free walking tour lima

Best Free Walking Tour Lima, Peru

Free Tour Downtown in Lima historical center

Discover the secrets of Lima history by joining our free walking tour Lima in English, guided by 100% licensed, expert and local Tour Guides, we will walk through the entire historic center of the old capital of the viceroyalty of Peru. The city of Lima is also known as the “City of the Kings” or the gastronomic capital of South America — book your free tour today and discover much more about this unmissable city.

By walking with us, you will have the best option to enjoy a free tour around the historic center of Lima, during our walking tours, you will see very relevant tour attractions such as churches, palaces, balconies, colonial streets and much more. Walking with our local Guides will be a unique experience, focused on the history and culture behind each iconic site.


Useful information:

If you are staying in Miraflores, don’t worry, we have a pick-up point for all customers staying in Miraflores, just come to the designated pick-up point, we will take public transportation towards Lima historic center, thus you will save almost 50 Soles in taxi fare (almost 20 USD). However, if you are not close to our meeting point in Miraflores, come directly in front of La Merced Church in the historic center of Lima (the walking tour will begin here).

Honest walking tours:

We offer 100% history focused walks, that is why we don’t take our customers inside bars, we don’t do Pisco Sour or choco tastings. We love sharing the real history of Lima; therefore, we are recommended by thousands of reviews on TripAdvisor.


COVID-19 NEWS and OPERATION ISSUE OF THIS TOUR:

This free tour is in operation strictly under a 12-hour minimum advance reservation so that our tour Guide can show up at the meeting point; If you want to book at the last minute, please do so via WhatsApp, so that we can confirm or deny your reservation: +51 958745640 & +51 984476073you can normally book at the last minute, but we ask you to do it by WhatsApp, please.

Three reasons to choose us:

  1. We are 100% Peruvian company
  2. We are an indigenous owned company
  3. We are not an international company, that outsources the free tour operations to local companies

To consider

Due to the great preference that our small free tour initiative in Lima has, there are many competitors who also wear yellow uniforms to mistake our clients, therefore, make sure you are at the Correct Meeting Point and have a free cultural Lima walking tour.

Details

  • Free Tour Lima Schedules | mornings and afternoon
    • We Have 3 Departures from Monday thru Saturday, please read below:
      • Mon thru Sat at 10am pick-up in Miraflores
      • Mon thru Sat at 11amstarts in Lima center
      • Mon thru Sat at 3pmstarts in Lima center
    • We don’t operate on the 28th of July, Christmas(25th Dec) and every 1st of January
    • Do you operate free tours on Sundays in Lima? For a free tour in Lima on Sundays, you can only contact us via WhatsApp: +51 958745640
  • Language
    • All free tours in Lima are in English and Spanish, separate groups based on the language
  • Duration
    • If you start in Miraflores, it takes about 3.5 hours
    • If you start your free tour in Lima historic center, it takes about 2.5 hours
  • How to recognize our Official Tour Guides?
    • In Miraflores meeting point: Look for the InkanMilkyWay logo-sign
    • In Lima historic center meeting point: Look for the InkanMilkyWay Logo embroidered on the bright yellow vests
  • Tour Type
    • This tour is a group tour, not a private one. It is focused on history and designed exclusively for adults
    • If you have kids, they are allowed to join our free tour; however, read here please before making a reservation
  • Transportation
    • By foot; however, if you start in Miraflores, we will take a local bus towards Lima historic centre ( about 30 minutes bus-ride) — the rest of the tour will be all on foot
  • Accessibility
    • This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility
  • Tour Ending Place
    • We finish this tour next to the Plaza de Armas of Lima
  • How to make reservations?
    • Get instant confirmation
    • You can only book via website, book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, big groups of 7 plus should contact us before reserving
    • If you are browsing with a cell phone, click on the Book Now button on the Menu or Scroll down
  • Please Bring
    • If you join us at 10am in Miraflores, bring 2.50 soles pp or 5 soles per couple for the bus ticket, mask and face shield so that you can be allowed on the Metropolitano buses
    • If you start in Lima historic center at 11am or 3pm, just bring your mask
    • Additionally, bring sweaters or jackets, caps or hats, sunglasses and water
  • Exterior Visit
    • In this walking tour, we will visit the named attractions from the exterior
  • Included
    • Licensed tour Guide with carnet
    • An excellent narrative on the history
  • Not Included
    • Tips
    • Tickets for the Metropolitano bus: 2.50 Soles per person
    • Note: You won’t need entrance tickets
  • Frequently Asked Questions?
    • I use a wheelchair; can I take this tour?
    • Will my kids love this tour?
    • Find all answers FAQs here
  • WhatsApp

Price

  • Group Tour:
    • It is a free tour, it is entirely free to book, once the tour is done, please leave an adequate private donation
  • Private Tour:

Meeting Points

    • 10am Meeting Place Pick-up in Miraflores: Meet us in Pasaje Porta 132 outside Oechsle mall, you can only join us here, if you are extremely close to Pasaje Porta 132 or Kennedy park. Please bring 2.50 Soles pp for a local bus ticket (we will take the Metropolitano local bus system towards the historic center of Lima). If you are not close to this spot or you don’t like using the local bus system, please get directly to the 11am or 3pm meeting place
    • 11am Meeting Place in Lima historic center: Join us in front of La Merced Church on the Jirón de La Union Street — this is the place, where the free tour starts
    • 3pm Meeting Place in Lima historic center: For our Lima free aalking tour in the afternoon, you must also come to La Merced Church from all over Lima (we don’t pick up anyone from Miraflores)

Look for the InkanMilkyWay Logo

This is the Oechsle mall

This how La Merced Church looks like

Itinerary

The route below can always change because of strikes, weather issues, festivities, and even tour guide’s choice.

  • Free Tour Lima at 10am leaving from Miraflores
    • First of all, we don’t tour in Miraflores — we only pick up tourists in this district so that we help them to get Lima historic center
    • To join this schedule, you must be very close to Kennedy Park in Miraflores
    • Join us at 10am sharp at Pasaje Porta 132, outside the Oechsle mall, look for the Inkan Milky Way logo
    • Next, we will make our way to the Benavides bus station (Metropolitano bus) you must bring 2.50 soles pp or 5 soles per couple for the bus ticket
    • We will take the Line C, inside the Metropolitano bus station, heading north to Lima historic center
    • After almost 30 minutes of bus ride, we will get off at the bus station of Jirón de la Unión
    • Next, we will walk from the bus station to our Tour Starting Point for the free tour: La Merced Church in Lima historic center
    • We will split up the group at la Merced church according to the language: English and Spanish, and then visit the entire historic center
    • To see the entire detailed itinerary of the places we will visit, check the Free Tour Lima at 11am below (remember that the places to visit are the same, what is different is the time and meeting place)
  • Free Tour Lima at 11am starting in Lima historic center
    • If you don’t want to take a local bus ride or you are not near Kennedy Park in Miraflores, please follow the instructions below:
    • Join us at 11am sharp in front of La Merced Church on the Jirón de la Union street in the historical center of Lima; Look for the InkanMilkyWay Logo embroidered on bright Yellow Vests. Don’t get confused — we wait until 11:10am at the latest. Take a taxi beforehand, don’t underestimate the car traffic in Lima
    • We will split up the group at la Merced church according to the language: English and Spanish, and then visit the entire historic center
    • We will explore the Jiron de la Union street: the most famous colonial and republican street in Lima
    • Eugene Courret’s photographic studio: the first photographic studio in Peru — exterior visit
    • We will see all the attractions in the Plaza de Armas from the outside:
      • The Presidential Palace
      • Cathedral
      • City Hall palace
      • The water fountain
      • The Changing of the Guard in Lima — optional
    • Santo Domingo Church — visit inside the main nave
    • Rimac district and the smallest Church in the world
    • At Rimac river, your guide will give you a socio-economic introduction to the current city of Lima
    • Old train station or the House of Peruvian Literature — interior visit
    • Atrium of the Church of San Francisco
    • At the tour ending place, we will recommend you a nice Peruvian restaurant – we won’t take you inside bars for drinks, we love history
    • The tour ends near the Main Square of Lima center; however, anyone trying to get back to Miraflores or Barranco will be helped by the tour guide, you have our word for it
  • Free Tour Lima in the Afternoon at 3pm – Starting in the Lima historic center
    • Come to La Merced Church from wherever you are throughout Lima, be there at 3 pm — we wait until 3:10 pm at the latest; we don’t collect or pick up anyone in Miraflores. Take a taxi beforehand, don’t underestimate the car traffic in Lima
    • Look for the InkanMilkyWay logo embroidered on the bright Yellow Vests, don’t get confused
    • We will explore the Jiron de la Union street
    • Eugene Courret’s photographic studio — exterior visit
    • We will see all the attractions in the Plaza de Armas from the outside:
      • The Presidential Palace
      • Cathedral
      • City Hall palace
      • The water fountain
    • Santo Domingo Church — visit inside the main nave
    • Rimac district and the smallest Church in the world
    • At Rímac river, your guide will give you a socio-economic introduction to the current city of Lima
    • Old train station or the House of Peruvian Literature — interior visit
    • Atrium of the Church of San Francisco
    • The colonial city wall of Lima
    • The tour ends near the Main Square of Lima center; however, anyone trying to get back to Miraflores or Barranco will be helped by the tour guide, you have our word for it

Cancellations

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation by replying to your confirmation details or re-schedule it via e-mail, no need to re-book

Reviews

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  • 4 star ratingInformative Very informative tour of Lima down town. Helped with the bus from Miraflores and shown lots of interesting sites whilst been told about the history of Lima and Peru

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    912georgen
    3/11/2020

    5 star ratingSuper Free Walking Tour Die Tour durch Lima mit unserem Guide Richard hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Er war sehr gut informiert - wusste sehr viel.
    Am Ende gab es noch einen super Essenstip mit dem besten Pisco Spur.
    Klare Weiterempfehlung!!!

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    LightPacker090587
    3/06/2020

    5 star ratingFantastic I had a walking tour downtown with Richard, a very passionate guy, who knows his material in and out. We started in Miraflores, and took public transport into town, and it worked out nicely We covered the most important parts of the city, and he told us many peculiar things, which you would never know, unless you have a good guide! Would recommend

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    525mathildee
    3/06/2020
  • 5 star ratingLima old town tour We enjoyed the tour with Richard very much. He explained us a lot about the city and the history and showed us many nice places. And at the end he gave us recommendations for restaurants.

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    ella240890
    3/06/2020

    5 star ratingLima free walking tour Tolle Tour unser Guido Richard war ein super kompetenter Führer jeder Zeit zu empfehlen waren im März dort

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    255karlheinzm
    3/06/2020

    5 star ratingAn amazing first sight of Lima with Richard This free walking tour is a Must when discovering Lima, it gives a first overview of a highly historical city, while walking around the most important monuments. Richard was a very good guide, giving a lot of anecdotes and repeating things, so we will remember some important facts. He was very kind and made us discover a very typical Peruvian restaurant after the tour!

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    laraaprax216
    3/06/2020
  • 5 star ratingFree walking tour full of history Richard, our tour guide was amazing! I did many walking tours in my life and this was top 5!
    They have toures both in English and Spanish! I strongly recommend :)

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    lorbarca
    3/05/2020

    5 star ratingLima walking tour with Richard I went for a walking tour with Richard around the Lima city. The way he explained the history and the culture of Lima waa incredible. I could really relate to everything and understand. Thank you

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    557manasis
    3/05/2020

    5 star ratingWalking tour in Lima What a great guide - Richard was such an informed and bubbly guide! Would recommend 100%
    Thank you!!

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    bronwyndelange
    3/05/2020

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