The Shanty Town Tour
this is a UNIQUE anthropologist experience, you will have the opportunity to be part of the daily activities of locals that live in the real Lima, it is a rich cultural experience you will always remember
- $50 USD for 1 person
- Price with discount!
- 2 participants or more for $45 USD each.
Approx 3 1/2 hours
- Culture shock:
- Physical Rating:
- 3/5 (steep stairs involved)
- - Pick up from your hotel.
- - transport.
- - English speaking guide.
- - customized service.
- - All entrance tickets.
- - Tolls.
- - Parking.
- - Return transport to your place.
Shanty Town Walking Tour - Available Every Day! (2 groups per day only)
Hakus most popular tour!
On this walking tour you will get the opportunity to see how a large majority of Lima's population truly lives in happines ambience and community system. We at Haku Tours want you to see 'the real' Lima. Take a walk up the famous yellow stairs and along narrow cute roads all the way to the hilltops and discover beautiful city views of Villa El Salvador, San Juan, Pamplona, Villa maria, etc, few of the countries largest Slums. During the tour, we will also visit a local daycare center, silverware factory and the friendly families from this nice community. The town's huge dimensions and breathtaking views are impressive for any visitor. Remember this tour is about to know people, who will share with you their culture, traditions, believes and thoughts. You should expect to get warm welcomings and happy smiles (locals love visitors)
Upon arrival, you will be told by your local tour guide about basic guidelines to follow while on the tour. While we know 'Shanty towns' do have a reputation, we want you to feel 100% safe at all times.
While you slowly make your way to the base of the hill, our guide will explain a little about the community and its developments, the urbanization projects, politics, religion and how Haku helps in the area. Gradually, you will begin your journey up the famouse ?yellow stairs?, pause for a few pictures of the amazing views in greater Lima, get a glimpse into homes, and interact with neighbors and families we meet during this local life experience.
Stopping along the way to take photos with locals who will be waiting for you at their typical homes, see first-hand the smiling children and hard-working families of Lima. You will probably will meet a local craftsman who produces beautiful hand-made silverware.
On your way down the hill, you will visit a local kindergarten (*not open on weekends but you might meet some of these children while they are playing on the streets), where you have the opportunity to be a part of the local activities, such as volleyball or football, with the local children.
Highlights: Local market, Shanty Town walking tour, local craftsman, panoramic views of Lurin Valley, west coast and Lima city, local tour guide, customized tour, community kitchen, meeting the female community leaders, local kindergarten visit and cute street dogs. Perfect opportunity to be part of locals. Guaranteed good time together with locals and practise your Spanish
Note: if we can visit the Shanty town communities is because in advanced we ask permission to the local leaders (they are 18 leaders and 15 of them are women, our Shanty tows are run by women) Haku Tours sponsors over 10 different communities. If you wish to make donations of any kind, please contact us today!
To see the work Haku Tours and our wonderful clients are doing to help these people, please visit our 'PROJECTS' page.
In the past, the Shanty Towns suffered a lot of abuse from foreigners. for this reason, during all visits a local leader representative of the community will be part of the group to ensure the good performance and happy experience in the community.
We highly recommend that you wear colorful clothing because locals found it welcoming. Dark colors are synonymous with bad luck or a bad omen to the locals. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat to make your tour most comfortable. Also take a bottle of water with you and spare battery for your camera.
TOUR PICK UP:
All of our prices included pick up and drop off to your hotel only when it is located in: Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco. Outside of these areas, we ask that you pay a small fee for your pick up and drop off to your hotel location, remember fuel in our country is one of the 2 most expensive things (check local gas stations)
If you would like to donate directly to the community during your visit, we welcome school supply donations as well as a very special book to encourage language learning that was designed and inspired by our non-profit organization. "Maggie la maleta: Perú" is a bilingual children's book series about a traveling suitcase. For more details: Click here