Andes Mountains, Peru Food & drinks

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From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

1. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, local markets, and textile production. Make stops in Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac on this full-day tour by van. Be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning before heading to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site in Chinchero and see its terraces before moving on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Travel to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. See an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Arrive at the last tour stop, the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

From Ica or Huacachina: Wine and Pisco Vineyards Tour

2. From Ica or Huacachina: Wine and Pisco Vineyards Tour

Discover the wine region surrounding Ica, that is known as the most important wine region in Peru for red wine and the popular local drink pisco. Visit the oldest vineyard in Peru and a traditional pisco winery and learn about how the wine and Pisco are made and, of course, taste Pisco and wine at both wineries. Start with pickup from Ica or Huacachina. Head to your first stop, the Tacama vineyard, considered one of the oldest ones in South America and first in Peru, established in the 16th century. Visit the old hacienda and tower where you will get the best view and see acres of grapes. Then you will visit the old and new factory and see how Tacama produces wines and Piscos using the industrial process. Afterward, you will taste their Piscos and wines. Head to the second vineyard called El Catador, known for its pisco. Pisco is a strong liquor known as the national drink of Peru. Learn about the traditional process to make Pisco and the clay jars known as “botijas” where the juice of crushed grapes is fermenting during March month, (harvest time). Visit the distillery and learn about the last seps to produce the famous drink. After, time to taste the Pisco and wine made here. You will have the opportunity to have lunch (not included) at one of the wineries that prepare typical dishes from this region.

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

3. Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

Your tour will start with your group pick-up. From there you will drive for about an hour to Chinchero, making a short stop in this town to visit one of the last traditional families. You will also learn about ancient textiles and the weaving process. After driving 30 minutes more, you will arrive to Moray, the ancient Inka agriculture laboratory located in a rare topographical depression in which the Inkas developed into unique circular terraces. You will learn how this entire area was also watered by a well-engineered irrigation system. After enjoying Moray, you will continue for another hour to the Salineras Salt Mines of Maray, your last destination on your tour. The salt mine is actually a vast collection of terraces born from a water stream high on a mountain. Over many centuries this salt spring has been channeled to 1,000 small pools. People wait for the sunny days to evaporate the water which leaves the pure salt behind, a technique of which has been used since pre-Inka times. You will finally drive approximately 1.5 hours back to Cusco, where your group will be dropped off near the Main Plaza de Armas.

Chocolate Workshop: from Bean to Bar

4. Chocolate Workshop: from Bean to Bar

Learn how to make your very own chocolate during this interactive tour of the chocolate workshop and museum. Learn of the chocolate making process from bean to bar and everything in-between. Understand the history behind the famous cacao beans, and why Cusco makes some of the finest chocolate around the world. Learn how to make chocolate from the professional guides, and then enjoy making your own in no time! When you make your chocolate, you will learn of the 4 processes involved which includes: roasting the cacao beans, removing cacao husk, grinding the cacao nibs on a metate with a mano (the same way the Aztecs did), and refining the cacao paste in a melangeur. You will create delicious hot chocolates and your own chocolate bar, with your choice of ingredients. You can take home all of your handmade chocolates unless, of course, you have already eaten them!

Cusco: Folkloric Andean Show & 3-Course Dinner at Tunupa

5. Cusco: Folkloric Andean Show & 3-Course Dinner at Tunupa

Enjoy a night full of amazing, traditional food, music, and dance. Delight your taste buds with the scrumptious offering of 2 starters, 2 mains, and 1 dessert. The entertaining show of music and dance, all performed with Andean instruments, will give you an insight into Andean-Peruvian Culture.  Located in the heart of the majestic Inca city of Cusco, the restaurant offers you an impressive view of the main square and its surroundings. The restaurant's expert chefs will ensure your culinary experience is first-class as they serve up a delicious offering of Peruvian cuisine. A vegetarian option is available. The musical show will begin while the customers are seated and getting comfortable. The show consists of 10 songs and 6 dances, mostly presenting an Andean-Peruvian cultural experience with some classical music references, but always with Andean instruments. 

From Cusco: Inca Trail 4-Day Guided Group Hiking Tour

6. From Cusco: Inca Trail 4-Day Guided Group Hiking Tour

Walk the world-famous Inca Trail on this guided trek over 4 days and 3 nights. Follow an ancient footpath through the Sun Gate and into Machu Picchu, passing magical cloud forests on the way. Enjoy scenic camping, tasty meals and the expertise of local guides and porters. Day 1 Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo on the first morning. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and meet your team of guides and porters before an 82km drive to the trail’s starting point. Hike in 2 hour intervals, with regular stops to eat and take a break. The first night’s campsite will be at Ayapata with an elevation of 3300 meters. Relax here with a hot drink, dinner and a well-deserved rest. Day 2 Wake up early for the trek’s longest day which will include the trail’s highest point, Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4215 meters. Stop here to enjoy the spectacular views before you descend into the Pacaymayu Valley in time for lunch. Next, climb to the Inca site of Runcu Raccay where you can admire two huge waterfalls across the valley before another descent to the remote site of Sayacmarca. After a quick tour, take a short walk to the second campsite, where you can watch the sun set over the Vilcabamba mountains before dinner. Day 3 Start early again for the trail’s most beautiful day. Walk along gradual inclines as you approach the Cloud Forest and Salkantay, the second highest peak in the Sacred Valley. Then, begin the climb to the final peak, Phuyupatamarka, where you’ll get your first views over Machu Picchu. From here, it’s a 3-hour walk down a flight of steps to Wiñay Wayna, where you’ll camp in close proximity to Machu Picchu. Share a relaxed final evening with your guides and porters, and get an early night before your final day of exploring. Day 4 Get up at the crack of dawn to catch a stunning sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. Trek down to the Sun Gate and make your way into the Lost City of the Incas, where your private tour of the ruins will begin. After the tour, head down to Augas Calientes by bus. Take a few hours here to explore the city, or optionally to climb Huayna Picchu, before catching the train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. From here, a driver will transfer you back to your hotel by bus.

From Ica or Huacachina: Pisco and Wine Tour with Desert Trip

7. From Ica or Huacachina: Pisco and Wine Tour with Desert Trip

Truly discover Peru on a wine and pisco tour, with extra adventures including a dune buggy rise and a desert sunset. And of course, taste Peru’s national licor yourself as you learn all about it.  Start with your hotel pickup from Ica or Huacachina. Then head to your first stop, the Tacama Vineyard, considered one of the oldest in South America and the first in Peru. Visit the old hacienda and tower, where you will get the best views over acres of vines.  Then, visit the old and new factory to see how Tacama produces wines and piscos on an industrial scale. And, obviously, try some of their piscos and wines before your next stop. Head to the second vineyard, El Catador, famous for its pisco. Learn about how the licor is traditionally made in clay jars, known as “botijas”, where the juice of crushed grapes are left to ferment.  Visit the distillery next and learn about the last steps to produce the famous drink before trying some of the produce yourself.  Enjoy free time to try some food at one of the wineries that prepare typical dishes from this region, of your own volition. Next up, head to the Huacachina oasis and get your adrenaline pumping with a dune buggy ride, with dunes of up to 30 meters in height. Even try your hand at sandboarding down those same dunes. Learn the best techniques and tricks from your driver.  Last but not least, view an unforgettable sunset in the desert. Be transferred back to your accommodation at the end of the trip.

Cusco: Peruvian Cooking Class & Market Tour

8. Cusco: Peruvian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Start the experience with a walk of approximately 1 hour through the San Pedro market, where you will learn more about the local fruits and ingredients that you will use later. Return to the restaurant and learn about Peru's most famous drink, the Pisco Sour. Receive a complete explanation and tasting of pisco grapes and their different qualities. After a toast, the cooking class begins led by an expert chef, with extensive experience in traditional Peruvian cuisine. Participate in an informative and entertaining class, choosing to make any of the following dishes that include an appetizer of Ceviche and Chilcano soup, the main course of Lomo Saltado or Ají de Gallina. After this gastronomic adventure, enjoy the delicious dishes you have created and try your delicious Pisco. The entire tour lasts between 3-4 hours.

From Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

9. From Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

Embark on an adventurous 2-day tour of the Lake Titicaca area. Discover some of the highlights located in and around Puno, Uros, Taquile, and Cusco, stopping with plenty of time to absorb the local flair and experience the main attractions. Spend the night in Puno and savor the tasty local cuisine along the way. Day 1: Cusco to Puno with stops Pick up from your hotel is at 630 AM to go to the tourist bus station in Puno. During the trip, enjoy a series of exciting stops at different centers and tourist attractions. Start with a 35-minute tour of the Andahuaylillas Sistine Chapel of America Temple and prepare to be amazed. Later, explore the Raqchi Archaeological Complex, before reaching Sicuani, where you can sit down to enjoy a buffet lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Paso la Raya, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Explore the Pucará Lithic Museum. Arrival at your hotel in Puno in Puno they will be waiting for you to take you to the hotel. Day 2: Puno, Uros, Taquile, Cusco Your second day will start early with a 715 AM hotel pickup and a transfer to the Port of Puno. Board your boat and head to the Uros, where you will participate in a cultural demonstration that will allow you to discover the Uros way of life. Visit the Taquile Islands and get to know the local culture Take a beautiful walk and full of incredible photo opportunities. Pause for lunch in the afternoon at a local restaurant where there will be a local menu of fried trout and quinoa soup where you can see the life of the taquiles. Then, return to Puno in the afternoon, usually around 4 PM. Then you will return to the hotel where you can wait in the waiting room and go out for dinner on your own. At 915 PM, your transfer will arrive to take you to the bus station, boarding at 10 PM. Arrive at the Cusco terminal at 5 AM in the morning, and end of the tour. Here you can find taxis to your hotel.

Paracas or Pisco: Private Huacachina Oasis Tour & Buggy Ride

10. Paracas or Pisco: Private Huacachina Oasis Tour & Buggy Ride

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel by private vehicle towards the city of Ica. On the way to Ica, visit a traditional vineyard where you will have the opportunity to learn more about traditional wines and the famous Pisco spirit, the national drink of Peru. Here, you will also have the opportunity to taste some of the products. Then, drive southwest towards Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm trees and huge sand dunes with a spectacular view of Ica Valley and desert. Climb the sand dunes and enjoy one of the famous dune buggy tours. This tour will take 2 hours across the Ica desert, and you will also have a sandboard or sand-surfing lesson at the sand dunes. Finally, stop at the highest sand dune to enjoy the sunset. Return to Huacachina, where you can take a shower to wash off the sand, before returning to your hotel in Paracas.

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Super activité, on en a prit plein les yeux. Première journée, sur le chemin des inkas avec le guide, le train s'arrête en pleine voix pour nous laisser descendre kilomètre 104 direction le Machu Pucchu partie haute. Deuxième journée, après une bonne nuit et un diner dans de bon établissement, nous avons visité avec le guide le Machu Picchu partie basse. Le trek n'est pas difficile et ouvert à toute personne ayant une petite forme physique. Le guide nous explique la faune, la flore et l'histoire. EN: Great activity. First day, on the way to the inkas with the guide, the train stops in the rail to let us descend towards the Machu Pucchu. Second day, after a good night and a dinner in a good establishment, we visited the lower part of Machu Picchu with the guide. The trek is not difficult and open to anyone with a small physical trainning. The guide explains the fauna, flora and history to us.

The tour with Will and José was great. We were picked up directly at the hotel and had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the life of the people in Lima. The three markets really impressed us. The dishes were tasty and local. Throughout the tour we were driven from market to market by car. A great experience that we can 100% recommend.

I went on this tour with my mother and father and we had a great time! Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. The activities were very well organised and the accommodation was comfortable and clean with very tasty meals every day. Would highly recommend this tour.

Milagros es una excelente profesional y guía turística. Ella supo brindarme toda la información y ayudarme durante el paseo a las Aguas Mágicas. Viaje solo a Perú y este tour es 100% recomendado.

The tour was perfect, well organized and interesting. Our guide Angela was full of energy and she made the whole experience incredibly exciting. Highly recommended!