Peru culture tour: A Voyage to the Cultural Heart of Peru

Spend 10 days delving deep into an ancient culture, taking in little known and best loved treasures of the Andes
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Peru culture tour: A Voyage to the Cultural Heart of Peru

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Your 10 day Peruvian adventure will begin right in the historic heart of Lima, the world’s second biggest desert city. Let your imagination soar when you move onto the White city of Arequipa, spellbound by the majestic condors of the Colca Valley.

Pay a visit to the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, where unique Andean camelids wander freely and spend nights like no other staying in cozy local homes where a host family will welcome you to share their customs and cultures.

Allow your tastebuds to be tantalised with delicious foods, locally prepared in picturesque small towns along your trip. Witness the spinning and shearing of sheep in traditions pioneered by Inca ancestors, and finally retrace their steps in the most precious of citadels, Machu Picchu.

Highlights of the Peru Culture tour:

Our ten-day Peru culture tour will introduce you to the incredible cultural mosaic of this diverse country.

Enjoy a true cultural immersion experience with memorable homestays with local communities.

Watch the elusive Andean condors soar above the mountains, feeling the power of this majestic animal in its natural habitat.

Visit the fascinating village of Ollantaytambo, where little has changed since the days of the Inca Empire!

Be blown away by Machu Picchu, a modern wonder of the world!

Itinerary Overview:

Click through to “Tour Plan” to see the full itinerary for the Peru cultural tour.

Day 1 | Lima

Your Peru culture tour begins in Lima, the country’s vibrant capital! Lima’s history encompasses Peruvian cultures that predate the Spanish, and even the Incas: the city was once sacred to the Rimac people, and you can still visit one of their pyramids! The city also boasts its fair share of elegant colonial architecture, and a myriad of exciting restaurants.

Day 2 | Lima

Today, you’ll get a feel for the cultural pulse of Lima with the help of your expert guide! Visit highlights such as Lima’s Chinatown, home to the largest community of Chinese expats in Latin America, and pick up Limeño favourites at the Mercado Central, which encompasses an entire city block.

Day 3 | Lima to Arequipa

Catch an early flight to Arequipa, to give you plenty of time to explore the charms of Peru’s beautiful “white city”. The dazzling colonial Plaza de Armas is one of the best examples of its kind in Latin America, and the vibrantly colourful streets of the Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa’s “city within a city”, will leave you awestruck.

Day 4 |Arequipa to Yanque

Venture into Colca Canyon, one of the deepest of its kind in the world! Here, in what is sure to be a highlight of your Peru culture tour, you will meet the indigenous Collaguan people, whose culture predates that of the Incas. Spend the night in a homestay in the village of Yanque, where you will have the opportunity to learn local crafts and traditions; the ultimate in community-based tourism!

Day 5 | Yanque to Sibayo

After breakfast, you will enjoy a performance of the traditional Wititi dance, before heading to the lookout point at Cruz del Condor for a chance to see the elusive Andean Condor. Continue to the village of Sibayo, famous for its ancient masonry. You’ll spend a night of local immersion with a local family in Sibayo, where you’ll discover the traditional process of weaving llama wool.

Day 6 | Sibayo to Arequipa

Your Peru culture tour continues with a visit to a community of alpaca herders just outside Sibayo. Enjoy a morning of responsible tourism as you learn about the traditional art of alpaca shearing. Next, you’ll hike along an original Inca Trail and finish with a soak in the hot springs of Chivay, before returning to Arequipa.

Day 7 | Arequipa to Cusco

Today, you will fly from Arequipa to Cusco, the ancient heart of the Inca Empire! Discover the city’s fascinating history with a guided tour. Visit the bohemian San Blas neighbourhood and the bustling San Pedro market, before travelling to the surrounding mountains to explore the majestic Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enco and PukaPukara!

Day 8 | Cusco to the Sacred Valley

Head into the Sacred Valley to visit the isolated Amaru community, who have maintained the language, colourful dress and traditional way of life of their Inca ancestors. Next, visit the fascinating town of Ollantaytambo and explore the Incan fortress, one of the few places where the Spanish were defeated. From the top of the ruin, you can appreciate how the town has maintained its original Incan layout.

Day 9 | Sacred Valley to Cusco via Machu Picchu

Today, you will visit Machu Picchu, sure to be a highlight of your tour and indeed your trip to South America! Discover the most important sites of the awe-inspiring citadel with your expert guide, before spending some time exploring at your own pace. In the evening, you will travel back to Cusco for a final night in the historical city.

Day 10 | Cusco to Lima

Today, your Peru cultural tour will end, either with a transfer back to Lima, or the opportunity to discover the other side of Peru with a visit to the Amazon rainforest! Whichever option you choose, you’re sure to leave full of wonderful memories of Peru’s incredible cultural mosaic!


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Day One: Arriving into the colonial city of Lima

City tour in Lima

Panoramic view of Lima main square and cathedral church.

Arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru and once the capital of Latin –America’s Spanish conquistadors. Its colonial beauty remains scattered around the city. Allow yourself an evening to accustom yourself to its attractive vibrancy. Overnight in Hotel in Lima  

Day Two: Central Lima through the eyes of a local

Original city tour in Lima Today’s tour will be a mix of traditional highlights and irregular choice activites, as your guide shares fascinating stories and facts about Lima. Touching on contemporary history and tales of years gone by, you will be privately transported to Lima’s beautiful colonial centre, where typical wooden balconies are sure to enchant. See life as real Limeno’s do as you immerse yourself in Chinatown, an important district due to Lima being home to the largest community of Chinese people in Latin America. You’ll walk through Mercado Central, one block in length and one of the most unique shopping trips you’ll have this holiday. End in the bustling tourist centre of Miraflores, where you will spend another night before departing for the south of Peru. Overnight in Hotel in Lima

Day Three: Small colonial town hidden in a wonderful monastery

Arequipa city tour Rise early for your flight to the beautiful city of Arequipa. An enchanting place famous for its delicious gastronomy, and for the beauty of its unique streets of white, sillar stone buildings, it’s also known for the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest of its kind in the world. You will visit one of Arequipa’s finest districts, Yanahuara. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch in a local picanteria, dining amongst Peruvians and savouring the opportunity to taste the typical rocoto relleno, the famous stuffed pepper of Arequipa. After lunch, you will visit Santa Catalina monastery, a 20,000 square metre residency built in 1579. With walls of vivid colours, there remains 20 nuns living in the northern quarter of the complex. The rest of the monastery is open for your own discovery, where you can explore its enchanting narrow streets classical water fountain before returning for a night in Arequipa. Overnight in Hotel in Arequipa

Day Four: Be part of the local family in the Colca Valley Valley

tanque family home stay Discover a culture that pre dates the Incas as you join the Collaguan people of the Colca Valley. Your day full of landscapes and wildlife begins as you’re picked up from your hotel in Arequipa, journeying to the Colca Valley. Entering the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, you can observe wild herds of vicuñas, alpacas, and llamas. Alongside try spotting the variety of birds including flamingoes, ibises, and eagles. This is no mythical landscape: this is Peru at its most untouched. These animals live and flourish in the wild, and seeing them in their natural habitat will astound you. Onward and upwards as you stop to admire the surrounding volcanoes and snowcapped mountains at Patapampa Pass, reaching 4,910 m above sea level. From the pass, travel to the charming village of Chivay, before making the descent into the tranquil town of Yanque. Here you will sleep in one of local family’s cosy homes. You’ll be able to share in their daily activities, learning skills like candle and mask making, as well as handlooming and agriculture. These are people who earn from the land that surrounds them, and your day will culminate in tasting a meal lovingly made by your new family members. Rest here another night before a day filled with highlights. Overnight in homestay in Yanque

Day Five : Soar with the Condors and learn about the town of Sibayo

homestay experience in Colca Valley Rising early to get the most out of your day of adventure, you will enjoy a healthy breakfast before watching students perform a traditional Wititi dance at the main plaza in Yanque. Taken from the Quechua ‘Witi Witi’ meaning ‘making love’, enter into a state of trance as the skirts of the dancers whirl around in a timeless tribute.   The next stop will be a natural lookout point, aptly named the “Cruz del Condor.” Admire, if you’re lucky, the majestic Andean Condor as it soars high above the canyon, royalty of the sky. These birds are the largest flying bird by weight and wingspan, and here is one of the only places in the world to see them in their natural habitat. Your adventure will take you to the town of Sibayo, or Rumillacta; or ‘town of stones’ in Quechua. Though the town is famous for its ancient masonry and the rural landscape that surrounds it, it offers many diversions for the passing traveller.   You will learn directly from local families the art of spinning alpaca and llama wool, and you can take the opportunity to go trekking with these fine animals down deserted mountain paths. Spend the night with a local family in this fascinating town that rises 3800 metres above sea level. Overnight in homestay in Sibayo

Day Six :Shearing alpaca and llamas in Sibayo

shearing alpaca wool in Colca Valley Early in the morning you will travel to see alpaca herders, located 20 minutes from Sibayo. You will learn the art of shearing alpaca and llamas, meeting people from the area, before enjoying a delicious breakfast. A two hour trek along the Inca Trail will take you toward the hot springs of Chivay, where you can unwind in the balmy waters before having lunch and returning to Arequipa, spending the night in the White City. Overnight in Hotel in Arequipa

Day Seven :Exploring the heart of Inca civilization

City tour in Cusco

Qorikancha in Cusco the most important temple in the Inca Empire

This morning you will fly to the city of Cusco, home to the Inca civilization. Today you'll be visiting Inca palaces, traditional neighborhoods, the fruit market, and Cusco's main square, Plaza de Armas. You'll be walking with your tour guide and having lunch in a local restaurant along the way.   After lunch, you'll be driven to the most important archaeological sites near Cusco: Kenko, Puka Pukara and Sacsayhuamán, the former capital of the Incan Empire, constructed from giant boulders intricately cut to fit together without the use of mortar. This fascinating ancient ruin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is the historic city of Cusco. Spend a night in Cusco Overnight in Hotel in Cusco

Day Eight : Meet a unique community where tradition and custom is an everyday task

Community based tourism in Peru Meet the lineal descendants of the Incas who maintain their traditions and language. Your Quechua and English speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel so you can head to the beautiful sacred valley of the Incas and learn more about their living culture.   The lilt of Andean music and a scattering of traditional native flowers will welcome you to yet another amazing landscape. Watch and participate in the offerings and thanks of the people to Pachamama, the ever presiding mother earth who oversees the harvests and fertility of the land surrounding you.   Visitors will be introduced to flowers and leaves from the surrounding forests, choosing some to be used to dye the fibres which will become part of the colourful clothes you see worn by the mountain communities. A brief explanation and demonstration of the shearing will be given, and the Amaru people will explain more about the fantastic iconography used.   Enjoy the produce of the land around you as a nutritious lunch is prepared, full of fresh and local ingredients are served.   After this experience with a Sacred Valley community, you will continue your adventure toward the town of Ollantaytambo. This town has many houses built over Incan ancient ruins where native lives with their ancient costumes.   The complexity and beauty of the Inca constructions and the contemporary town, huge agricultural complex, religious and military centres, are considered by many scientists and historians to be one of the most important living museums in the world. Overnight in Hotel in Ollantaytambo

Day Nine :Machu Picchu at its maximum splendour

Family at Machu Picchu Early in the morning, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes town in order to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. On arrival you'll start with a complete private guided tour of the Inca citadel, which will take approximately two and a half hours. You will then have free time to walk around, practicing your photography skills and petting the llamas. You might want to take opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu (optional). Known as Machu Picchu’s big brother, Wayna Picchu is the mountain in the background of most of the recognisable images of Machu Picchu. From here you can appreciate spectacular views over the Inca citadel Machu Picchu. When you've had your fill of the ruins, you'll return to Aguas Calientes, where your train will take you back to Ollantaytambo and you'll continue by private transport to Cusco, where you’ll stay overnight. Overnight in Hotel in Cusco

Day Ten: Farewell to the navel of the world

Today you'll be saying goodbye to all the wonderful things you've discovered here in the Andes. You'll be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport, for your return flight to Lima and back home. If it’s more of Peru that you’re craving, you can add an extension trip to the jungle of Puerto Maldonado .   We hope to see you again in the land of Incas. Have a safe flight home!            

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