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On our cultural holidays in Peru, you will learn something of the history and culture of this fascinating Andean country.
From coastal desert communities to the ancient traditions in the high Andes and tribal customs in the Amazon, this vibrant country is unmatched in diversity. Each region has a distinct way of life, unique set of beliefs and relationship with the earth, water and air.
The Inca people were central to highland Peru. Lake Titicaca was birthplace of the Incas. Their empire was extensive and many highland traditions stem from those times. The Quechua language, still widely spoken amongst highland Peruvians, was language of the Incas.
The Inca trails, walked by many thousands of trekkers, were ancient routes connecting remote villages. These paths were further developed by the Incas to connect the farthest points of their empire. Many villages are still only connected by path, some farming land is owned collectively and villagers barter and share.
Peru has a full calendar of traditional and colourful festivals. A cultural holiday can include a festival or rural homestay visit, giving the best insight into the culture of the highlands.
The agricultural calendar can be seen in the traditional weavings, of belts, blankets and bags. Plant dyes are used. Peru’s modern and historic cultural richness can be seen on a tour to traditional weaving centres, small-town markets and on farm visits. A local guide can give in-depth understanding of fascinating archaeological sites.
Ask our advice on a culturally-rich Peru group or bespoke tour or holiday, that we will tailor specifically to suit you. We also organise long-term volunteer opportunities, throughout this marvellous Andean country.
A cultural tour, with expert local guides, will bring Peru’s cultures alive to you. Wherever you go in Peru on holiday, the vibrancy of the people, their culture and history will accompany you.
What a fantastic trip!! The itinerary, hotels and organisation were excellent.
The highlights of the trip were reaching the Sun gate and looking down on Machu Picchu, and the stay with Mama Husta on Amantani Island - lovely family and we helped the children in school. Thanks for a wonderful holiday.
G. Edwards, Peru Highlights
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I had such a fantastic time. I really didn't want to leave. It is certainly a country that I would like to see more of. The sights were amazing and the people lovely and I was impressed with the amount of English that was spoken and the patience they had for gringoes. All the guides were great and very thorough (sorting out transfers, tickets and pick-up times etc) which made the whole experiece extremely smooth. There were so many parts of the trip that were wonderful that it is a little difficult to pick out a highlight. The 2 day trek felt very special as there were so few other people around and it was wonderful to see Saul perform a ceremony at Huchuy Qosqo.
Thank you for all the time and effort you put into the planning of this trip for me. I really appreciate everything that you have done to make this holiday a unique and seamless experience. I would certainly highly recommend Andean Trails to others. I couldn't have asked for any more from you.
A. Marie, UK, 2012
» Huchuy Qosqo Hike To Inca Ruins
Thank you! We had an absolutely wonderful trip, thank you so much for organizing it! We really felt like it couldn't have been much better -- and you really did an amazing job of making that happen. The language school: It was great. We got to do loads of conversation and really learned a lot in the time. Yessica is a sweetie. She took good care of us, and was a lot of fun to talk to. She made sure to take us to the places we needed to find -- like the salsa school and the meeting with Jesus about the Inca Trail trek. The school is very small and cosy. The other teacher, Genara was a very good teacher -- she explained lots of concepts clearly. We learnt a huge amount in the time we were there. The home stay: Miguel and his family were really welcoming. The room was actually a whole apartment on the top floor of their house -- bedroom, bath and living room/kitchen with cool views over the city and plenty of space for the two of us. We spoke Spanish with them almost exclusively. Miguel is an English language teacher so could switch over to help us out if we were too confused, but also wanted to help us learn. The food was also great -- they made us all kinds of Peruvian specialities (lomo saltado, papas rellonas, chicha morada), and took us out to a couple of their favourite restaurants and on a trip they took out to the neighbouring town of Pisac. The Inca Trail: It was incredible! We felt good the whole trip, and were lucky not to struggle with the altitude. We really enjoyed the hiking, the incredible scenery and the sites. The guides were friendly, and seemed very knowledgeable about the Inca sites, and we chatted to them in Spanish when possible. The group was - 12 - and we enjoyed meeting them too. Thanks for the warning to bring an extra thermarest to sleep on - that was great advice. The equipment and food was otherwise all great.
A. Heinekie, USA, 2012
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