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Lima, Peru

The Shanty Town Tour

Half Day | Community Visit, Cultural Activities, Getting to Know Locals and Walking tours

Explore a side of Lima many tourists don't get the chance to see in this special community visit. You will be joined by local leaders from the community who will help to guide your experience as you visit the 'real' Lima! You will get to be part of the daily activities of locals that live in happiness together in their strong community systems and gain a new persepctive on towns like Villa El Salvador and San Juan. The tour is mainly about getting to know the locals and you will be invited to many community institutions, including a visit to the local daycare, silverware factory, and family homes. These community members will share with you details about their lives, traditions and beliefs in a rich cultural experience that you will never forget!

Right for You?


Half Day

Travel Style

Off the Beaten Path, Family Friendly and Cultural Immersion


English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Small Towns/Villages


Wifi: None
Cell: Available

Haku Tours

Locally Owned Nonprofit
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Speaks: English and Spanish


  • Visit a local market
  • Meet local craftsman and families from the community
  • See beautiful panoramic views of Lurin Valley, the west coast and Lima city
  • Meet community leaders in the towns (15 of the 18 community leaders are female!)
  • Visit a local kindergarten and play with the children
  • Be a part of the local community
  • Practice your spanish



Morning tours depart at 9am and afternoon tours depart at 2pm


Flexible Departure Date
All year

Haku tours wants you to feel 100% safe at all times, so at the start of the tour you will be told by your local tour guide about basic guidelines to follow during the tour.
After getting picked up and brought to the first town, you will start making your way to the base of the hill while the tour guide will explain a little about the community and its developments; such as urbanization projects, politics, religion, and how Haku helps in the area. You will then start your adventure at the famous 'yellow stairs', where you will be able to take a few pictures of the amazing views of Lima. You will also be able to visit a few homes and interact with families you meet during the tour. You may also be able to meet a local craftsman who produces beautiful hand-made silverware.
Lastly, as you make your way down the hill, you will visit a local kindergarten (not open on weekends) where you can play games such as, volleyball or football, with the children.

Wear colorful clothing because locals find it welcoming. To locals, dark colors are synonymous with bad luck or bad omens. For you comfort, please wear comfortables clothes, shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. In addition, bring water and a spare battery for your camera.
In the past Shanty town residents have suffered had problems from foreign visitors. That's why all visits to the town will be accompanied by local leader of the community to ensure a good experience for all parties involved.

What's Included


Community Visit, Walking tours, Cultural Activities and Getting to Know Locals


Bilingual guide (extra $)




Private van and Walk

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Haku Tours

Locally Owned Nonprofit

Start your adventure by exploring Peruvian culture in Lima! If you're only spending a few hours in the city, Haku Tours offers a variety of classes and short tours that you can take part in like: cooking classes, visits to local markets, and city walking tours. If you've got a few days in Lima, then you can head out for a full day nature trek, go to the Pachacamac Pyramids Sanctuary or try boarding down some sand dunes. Best yet, proceeds from all tours and experiences support local communities and Haku's social projects.

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (extra $) and Get picked up (included)
Pick up and drop off is included in the price only if your hotel is located in Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco. Outside of these areas, a small fee is charged for transportation from your hotel.