From mighty Machu Picchu to the mysterious landscape carvings of Nazca, Peru has deep roots. But it also has a thriving, versatile and modern culture.
Lima has guts, with its 80s ‘chica’ art movement that colored the city in. The Sacred Valley has intrigue, with its Incan mysteries that grace the fertile land. And the Amazon has glory, with its astounding biodiversity, breathtaking hikes, and shamans with whom you’ll bless the earth. From Virgilio Martínez, our good friend and Michelin-starred chef, to Dr. Jean-Jacques Decoster, Anthropologist and Incan expert; our on-the-ground private guides in Peru share a burning passion for travel and are here to take you on a tour deep under the country’s surface.
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Take a deep dive into the heartland of the Inca empire. Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, where indigenous, European, and Asian residents create an explosion of fascinating cultures. Seek out the elusive scarlet macaw on a luxury Amazon boat trip, view the Inca ruins and salt flats from a helicopter, or join a local shaman for a private Andean earth ceremony you’ll never forget. A vacation in Peru is always full of surprises.
Some 2,000 years ago, ancient Peruvians began the slow, patient work of carving shallow lines into the chalk of Nazca. The resulting images – many stretch up to 1,200 ft in length – defy easy explanation. You just can’t see or absorb the whole mural from eye level. Who was it that flew so high, skimming the belly of the clouds, that they could know what was being drawn below them? Have you ever tried to draw a tiger with your eyes closed? It is not easy. But, gladly, our tailor-made Peru vacations introduce you openly into these quiet mysteries and the reasons Peru is just so special.
Peru is home to around 3,000 potato varieties and is world-renowned for its gastronomy. That makes planting tubers followed by a private dinner with Chinchero’s celebrated Manuel Choqque (aka ‘the potato whisperer’) a bucket-list essential for foodies. Double this up with a visit to Mater Iniciativa, masterminded by Chef Virgilio Martinez (who has appeared on TV shows MasterChef and Chef’s Table) and learn first-hand just how vital Peru’s contribution to the world of food is.
Go beyond the legendary Machu Pichu to discover parts of the Sacred Valley most never see. Your private guide will take you through indigenous villages steeped in ancient tradition and reward you with special access to the Sun Gate, thought to be an ancient guardhouse that only permitted the elite entrance to this important site. If time is of the essence, you can take one of the planet’s most breathtaking train rides to the three-quarter point of the trail and hike the last 6 km to Machu Pichu.
The earth is holy. The earth is sentient. The earth is not just ‘earth.’ Our travel experts who have scoured the far edges of the world, count the ancient healing tradition, Shamanism among their most meaningful experiences. During this Pago a la Tierra ceremony close to the banks of the Urubamba River, you’ll get in touch with your spiritual side as you meet local shamans and give thanks to Pachamama, the Mother of the Earth, to you and I.
The pre-Inca history and ancient traditions lived and breathed in the area surrounding Lake Titicaca will floor the most seasoned of travelers. We’ll take you beyond the world’s highest lake and Uros Floating Islands to meet the weaving communities of Taquile and Copamaya, and engage with the islanders as they celebrate Puno Week with a colorful parade of song and dance.
Explore the winding waterways of the expansive Peruvian Amazon by immersing yourself in one of the world’s most biodiverse environments. Let us arrange for you to take part in a ground-breaking conservation project from the Tambopata Research Center, where hard work may be rewarded with a rare sighting of a scarlet macaw. Luxury cruises with Delfin Amazon allow you to take a backseat and soak up the surroundings with gourmet food and fine wines.
Perched above a dramatic coastline of crumbling cliffs, Lima is the epitome of ancient and modern Latin America.
After checking out the street-art of Barranco neighborhood on a bike tour, we’ll hook you up with Peru’s most talented Michelin-starred chef for an exclusive cooking class. From Virgilio Martinez kitchen at Central Restaurant (number five in the world), you’ll master the art of ceviche, Peru’s local delicacy. Bed down in the palatial Hotel B, where gorgeous paintings and opulent interiors await.
The Sacred Valley
Stretching from Cusco to Machu Picchu, we’ll walk you through the wonders of Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The remarkable foggy foothills, sweeping valleys, and lofty fortresses that make up the enchanting Sacred Valley are the kinds of bookmarks great hikes are made of. We’ll take you on the less traveled Inca Trail, where you’ll immerse yourself in ancient cultures with a private shaman service. Pay a visit to our friend Ani’s house by the Urubamba River and she’ll serve up an unforgettable Peruvian meal.
Alongside our Incan expert, tick off one of the New Seven Wonders of the World at Machu Picchu.
The iconic UNESCO-inscribed fortifications of Machu Picchu are a beautiful sight – and one you’ll never forget. At such great heights though, its existence seems impossible. How was it built? When was it discovered? Why is it so special? You’ll have the chance to ask all of this and more as you uncover the Inca ruins with one of Peru’s most passionate, knowledgable guides.
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