We will start this tour at 11 am by picking you up at your hotel in Miraflores or Barranco, or at another place in Miraflores (to be coordinated in advance) and head to our first destination: Callao. The largest port in Peru and one of the most important ones in South America. It is located just 30 minutes away from Lima. In the nineteenth century, the port had its golden age, serving as the entry point for European products to South America.
After that, we will stroll around Callao Historic Center, better known as Callao Monumental. Years ago, this place used to be fairly dangerous and was known as a “red zone” due to its high level of crime. Thanks to the power of art, it has undergone an important social transformation. Nowadays, this unique place is safe and its streets and people make it very colorful.
We will follow the route of graffiti, where we can find over 60 murals made by local and foreign artists. The art on the walls of Callao, known as Lima’s “risky” neighborhood and salsa music kingdom, pays tribute to salsa singers, but also to the deceased. Throughout the tour, you will get to witness that. We will also visit underground art galleries and exhibition centers and even get the opportunity to participate in graffiti workshops.
Later on, we will briefly pass through the picturesque streets of Chucuito. Many fishermen of Italian origin live in this colorful town. The next place to visit is La Punta, a charming neighborhood, which is home to the upper-middle class of Callao. Here, we will stroll around the well-known pebble beaches and the streets full of buildings dating back to the Republican period.
As it is impossible to visit the most important port of Peru and not try its delicious seafood, we will make a strategic stop for lunch and enjoy Peru’s authentic coastal gastronomy, which is globally recognized and awarded. (Of course, if you are vegetarian or vegan, you don’t have to opt for seafood. Ask your guide about where to find options that are suitable for you.)
The tour ends around 3 pm, when you will be dropped off at your hotel again (or another arranged place in Miraflores).
Of course, this tour is a very specific one. In case it is too specific for you, or you are more interested in getting to know other parts of Lima, feel free to have a look at all of our Lima Tours and Activities. You might also want to check out our Travel Guide to Lima for more general information.
This excursion takes you to a neighborhood that has gone through a drastic change. It has transformed from a dangerous, forgotten and neglected area to a lively center of urban art and culture. By giving an honest job to locals with shops, restaurants and art shops along the way, this excursion generates positive impacts in an unvisited area and keeps crime away.
It is also a great example of off-the-beaten-path tourism within a city where tourism is very concentrated in a few areas. By visiting Callao, your expenses will go to a different area, and positive impact will be better distributed over the whole city.
Weather in Lima and Callao is particularly mild. Cancellations due to weather conditions are extremely unlikely to happen
As long as we follow the proposed route, all the places that we will visit are quite safe due to artistic projects being held in it.
There are no age restrictions. Consider a child’s attention span and ability to walk.
In the graffiti classes they will have guaranteed fun!
Yes. There is some time arranged for the group to take pictures, stroll around and buy some souvenirs.
In case you would have to cancel the reservation, we, unfortunately, need to charge you costs which we can not get back. We ask you for your understanding. These are the conditions:
– By canceling your trip 30 days or more before arrival: RESPONS charges 0% of the total amount (excluding flight(s)). If flight(s) have been booked through us, we can proceed with the cancellation according to the conditions of the Airline or postpone them free of charge in most cases within the limits of the airline’s conditions. Additional charges may apply when you have to change the date. This is out of our control. The same applies to other tickets that were bought in advance (like Machu Picchu or Inca Trail).
– By canceling your trip 29-16 days before arrival: RESPONS charges 15% of the total amount, excl. flights;
– By canceling 15-5 days before arrival: RESPONS charges 30% of the total amount, excl. flights;
– By canceling 4-3 days before arrival: RESPONS charges 50% of the total amount, excl. flights;
– By canceling within 48 hours before arrival in Peru, we need to charge you 90% of the total amount, excl. flights.
Certain costs such as tickets for the Inca Trail might not be covered under the above arrangement because these are non-refundable. We will inform you honestly about these exceptions.
In case of force majeure or unexpected events before or during the trip (accidents, strikes, climatological circumstances, earthquakes or other natural phenomena, safety conditions, political factors, denial of entry permits or visas, legal affairs of the traveler, health matters, etc.), RESPONS may modify, replace or cancel itineraries, dates, flights, hotels, optional services, which is accepted by the passenger with purchasing the services.
RESPONS will try its best to have your trip continue as planned. We will refund you within our possibilities and policies of providers involved in the organization of your trip. In case those circumstances lead to additional costs, those have to be covered by you or your travel insurance. We will do our best to keep additional costs to a minimum.
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Your guide Sylvana is from Lima and studied at the hotel school where she specialised in tourism. She has many years of experience in the tourism sector and is always curious about the constant adaptation of tourist experiences to new realities and travelers. Her favourite word is ¡Vamos! and she adapts to any kind of situation, place and person because she knows that’s what’s learning is all about. Sharing the unknown spots of her city is her passion.