Peruvians are passionate about their ancestral heritage. Long before the Incas, the indigenous people of Peru viewed their relationship with the earth as sacred. Perhaps more than any culture on earth, Peruvians are actively striving to incorporate ancestral wisdom into modern day farming practices. Whether the crop is potatoes, corn, cacao or coffee, you will feel the weight or responsibility and honor Peruvian farmers imbue into their daily work. Many Peruvian farmers view their relationship with the land as sacred. We hope you will fall in love with the people, the artisan passion and the pure joy of Peruvian coffee and cacao.
An Adventure Bound programs coordinator will meet you at the airport in Lima. You will spend a full day in Peru’s beautiful ocean-front capital city.
- Lima city tour
- Huaca Pucllana pre-Incan archeological site
- Sunset-viewing from Miraflores cliff walk
- Abundant murals and art museums
Though Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru with a population of over 1 million people, the historic center has all the charm, character and rich colonial architecture of a European city. Two towering volcanoes and surrounding mountains
- Sample the breadth of Peruvian coffees Arequipa’s many boutique cafes
- World-class dining options at Arequipa’s colorful restuarants
- Peruse shops laden with brightly colored alpaca sweaters and blankets
- Attend a delightfully informative hands-on class in artisanal chocolate making
- Participate in a roasting demonstration at Palacio’s coffee roasters
- Visit the fascinating museum that is home to the remains of “Juanita”, the Ampato Ice Maiden who was sacrificed by the Incas in the mid 1400’s
Pisac is a very safe eclectic little town where native Peruvians, hippies and expats from a wide variety of countries enjoy the beauty and simplicity Peruvian living.
- Visit the Pisac ruins, which are similar in scale to Machu Picchu, but with a fraction of the tourists
- Pisac artisan market is open 7 days a week. We will be there for the Sunday market, which draws indigenous Peruvians with their fresh flowers and produce.
- Participate in a Peruvian cooking classes
- Optional trip to a mountain lake owned by the Quechuan community to fish for native mountain trout.
Located in the lowest point of Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ollantaytambo is surrounded by breathtaking Incan ruins and mountain visits. It is the only access point to Machu Picchu, apart from Cusco.
- Wander the quaint narrow streets of Ollantaytambo
- Visit Ollantaytambo’s imposing Incan terraces and ruins
- Evening departure by train to Aguas Calientes
- Rise early to arrive at Machu Picchu before the crowds
- Climb the mountain Huayna Picchu, which is featured in photos of Machu Picchu
- Take a glass-covered train through the Andes mountains to Cusco
Spend two full days exploring the former capital of the Incan Empire.
- City bus tour
- Visit the Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman
- Learn how Incans transported massive boulders over expansive distances
- Learn about the nature-based religion of the Quechuan mountain people
- Alpaca wool factory tour