To start this tour, we will pick you up at your hotel if located in the center of Lima, at around 10 am. (We can pick you up from a cruise shuttle stop or the airport for an additional fee. The times are adaptable, as this is a private tour).
We will travel 30 km south of Lima passing through changing landscapes. From the beautiful views of the coast, we will head to a desert. After about 45 minutes, we will arrive at the archaeological site of Pachacamac, which was the main sanctuary of the Andean coast for more than 1500 years.
Here, we will first have a look at the collection of the modern Pachacamac museum, displaying various artifacts of the different cultures that used to occupy this sanctuary. Then, we will head to the vast archaeological site, which consists of the remains of more than 50 temples and other buildings.
Afterward, we will head to a local community of artisans nearby. We will have a delicious homemade and typical Peruvian lunch at the house of a local artisan family. The menu is different every time, but it’s always authentic, fresh, and also a lot.
After entertaining us at lunch with some of his many stories, our funny host will show us his ceramics workshop. He will also take us to two more workshops of his talented fellow artisans, who make other types of Peruvian handicrafts, like rugs and other textile products.
Buying is not expected but if you’re interested in taking home some fair-trade Peruvian handicrafts, this is your chance!
This tour ends at around 5 pm (again, the schedule is adaptable) at your hotel in Lima or another drop-off point for an additional fee.
Considering that this tour takes only one day, it has achieved a very high Sustainability Score. You can see further down, why this tour deserves such a score. If you are interested, you can have a look at all of our Tours with a Sustainability Score of 25 or more. You might also check out our other Lima Tours if you are planning on staying in the city for a few days.
Without a doubt, Pachacamac is one of the most important archaeological sites in coastal Peru. It includes elements dating back to 200 AD. Because each succeeding culture added its temples, the remains are belonging to different ancient cultures from pre-Inca and Inca times.
Today, Pachacamac shelters the remains of more than 50 temples and buildings making it the largest archaeological complex in Lima.
On our Pachacamac tour, your guide first shows you around the archaeological excavations. Then, your driver will take you around this huge site with stops at different sights.
At some stops, we need to walk around a bit to have a good look at the remains of the temples. Besides the archaeological ruins, you will be amazed by the great views of the surrounding area including the Pacific Ocean. It is hard to believe we’re so close to the metropolitan city of Lima.
After the Pachacamac tour, we head to a close-by local neighborhood that is home to many artisans from the region of Ayacucho. These people fled the violence of the guerrilla war of the 1980s and 1990s by moving to the outskirts of Lima. The guide will tell you more about this terrible period in Peru.
In this neighborhood, local artisans continue to make traditional handicrafts and art from Ayacucho. Before we visit some of their workshops, we have lunch with one of these local artisan families in their home.
With a full stomach, we visit a few workshops where they make textiles, ceramics, and other beautiful typical Peruvian handicrafts. The artisans love to show you their work and explain how they make these pieces of art.
In a place where the government is mostly absent, these people have built their community and are developing and maintaining the local economy with their traditions and art. They are working hard to keep their traditions alive.
Certainly, you will leave this place very inspired and perhaps even with a few authentic and fair-trade souvenirs (completely optional of course).
We can pick you up from hotels in central areas like Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco (or close-by) at no cost. While pick-up at other locations, cruise shuttle stop or airport are available for an additional fee.
A donation to the Artisan Cooperative will be made.
Moving across Lima certainly requires a certain level of caution, but don’t let this to discourage you from experiencing this very particular destination, as with the right attitude you won’t be bothered by the thought of not feeling safe. Tourists attract attention, that is a fact, so it is wise to travel ‘low profile’ and avoid showing valuable items (big cameras, flashy cellphones, bulky wallets, expensive watches). Also, keep an eye over your personal belongings at all times.
I’m an expert tour leader and founder of Social Andean Expedition, an initiative that provides solar energy to schools in vulnerable communities, through sustainable tourism programs. I graduated in Communications in Peru, and lived and studied in different Asian countries, where I worked as an advertiser, journalist and chef.
My long stay in other culturally rich countries encouraged me to take a deeper look into my own people, embrace my own culture, and return home to work for the less privileged in Peru.
I firmly believe in the transformative power of responsible tourism to strengthen the economies and dignity of the most vulnerable peoples of Peru, and I see the same values in RESPONSible Travel Peru.