks for your kind words! We are glad to know you have learnt more about other face of Lima and how most of the limeños live. We also would like to let ypu know that you are helping our communities with your visit. ¡Muchos saludos!
I only wished it was longer.....
Jennaver B
, May 2019
Personally meet a variety of the citizens, leaders, business owners and children in the sprawling shanty towns around Lima. Your tour guides are known and beloved in the community and through them and you will begin to understand the background of these hard working people. You will witness their daily processes, expressions of pride and generosity and extraordinary practices developed to protect and support each other and the growth of their opportunities. These passionate tour guides will expose the sorrow, strength and potential of a people overlooked by modern day journalism. Guaranteed moments of awe, respect, sorrow, self-reflection and joy will fill your experience. The hearts of these people will touch yours and EVERY dollar you spend for this particular tour goes back to helping the five communities this outfit supports. Haku Tours is the real deal if you want to learn about the culture, history and hope these Peruvians share. Favorite tour of my life. I am forever changed and was given the opportunity to create positive change. Thank you Jimmy! PS you will not feel unsafe or find a beggar ANYwhere but there will be opportunities to purchase small handmade items, water, and fruits or vegetables. You will wish you had a few Peruvian coins in your pocket at some point in the journey.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear customer, thank you so much for your sinceer review! We are happy to know that our tour let you know much more about our country, city and culture. We are sure this has been an eye opening experience for you and we really appreciate this. We would like to thank you because of your visit, you are supporting the local communities in the shanty towns. Hope to see you again in Peru!
, Jan 2019
This trip was a bit of an eye opener for the tenagers we were travelling with. This gives you an insight into how others live. We enjoyed this experence very much. I feel this is a must for people to really understand how others live.
I can't say enough good things
, Jul 2018
I traveled alone for a 7-day tour of Lima/Machu Picchu, and booked everything myself. I stuck mostly to the beaten path, for safety reasons, but I am so glad I took this shanty town excursion with Haku Tours (via Viator). I found the tour itself to be a great, safe way to see some of the parts of Lima that I was not brave enough to explore alone. The people of Villa El Salvador are kind and warm. The open-air market was a sensory buffet. It's eye-opening to see how the majority of the real district residents of Lima live day-to-day. While Miraflores and Barranco are picturesque and touristy, they don't have quite the obvious native-Peruvian heartbeat that Villa El Salvador has. 10/10, completely recommend.
Be courageous, you'll remember this...
Andrea B
, Oct 2017
Be courageous, you'll remember this experience forever!

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