Lima, the City of Kings, was the most important city to the Spanish during colonial times and remains as an important port and cultural center until today. Capital of Peru, the UNESCO named the historical center of Lima a Cultural World Heritage Site due to its wealth of grand colonial constructions. As a modern and cosmopolitan city, Lima is a perfect blend of history and the contemporary from its buildings and services to the art and food.
Offering a wealth of options, you can dine in top-notch restaurants, enjoying the height of Peruvian gastronomy; tour museums with some of the ... [Read More]
Cusco is the capital of the Cusco Region and the Cusco Province.
After the arrival of the Spanish in 1533, Francisco Pizarro, arriving in 1534, changed the name from Qosqo (Quechua, the old language of the Incas) to Cusco.
As the Capital of the Incan Empire, which was stretched from Colombia to Chile, the city of Cusco has played an important role in Peru throughout history and to the present day. Though the Spaniards came and attempted to cover much of the Inca archaeology, they were wise in leaving many of the foundations as those have withstood not only the test of ... [Read More]
The Sacred Valley is located in the region of Cusco and is the gateway to Machu Picchu.
It includes the whole region between Pisac and Ollantaytamo and is home to an amazing landscape, as it is surrounded by the impressing Andes and formed by the Urubamba River.
The most beautiful places to visit are the town of Pisac with its ruins and the everyday market, the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo, as well as the circular terraces of Moray and the Salt Terraces of Maras, all remainders of the Incan times and their dedication to agriculture.
The Sacred Valley is also home ... [Read More]
Machu Picchu (Quechua for old peak) is a 15th century Incan site, located in the Cusco Region, above the Urubamba Valley with its scenic Urubamba River.
Discovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham (probably build around 1450), it became the most famous site of Incan construction.
Machu Picchu is one of the most important sites in South America, and one of the most visit ones in Latin America; the most visited one in Peru.
It was declared as a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage 1983. Furthermore, it was voted as one of the new Seven Wonders ... [Read More]
Puno is the Peruvian gateway to the islands of Lake Titicaca. Sunscreen is a definite recommendation for this elevated city, sitting at a bit more than 12,500ft above sea level. Incredible landscapes, rolling hills and the calm water of Lake Titicaca which reflect a clear blue sky draw every visitor in, from the first moment of arrival.The legend tells that is has been the birth of the Incan Empire started here as the first two children of the sun, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo arose from the waters to become the first pair in the Incan Dynasty.
Among the closest islands ... [Read More]
You will only need one look around, marveling at the beautiful white churches and colonial mansions to the white hills and volcanoes, to understand the reason why Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, is known as the White City. The buildings, made of a white volcanic stone known as sillar, give Arequipa its distinct and wondrous look.
Blessed with a spring-like climate and nearly 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, Arequipa is an ideal place to enjoy your time outside, with a leisurely walk through the streets, admiring the beautiful architecture, basking in the sun on a bench in ... [Read More]
Located only a few hours from Arequipa, the Colca Canyon is one of the most impressive places to visit in Peru. With a depth of 9842ft (3000m), the Colca Canyon is nearly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and the second deepest Canyon in the word.
While enjoying your tour around this natural wonder, the roads will take you through the National Reserve of Salinas and Agua Blanca, a private reserve known for its preservation of Perus wildlife, such as the vicuña and several dozen species of birds.
Using Chivay or Yanque as your base, you can meander around the ... [Read More]
Four hours to the south of Lima and just two hours from Ica, the area of Nazca has been inhabited by several pre-Incan cultures and then dominated by the Incas. The area is rich with ingenious primitive technology as seen in the Cantayoc Aqueducts as well as beautiful arts as displayed in the distinct artistic style of their ceramics. Of course, Nazca is most famous for its lines, which were discovered in 1927. Questions still remain for which reason these lines were created, why they are only visible from the air and what their main purpose was. Both Nazca lines ... [Read More]See Nazca Lines Travel Guide
Located 200mi (325Km) from Lima and 435mi (701km) from Arequipa, the city of Ica is the heart of the Ica region, in the coastal desert. This is a region which is also home to Pisco, Nazca and Paracas. You will not only find the best pisco and wine being made here (the Spanish planted grapes originally from the Canary Islands), but Ica is also home to the Museo Regional, one of the finest museums in Peru.
Because of its continually sunny climate, it is also a thriving center of agriculture, growing crops such as grapes, cotton, asparagus, olives and more. Its ... [Read More]
Located near Paracas in the Ica Region, the Ballestas Islands are a small group of islands composed largely of rock formations.
Often called the Poor Mans Galapagos, the area is anything but poor.
The islands are a rich treasure of ecological beauty and fauna; over 150 species of birds alone can be found here.
Additionally, numerous caves and arches have formed along the shoreline of Paracas, providing a home for the Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, cormorants and sometimes even condors, many of which visitors will see on the 1 ½ hour boat journey.
The islands are also home to a large ... [Read More]
Abutting the neighboring nations of Bolivia and Brazil, the vast tract of the southern Amazon Basin is one of the Perus remotest territories: comparatively little of it is either inhabited or explored. Yet with well-developed facilities for ecotravelers, the benefits of travel here are clear: visitors will, with relatively little effort, be rewarded with a treasure trove of unforgettable close encounters of the wild kind.
Boats go up the river, past several good lodges, and into the Reserva Nacional Tambopata. One of the reserves highlights is the Colpa de Guacamayos (Macaw Clay Lick), one of the largest natural clay licks in the country. It ... [Read More]
La Paz, also known as Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace), is the third largest city of Bolivia. With an altitude of approximately 3650m above sea level, it is the world highest administrative capital, as Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia.
The city is surrounded by the Altiplano, which guarantees every visitor a view with snowcapped mountains.
The Salar de Uyuni is the worlds largest salt flat and covers an area of approximately 10500m2.
Formed due to a transformation between several prehistoric lakes, the whole area is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which contains more than 50% of the worlds lithium supply.
Visiting the salt flats and the fascinating Incahuasi Island, with its large population of cactuses, will provide every visitor with a feeling of being close to the sky, as the wideness of the flats seems to be endless.
Besides the incredible salt flats, several lakes of beautiful colors, such as the green lake, ... [Read More]
Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, is located at 2850m above sea level and is therefore the highest official capital of the world. Despite several earthquakes, the historical city center of Quito is considered the best preserved historic center in South America. Beautiful examples of the Barroque School of Quito can be found all over the city, such as the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Therefore, it was announced a World Heritage site back in 1987, one of the first cities to receive that title.
Quito is the second largest city in Ecuador (second to Guayaquil), being home to ... [Read More]
The Galapagos Islands, located approximately 1000km west of the Ecuadorian mainland, are the top destination of Ecuador and one of the dream destinations for travelers from all over the world.
The actively volcanic islands (consisting of 18 mayor islands) are home to a variety of wildlife, including marine iguanas, giant tortoises, flightless cormorants and a diverse variety of finches. Unique to the Galapagos Islands are the close-up encounters with the animals, in a surrounding of a still intact and quite unchanged ecosystem.
No matter if you decide to explore the islands via one of the several cruise boats or if you ... [Read More]
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None of our reading fully prepared us to see the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Machu Picchu in the way that our guide Joanna was able to share the history of the Inca and her homeland with us. Other tourists struggled to interpret their tour books while Joanna readily deciphered the physical spaces along with the cultural and historical meaning and context. As tourists we never truly know another culture, but with a local company like Cultural Immersion and a personal guide like Joanna we developed a real sense of the Incan empire and what a loss its demise was.
We learned about Cultural Immersion from a friend who recommended them. They far exceeded our expectations on so many levels through their responsiveness and ability to help as our travel plans ran into a few speed bumps! Not only were Niki and her team so helpful in scheduling everything around our packed schedule, but Miguel was a top notch guide. Niki and her team were responsive to all of our needs during planning within a few hours and even during our travel. She made sure the car was still ready at the airport even after we missed our connection leaving the USA and coordinated the recovery of my lost bag from the airline while we were hiking Machu Picchu. It was waiting at our hotel when we returned to Cusco! Miguel was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful during our travels.
From the moment we landed at Lima until we left 17 days later we felt all of our needs were more than taken care of. Our accommodations were first rate, we never had to worry about transportation and the provided food was delicious. Our guides went out of their way to make us feel comfortable at all times and answered all our questions promptly. We never felt pressured or pushed for time. We truly felt they were more than just guides and had become true friends. Our guide for the Inca Trail and Cusco area, Alex Porcel of Peru Adventures Paradise, was exceptional and taught us a lot about the Inca history while serving all our needs, always with a smile and encouragement. Any time we had a need that was not in the itinerary Alex was always there to happily accommodate us. I truly felt other groups were envious of our treatment. Not having to worry about anything takes all the anxiety out of traveling and I would not hesitate to recommend Cultural immersion to others. Thank you.
I was blown away with the depth of knowledge of all the guides I was with. The locations I was taken to and had the privilege to see literally blew my mind. I don't think if I went with another tour company I would not have seen or participated in half of the activities I was exposed to. There is no way I could have planned a trip like this myself. Simply everyone I encountered made my trip a trip of a lifetime. It couldn't have been better. By the way Alvaro and Carlo, my driver, are the best! Trust me I will tell all of my friends about your company. I also will use Cultural Immersions again when I plan to book my next trip to Peru. I am coming back.
Who hasnt dreamt of a trip to Peru and discovering the sacred valley and Machu Picchu and other amazing Inca or pre-Inca sites? I know I have been dreaming of this trip since I was a kid. Yet, planning a trip to a foreign country might be a bit stressful when you are pressed for time and yet there is nothing appealing to me in joining a mainstream tour group where you have limited time to take in and understand the local culture, with no interactions with the locals. And well, Im of the age where leaving for a few weeks with a backpack is not quite an option either. I was really fortunate to discover cultural immersion and letting the cultural immersion staff plan my trip within Peru and letting their guides and drivers show me around was definitely the way to go. Everything on the trip was planned perfectly: the sites seeing, the places to stay but more importantly you get a personal attention so youll learn a lot about the history but also about the local customs and the way of life and thats what made this trip so extraordinary and so memorable. Excellent planning, excellent guides, excellent drivers, excellent lodging, excellent food, the sites visited were amazing and the planned local interactions made the difference: lunch with a local family in their home, stopping by a local chicheria and playing a traditional game, having trout prepared for you at lake Titicaca ..In a nutshell: the best trip I have ever had and the experience is going to be hard to beat. Thank You Cultural Immersion. Thank You Monique, Eduardo, Daniel and the rest of the gang.