Artisan and Pachacamac Tour

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  • 7 Hours
  • Group Size: 1 - 10
  • All year round

On this Pachacamac tour, we travel 30 km south of Lima through a changing landscape. From the beautiful views of the coast to a dry desert. After about 45 minutes, we arrive at what was the main sanctuary of the Andean coast for more than 1500 years, the archeological site of Pachacamac.

First, we have a look at the collection of the modern Pachacamac museum with various artifacts of the different cultures that used to occupy this sanctuary. Then we head to the vast archeological site, which consists of the remains of more than 50 temples and other buildings.

Afterward, we head to a local community of artisans nearby. The first thing we do there is to have lunch at the house of a local artisan family. On the menu are a great local experience and delicious homemade typical Peruvian lunch. The menu is different every time, but it’s always authentic, fresh, and also a lot.

After entertaining us at lunch with some of his many stories, our funny host will show us his ceramics workshop. He also takes us to two more workshops of his talented fellow artisans, who make other types of Peruvian handicrafts, for instance, rugs and textile.

Buying is not expected but if you’re interested in taking home some fair-trade Peruvian handicrafts, this is your chance!


What to expect on this private Lima tour

Visit the most important archeological site of Lima!

Without a doubt, Pachacamac is one of the most important archaeological sites of coastal Peru. It includes elements dating back as far as 200 AD. Because each succeeding culture added its own temples, there are remains belonging to different ancient cultures from pre-Inca and Inca times.

Today, Pachacamac shelters the remains of more than 50 temples and buildings making it the largest archaeological complex in Lima.

On our Pachacamac tour, your guide first shows you around the archeological excavations. Then, your driver will take you around this huge site with stops at different sights.

At some stops, we need to walk around a bit to have a good look at the remains of the temples. Besides the archeological ruins, you will be amazed by the great views of the surrounding area including the Pacific Ocean. It is hard to believe we’re so close to the metropolitan city of Lima.

Visit the workshops of Peruvian artisans

After the Pachacamac tour, we head to a close-by local neighborhood that is home to many artisans from the area of Ayacucho. These people fled the violence of the guerrilla war of the 1980s and 1990s by moving to the outskirts of Lima. The guide will tell you more about this terrible period in Peru.

In this neighborhood, local artisans continue to make traditional handicrafts and art from Ayacucho. Before we visit some of their workshops, we have lunch with one of these local artisan families in their home.

With a full stomach, we visit a few workshops where they make textiles, ceramics, and other beautiful typical Peruvian handicrafts. The artisans love to show you their work and explain how they make these pieces of art.

In a place where the government is mostly absent, these people have built their own community and are developing and maintaining the local economy with their traditions and art. They are working hard to keep their traditions alive.

Certainly, you will leave this place very inspired and perhaps even with a few authentic and fair-trade souvenirs (completely optional of course).

Price Includes

  • Lunch at a local family's house
  • Bilingual tour leader
  • Local guide in the community
  • Private transportationPick-up from hotels in central areas. Pick-up at cruise shuttle stop or airport available for an additional fee.
  • All activities
  • Donation to the project visited
  • Private tour

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses and souvenir

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Comfortable, closed shoes
  • Water
  • Sweater and/or light coat (May - October)

How does your visit leave a positive footprint?

Trade of artisan under threat

Though there is an increased interest in Peruvian handicrafts, the art and the trade is slowly disappearing. Unfortunately, many young people won’t continue the family trade because they cannot make a good living as an artisan. This is of course completely understandable but such a shame, since it’s such an important part of Peruvian culture going back many centuries. Your visit shows the younger generation that it is important to conserve these traditions and that people who come from across the world are interested in learning more about the artisans and about their art. And: some of them might even buy the art, generating an income. 


At the same time, your visit also supports the local artisans’ cooperative. By organising themselves in a cooperative, they can negotiate better prices, which is very important since low prices are another serious threat to the trade. Nowadays, in the touristic areas of Lima but also Cusco and other touristic places, handicrafts that are made in large quantities in factories are sold at very low prices. In order to compete, artisans often have to sell their art for a very low price as well. As a result, it becomes harder and harder to make a living as an artisan. The products you see at the artisan workshops are truly fair-trade, as the artisans decide their own prices.


Your Trip designer: Alfredo

I’m Alfredo, partner and expert tour leader at Alternative Peru, an educational and sustainable tourism company based in Lima; and founder of Social Andean Expedition, an initiative that provides solar energy to schools in vulnerable communities, through sustainable tourism programs. I graduated in Communications in Peru, and lived and studied in different Asian countries, where I worked as an advertiser, journalist and chef.

My long stay in other culturally rich countries encouraged me to take a deeper look into my own people, embrace my own culture, and return home to work for the less privileged in Peru.

I firmly believe in the transformative power of responsible tourism to strengthen the economies and dignity of the most vulnerable peoples of Peru, and I see the same values in RESPONSible Travel Peru.