Lima Shanty Town Tour - Reviews

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Andrea B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Be courageous, you'll remember this experience forever!

Tah United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Such a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful experience. Take this tour. My husband and I were the only people on the tour along with out guide, and we felt completely safe and secure. Our driver stayed with the vehicle once we entered the shanty town, and our guide walked us along, explaining the history of the particular shanty town while including well-managed stops with vendors/business women along the way. We also saw a school and health center that was currently under construction. Additionally, this tour will add so much depth to your Lima experience.

Jennifer N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

It was a great experience. We were already very familiar with the poverty in areas of Peru and had done some humanitarian work in Iquitos. Our guide did a great job. His English was superb and he was very detailed in his knowledge. His interactions with the people there was full of love and compassion. Highly recommended!

Ruth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

I had a full-day stopover in Lima and didn't want to just go sightseeing so booked this tour and so glad I did! Unfortunately I've forgotten the guide's name female but she was great and answered all of our questions providing really interesting insights into life for the people we were visiting. It also didn't feel wrong, as I was worried this type of tour might - there were only 2 of us and we were first shown around the market where we met some interesting characters and introduced to interesting produce. Then the guide showed us around the different initiatives around the community. Never felt unsafe and would highly recommend if you're looking to get off the beaten track

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Jonny the tour guide and I stopped at a local market to pick up some breakfast foods, and shared breakfast with a local town leader. I was able to learn firsthand about the conditions of the town, and ways that this leader advocates for her community. This tour was eye-opening, as I was able to see a different part of Lima and interact with locals in a personal and meaningful manner. I would highly recommend this tour.

Cami P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

We learned so much, we were inspired. The rapport our tour guide Jean Paul had with the citizens of the shantytown was great. It was also good to know that some of the proceeds will go to help the town. We felt perfectly welcomed and safe. The view is amazing from the mountain. The people were beaut

robyn w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Great off the beaten path tour. We saw how the locals lived and what their needs were, I am very glad to have been able to see and give back to the Community. Thank you Haku Tours and thank you to Jean Paul and Jorge, the best people and guides/drivers. Thank you for sharing your beautiful country and people.

Sarah B United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This was a great tour - Jean Paul was a fabulous guide - very knowledgeable and helpful. We met some wonderful people. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

Joelle P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

My favorite tour in Lima! Eye-opening

Joyce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

This was a wonderful morning visiting the people living in the shanty town area. While the living conditions are quite a bit different from ours, the people have big hearts and are very hardworking. We met one of their local leaders and saw how she influenced the government to improve the neighborhood by getting a retaining wall built. We enjoyed interacting with the children and distributing some toothbrushes we had brought. The children were delighted. Our tour guide Jimmy was fabulous. It was obvious that this was not just a job for him but truly a labor of love. He knew many of the residents well. We were very impressed with the preschool buildings and soup kitchen. The people of Peru are its greatest asset.

ruthwarden71

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

This was my best day in Peru. From the moment I stepped into the car, my guide Jean Paul Grillo started to tell me many things about Peru and Lima. Out of all my excursions I booked during my stay, Jean Paul was the most informative, friendly and knowledgeable. We explored the local market different to the cooking excursion market and sampled some snacks and fruits. I loved the shanty town experience and felt perfectly safe at all times. I enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of the locals and it was amazing to see their way of life. Felix's craft work in silver was fascinating to see. The kids were so friendly and eager to bring you their books to read. We had a cheeky shot of liquor with Maria the shop keeper. It was great to see the projects that Haku tours are developing, such as the nursery, medical centre and soup kitchen, to help assist the shanty towns and great to see a tourism country investing the money back into the community. I would recommend anyone to go on this tour and see the real life. There are some steps, but the guide will take it slow and go at your pace.

Aya M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

This tour was the most meaningful and eye-opening tour one can possibly do in Lima. Eduar, my eccentric tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable about Lima and it's past/present cultural movement. His passion and charm will put you at ease from the minute you meet him. He showed me the real Lima, how many of them live and the memories and lessons I gained from this experience will never be forgotten as long as I live. This tour will open your eyes and soul.

Bruce R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

An excellent experience giving some insights into shanty town living and the opportunity to meet some very welcoming residents. My English-speaking guide, himself a resident, was informative, interesting, and proud of the community projects, in which he was involved and which my tour would be helping to fund.

Regina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

The tour was more than expected. It was nice to be able to meet people that live and work there. It was informative as well. Genie

Derick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

I really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, took interest in the guests, offered personal insights into Peruvian life and culture in an unbiased manner. This tour takes you to the Villa El Salvador shanty town, where tourists don't normally go and you will hear stories most tourists don't normally hear. This tour is 100 safe.

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

It is not your typical tour. The area we traveled through was very poor but perfectly safe. I would have felt fine traveling there by myself but Giovanni, our guide, made the trip even more fun and informative.

Harvey L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

The tour was fantastic. We were picked up right on time from our hotel. We had two guides, Eduar Chuque and Jose Rodolfo, both of whom grew up in Shanty Town which made the whole visit even more interesting and informative. I would recommend this tour to anyone who likes to get off the beaten track and learn something about the people of Lima.

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