If you dare to go off the beaten path, you’ll find Lima is a diverse city with many local cultures. Many of which are imported from the Andes or the Amazon. But, Lima also has its own rich history and culture. As a coastal town, fishing has always played a very important role.
If you are interested in getting to know more about Lima’s local culture while staying off the beaten path, this Fishing Culture of Lima tour should be on your itinerary.
First, it takes you to an artisanal fish market and pier, where you also go for a short boat ride. Afterwards, you visit several locals in the local fishing community, for instance an artisan boat builder, and try the best ceviche of Lima in a small and local, family-owned restaurant. Finally, the guide takes you to the best view of Lima, from a hill that has played a very important role in Lima’s history.
What to expect on this private Lima tour
After pick-up from your hotel, your guide takes you to one of Lima’s most traditional and colorful communities, the fishing district of Chorrillos. First stop is its picturesque seafood market and pier.
There, local fishermen sell their catch of the day and repair fishing nets and boats for their next adventure offshore. While they share their experiences and views on today’s challenges of artisanal fishing, your local guide shows you the incredible variety of Peruvian seafood. Without a doubt, essential to the diets of ancient and modern Peruvians.
If the weather allows, we take a short boat ride to have a better and different view of Lima’s coastline. This is a 20-minute ride along the coast in a fisherman’s boat that has been adapted to safely take visitors (and with life vests). The boat was made by a local boat builder, whom you’ll meet later in the tour.
Next, we leave the market and pier and walk through the historic streets of Chorrillos. Meanwhile, the guide explains the importance of this town to the history of Peru. On the way we stop by a local boat builder’s workshop to understand the intensive process of making an artisanal fishing boat. After this visit, we reach the highlight of our morning: the best ceviche of Lima!
For lunch, we take you to the house of one of the most traditional families in town. They are still preserving many traditions from the first Spanish Peruvian settlers, locally known as “Criollos”. Their culture blended for more than two centuries with the indigenous, African and Asian traditions to create the unique coastal culture of Peru. They practice different “creole” traditions that were passed on from their ancestors to the next generations regarding music, food and other cultural expressions.
Ceviche, the Peruvian national dish, will be the star on our table. Without a doubt, you will understand why all Peruvians are so proud of this delicious seafood dish. If you’re a real foodie or hobby cook, we can ask our hosts for a demonstration on how to prepare the best ceviche in town.
After lunch, we continue our tour up the iconic hills of Chorrillos known as Morro Solar, a big cluster of hills facing the Pacific Ocean. It was the site of an important 19th century battle, which shaped the history of modern Peru. From one of its peaks you have a unique view of the huge city of Lima and its vibrant residents.
We leave Chorrillos after enjoying this panoramic view from the Morro Solar and you should be back at your hotel around 2:30pm.
I’m Alfredo, partner and expert tour leader at Alternative Peru, an educational and sustainable tourism company based in Lima; 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, I see the same values in RESPONS.