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Chinatown, Cathedral + Santo Domingo

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Visit the oldest Chinatown in South America located in the historic center of Lima. In this tour, you’ll learn about the Chinese migration from Hong Kong to Peru in the mid-19th century as a result of the abolition of slavery for Afro-Peruvians in 1854 under the government of Ramón Castilla y Marquesado.

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Meeting place

We meet in front of La Merced church or at your hotel (only on special request).

Lima Cathedral — Interior visit

Discover the secrets of the only one wooden cathedral in South America built back in the colonial times and designed by the Architect Francisco Becerra. Check out some of the some peculiarities of the cathedral below:

  • The Crypt of Francisco Pizarro.
  • The table of the Capitulation of the independence of Peru.
  • Thirteen chapels.
  • Francisco’s hat on the main façade.

Convent of Santo Domingo — Interior visit

Get to know the inside of this convent where the first university in South America called San Marcos was founded in 1560. This place was also the home of the most famous Peruvian Saints in South America:

  • Santa Rosa de Lima canonized on April 12, 1671, making her the first Saint born in America, therefore she is considered the Patron Saint of Peru, America and the Philippines.
  • Saint Martin de Porres was recently canonized on August 6, 1962, although he also lived in the 17th century, as did Saint Rosa, but his canonization took much longer due to his ethnic background. Currently, San Martín is considered the first Afro Saint of Peru and the World, he is also considered the Patron Saint of Peru and of Pharmacists.

Short walk from the Plaza de Armas to Chinatown

During this walk you will pass through some colonial streets, squares and churches.

Visit of the Arch and Chinatown

Chinese migration was promoted by the Peruvian government due to the abolition of slavery of Afros in Peru. The Chinese came as cheap labor to work in different areas such as the extraction of Guano de Isla and the construction of railway networks in Peru.

Tour Ending Place

We finish this private tour near the Plaza de Armas. We can also end up at your hotel on special request only.


The prices shown in the table are:

  • Per person in US dollars ($).
  • Pple. = people.
Pple.Private guided tour with
Meeting pointPick-upPick-up and Drop-off
If your group is larger than 5 people, just let us know!


Tour Type: 100% private excursion.


Meeting point– 09:00 to 12:00
– 14:00 to 17:00
Every day
Pick-up– 09:00 to 13:00
– 14:00 to 18:00
Pick-up and drop-off– 09:00 to 14:00
– 14:00 to 19:00
Other schedules are available on request.


  • Spanish, English.
  • Other languages:
    • Available on request.
    • Prices will change.

Accessibility: This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.


  • Professional guide.
  • On request:
    • Pick-up from your hotel.
    • Drop-off at your hotel.

Not included:

  • Ticket for:
    • Cathedral: 15 soles pp.
    • Santo Domingo:: 15 soles pp.
  • Tips (optional).

What to bring?

  • April-Nov:
    • Sweaters
  • Dec-March:
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Hats
    • A bottle of water
  • Local currency for your entrance tickets.



Pick-ups and timings

  • Pick-ups are sharp on time.
  • Pick-ups apply only for hotels located in Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro, La Victoria and Lima; for other districts an additional cost will apply.
  • We’ll arrange all pick-ups and meeting points one day prior your tour.
  • The tour ending time is still aprox; but, we’ll do our best to finish the tour as scheduled.

Vehicle type

  • Authorized by the Ministry of Transportation of Peru.
  • Clean and modern ones.
  • Sedan looking auto, 4×4, H1, Van, Renault and Mercedez Benz (it will depend on the group size).

Entrance ticket discounts

Kids, minors, students and Peruvians may have discounts but an official ID is required to show:

  • Kids and minors: Bring their official passaports to prove their age.
  • Students: Bring your offficial passport and goverment issued ID.
  • Peruvians: Bring your oficial ID.

Operability and itinerary:

This tour is subject to variation without any prior notice, due to weather conditions, strikes and any other event that doesn’t allow the normal tour operation. See also our terms.


Cancellation of the tour is free as long as you do so at least 48 hours in advance, otherwise we will charge 100% of the tour price. See also our terms.


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