We really enjoyed this tour - our first upon arrival in Lima. Ou guide Miguel Angel was personable, informative and very helpful - we had a private guided tour as we were the only guests signed up that day. Started off with pick up from our hotel in Miraflores (the Marriott) we headed along the coastal road until we arrived at Larco Museum. Beautiful setting, with a garden that looks like it is a postcard. The Museum and especially the permanent collection are simply priceless and take you back in time almost 5,000 years. From there we headed to the El Bolivar hotel - a historic hotel by St. Martin square where we enjoyed our first taste of Pisco Sour and some local snacks before the final adventure at the Water Park. That is really spectacular - the sound and light show chreographed with classical music and traditional peruvian folk dances from the various regions - and all displayed on marvelous water fountains that make it truly magical. Can't recommend this enough! And really appreciated the attention from our guide Miguel Angel with Viajes Pacifico. Professional, courteous and followed up a week later with some additional information on the artifacts we saw at the museum and photos. Muchas Gracias Miguel!
My experience was unique in that I was not able to experience the Magic Water Circuit portion of this tour - apparently the night my tour was scheduled, there was a private event that was booked for the Magic Water Circuit, which did not allow us entry. Instead, we went to the Barranco area which is known for its restaurants and night life. This was just OK but did not meet my expectations since all we did was walk around the area vs. watching a water fountain show. I wished the tour company would have informed me beforehand so I could have switched to another tour or ask for other options like the Larco Museum with dinner.
In terms of the Larco Museum, that part of the tour was interesting and worthwhile. It is not often that you can view thousands of artifacts in good condition all in one place. The tour guide was informative and took her time in showing/explaining to us the highlights of the museum.
For the Pisco Sour tasting - it was in a local bar that gave you an idea of local town life. The Pisco Sour was not to my liking (similar to a margarita) but if you go to other restaurants in Peru, there are other variations that were better in my opinion (try the passion fruit or strawberry versions).
Overall, it was a decent tour, but I would recommend confirming your itinerary a few days beforehand to avoid the situation I experienced.
The Larco Museum is a beautiful and most interesting museum that has an amazing amount of artifacts that display the regional and historical aspects of early Peruvian culture. My guide, Gabriella, was extremely knowledgeable about everything and really helped explain everything. I always have a difficult time at museums trying to read the information next to each item but having a guide made it so much better! We later went to one of the oldest taverns in Puebla Libre area of Lima for a pisco sour and sandwich before heading to the magic water circuit. The fountains were beautiful and it was nice to walk around the grounds and see them all.
Wow! Larco is very impressive. Timely pick up and drop off. Good meal. Ended up as last couple at museum after dinner. This felt a little bit awkward at times but the artifacts are so impressive!
My guide was exceptional - highly knowledgeable, really enthusiastic about his field and his enthusiasm and excitement was infectious. The collection is absolutely superb and brilliantly lit. Dinner was great. I enjoyed my visit to the Larco so much that I went back a second time the next day! I told so many people I met in Peru about how excellent this tour was/is...... I'd regard it as a real highlight of my trip. Thank you!!
This is really a worthwhile and enjoyable tour. My husband and I and our daughter and one of her friends who are students at Universidad Catolica had a great time. The english speaking guide was excellent and gave you real sense of history and civilization in Peru. The collection at that Larco is not to be missed. Then, topping the experience off with a fine dining experience was the icing on the cake.
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