Best Free Walking Tours in South America.

I’m not a fan of excursions and prefer to explore new places by myself, but if I’m short on time or want to get the first impression of the location quickly, I take a walking tour around the city. Nowadays Free Walking Tours based on tips become really popular in the capitals and big touristic cities around the world. I find it a useful and convenient way to get acquainted with a city.

From my own experience travelling around South America, I can pick our three FWT that I liked the best (in a corresponding order).

1. The best one is in Bogota, Colombia. I personally took it twice, while being in Colombia: at the beginning, when I familiarised with the city, and at the end of my time there when I knew Bogota well.

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Both experiences were different and showed me the capital better. The Free Walking Tour will tell you the history and the culture of the country, revealing the most curious and unbelievable facts that will leave a lasting impression. You’ll thoroughly walk the historical centre of the city (that you might not do alone). After the tour, you’ll become an expert in how to move around the city, which museums, sights and parks to visit, where to spend an excellent party night and just to grab a beer or a Colombian chicha drink.

2. The second most favourite walking tour I took in Cusco, Peru. The great capital of the Inca Empire is a masterpiece of uniqueness. This city will easily become your favourite Peruvian city because of the Free Walking Tour you take. There’s a big variety of options you can choose from, but I took the best.


Two hours of the tour flew by in one breath. The culmination of the FWT became the view of the city. We went up unnoticeable long stairs in the middle of an unremarkable neighbourhood, and in from of us opened Cusco The Greatest. Its red roofs and endless streets conquered my heart. It looked so complete and united. Better than any other city of Peru from above. I was definitely satisfied with the tour and the quality of it: very informative, entertaining and helpful. Totally recommendable: Freewalkingperu.

3. The last but now least is the Free Walking Tour in Lima, Peru. It’s pretty impossible to see this huge city by yourself in a short period of time. The Free Walking Tour I had in the capital took me by public transportation from the touristic part to the centre of the city, that made a huge difference.

In 3 hours I already knew the city pretty well to understand how to organise my time there later. I saw the main places and learnt about the culture. I shopped a little, sent a postcard and tried a local beer and 5 types of pisco sour. I did it all in the Free Walking Tour! Unbelievable.

The best part of all these tours is that you don’t have to be rich to be provided an excellent service. They all are based on tips and usually, tourists donate 7-10 dollars.

If you had a similar experience, let me know where and how much you were satisfied in the comments below!


Best Free Walking Tours in South America.: 14 комментариев

  1. While on trips, this is what I enjoy the most! to walk around a city and explore it by foot as much as possible because I feel it’s the best way you get to know a place, and as you said it gives you a preview of how to plan the rest of your time and where you want to spend more time and where not. A trip to South America is on my wish list also and these are good insights.


  2. like you, I am not a huge fan of excursions. I am more of a planner and rather visit places in my own time but you have really changed my mind. I have yet to visit South America but I’m definitely going to keep your recommendations for future trips 🙂


  3. I’ve never been anywhere in South America, but I hope to plan a trip real soon! I agree with you about trying to explore by yourself because with excursions it can feel so touristy. On the other hand it’s nice if you’ve never been there before to have someone guide you and show you what you must see. Good article!


  4. I’ve taken all 3 of those you’ve listed and definitely agree that the Bogota tour really is something else! I wasn’t enamoured with the Lima tour, but I think that’s more to do with my personal feelings on the city as opposed to the tour itself!
    I also did some amazing tours in São Paulo, Quito and Medellin that really stick out in my mind.


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