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Lima - Central Market and Chinatown of Lima

Central Market and Chinatown of Lima

(34 reviews)
Chinatown, Lima, Peru
45 mins

About the tour

This virtual experience will immerse you not only into one of the busiest markets of Lima, but also into the oldest of the city. During this visit we will learn about the reality of the markets during the Covid-19 era in Peru, we will discover local products and talk about the “informal vending” , we will also learn about one of the most important immigration stories to Peru, the Chinese immigration. Did you know the 10% of Peru’s population descents from of Chinese immigrants ? We will learn about the deep impact of their culture into our society, in our traditions, culture and specially our local cuisine. Chifa is a classic you have to try while you are in Peru, especially if you are visiting Lima as it is a fusion of Peruvian and Chinese cuisines. Join this tour to discover the other side of the historic center of Lima .

Meet your local guide


Vanessa is a native from Lima, Perú. An archaeologist wanna-be and momma to three, she is always on a never ending search for the best ceviche in town! Vanessa is an official tour guide and has been an ambassador of her city since 2006 with such a passion for history that she married an archeologist. After spending almost 14 years solely in the travel and tourism space, she decided to reinvent the tour guide wheel and go “virtual” with you! While Lima can sometimes be misunderstood by many for its chaos and busyness, it woos you with its incredible cuisine, warm people and stunning archaeological sites. In her tours, you might catch a spectacular sunset in the ocean while seeing surfers waiting for the last waves before going home, spot an ancient archaeological site, or explore amazing Peruvian dishes at some of the city’s popular restaurants. “My biggest interest lies in being an interpreter of my culture and an ambassador of my country to others visiting Peru. I learned many years ago that travelers see the country they visit through the eyes of their tour guide, and to me, that is a powerful reason to give my 100% each time and to love my job,” she says passionately. Join Vanessa on a tour as she takes you to her favorite places in Lima. You won't find a more passionate and enthusiastic guide.

Vanessa has been guiding since Jan 2006

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Lima with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Lima. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Christine, Hello from West Yorkshire !! G.

28 March 2021

I enjoyed your tour, it was so busy but you managed to show us some interesting things

Caroline R.

28 March 2021

Vanessa was an excellent guide. I have booked one of her cooking sessions now!

Janet W.

28 March 2021

Thank you for another very interesting tour.

Gail Y.

27 March 2021

Wonderful tour. I finally made it to Chinatown! Looking forward to your future tours.

Claire and Andy ..

27 March 2021

Another great tour from Vanessa 😃

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