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Things to do in San Isidro District, Lima

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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

1. From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

Discover the serene landscapes of the Peruvian countryside on a day trip from Lima to Paracas and Huacachina with hotel transfers included. See Humboldt penguins and sea lions on the Ballestas Islands and slide down the Huacachina dunes by sandboarding and dune buggy ride.  Your adventure begins with an early-morning pickup from your hostel or hotel. From here, travel to Paracas, a beautiful small town by the sea, on a spacious bus where you'll be able to relax for the 4-hour ride. Once in Paracas, begin a 2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, a smaller version of the Galapagos. Spot sea lions, penguins, and plenty of birds up close and all in their natural habitats. You may even get the chance to see a dolphin or two. Around lunchtime, it's time to move on from Paracas to Huacachina, a natural oasis located in the Ica Desert, home to the biggest sand dunes in South America. Enjoy some free time here. Explore and have lunch (at your own expense) in one of the local restaurants around the oasis. Following lunch, it will be time for 2 hours of exhilarating dune buggy rides and sandboarding. Dune buggy up the sand dunes and sandboard down these giant hills of sand, a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the only natural desert oasis in South America. In the evening, board your bus back to Lima. Once onboard, sit back and relax on the comfortable seats while you enjoy a movie on board. You will later be dropped off directly at your hotel/hostel upon arrival in Lima.

Lima: Paragliding Flight Over Costa Verde Districts

2. Lima: Paragliding Flight Over Costa Verde Districts

Soar over the picturesque cityscape of Costa Verde on this paragliding excursion. Together with your personal pilot, catch glimpses of Lima's San Miguel, Magdalena del Mar, San Isidro, and Miraflores districts. After your tour, take home a complimentary HD video to relive your aerial adventure. Begin your paragliding experience along the esplanade in San Miguel. As you ascend, soak up the breathtaking views of the expansive ocean and coastline before you. Fly over the seaside residential districts of San Miguel and Magdalena del Mar. Continue your paragliding tour as you gaze down at the San Isidro and Miraflores districts. Known for their role as cultural, political, and financial centers, these districts also host resplendent greenery and impressive architecture. Savor this unique opportunity to see the city of Lima from an aerial perspective.

Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

3. Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

Wait for your local guide at your hotel lobby and get ready to start the tour. First, discover the beauty of Miraflores. Learn the history of this emblematic and most visited district of Lima. Also, admire from the outside the archeological site of Huaca Pucllana. Understand the importance of this ceremonial and administrative center made of adobe and clay. Then, visit The Olive Trees Park in San Isidro district. Relax in this peaceful green area full of ancient preserved olive trees. Also, visit the beautiful Love Park and celebrate love in all its forms. Take photos of The Kiss, an iconic sculpture made by the acclaimed Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Admire the surroundings from the tiled benches inspired in Antoni Gaudí's Parc Güell in Barcelona. After that, enjoy from the cliffs of Miraflores awesome views of Lima and the Pacific Ocean. Then visit Barranco, the artsy neighborhood of Lima. Be amazed by its beautiful murals and make a wish at the Bridge of Sighs.

Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

4. Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Then, see Miraflores: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca temple, The Love Park, Barranco: Murals, pittoresque old mansions, The Bridge of Sighs and San Isidro: The Olive Park.

Lima: Magic Water Circuit Entry and Guided Tour with Pickup

5. Lima: Magic Water Circuit Entry and Guided Tour with Pickup

Experience a sound and light extravaganza on a guided tour of the Magic Water Circuit in Lima with entry tickets included. Following pickup at your hotel in downtown Miraflores or San Isidro, transfer to Parque de la Reserva — where giant jets of water explode into the skies to music and lights. Visit the park, named the largest of its kind by the Guinness Book of World Records, with 13 interactive fountains that dance to music and lights providing an astonishing spectacle, including a jet spray reaching 262 feet high. See the fountains illuminated at night, many with continuously changing color schemes. Marvel at a laser light program synchronized with classical and Peruvian music that makes the fountains sparkle and shine as the water flows in unique patterns and shapes. After the show, be dropped off at Parque Kennedy, Miraflores.

Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

6. Lima: Street Food Tasting Tour with Pisco Sour Class

Experience the flavors of Peruvian food like a local on this street food tour. You will discover why Lima is called the gastronomic city of America, through tasting its signature stews, fruits, and desserts. Learn how to make Peru’s signature drink during a pisco sour lesson. After pickup directly from your accommodation, head first to the Chorrillos Artisanal Fishing Pier, one of the popular trade points for marine products. Get to know the history of the pier before continuing to the Surquillo Market. The Surquillo Market become something of a mecca for international foodies after the praise of the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. The market is open every day and sees a large amount of food and spices sold. You can find exotic fruits from the Amazon Rainforest, potatoes and chili peppers from the tops of the distant Andes Mountains, fresh fish and seafood from the coast, and meats of different types, including alpaca and guinea pig. Taste some exotic fruits (cherimoya, granadilla, and tumbo) and the chicha morada (drink made from purple corn), then continue your gastronomic experience at two fast-food restaurants to taste their different specialties. At La Huerta Chinen, where they specialize in Creole mixes, you’ll get to try the famous Causa Limeña (mashed yellow potatoes seasoned with limes, chili peppers, and stuffed with chicken). At Alto K Fish, they specialize in seafood. You’ll get to taste their marine trio (fish ceviche, rice with seafood, and squid pork rinds). After delighting your palate, visit the historic center of Lima and walk through its old streets appreciating its impressive balconies, churches, and colonial houses. See the main square of Lima, the cathedral, the government palace, and the convent of San Francisco and its catacombs. Later, sweeten your palate by tasting Spanish churros (filled with manjar blanco or pastry cream accompanied with white sugar). Then, visit a local bar to learn about the flagship drink of Peru, the pisco sour (made from grape pisco, limos, syrup, egg whites, and angostura bitters). As a final stop, visit the Chabuca Granda avenue to try the Peruvian donuts known by the locals as picarones (made of sweet potato dough accompanied by honey).

Jorge Chavez International Airport: Private Transfer

7. Jorge Chavez International Airport: Private Transfer

Be picked up on time with a professional service and ditch public transportation or haggling with a cab. Avoid lugging your bags onto a crowded bus. Meet your welcoming driver at your hotel in Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidroor at the airport. Feel free to ask your driver any questions that you have. Get great recommendations and cultural suggestions, or ask your favorite tunes to be played. Transfer between your hotel and the airport in the most secure and comfortable way with this service.

Local Market & Participative Cooking Class at Urban Kitchen

8. Local Market & Participative Cooking Class at Urban Kitchen

You will be transferred from your hotel to the farmers market of San Isidro, where the day’s culinary experience begins. There, you will discover the stands and main ingredients used in Peruvian cooking, accompanied by a Peruvian chef. Learn about the flavours locals love the most, and take in the aromas and flavours around you. After exploring the market and all it has to offer, you will be transferred to Urban Kitchen to take part in a cooking lesson, where a chef will demonstrate local delicacies for you to make. After this fun experience, you can enjoy the delicious dishes prepared in class. Finally, you will return to the hotel and take your learnings home to prepare Peruvian food whenever you like.

Lima: Culinary Tour by Bike

9. Lima: Culinary Tour by Bike

Start with pickup from the Miraflores or San Isidro district. Begin the tour at Parque Kennedy in the heart of Miraflores. Ride towards the beautiful Malecón of Miraflores and arrive at your first stop, the Buena Vista Café. Enjoy the scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and a refreshing natural juice. Continue by riding to the buzzing Market of San Isidro. Explore the market and taste a variety of Peruvian fruits such as custard apple, aguaymanto, lucuma, pitahaya, and many other native fruits. Next, taste some delicious ceviche, an iconic Peruvian dish, at Barra Chalaca Restaurant. Finally, try a typical dessert which originated in the city, the “Suspiro a la Limeña”.

Lima: Lima Gastronomic Tour Including Lunch and City Tour

10. Lima: Lima Gastronomic Tour Including Lunch and City Tour

Try the various flavours of Peru on a historical gastronomic tour of Lima. Explore the city's cuisine and history, and admire buildings from the pre-colonial era to the present day. See Lima's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be picked up in Lima and head to San Isidro where you can visit a local market and explore the offerings of fruits, vegetables, meat cuts, and fish. Arrive at the restaurant and participate in a Pisco Sour demo class. Enjoy a cooking demo class of Peruvian dishes. Eat a tasty Peruvian lunch and then return to your hotel before the afternoon portion of the tour. Visit Old Town Lima for the afternoon portion of the tour, starting at Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion built in 1535. Explore the only house in the area from this period that is still owned by descendants of the family who built it. Continue the tour with a scenic tour of the colonial city center: the Plaza de Armas, where you can see examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Admire the magnificent Lima Cathedral, built in the 16th century. End the tour at the Larco Museum, home to an impressive collection of pre-Columbian pieces of gold and silver, looms, and erotic art. Return to your hotel after the visit to the museum.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 321 reviews

What a fantastic tour. It's a long day but totally worth it. Pick up at the hotel was on time. The coach was really comfortable if you wanted to sleep. In Paracas there were toilets at the hotel meeting point. Short walk to the port to get the boat. Saw lots of birds and sea lions with a very informative and humorous guide. Lunch was organised at a local restaurant, this was probably the worst bit. Very rushed and nothing special. I would have gone elsewhere but you don't have long here. Another drive to Huacachina where you get the buggy. Great fun, excellent drivers. Then you sand board down some dunes. Lots of opportunities for photos and finally we watched the sunset. Just epic. One of my best days!

Mega! The team is super friendly! From the arrival to the flight and the service, everything was well organized! Besides comfortable clothes (it's quite chilly during the flight) you might consider bringing drinks (water) with you, but there seems to be a small kiosk nearby. We waited a bit for the team to fly after us and were thirsty, but this is only a side note. A very nice experience! Thanks so much!!

I was very satisfied. We saw very beautiful places Paracas with the a lot spices of animal, wonderful. We visited dune in Huacachina also perfect places. Company and our guide was very professional, i can recommend very much. Sanboarding was excellent, our driver on the sand dunes was profesionall also. If i visite Peru in the future probably i can check it again.

An amazing experience! The boat ride was beautiful and the wildlife was so cool to see. And the sand boarding! Scary but also so amazing that it was worth it! The bus rides were comfortable and the pick up and drop off was stress free. Lastly, the tour guides, especially Mari, were so nice and helpful that they really enhanced the experience.

We loved every bit of it! We didn’t take the lunch recommendation and we still had plenty of time to go to the bathroom and chill a bit. The Huacachina trip exceeded our expectations.