Lima Urban Adventures

Day tours, with a local

Peru is a blend of the ancient and modern, and you’re never far from an undiscovered archeological site, or from the next big artist to make it on the world stage. Lima is the gateway to this fascinating world of possibilities, and our locally led Lima tours allow you to discover all the ins and outs of this vibrant city.

Spend the day walking through the historic and slightly bohemian district of Barranco. home to colonial buildings that have been converted into galleries featuring the works of edgy Peruvian artists and designers, Barranco is where ‘old meets new’.

Escape the noise of the city and take a walk along the palm tree lined, ocean-view, walkway of Miraflores’ Malecon. Find yourself amongst locals walking their dogs, running, riding bikes, or locking lips on the colourful mosaic benches of Parque Del Amor - the best place to watch the Pacific sunset.

The sights and sounds of Lima’s Barrio Chino – or Chinatown – are a distinctive blend of Chinese and Peruvian history and tradition. Nowhere is this mix more delicious than in ‘Chifa’, a style of Chinese food that has been infused with a Limoñon influence over the years.

Lima is quickly proving itself to be one of the gastronomic capitals in the world. With over 460 regional dishes to choose from, Peruvian food is a must while you’re here, but don’t be surprised when you come across world-class cuisine from countries such as France, Italy, and even Japan.

At Lima Urban Adventures, we want you to experience the energetic soul of Peru's capital. From exploring its rich history and culture, to discovering vibrant neighbourhoods as well as ancient sites... this city makes for a fascinating introduction to Peru. Be sure to check out some of the experiential Lima tours we have on offer.


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Lima Discovery, Lima tour Lima Discovery
from 6 reviews
From USD 35.00

Get your hands on the blueprint to modern Peruvian life on this Lima tour that puts you in the shoes of locals. Admire the colonial balconies, hit the local market and see the great variety of fruits and vegetables reflecting the rich biodiversity of Perú and finish with the national drink, The Pisco Sour!!


Lima Coast Biking Tour, Lima tour Lima Coast Biking Tour
from 6 reviews
From USD 45.00

A blast of sunshine and sea air is a legitimate antidote to travel stress. Add in some cycling-induced endorphins, public art, and boho neighbourhoods and you've got yourself a winning Lima tour. 


Lima Night Bites and Sights Tour Lima Night Bites & Sights
from 4 reviews
From USD 45.00

There’s more to Lima than plazas and pisco sours. This is a city with a bohemian vibe, killer street food scene, and non-stop nightlife. Get a history lesson along with your cocktail as you explore the soul of the city and discover Lima’s oldest bars and best food stalls.


Lima Home Cooked, Lima tour Lima Home Cooked
from 1 review
From USD 70.00

Hungry for Peru? Get a taste for local life and local cuisine with this Lima food tour that takes you out of the touristy restaurants and into a local home. Learn to make ceviche and the perfect pisco sour, and get your shopping fix in a local market filled with foodie goodies. Then settle in for a fun family meal with new friends.


Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day)
[ 28/07/2015 - 29/07/2015 ]

A major holiday celebrated throughout the entire country. There is certainly no shortage of fireworks and celebrations to be found wherever you may be.

Procesión del Señor de los Milagros (Procession of the Lord of Miracles)
[ 18/10/2015 ]

One of the largest religious processions in the world, this celebration pays respect to a mural of Jesus Christ that was painted by an African Slave in the 17th Century.

Dia de Todos los Santos & Dia de los Muertos
[ 01/11/2015 - 02/11/2015 ]

All Saints Day & All Souls Day - a religious and national holiday honouring various religious saints and a remembrance of those who have died. Flowers and candles are brought to cemeteries, in the memory of the dead.

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Mr. Kevin C.
26 Jan 2015
We had a wonderful adventure with Lima Home Cooked. Our market visit was very informative and spending time in the home of our host was a special treat. We learned how to cook several Peruvian dishes, a hands on activity! We would highly recommend this cultural experience!!!!!
Ms. Berthy F.
23 Sep 2014
Our local guide in Lima was Paula and she did an outstanding job in providing us with information on the capital of Peru. The pace was excellent and we tried some local food, the Pisca Sours being our favourite. We recommend this walking tour to anybody. Eric and Berthy, Ontario, Canada
Ms. Cher P.
08 Jul 2014
My friend and I had a list of top Peruvian foods we wanted to try while in Peru and this night food tour in Lima pretty much checked off most of the things on our list. Not only that, but everything was so delicious! We tried anticuchos, picarones, ceviche, mazamorra morada con arroz con leche and of course, pisco sour! Our guide Georgio was so much fun and very knowledgeable about all things Peruvian cuisine! He not only gave us information about the food we were eating but about the whole Peru food culture as well. Additionally, he even went out of his way to go to a pharmacy with us and help be a translator! Really great tour and highly recommended.
Ms. Cat D.
United Kingdom
03 Jun 2014
The Lima Gastronomic Experience was the perfect end to my time in Peru. Georgio was fantastic company, and so informative. Amazing selection of food and venue choices, and great to get a different perspective of the city. Highly recommended.
Ms. Cat D.
United Kingdom
03 Jun 2014
Tito was a fantastic guide, and I really recommend this as a way to get a bit active and see a different side to the city.
Mr. Luke C.
15 Apr 2014
Giorgio was an excellent guide. His knowledge of history, architecture and food was first rate. We particularly enjoyed the markets. He also took the time to explain how to use the Metropolitano buses, which saved us a taxi fare back to Miraflores. We saw parts of Lima that we never would have visited solo. Highly recommended.
Mr. Chris W.
14 Jan 2014
The bike tour was a great to see the city of Lima. It exceeded my expectations that I had so many opportunities to learn about the culture and history, in addition to the beautiful scenery.
Mrs. Ann C.
07 Jan 2014
My husband and I took 3 Urban Adventures tours in Lima and this one was our favorite. Our guide Teresa was incredibly knowledgeable and we learned so much about Peru's history, especially in the visit to the monastery. There is quite a bit of architectural history included in the tour, which I really liked. Afterward, Teresa gave us lots of suggestions for other things to see and places to eat. I highly recommend this tour!
Mr. Luis A.
19 Apr 2013
This was a good bike tour covering alot of the areas I was interested in seeing in Lima, Peru. Urban was ontime and ran the tour even though I was the only person signed up for the tour that day. Not everyone will do that.
Mr. Marc Z.
08 Jan 2013
Our guide Enrique "Kique" was fantastic. He was knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Also a great photographer. The tour gave us a great impression of Lima, and couldnt have asked for a better guide.

Lima Urban Adventures

Welcome to Lima – the bustling urban capital of Peru. Over 8 million people call Lima home including those of us here in the Lima Urban Adventures office. As a part of the Urban Adventures network, we are excited to share a part of the Lima experience with you through our unique Lima day tours. Whether this is visiting a local community or learning how to make a regional dish, our goal is to help make the world feel a little smaller by inspiring our travellers to experience a culture and its people in the most intrepid way possible – through local knowledge and local experience.


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Responsible Travel with Urban Adventures

At Urban Adventures, we firmly believe local travel is one of the best ways we can support responsible tourism. In fact, we believe it so strongly that we’ve made it our entire business! All our tours are run by local experts, not some faceless corporate team located halfway around the world with no sense of the local vibe.

We craft our tours to ensure every traveller has authentic interactions with local people, businesses, transportation, and food and drink. Local travel gives you the opportunity to experience a destination as locals do, and has the potential to impact you in ways you never imagined. In short: local is awesome.

As a responsible travel company, we promise to:

  • Use locally owned infrastructure on our tours whenever possible.
  • Spread the financial benefits amongst local people and operators.
  • Provide employment and leadership opportunities for local people.
  • Respect local customs and culture.
  • Provide safe tours for Urban Adventure partners, staff, and travellers.
  • Educate travellers and our partners about how and why we choose to travel this way.
  • Limit any negative impact to the daily lifestyles of local people.
  • Limit any physical impact on natural and cultural environments.
  • Provide support to organisations and local communities.
  • Provide opportunities for travellers to interact with local people.
  • Actively ban partners, staff, and passenger participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on Urban Adventures tours.
  • Work to prevent the exploitation of children in tourism.
  • Actively discourage participation in activities that exploit animals.
  • Use local partners that adhere to Urban Adventures' responsible travel principles.
  • Support and encourage fair employment practices.
  • Give our travellers the best possible value.
  • Have fun!

As a traveller, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • People: Be mindful of the local citizens, and seek understanding through shared experiences. Consider their customs and values while in their homeland, and when in doubt, ask your guide for advice.
  • Environment: Be mindful of the local environment, and act with conservation and sustainability in mind. Follow local guidelines, as recommended by your guide, and make proactive decisions on your own.
  • Culture: When travelling to other cultures, remember that not everyone's customs are the same as yours at home. Be respectful, and be mindful of openly questioning a customary practice, even if you disagree with it. Try to understand from their perspective. You may learn something! Your guide will be an excellent point of reference here, so check with them if you're unsure.
  • Economy: Make every effort to use local businesses and put your tourism dollars in the right (local) pocket. We use local vendors and businesses, and your guide will be able to advise you on the best ways to support the local economy.

For more suggestions on how to be a responsible traveller check out our top 12 responsible travel tips, or check out what our friends at Intrepid have to say.