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Callao Get-Away! Urban Art, History and Gastronomy

For Street Art Lovers!
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For Street Art Lovers!
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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. 

Why is this experience RESPONSible?

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.

Read here how the Sustainability Score was elaborated

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Price Includes

  • Tour guide
  • Entry fee to Casa Fugaz
  • Graffiti classes
  • Transportation

Price Excludes

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the tour itself

Can a tour be cancelled due to bad weather conditions?

Weather in Lima and Callao is particularly mild. Cancellations due to weather conditions are extremely unlikely to happen

Are the places to be visited safe?

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.

Is this tour suitable for children?

There are no age restrictions. Consider a child’s attention span and ability to walk.
In the graffiti classes they will have guaranteed fun!

Will I be allowed to shop, eat and take pictures during the tour?

Yes. There is some time arranged for the group to take pictures, stroll around and buy some souvenirs.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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Sylvana Ruiz, tour guide in Lima

Sylvana Ruiz

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. 

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