Free Lima Walking Tour: Free Tours Led By Locals!

With its incredible mix of Spanish colonial architecture, vibrant culinary and arts scenes, and a spectacular scenic coastline, Lima is a can’t-miss destination in South America. And to truly discover the history and culture of the city, you’ll have join the Free Lima Walking Tour!

Summary of the tours

All tours are FREE and last around 3 hours of walking led by a local and friendly guide, teaching you about the spots that make up the amazing districts of Lima.

Tours available (EVERY DAY):
Historic Center of Lima Tour, Miraflores Tour, Barranco Tour, and Central Market & China Market Tour, Lima Magic Water Circuit Tour.

Starting point:
All tours start from both Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores (Av. Jose Larco 799 / Kennedy Park)

Starting times (meet 5 minutes before start):

  • Foodie Tour: 9:30 AM
  • Historic Center of Lima Tour: 10:30 AM
  • Miraflores Tour: 3:30 PM
  • Barranco Tour: 5:00 PM
  • Lima Magic Water Circuit: 5:00 PM

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For more details on each tour keep reading below!

Free Lima Walking Tour group during the Historic Center of Lima Tour

Foodie Tour

Peru is considered by many as one of the best food hubs in the world due to its variety of dishes and flavors. And although Lima is home to top-ranking restaurants, it also offers hidden gems where locals say is where you find the true flavor of the country. Join the tour with our local guides and discover the taste of Peru!

What you need to know

  • Departure: 9:30 AM
  • Meet at any of the official Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores 5 minutes before departure
  • You’ll take the Metropolitano bus with the group for a truly local experience (take necessary cash 3.50 soles – one way)
  • Seasonal fruits sampling are included

The first stop is the Central Market, located in the heart of Central Lima. It’s the main market for hundreds of locals from different districts and has everything you can imagine: fruits, veggies, different types of meat, home necessities, breakfast/lunch spots and much more.

On the way there, you’ll learn about the important elements of Lima that we can find in these blocks, such as the Torre Tagle Manor and San Pedro church, among others.

Once in Central Market, you’ll enter and walk through some of its many aisles. Here, you will taste some seasonal fruits and learn about different products and the life of selling in the market.

Foodie Tour

You have the option to do some shopping inside.

After this experience, you head to Calle Capon in Lima’s “Chinatown”, home to many stores and restaurants, where we will have the opportunity to taste classic Chinese snacks – Dim Sum. Here we will learn a little more about the great history of the Chinese community in Peru and their contribution to our culture.

The Free Lima Walking Tour will return to Miraflores at around 2:00 PM, unless you decide to stay in Central Lima to continue exploring.

Reserve your spot on your free Foodie Tour here!

Historic Center of Lima Walking Tour

The most historically rich district of them all! The Center of Lima is home to many important landmarks and buildings that have made the city what it is now. Here’s a quick peak of some of the spots you’ll discover on this tour:

What you need to know

  • Departure: 10:30 AM
  • Meet at any of the official Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores 5 minutes before departure
  • You’ll take the Metropolitano bus with the group for a truly local experience (take necessary cash 3.50 soles – one way)
  • If you want to join from the historic center, our meeting point is San Martin Square at 11:30 AM.

San Martin Square

Built in the early 20th century, the square gets it name from the South American liberator Jose de San Martin who’s statue sits at the middle. You will learn a little about Jose de San Martin and the history of popular gatherings in the square.

You’ll also notice a great amount of bars and restaurants around the square which is good to take note for another night!

Jirón de la Unión

For many years Jirón de la Unión was the most important road in the city. Characterized by being the most aristocratic and where the most famous inhabitants were meeting, it’s now a popular street to walk through. Now it serves more as a commercial street but the history still remains.

Palais Concert

The Palais Concert was a famous cafe-cinema-bar located at the intersection of Jirón de la Unión and Avenida Emancipación in the district of Lima, Peru. The engineering firm that was in charge of the project was that of the famous French engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel.

La Merced Church

The convent and the church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced are as old as the city of Lima. According to historic documents, the lands where the convent and the church were built belonged to the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy.
The church contains a variety of reredos. The altarpiece is fire-gilded. The center of the altarpiece contains an image of the Virgin of Mercy, declared in 1615 the “heavenly protector of [Lima].”

Courret House

In this 19th century mansion, they dedicated themselves to photography and it was founded by the Frenchman Eugenio Courret, who lived in the city of Lima. It is a property with profusely decorated balconies, with movement and rounded shapes on its façade, imitating nature in its ornamentation.

Plaza de Armas (Main Square)

Lima’s most important square. You’ll get to enjoy the beautiful plaza and get views of the Government Palace. The main cathedral is also located in the square which adds to its charm.

Lima Downtown Classic Building

Alameda Chabuca Granda

Alameda Chabuca Granda is a large viewpoint of the city of Lima adjacent to the Government Palace and on the banks of the Rímac River. From there you can see the old Rímac neighborhood, the San Cristóbal hill, the Desamparados Train Station, the Stone Bridge, the Rayitos de Sol Bridge and a vast horizon of viceregal mansions. It has three amphitheaters and stages for varieties and Creole music.

The tour group returns to Miraflores at around 2:30 PM, unless you decide to stay to continue exploring.

Reserve your spot on your free Historic Center of Lima Tour here!

Miraflores Walking Tour

The tourist hotspot of Lima known for its beautiful coast. For many travelers, Miraflores is the district where they’ll likely be staying in. But not many get to discover all of its charm and history when here. Join the tour and see why it’s such a great district!

What you need to know

  • Departure: 3:30 PM
  • Meet at any of the official Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores 5 minutes before departure
  • You’ll get to know where the best bars, restaurants, and shops are located

June 7th Park

It is named in honor of the men who defended the country in the Battle of Arica, on June 7, 1880, during the war with Chile.

Parque Kennedy

Kennedy Park is one of the principal touristic spots in Miraflores. Many locals go to relax and walk around the area that boasts a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes. Curiously enough, it’s also known as “The Cat Park” since it’s home of approximately 100 well-kept cats, which you can see sleeping around the park.

kitty cat

Parroquia Virgen Milagrosa

The structure built by the Polish architect Ricardo de Java Malachowski after his arrival in Peru in 1919 is a beautiful design. Inside the church, we find stained glass decorations based on the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.

Inca Market

The market is made up of a series of small shops that sell ‘traditional’ Peruvian handicrafts and souvenirs. These included alpaca colorful woven textiles, embroidered cushions, ceramics, jewelry, and musical instruments.

With low prices, it is a great place to visit if you want to buy some souvenirs of your trip. Spend a little time shopping around for the best deal and then ask for a discount.

Pasaje San Ramón

Pasaje San Ramón, traditionally called Calle de las Pizzas, is a pedestrian street located in near Kennedy Park. At night, this passage becomes a nightlife center with its many pubs and bars. The corner of Avenida Diagonal with Calle Berlín marks the end point of this pedestrian path and the busiest area of the avenue.

Parque del Amor (Love Park)

Miraflores’ most beautiful park. In the middle, you can see a beautiful sculpture dedicated to love, “The Kiss” which was created by the Peruvian artist, Victor Delfin. The park is bordered by a colorful mosaic wall containing romantic phrases from the best known Peruvian poets.

Miraflores Tour


This shopping center has 115 stores, 17 restaurants of all flavors, and if you’re looking for fun it has a cinema, bars, clubs, and plenty others. It’s the most famous commercial center in Miraflores.

Free Pisco Sour in SAHA Rooftop

The tour ends in SAHA Rooftop, where we’ll have a well-earned Pisco Sour after a the long walk.

Chances are pretty high that if you’re staying in Lima, you will be staying in Miraflores. The Free Lima Walking Tour of Miraflores is a great way for you to get to know the area that you are staying in!

Reserve your spot on your free Miraflores Tour here!

Barranco Walking Tour

Barranco is famously known as the Bohemian District and it’s easy to see why! Art flows through its streets, as can be seen in murals and events that take place constantly. Join the tour and enjoy the creative scenes that Barranco offers.

What you need to know

  • Departure: 5:00 PM
  • Meet at any of the official Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores 5 minutes before departure
  • The group takes a local bus “La Chama” to Barranco (take necessary cash 1.50 soles – one way)
  • If you want to join from Barranco, our meeting point is Alameda Saenz Peña at 05:40 PM.

Alameda Saenz Peña

The Alameda Sáenz Peña began to be inhabited towards the beginning of the 20th century, according to the plans, it was the route of an irrigation canal, and its areas always looked full of vegetation , wealthy families resided there, who had decided to set up their homes in the Barranco district, because it had become the fashionable neighborhood.

Malecón de Souza

The entire Barranco boardwalk has an approximate length of two kilometers, with green areas in almost all its neighborhoods.The Sousa boardwalk is one of the first areas enabled next to the cliff, because the areas near Domeyer Street and Bajada de los Baños are not boardwalks, but rather a water hauling area and a path to the sea, respectively

La Ermita

The Ermita de Barranco is a church in the Barranco district, in Lima (Peru).It was built in the middle of the 18th century. Formerly this church was a small chapel where humble fishermen and travelers came. In 1874, it was chosen as the center and capital of the town of San José de Surco. After its destruction in the Pacific War, the hermitage was rebuilt in 1882. The hermitage underwent several changes since its beginnings.

Puente de los Suspiros

In the heart of Barranco is the Puente de los Suspiros, a traditional wooden bridge wrapped in an air of romanticism, for having been the site that began countless love relationships in Lima.

Puente Equilibrio – Achorada place

Equilibrio is balance, and in this part of Barranco the cultural reality of Peru is shown, under the bridge we find a mural called “the mural of the races”, since Peru is a multicultural country.

Chabuca Granda /Jose Antonio Monument

She was a Peruvian singer-songwriter, record producer, film scriptwriter and playwright. She composed and wrote a large number of Creole and Afro-Peruvian music songs, as well as poetry and theater and film scripts.

Jose Antonio , was a lover and preserver of the Peruvian paso horse, he was a personal friend of Eduardo Granda and his daughter, Chabuca Granda, who, after Lavalle died in 1957, wrote him the famous José Antonio criollo waltz.

Jade Rivera Art Gallery

A good place full of good taste and avant-garde that brings together an interesting variety of crafts and art of all kinds.
Jade Rivera was born in Huancayo in 1983. He is a plastic artist, muralist, researcher of techniques and constant learner. With more than 20 years of experience, his murals have toured the world. His work focuses on representing situations of daily and cultural life, through an imaginary that embraces the emotions and spirituality of the human being.

Bajada de los Baños

The Bajada de los Baños is considered a Colonial and Republican Real Estate Cultural Heritage. Formerly it was a small ravine that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, currently it is a road but it continues to cross the famous Bridge of Sighs. Its name, Bajada de Baños, is due to the path that leads to the sea and in ancient times to the Baños de Barranco.

Artwork Stair

Here, you can find murals of many different artists. A place where artists of all disciplines and backgrounds have gone to nurture their creative inspiration. Lately, Barranco’s streets have become something of a canvas, as the local government continues to allow more murals to be painted on the streets’ walls, Barranco is morphing into a colorful and lively street art gallery.

Sanchez Carrion Boulevard

A street with a long tradition that housed different families, today converted into a boulevard, it joins Bolognesi Avenue with Grau and the Municipal Park. Ideal for night owls who like fun as it is a meeting place for all people from Barranco on weekends. Pubs, clubs and clubs are waiting for you.

Main Square of Barranco

Barranco is a district that has a strong entertainment offer. This district of Lima with old mansions, cheerful people and lively nights is known as “the artists’ neighborhood”. It was founded in 1874 and borders the Miraflores neighborhood. In the Plaza de Armas is the National Library and there you can get maps of the area with tourist information on bars, restaurants, shops and hotels.

The Free Lima Walking Tour will return to Miraflores at around 8:00 PM, unless you decide to stay in Barranco to continue exploring.

Reserve your spot on your free Barranco Tour here!

Lima Magic Water Circuit

Probably one of the best attractions to visit in Lima! The Magic Water Park comes alive with mesmerizing water displays, illuminated performances and magical fountains during the nighttime. It’s perfect for those Instagram-worthy pictures and videos, and those looking to relax from the chaos that comes with being in a capital city.

What you need to know

  • Departure time: 5:00 PM
  • Meet at any of the official Tourist Information Centers in Miraflores 5 minutes before departure
  • The tour last around 3 hours in total
  • Free taste of Pisco Sour in one of Miraflore’s main bars at the end of the tour
  • Included: Private transport, entrance ticket, local licensed tour guide, exclusive discount coupon.
  • You can book this delightful tour directly through the Lima Walking Tour website here. Price $35 USD per person / children under 12: $20 USD

The Lima Magic Water Circuit Tour departs daily at 5:00 PM, lasts approximately 3 hours. The journey begins at either the Tourist Information Center (Kennedy) or Tourist Information Center (Larco) in Miraflores and after exploring the entire Water Fountain Park, it ends at the SAHA Rooftop, a rooftop bar in Miraflores, where travelers will taste a complimentary Pisco Sour. The inclusive package covers private transportation, entrance tickets, a knowledgeable local guide, and exclusive discount coupons.

Book your Lima Magic Water Tour here!