VANESSA VASQUEZ Private tour guide in Lima - Peru


Guide profile:

Greetings from Peru!, I'm a tour guide since 2006, Guiding and sharing my culture with you are my passions, and I will work to make your stay in Lima completely unforgettable All my tours are customized to meet your needs every time, delivering always a private, one on one tour. My specialty is the "off the beaten path" experiences, and what I always want to give to my clients is the sense of liberty that other companies don't give, I like my clients to be involved in the creation of their own programs to meet their special needs. my intention is to make of their tours a lifetime experience. - I’LL BE WAY ON A TRIP FROM JULY 25 TILL AUGUST 06 -

In Lima my husband Marek Zakrzewski and I work as a team, creating tours and organizing adventures. Marek is not just my best friend, an archaeologist, an experienced tour guide (in English and Polish language), he is as well my work - partner and sometimes my driver, if we are together on the tour will work to make your day with us unforgettable, and if I'm not available he can give me a hand with the tour. Together we run Adventurous Travel, creating boutique tours and journeys. We are on Trip Advisor!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Blake K.

Vanessa and her husband were great! We had a 6 hour layover and we were able to see so many different neigborhoods, eat some of the best food, and get a decent feel for what Lima is about during the short time. When we come back again we will book Vanessa.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT TO DO IN LIMA? YOU HAVE A LAYOVER IN THE CITY? here some ideas and sites you should take into consideration:

Visit A real local's market to learn about food, products and locals (we can even visit a Chinatown) a fish market and port. why not having a cooking class?

Also some Archaeological sites like the Pachacamac Oracle (the biggest of the coast of Perú) and other ancient places.

Why not visit the low-income areas? Going to Villa El Salvador district, visiting one of the best examples of progress based in hard work can be the key to success.

Going to the Bohemian districts of Lima is a must, Barranco and Callao are now artsy districts that you and any tourist can visit, maybe we can meet a local artist during our walking tours in The area. Other sites of interests are Pueblo Libre and Callao.

Are you a birdwatcher? maybe you don't know this yet, but Lima's ecosystem is great for observation of different kinds of birds, and all within the same city.

Finally, Downtown Lima is always a box of surprises, always beautiful, busy, unique.

Not sure what to do on your own? Contact me any time for orientation in Lima and the rest of Peru, I would love to help you with some ideas to enjoy your free time here.


Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, I have a Suzuki New Vitara, room for 4 travelers. I am as well the driver of my tours, that makes my tours affordable, flexible and of high quality. I can also arrange all kinds of transportations for ANY group size.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

2 days in Lima with private tour guide Price Per Group 210.00 USD
2 days Paracas - Nasca Trip. Price Per Person 375.00 USD
2 hours private transport + english assistant Price Per Group 50.00 USD
BEST OF LIMA IN 2 DAYS Price Per Group 320.00 USD
BEST OF LIMA IN 3 DAYS Price Per Group 480.00 USD
Culinary & Historical Lima tour (6 hours) Price Per Person 105.00 USD
Historical Lima highlights (6 hours) Price Per Person 115.00 USD
History+markets+Culinary tour (10hours) Price Per Person 140.00 USD
JEWISH LIMA TOUR, MIRAFLORES & BARRANCO (5 hours) Price Per Group 150.00 USD
LIMA BITES TOUR (5 hours) Price Per Group 200.00 USD
Lima Central Market tour (2 hours) Price Per Group 50.00 USD
Lima City Tour + Jewish Tour (6 hours) Price Per Person 100.00 USD
LIMA CRAFT BEER TOUR (4.5 hours) Price Per Group 200.00 USD
LIMA EXPRESS (8 hours layover in Lima) Price Per Group 220.00 USD
LIMA EXPRESS 2 (10 hours layover in Lima) Price Per Group 260.00 USD
LIMA’S HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (6 hours) Price Per Group 160.00 USD
LIMA’S JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR (4 hours) Price Per Group 140.00 USD
Lima's Downtown tour + Larco museum (7 hours) Price Per Person 135.00 USD
Panoramic tour of Lima + Pachacamac site (8 hours) Price Per Person 130.00 USD
QUICK TOUR OF LIMA (4 hours) Price Per Group 140.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

I´m interested in creating unique experiences in Lima, my personal touch in my tours includes customizing them to meet your interests and special needs (such as dietary restrictions), hoping to make your time in the city memorable. no more hustle, big-shared tour groups. Have a tailor-made experience at a fair price.

I am also interested in local culture, folklore, music, nightlife, Archaeology, Anthropology, History, shamanism, humans in general..and also meeting new people!..

I am a writer and travel blogger as well, contact me for any question about your travels in Peru and Latin America or for a second opinion about your itinerary, looking forward to hearing from you.


Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Blake K. 03 Jan 2019

Vanessa and her husband were great! We had a 6 hour layover and we were able to see so many different neigborhoods, eat some of the best food, and get a decent feel for what Lima is about during the short time. When we come back again we will book Vanessa.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Blake: we had so much fun with you, thanks for taking the Lima Express tour. I hope you loved the city. Best regards!

5 stars Michelle T. 02 Nov 2018

I had a 17 hour layover so decided to book Vanessa for an 8-hour Lima tour. I AM SO GLAD I DID. Vanessa’s knowledge & love for Lima translated into a cultural immersion of this vibrant city, leaving me in love with Lima too! Courteous, caring, flexible, Vanessa took my spouse & I through top spots. Her husband Marek is an excellent driver, their car is comfortable, clean & modern. Excellent English spoken by both. Don’t hesitate to book a trip to see Lima through Vanessa’s eyes! Thank you both!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Michelle: I’m am honored to be part of your Lima memories, and I’m so happy that your layover In Lima was a great learning experience. We had a great time with you both guys. Lots of Love from Lima!

5 stars Corey L. 10 Oct 2018

Vanessa was an exceptional tour guide, knowledgeable, fun and interesting. We corresponded a few times before our trip to Lima and she prepared an excellent itinerary for us. I highly recommend her for anyone traveling to Peru.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Corey: thanks for the opportunity you gave me be your guide in Lima, I hope to see you soon back in Peru!

5 stars Monica H. 26 Sep 2018

We truly enjoyed our one day tour with Vanessa.

Vanessa is knowledgable, warm and kind, and her Uncle Carlos is a gentleman, polite, congenial and a safe driver. We learned much about Lima's history, culture and daily life. Vanessa also went out of her way working with local authorities, to ensure we and some other passengers and crew were picked up by our cruise ship shuttle (we had been forgotten). I would highly recommend Vanessa - she is a true professional!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Monica: Thanks so much for this review, It was not just a pleasure to be your guide in Lima, also to be of help in that situation, I am so glad that you keep it in mind. Making the stay in Peru unforgettable for all our tourists is a work of everybody, and we take it very seriously. Looking forward to meeting you on your next visit, Vanessa

5 stars JONATHAN C. 31 Aug 2018

We had the opportunity of having Vanessa conduct a whole day tour of Lima, Peru for us. She was extremely knowledgeable and was simply one the best guides we've ever utilized. Her genuine enthusiasm for her country and culture permeated throughout our time spent together. That same enthusiasm was also evident in our experience with her Uncle and her husband.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Jonathan: Thanks for your comment! I appreciate your words, we are doing here the very best we can to show Lima as the amazing place it is. Greetings from my team!!

5 stars douglas W. 24 Mar 2018

Outstanding tour with a great lady who is a wealth of knowledge about Lima today and it's history. One of the best private tour guides we've ever visited with. We were met at the tour port, Vanessa's uncle drove the car so she could focus on talking with us (much better than a guide who also drives). Very highly recommended.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Douglas: was lovely to meet you and your wife, we (uncle Carlos and I) had a fantastic time. Thanks for your review. Best regards to you both and more happy travels.

5 stars Patrice W. 23 Jan 2018

Vanessa is a wonderful guide, knowledgeable and personable. Her vehicle is new and comfortable. (She even customized our drop off to be at the cruise port.) thanks for making our day in Lima so special.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Patrice: Thanks for your review, Im very happy to hear that you enjoyed the day. Kind regards.

5 stars Brett R. 18 Dec 2017

Vanessa was a wonderful guide who catered to my needs perfectly. The unique experience I was after was no problem for Vanessa, who was more than willing to customise a specific itinerary. She has a wealth of experience on Lima and I thoroughly recommend her to anyone looking for a friendly and knowledgable guide.

Tour Guide Comment: What a wonderful experience! Dear Brett, thanks a lot for making my day also very especial. Have a great time in Peru.

5 stars Sharon M. 01 Dec 2017

Vanessa did a very good job of sharing Lima with us. The museum was great!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Sharon, thanks a lot for these words, glad that you enjoyed the tour. Best regards

5 stars Nina W. 30 Nov 2017

Vanessa was superb in every way. Knowledgeable and responsive to both our interests and our physical limitations. Nina and Norman

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Nina, it was a delight to have you, best regards and Love from Lima

5 stars Marivi D. 13 Sep 2017

Excellent tour!!! Vanessa is proud to show of her beautiful country. I felt safe with her and Marek. She is very knowledgeable. Their food recommendations are great. A must booking when in Lima.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Marivi: thanks so much for your comment, hard no to nail it with food in Lima right?! Im glad that you had a great time with us. All the best to you.

5 stars cathy D. 12 Aug 2017

Vanessa and her husband, who is an archeologist and expert driver, were wonderful, informative, professional, knowledgeable and so very accommodating. My husband and I are birdwatchers and Vanessa altered the tour to include taking us to see some of our target birds along the shore. Vanessa's passionate knowledge of her city and its culture and history was contagious. A delightful day.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Cathy, It was our pleasure to take you out on a tour in Lima, but most importantly, thanks for showing us about the fascinating world of the birds! this was a great opportunity for us both to learn about the potencial this city has to become a birdwatching attraction. we will keep working on this proyect. Love from Peru

5 stars David M. 09 Aug 2017

Art is long but life is short. How can we choose the most worthy attractions to visit in our limited life time? Maybe the New Seven Wonders of the World can serve as a guide: the Great Wall, Petra, the Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Geographically, Machu Picchu is the southernmost, which locates within high mountains, and is by far the most difficult to reach. From Asia, it takes more than a whole day to reach the capital city of Lima

Tour Guide Comment: Dear David: thanks for your words, Lima is a wonderful place that for sure deserves more that one day to be enjoyed, I hope you still remmember your time here, best regards to your lovely family. Vanessa and Marek

5 stars Anita R. 25 Apr 2017

We hired Vanessa for a private tour in Lima. She came with a driver, her husband, and we spent five wonderful hours with her exploring Lima. She was extremely knowledgeable about all things "Lima" and pleasant to be with. I would highly recommend her as a guide whether privately or with a group.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Anita, thanks for your kind words, it was a pleasure to create with you a unique itinerary and glad to give you a taste of our culture. Best regards

5 stars Kathy F. 17 Apr 2017

Vanessa goes above and beyond, truely creating a customized experience for your tour. Her English is great and she can read your mind on what is wanted next. She also loves food and has great restaurant recommendations

Highly recommend her for a wonderful experience of Lima.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Kathy: Thanks a lot, we has a blast together and I will be pleased to have you again in Lima. Hope to see you soon sometime. With best regards

5 stars Susan M. 29 Mar 2017

We have traveled widely & taken many tours & we count Vanessa in the top 3 of all our guides. She: speaks flawless English; has outstanding knowledge of all aspects of Peru; has a warm personality & good sense of humor; is patient; loves to answer questions; is very attentive & caretaking of her guests; knows where the bathrooms are! She is a gem.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Susan: Thanks a lot for submitting such kind review, hope you see you sometime in another tour in Lima. With best regards

5 stars J.W. V. D. 28 Dec 2016

Vanessa and Marek were always on time, proved to be great hosts and shared a wealth of information with me about Lima and Peru. I enjoyed my three days with them a lot. Once again, thank you.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks you very much for your kind words, I was lots of fun spending 3 days with you in the city. Best regards and more happy travels.

5 stars Jean G. 19 Dec 2016

I would highly recommend Vanessa Vasquez. When I first contacted her I told her what we wanted to see and she developed a custom agenda for the day. She was an extremely knowledgeable person with so much to tell us about Lima, Miaflores and the entire area. She really knows her stuff! Contact her first when looking for a tour guide in Lima Peru. She also speaks English very well. She had a driver and a van to take the 6 of us all around that day. I highly recommend her.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Jean for your recommendation, is highly appreciated. I'm glad that you enjoyed the visit even if it was not super long, Best regards

5 stars Lulu C. 06 Feb 2016

Had a wonderful time all thanks to Vanessa! She is such a delight to be with, especially with her great smile and attitude to every request we had. She was also very knowledgeable about the sights and places to visit. So glad we booked Vanessa and definitely recommend her as a guide to anyone!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Lulu: you and Rumiko were so friendly and nice people to be with, I still remember details of the trip like our last lunch together, it was beautiful to celebrate your special day in Perú, and be part of that was priceless... I hope this trip was memorable, and your time with us unforgettable. With love to you both, Vanessa and Marek.

5 stars Rich M. 07 Apr 2015

We couldn’t have had a better guide for our time in Lima. Whether during our walking tour of the historic centre, at the Larco museum, in the eerie San Francisco catacombs or driving around modern San Isidro and Miraflores, her passion and expertise shone through. And the input of her husband, Marek (an archaeologist), at Pachacamac was fascinating.

We cannot speak highly enough of Vanessa (and Marek). It was like spending two days with friends! Really knowledgeable and professional friends!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Rich and Sue: You have no idea how much we had enjoyed to have you in the city, specially having the honor to have Jaspa in the tour. We hope to have you again in Lima sometime (any time, any where in Peru) to enjoy more delicious beers and a great conversation like the last time. Kisses and love from two Peruvian friends. Vanessa and Marek.

5 stars Rich M. 06 Apr 2015

Everything was perfect... see our review for the other tour we did with Vanessa for details.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Rich, very kind words. Best regards!

5 stars Thomas Y. 09 Feb 2015

Vanessa has been an excellent guide! She is knowledgeable, very thorough in planning and getting input from us, and show us what we wanted to see and much more. Seen and experienced in a day with Vanessa beats doing this ourselves in 3-4 days or more. I was pleasantly surprised and very satisfied. Highly recommended!!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Thomas: I'm so glad of your kind words, I'm so happy that you had enjoyed the city and the contrast of Lima, all the best in life. Best regards!

5 stars Gary E. 23 Jan 2015

A little time in Lima ? Vanessa does a beautiful job of giving you an understanding of the Peruvian people past and present.My wife and I

were picked up at the pre-arranged time and we were shown all of the city sights . Her husband Maryic was driving for us today and it made drop offs and pick ups even easier.

We have no hesitation in recommending Vanessa for a pre, or post cruise visit to Lima or just spending some time with a very knowledgeable young woman. We had a great day!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear friends, thanks for your words, It was so wonderful to spend this day with you both, we were thinking in our way back home of those far away sites we talk about and also about Canada. We hope one day to see you again, enjoy life to the fullest. Best regards. Vanessa and Marek.

5 stars Lesleu J. 31 Dec 2014

Vanessa took our family on a walking tour of Lima in Dec 2014. It was a most interesting and enjoyable experience! I would highly recommend Vanessa who speaks excellent English, has a vibrant personality and is very accommodating. Vanessa adapted the tour to meet our preferences. Our teenage sons were interested in a more cultural experience while my husband was interested in the architecture. Vanessa covered as much as possible within the time limits. We really enjoyed the local market tour.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Lesleu: thank you so much for trusting in my advice and service in Lima, I also had wonderful time showing you the Central Market. Hugs and kisses to your lovely family . Best regards.

5 stars Beth (. E. B. 17 Feb 2011

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Beth, thanks for the oportunity you gave me to show you around Lima.. hope you'll never forget the experience

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