PERU

Best known for its ancient Incan history,

Peru offers an incredible family experience.

Artistically, the caliber of crafts, textiles and music is nothing less than amazing.

Learning the ancient and colonial history

along with the current agricultural focus is fascinating. And connecting with the people and the deep spiritual fabric of this region will change you for the better.

 

Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Peru special.

Age Related Activities

Children Under 12

— Participate in a hands-on cacao-making workshop

— Visit an Andean bear sanctuary that rescues injured and abused Spectacled bears

— Learn the art of traditional Andean hand-weaving

— Learn about native Andean camelids at Awanakancha

— Witness a Peruvian-inspired circus performance

Teen Itineraries

— Visit a private charango workshop

— Learn about the distinctive “Seminario Style” of ceramics

— Evening “pisco tasting and tapas” at Museo del Pisco with an expert sommelier (“pisquero”).

— Peruvian barbecue lunch at Wayra Ranch featuring a live paso horse performance.

— Learn about traditional Andean cooking techniques during a pachamanca lunch at a local organic farm

Adult Itineraries

— Meet a Cuzqueño shaman for a traditional coca leaf ceremony

— Six to eight hour day hike on the last leg of the Inca Trail from km 104 with an expert guide.

— Martín Chambi Photography Exhibition

— Play sapo and learn about chicha at a corn-beer brewery

— Evening “pisco tasting and tapas” at Museo del Pisco with an expert sommelier (“pisquero”).

Key Itinerary Content

Travelers will complete a trip planning questionnaire that will allow Global CommUnity, working with their travel advisor, to fully customize their trip according to their family interests.

 

7-Day Itinerary

— Experience the day-to-day life of local inhabitants at a traditional potato-farming village in the remote Andes. Learn about traditional farming practices, meet a local Andean shaman for a traditional coca leaf leaving offering, and partake in a centuries-old llama tinku ceremony

— Learn about native Andean camelids at Awanakancha, a small camelid farm dedicated to educating guests about the importance that native llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas have played in Andean culture since pre-Columbian times

— Witness a Peruvian-inspired circus performance while you eat at the Wayra Restaurant (available seasonally and on 5-star itinerary)

— Peruvian barbecue lunch at Wayra Ranch featuring a live paso horse performance

— Learn about traditional Andean cooking techniques during a pachamanca lunch at a local organic farm

— Enjoy an evening “pisco tasting and tapas” at Museo del Pisco with an expert pisquero (pisco sommelier). Here, you will learn about the subtle differences between different varieties of Peruvian pisco and perfect the art of making your own pisco sour (this is also suitable for those too young to drink)

— Machu Picchu

 

Transfers, private guided tours and breakfast daily, other meals as mentioned. Pricing is based on 4 passengers, double occupancy.

Four Star pricing begins at $3,826 per adult, $3,117 child 3-12

Five Star pricing begins at  $4,930 per adult, $3,983 child 3-12

 

 

3-Day Extensions

Amazon — Intkaterra Amazon Reserve

— Motorized river boat journey through the Madre de Dios River to your award-winning Amazonian ecoluxury retreat

— Two full days exploring the Amazon and partaking in your choice of privately guided excursions. Your menu of possible adventures includes jungle trekking, kayaking, walking among monkeys and macaws at the canopy walkway, bird watching, or studying the plethora of heirloom plant and animal life with a local naturalist guide

 

Transfers, private guided tours and breakfast daily, other meals as mentioned. Pricing is based on 4 passengers, double occupancy.

Prices starting at $1,436 per person

 

 

Lake Titicaca

— Full-day  journey from Cusco to Lake Titicaca on the Inka Express bus from Cusco to Lake Titicaca featuring visits to Racchi, Pucara, and Andahuaylillas along the way

— Set out by boat to an extraordinary floating village and meet the local indigenous inhabitants during a privately guided tour of the Uros Islands

— Uros Islands Tour and Taquile Island exploring the local quechua community

 

Transfers, private guided tours and breakfast daily, other meals as mentioned. Pricing is based on 4 passengers, double occupancy.

Prices starting at $1,573 per person

 

 

City of Kings — Lima culinary and culture experience

— Private transfer to your luxury boutique hotel situated in the seaside Barranco District

— Dinner at ámaz, a creative Amazonian fine dining experience presented by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “Part’s Unknown”

— Local market tour to hand-select a medley of fresh ingredients for a private cooking demonstration in the chef’s kitchen

— Take a stroll along the seaside parks and explore nearby shops and art galleries

— Privately guided stroll through the bohemian Barranco neighborhood featuring visits to the Mario Testino Photography Exhibition (MATE)

— Museo Larco

— Santa Catalina

 

Transfers, private guided tours and breakfast daily, other meals as mentioned. Pricing is based on 4 passengers, double occupancy.

Prices starting at $1,339 per person

 

You may also choose to extend your stay an extra night in Cusco for a Q’eros homestay and volunteer experience.

 

CommUnity Impact

Rural Yachaq Communities

Volunteering in the Rural Yachaq Communities — Experience the ancient agricultural techniques that are used in indigenous communities throughout the Sacred Valley and beyond. Visit a rural ayllu (community) to help in the fields with planting, sowing, or harvesting, depending on the time of the year. Led by local Quechua guides and translated into English, this immersive half-day volunteering experience takes you to a mountain village on the outskirts of the Sacred Valley. Here you will spend a half-day learning about different Andean crops, agricultural techniques, and the various rituals that take place within the agrarian calendar year. You will sow and harvest native products using the same ancient tools that the ancestors of the Inca have used for centuries. Continue on an interactive walking tour of the community, discovering traditional activities such as hand-weaving and fermenting corn to make chicha.  The experience will be facilitated by a local guide who will help translate between English and Spanish/Quechua and includes a traditional Cuzqueño lunch.

 

CommUnity Impact

Kusi Kawsay School

Kusi Kawsay is a Waldorf-inspired school situated on the outskirts of the Sacred Valley. Rooted in local Andean tradition, Kusi Kawsay aims to serve as an educational model which will inspire other indigenous schools to approach learning through a sensitive and stimulating environment while honoring and celebrating traditional ways of life. By supporting traditional cultural practices, children will embrace the ecological mindfulness of their ancestors, and help foster a balanced ecosystem. During this interactive half-day exchange, you will volunteer with students at the Kusi Kawsay school, helping with local projects, working side-by-side with local students in the organic garden, and learning about the Andean agrarian calendar (which their school calendar is based on), and all of the important rituals throughout the year. These include planting, harvesting, and the pilgrimage to the sacred ice (this is what Holly Wissler’s first documentary, Qoyllur Rit’i, is about).  As a portion of the trip, there will be a donation per student made towards Kusi Kawsay, which will help sponsor poor students who cannot pay and have to walk 2 hours one-way to school from remote villages.

 

CommUnity Impact

Exchange Q’ero Family

During this exclusive exchange, ethnomusicologist and Quechua cultural expert Holly Wissler will come to the Sacred Valley with a family from Q’eros, a highly traditional indigenous group that lives at 14,000 ft. above sea level in the remote Andes Mountains. During the exchange at a local chichería, Holly will provide contextual understanding for who the Q’eros are and shed light on the traditional Q’ero way of life. You will learn about the community’s unique cosmovision and how their ancient roots continue to resonate through their dress, music, textiles, and other aspects of their personal lives. Prior to the journey, you will be sent Holly’s documentary “Kusisqa Waqashayku,” which sheds light on deep-rooted Q’eros traditions and musical rituals. The proceeds from this documentary help support the Q’eros’ unique cultural customs and educate families about the unique customs of the indigenous family they are going to meet in Peru.  After Holly’s presentation with the Q’eros, the kids will have room to play in the backyard while teens and young adults chat and play sapo over a cold glass of chicha de jora or chicha morada. If you would like, you can ask the Q’eros to make an offering to the mountain gods and mother earth, asking for support or guidance in a particular matter, or simply asking for a good journey! Since the Q’ero community is monolingual Quechua, all dialogue between you and the Q’eros (with Holly translating from English to Quechua).

 

Note: Only available June through August when Holly Wissler is available. You may also choose to extend your stay an extra night in Cusco for a Q’eros homestay and volunteer experience.

 

CommUnity Impact

Nilda Callañaupa Álvarez

You will visit and  tour of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.and learn that in traditional Andean textile production, the small cochineal insect that lives on the native Nopal cactus can produce more than twenty hues of red, pink and purple.

 

A warrior for quechua women and cultural preservation, Nilda Callañaupa Álvarez has authored multiple books and has become one of South America’s leading voices in the movement to preserve ancient Andean weaving traditions. Nilda’s nonprofit works with more than 160 women in ten communities around the Cusco region.

Preparing for Peru

— Children under 12 receive a new friend, Perla, who comes with a storybook  telling what his life is like in Peru

— The whole family will receive recipes, books and movies preparing them for their trip

— It is recommended that children be 6 years of age or older at the time of travel to ensure they can experience this Global CommUnity itinerary in its fullest.

— Available All Year but the Inca Trail closes in February so the KM104 hike won’t be available during that time.

— INCA TRAIL PERMITS Inca Trail permits are very high on demand and frequently sell out several months in advance. Travelers wishing to add the one-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hike should book at least four months in advance.

—  No visa is required for this destination for a stay of up to 180 days.

 

 

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