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Jan. 16, 2018
Wonderful day in Lima, Peru!
We highly recommend this tour and Integrity Tourism and Transportation! Our pre-tour arrangements, complicated by: our disembarkation into Lima, with significant amounts of luggage, from a cruise ship, then to be dropped off, after our tour, at the Lima Airport, were handled expertly by Lisa. Our guide, Maricarmen, and our driver, Jesus, were warm, engaging, and endlessly informative. This being our first visit to Lima, we had questions about a wide range of topics: history, culture, geography, cuisine, etc. and Maricarmen answered all of them with ease and insightfulness. Jesus driving skills amazed us both and we couldnt have been in better hands. Our day was filled with just the right amount of site-visits, expertly accompanied by Maricarmen, and our lunch at the Museo Larco was a perfect and delicious respite. Did this tour want us to re-visit Lima in the future? Absolutely! And when we do, we will reach out to Integrity Tourism and Transportation to help make that future visit as wonderful as this first one. Thank you Lisa, Maricarmen, Jesus, and the rest of the team!
We booked the tour as we had only one day in Lima. Maria was our guide and Coki was our driver. There were only the two of us and we basically went at our own pace.Both Maria and Coki spoke excellent English and they made us feel like personal friends by the end of the tour. Coki is an excellent driver ! Maria is very knowledgable about Lima's history .
We enjoyed the old churches and structures in Lima. We also saw para sailers near Lovers Park.
We invited Maria to have lunch with us at the Museum restaurant which lovely.
We also saw the convent of San Fransisco and saw the catacombs .We really enjoyed walking in Lima.
We will recommend this tour to all our friends.
This was a very good experience, and both our guide Maricarmen and driver Jorge were very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Peruvian history and culture on this tour. It was very convenient as they picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off at the end. We saw a good number of museums and attractions, but didn't feel rushed at all. We highly recommend Integrity Tours for an amazing Lima experience
I'm not prone to hyperbole, but this trip was absolutely fantastic. We were promptly picked up by Sergio, warmly greeted, and introduced to our driver ?Cochi. Certainly the persons involved in the journey made this trip the highly educational, relaxed, enjoyable experience that it was. Our guide was enthusiastic, earnest, and quite knowledgeable, and brought to life for us, the 43 districts of Lima. His easy manner, and excellent communication skills put us at ease, being wholly unfamiliar with the language and city. He provided open and honest commentary of the history and people of the city, and provided us with a perspective unlikely to be attained otherwise.
It was a suitable mixture of walking and driving..strolling the Plazas, Catacombs, Franciscan church, Presidential plaza...enjoying ice-cream treat in the promenade.. being picked up at various points along the route by Cochi, with impeccable timing.
The Larco museum experience stands out as a highlight of the tour. amazing concise history of the pre-Incan to Incan civilizations..and a terrific lunch. The meal was a gastronomic triumph of the highest order!. The trip up the mountain to view the statue of Jesus and the Cross, as well as the small church dedicated to Mary offered spectacular vistas, but also an opportunity to learn of the the turmoil of time past, when the hilltop was defended against opposition soldiers. Just another example of the complexity of the city, that our guide was open enough to share. We truly appreciate his respect for his city, and all factors that make it the gem it is today. It was a very personalized experience, quite intimate in that regard, not held by script, but packed with historical information. We appreciated the flexibility of being dropped off at the Incan market rather than returned to our hotel...Perhaps this should be given as an option to all, because we were able to slowly peruse many tangible treasures on offering.
Outstanding Experience..thanks Sergio and Cochi
We only had one full day in Lima, and this tour was perfect to get an overview of the city. Our tour guide was great. We had a great lunch on the museum cafe. The tour was flexible for anything in particular we wanted to see. We would recommend this tour to see the most in a short period of time.
My wife and I booked the tour as we had only one day in Lima. Maria del Carmen Marie was our guide and Coki was our driver. There were only the two of us on the tour hence 'private' tour. Both Marie and Coki spoke excellent English and they made us feel like personal friends by the end of the tour.
The plan was to walk around some of the old-town highlights on foot, followed by a tour of the Larco Museum, and finishing with a view of the city from the heights of the Morro Solar. Included was a photo opportunity and talk about the Huaca Pucllana pre-Incan pyramid.
The tour was flexible and done at our own pace, so we spent a little more time on the foot tour and opted to skip the Parque de Amor. Marie was able to bridge the language gap for us as we stopped to buy some souvenirs. On the foot-tour we stopped at a Cocoa Museum for some tastings of chocolate liqueurs. A highlight for me was the San Francisco Convent with library and catacombs.
We invited Maree to join us for lunch at the Larco Museum restaurant where she was able to point out the more typical Lima dishes to experience. The museum restaurant has an excellent menu.
It turned out Coki our driver was a mad-keen tennis fan, and we shared some tennis trivial as he drove us around the city.
A very pleasant way to see the Lima in a day with some very friendly, accommodating, and informed local guides. Highly recommended,