Peru Farming & Agricultural Tour

From Lima to Puerto Maldonado
  • Peru
  • Amazon Jungle
  • Walking
  • Custom
  • Food and wine
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Tour Description

Take a tailor-made tour of Peru with a little difference, by delving into both the traditional and modern farming customs of this bountiful land, as well as tasting the wonderful cuisine for which Peru is famous. Experience all the highlights of Peru such as the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, the Peruvian rainforest and history steeped Cusco and Lima. While experiencing life among the locals and learning their customs and the ways they live off the land.

Starting in the capital city Lima you can stroll through traditional markets and taste the exotic ingredients. Carrying on to the Inca heartland of Cusco you can delve into the life of traditional Quechua potato farmers, watch salt harvesting at Salineras and learn Andean agriculture techniques with the Huayllafara community.  Take a pause at UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu and imagine life for the Inca ancestors, then explore deep into the rainforest at Refugio Amazonas. Here you will visit local farms and learn about Amazonian agriculture and medicinal cultivation while witnessing the exotic animals that abound. This is a South America tour that leaves you with valuable insight into another way of life.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Lima

One of our representatives will welcome you at Lima airport and provide a customized welcome - pack with all the information regarding your itinerary.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 2
Lima

Peru is one of the world́s leading culinary destinations and Lima offers a number of different Peruvian cuisines. Our charismatic guide will take you on a fascinating and educational journey through the typical Peruvian Market where you ́ll enjoy the fragrances and tastes of what this country offers. In the market, there are a wide variety of Peruvian products such as unique fruits like chirimoya, lucuma, aguaymanto and pacae. Once you have selected your ingredients, head towards the kitchen and have fun preparing delicious dishes! Afterward, a Pisco lesson will take place, where you will learn how to prepare Pisco sour.
Overnight at Selected Hotel.

Day 3
Lima Cusco

Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas and home to the ancient Inca Empire. In the afternoon, take a walking city tour and explore Plaza de Armas, the Coricancha (the famous Temple of Gold) and visit the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales (Traditional Textiles Centre) and the museum created by world - renowned indigenous Quechua weaver, Nilda Callañaupa. This is the perfect place to start your journey in the world of Andean textiles. Afterwards, you will participate in a 2 -hour workshop. You can choose between learning about Pisco, organic coffee or chocolate.

Organic coffee workshop: Learn about the history of the organic coffee in Peru, and about the coffee producti on chain. Then, have a guided tour of the laboratory and learn about the selection and roasting processes. Finally, a coffee tasting with Alternative Brewing Methods will take place.

Pisco workshop: Learn about the history, production and grape varieties used to distill Pisco, Peru’s flagship spirit drink. You will taste 4 varieties of Pisco and learn the purpose of each one. Afterwards, you can attend to Pisco sour workshop, where you will learn to prepare it yourself.

Chocolate workshop: You will see the making process from a cacao bean to a chocolate bar. You will also be able to make some to take back home for your family and friends.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 4
Cusco Sacred Valley

We will pick you up from your hotel on our bus to start our tour to Maras, located on the West of Cusco to 3300 m.a.s.l. which has an interesting mix of Inca and colonial influence. Then, we will visit Moray located about 7 km to the southwest of Maras; it is an impressive Inca ruin of giant terraces in the shape of nearly perfect circles that is believed to have been used for agricultural experimentation because of the increasing temperature of the terraces as you descend further into the complex and the well-developed irrigation system. From here we will head to Salineras, the salt ponds. The ponds are filled from a natural underground salt spring that comes from the adjacent mountain. The people have worked and harvested the salt the same way since the time of the Incas. You can watch them work and even buy a small bag of fresh salt to take home and use in your kitchen. Afterwards, visit Ollantaytambo. Finally, transfer to the hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 5
Sacred Valley Aguas Calientes

Today set off to visit the beautiful Sacred Valley with picturesque villages and learn all about the cultivation process of the native potato while helping to preserve the biodiversity and biocultural heritage of the community. You will visit Potato Park known as the centre of origin of the potato, nurtured for centuries by the deeply rooted local food systems of the Quechua people. The region is home to eight known native and cultivated species and 2,300 varieties of the 235 species and over 4,000 varieties found in the world. Apart from potatoes, other native Andean crops such as olluco, beans, maize, quinoa, wheat, tarwi, mashua and oca are produced here. Experience the agro - biodiversity of the native potatoes and the conservation work that is done here, first - hand with the local “Guardians of the Potato,” the Papa Arariwa. Then, have a tasty lunch made from the native potatoes and other local products. Then, transfer to the train station. Arrival to Aguas Calientes town.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 6
Aguas Caliente Sacred Valley

Early in the morning pick you up from hotel to take you to the bus station for a 30 - minute bus ride to get to the main entrance of the eminent citadel, Machu Picchu. A guided tour of the ruins gives you a perspective of what the city must have looked like. This phenomenal site was once covered by the jungle until Hiram Bingham found it in 1911. The Holy City of Machu Picchu was made from stone among the flanks of two hills belonging to the eastern mountain range of the Andes. There is no doubt that Machu Picchu represents an extraordinary example of architecture and engineering. Late afternoon, travel on back to the Sacred Valley.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 7
Sacred Valley Cusco

After breakfast, visit the community of Huayllafara where you will be greeted with traditional folkloric music and beautiful Incan flowers (Kantu). After the welcoming, we begin the activity “Yachaqs – Children of the Earth”. Yachaq (Quechua for wise) are experts in the Andean agriculture and are known for deciphering the Pachamama's (Mother Earth) circle of life. In the Huayllafara community, take a complete journey of the art of Andean agriculture and the importance of the environment through the perspective of an Andean man. The community members will teach you the importance of vertical control, agricultural ritual, time cycles and its seasons. Put in use what you have learned, by using conventional tools to plant or harvest food and manage a number of herds! You will walk away from this experience as an expert in the Andean agriculture and have a better understanding of the villagers' relationship with the Earth. Enjoy an amazing lunch consisting of local cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients harvested from the fields of Huayllafara. Finally, transfer back to Cusco.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 8
Cusco

Today is at leisure allowing you to spend time wandering the cobble - stoned streets of the ancient Inca capital. With treasures around every corner, Cusco is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Vibrant markets and stores give the traveller a plethora of shopping opportunities set amongst fine Inca and Spanish colonial architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage city is lined with history and ancient monuments, a truly enthralling city to spend time in.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 9
Cusco Puerto Maldonado

On arrival at Puerto Maldonado Airport, you will be met by a representative of Refugio Amazonas to begin the journey to Refugio. Enroute we will stop at the local office so that you can repack your luggage and only take what is required for the next four days. The rest will be stored securely in the office. Continue by road and a two and a half hour boat journey to Refugio Amazonas, located in a 200 - hectare private reserve. The boat ride from the Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas takes us past the Infierno Community and the Tambopata National Reserve checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. A boxed lunch is provided to eat along the way. On arrival, you will be welcomed to the lodge and given a brief orientation. After dinner at the lodge, there is
the option to join a night walk when most of the animals are active but sometimes difficult to see. The frogs are easier to see with their fascinating shapes and colours and fascinating sounds.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 10
Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast venture out onto the lake by canoe or catamaran, looking for wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman, horned screamers, macaws and otters that are sometimes seen in the area. Back on land, a 30 minute walk from the lodge takes you to the 25 metre scaffolding canopy tower, complete with staircase running through the middle and providing safe access
to the platforms above. The tower has been built on high ground to give views of the primary rainforest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. Enjoy excellent views across the canopy and look for toucans, macaws and raptors. After lunch you will visit a farm to learn about local agriculture and Amazonian c rops before an ethnobotanical tour to learn about the medicinal uses of the various plants and trees of the region. In the evening,
Refugio Amazonas staff offer lectures covering topics such as conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 11
Puerto Maldonado

Witness the audio and visual spectacle of a clay lick, watching vibrant coloured macaws, parrots and parakeets feast on clay. Species such as dusky - headed and cobalt-winged parakeets are often seen and with luck, we may also see mealy and yellow-crowned Amazons, blue - headed Pionus, severe macaw and orange - cheeked (Barraband`s) parrots.
After lunch, take a short hike from the lodge brings us to a beautiful Brazil nut forest that has been harvested for decades. Here you can learn about the whole process of the rainforest’s only sustainably harvested product, from collection through transportation to drying. In the afternoon, there will be a visit to a peccary clay lick, this time to see mammals. Wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of up to twenty to eat clay, alongside deer, guan and parakeets.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 12
Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado for your departure flight. Depending on airline schedules, this may require a dawn departure.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 10 overnight stays
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Daily breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 Other meals where stated
  • Included Copy 7 Any meals not mentioned in the above itinerary
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Tours with professional English speaking guide on a shared service basis unless otherwise stated
  • Included Copy 20 Airport transfers where stated
  • Included Copy 20 Most entrance fees and local taxes (some exclusions apply)
  • Included Copy 7 Travel Insurance and tips
  • Included Copy 7 Any flights or services not mentioned in this itinerary
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Culinary Experience & Hands - on Cooking Class
  • Included Walking City Tour & Organic coffee, Pisco or Chocolate Experience
  • Included Tour of the Sacred Valley: Maras, Moray & Ollantaytambo
  • Included Tour to Sacred Valley: Potato Park
  • Included Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Included Sacred Valley - Agro - Tourism Activity
  • Included Boat journey to Refugio Amazonas
  • Included Farm visit to learn about local agriculture and Amazonian crops
  • Included Ethnobotanical tour
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Duration

12 days

Price from

$5,920 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily departures