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Peru

Perspectives of Peru: Discover Lima, Cusco, Yucay & Machu Picchu

Want to get a new perspective on Peru? See the best of this country and its people on a learning adventure that begins in the capital of Lima and ends in Cusco.
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Program No. 22809RJ
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4.92 Average
Ann
(5)

I am always amazed at how Road Scholar can pack so much into one day. At night you look back and think, “Wow, we did all of that today!”

Bonnie
(5)

A trip of a lifetime! This was beautifully organized and informative. I now understand the heart of Peru.

Michael
(5)

My recent Perspectives of Peru trip was amazing, and greatly exceeded my expectations. It was my first Road Scholars trip, and I'm definitely looking forward to future adventures with them.

Fakhruddin
(5)

My Trip to Peru I left my home in Evanston eleven days ago and returned home yesterday. I feel as if I had spent ten days in the garden of Eden, a land where rivers of cool fresh water come tumbling down from snow peeked mountain tops to water trees and bushes growing colorful flowers and sheltering multitudes of colorful species of birds, irrigating vast farms producing bountiful foods and fruits not grown anywhere else, and studded here and there with ancient ruins of temples to the sun God, mother earth and life itself with the past (symbolized by the serpent), the present (symbolized by puma) and the future (symbolized by the condor). I felt God was present everywhere. I saw llamas, alpacas, dogs and cats roaming freely amongst people in celebratory cheerful bright colors with the cheer, humility and hospitality of a people cradled in the arms of a bountiful, gentle and merciful God. Such an experience could only be had in a carefully orchestrated program led by soulful, thoughtful, hardworking, knowledgeable and caring leader such as Paco and his assistant Jorge. I thank them for this gift which to me is life transforming.

Ioana
(5)

Excellent trip and very well organized! We obtained a very comprehensive understanding of the Peruvian culture and civilization. Exceptional tour guides, instructors and excellent lectures, often by university professors. It would be wonderful if the itinerary of this trip would also include Puno and Lake Titicaca.

Beverley
(5)

A wonderful, well organized adventure. I highly recommend it!

Laura
(5)

My first experience with Road Scholar far surpassed my expectation. I will travel with them again.

Judith
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I learned so much about Peru in a very welcoming and stimulating environment. The lectures and demonstrations added so much to understanding Peruvians and contributed immensely to the appreciation of Machu Picchu and other sites I had wanted to see. As a solo traveler I was very comfortable. We had a fantastic group of people from all over who were be equally engaged as we shared the experience together. Our wonderful guides made this an exceptional experience.

Gayla
(5)

My first Road Scholar trip and I'm not sure how they could top this one. It was wonderful. You will learn so much about Peru and the Incas while eating delicious food and seeing beautiful scenery.

Dot
(5)

What an amazing experience. It was my first trip to South America, and visiting Machu Picchu was a lifelong dream. The group leaders were so knowledgeable about all aspects of Peruvian culture and history that they made the experience much more meaningful. The trip was so much more than visiting Machu Picchu.

Cathy
(5)

Seeing Machu Picchu has been on my 'to do' list for a very long time so I was very excited to finally get there. What I found though was that there was so much more to a Road Scholar trip (this was my first) and I can't believe how much that additional learning opportunities and experiences were included that made it a much more special trip than I could have imagined. It made me fall in love with Peru. I also realized that before going I was overly concerned about the altitude and strenuousness of the trip. I am one of average fitness and it was just fine. I also knew that if I had any difficulty keeping up there would always be a staff person to assist.

Valerie
(5)

It was a life changing experience, fun, educational and supportive.

CAROLINE
(5)

This program really introduces you to the people and culture of Peru!

Wes
(5)

Fantastic active paced adventure. Good combination of several short 1-2hr lectures followed by field trips to reinforce the lecture content. Excellent in-country tour guides coordinating the logistics to support the tour day. Another 1-2 hours at Machu Pichu the same day rather than an optional extra cost option would have been nice.

Manjunath
(5)

Machu Pichchu is awe inspiring and absolutely worth the effort climbing the hundreds of steps to see it. This trip included many other Inca sites in and around the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Well organized and led by a team of local guides along with expert lectures, it is one of my most favorite trips taken with Road Scholar. If you love food, you are never going to forget how good the Peruvian cuisine is!

Adrienne
(5)

Absolutely amazing. Everything was beyond my expectations!

DaLonna
(5)

This was my first RoadScholar trip and it went way beyond any expectations I had. Our guides truly love Peru and it was evident throughout the entire week as they shared their country with us.

Audrey
(5)

It is a program that everyone who is physically able should do

Thomas
(5)

This Peru trip was our first Road Scholar trip, and our first tour with a group. Because it was so well organized, so thoughtfully done, and included two wonderful local guides, we are sure that we will be back to do other Road Scholar experiences. Thank you.

Sandra
(5)

Don't miss this trip!!! It is indeed an amazing adventure!

Charlotte
(5)

If Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, sign up for it while you're able to climb lots of high steps at a high altitude. It's absolutely worth it! This is an amazingly wonderful program!

Richard
(5)

Our first experience with Roads Scholars ... great experience and we will certainly research other Road Scholars travel opportunities

Kathy
(5)

I fulfilled a life-long dream to visit Machu Picchu. This trip did that and so much more! Loved the food, educational sessions and all of the historical sites.

Jan
(5)

Fabulous trip! Peru has had such an impact on the world thru agricultural products like potatoes and corn. The feats of building and water engineering going back 5,000 years are amazing! I felt like that I was looking at a time capsule seeing the rural people living as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years.

Betsy
(5)

It's a fabulous trip!

Hillel
(5)

The Perspectives of Peru program provided an insight into the many different cultures of Peru that preceded the Incas as well as the Incas. The highlight of course is a visit to Machu Picchu. There is an option to visit Machu Picchu the next morning as well. Take advantage of it and get to see sunrise at Machu Picchu. A Road Scholar guide also accompanies anyone who goes to Machu Picchu the second time. The program also provides participants with a appreciation for modern Peru.

karen
(5)

more detail is always welcome - especially with links to info on sites we are visting and more.

Sara
(5)

This was a well planned trip and good value. I did my part my reading the suggested texts. It enhanced my understanding of experience. I would like to come back and explore Peru in greater depth. Thank you for this wonderful experience.

Barbara
(5)

If Machu Pichu and Peru are on your bucket list, you have to take this trip!!

Gerald
(5)

Excellent itinerary, tour leader, tour guides and lecturers.

Carole
(5)

A wonderful, exacting way to learn about another culture that you may have only read about in history books. It forces you to evaluate your own knowledge of history, and culture outside of your box; how it is shaded and the world we live in.

Mary
(5)

The Peru program was a wonderful experience. I'm not an athlete, but I managed to handle the trip well; the guides were careful to mix walking, standing to listen, and seated transportation well. Very little waiting in line -- tickets handed out by group leader. Information about any changes was shared; we always knew what to expect. Informative guides, a beautiful place. I highly recommend this trip.

Kathryn
(5)

My final thoughts on this trip to Peru: DO IT!

Lenora
(5)

This is a fascinating program. I found it strenuous because I did struggle with the effects of high altitude even with medication. However , it was worth the effort. Peru was a delightful surprise .Lima is a cosmopolitan city. The food is outstanding throughout Peru. It is fresh, healthy and beautifully prepared. The highlight is learning about Inca culture and its impact on modern day Peru. The lectures ranged from politics to agriculture to music. Each lecturer was engaging and informative. Our primary guides, Vlad and Eduard , were outstanding. They were knowledgeable , proud of their country and attentive to our needs. I found all but one hotel satisfactory. Peruvians are warm and hospitable. And, of course, your first sight of Machu Picchu is an "aha" moment.

Maria
(5)

ROAD SCHOLAR ACCOMODATED US IN SUCH A WAY THAT A RIGOROUS VACATION WAS SAFE, FUN AND INFORMATIVE. WE ARE ALREADY PLANNING OUR NEXT TRIP!

Sharon
(5)

This isn't about the website, but a comment. You state that you are non-profit, but I keep getting printed material that must cost quite a bit. I think you should eliminate this unless someone asks for it.

Myra
(5)

This trip is a wonderful experience into Peruvian life. Beyond Machu Picchu, the local activities like markets, archeological sites, Lima tour and demonstrations are excellent. Note that Machu Picchu requires good physical ability as well as other sites with up and down hills and broken walkways.

Zalemon
(5)

Program is an overview of the Inca history and its traditions. It is not a hike of Machu Picchu. Program does give an excellent overview of Peru with the lectures included and the sites visited are very inclusive and informative beside being absolutely a beautiful country

Jody
(5)

Accommodations, ALL speakers, travel means, etc., were fantastic. First time with Road Scholar, but will definitely NOT be my last. I went as a solo in a small group, but really made no difference as everyone was friendly...other solos as well as marrieds. Most people had walking sticks, but I didn't use mine much.

Diane
(5)

Amazing journey...great food, fabulous sites, good learning experiences, pleasant companions and guides!

Judie
(5)

This was our first RS trip and it exceeded all expectations. Guides and speakers were excellent, Peruvian food is fabulous and accomodations were clean and mosty very comfortable. Tour companions were fun & friendly. The exchange rate and Peruvian goods makes this a very good tour for shoppers. I would highly recommend, you will not be sorry.

Dorothy
(5)

I thoroughly enjoyed the Road Scholar trip Perspectives of Peru. Our leaders were fantastic! Not only is Peru a beautiful country, but our accommodations and meals couldn't be beat. I highly recommend the trip.

Jane
(5)

This was a great trip. The guides were excellent and informative. I wish the group was a little smaller, especially when we were at Machu Picchu. Many people had issues with the altitude, which I did not, because I live in Denver and hike at altitude frequently. I think for that reason the trip should be listed as a little harder than other "keep the pace" trips.

Kay
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip and it was excellent. Great tour, learning experience, and people. I highly recommend Road Scholars.

Katherine
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This was a very good trip. We saw it all. Good leaders, good food (too good and too plentiful), and of course Machu Picchu is super. Be prepared for altitude challenges. Only criticism: the trip could have included a bit more exercise, the only real exertion was at Machu Picchu. Also, fewer food market visits (there were 3), and perhaps add a visit to a silversmith or some other indigenous craftsman.

Lisa
(5)

An amazing program and one I highly recommend. The days were full with lectures, demonstrations, and tours. Exceptionally knowledgeable tour leaders, lecturers, and guides provided not only information but imparted their deep pride in their country, its history, and culture. The small group size (12 participants) was perfect. Machu Picchu was amazing and worth the physical effort.

William
(5)

Perspectives of Peru was a greatly informative and explorative program. This was my first group trip, and it completely blew me away. The lodging was immaculate, and the meals were the finest available. Our local guides, Enrique and Ronaldo, immersed us in Peruvian culture and history. This program needs to be a few days longer to allow more exploration of cultural sites. This trip was like a trailer for a movie, you get the highlights, but you end up wanting to see more! The aforementioned staff were easy to deal with, accomodating, and overall great representatives. I am much younger than the usual demographics for Road Scholar, but even I want to retire to Peru after this trip!

Anita
(5)

This program exceeded my expectations. Our guides, Enrico and Ronald, were skilled, kind, and exceptionally competent and knowledgeable. Peru is more than MachuPicchu. The country is diverse, charming, warm, welcoming. There is astounding depth to the history and culture. I would be glad to return for more!!!

Jane
(5)

This was a splendid trip, especially the highlight - Machu Picchu. We saw many archeological/historic sites, but the main focus of this trip seemed to be food and agriculture. For example, we had the opportunity to drive a pair of huge oxen behind a wooden plow and learn how several Peruvian dishes and drinks are made. We also learned about the Inca's experimental agricultural techniques and the varieties of corn, potatoes, even eating potatoes that were roasted in an oven underground and visiting a fish market and a farmer's market. If you are into that sort of thing, this trip will be your nirvana, although we didn't eat at any of Lima's fashionable foodie restaurants, but we were more than well fed. I personally would have preferred more emphasis on art, history and archeology, but all of our leaders, lecturers and professors were knowledgeable and made interesting presentations. Despite airport delays caused by Pachamama (about which you'll learn) I was very glad I went on this trip!

David
(5)

Great program to learn about both ancient cultures but also the country today. If you have ever wanted to go to Peru you want to sign up for this program.

Catherine
(5)

This trip was excellent. Our wonderful guides made me want to return to Peru and learn more about this beautiful and fascinating country.

Jodi
(4)

"The Road Scholar Perspectives of Peru: Discover Lima, Cusco, Yucay, & Machu Picchu Program is a journey unlike any other. It is a trek of self-exploration and endurance on many levels. The magnitude of personal achievement is experienced only through a journey of this genre. The cultural experience and privilege of spending time exploring the Lost City of The Incas at Machu Picchu, marveling at the Andean Mountain Range, and experiencing the diversity of the Peruvian culture and people is a privilege and unforgettable and enlightening in countless ways." "From beginning to end, the Road Scholar staff, website, correspondence, program itinerary and travel information were exceptional. Our Road Scholar guides took the time to observe and attend to the strengths and vulnerabilities of each of our team members. I look forward to my next adventure with Road Scholar." -Jodi J De Luca, PhD

Nancie
(4)

Love the small groups and who the couples are no "jointed at the hip" so you can get to know everyone which was the case on the "Walking the countryside in England".

Ann
(4)

Thoroughly enjoyed our Perspective of Peru trip which included our hiking to to Machu Pucchu which I accomplished and can now take off my 'bucket list'.

Dorothea
(5)

Perspectives of Peru...a definite for your bucket list!

Victoria
(5)

Juan Carlos as our program coordinator was excellent!

Linda
(4)

Be prepared to stand in long lines and wait for buses, trains and planes if delays occur. Visitors are limited daily in Machu Picchu,but hardly enough.

Larry
(5)

We were immersed in the food, music, color, culture and pageantry of Peru; time well spent, and expertly orchestrated.

Nancy
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This was our second trip with Road Scholar. As with the first trip, we were impressed with both the itinerary and the organization/guidance. It was fun and educational. The accommodations and meals were outstanding. Our guides knowledgable, friendly, and competent. We were taken care of very well. I highly recommend the trip.

Francie
(5)

We saw and experienced much more than we would ever have been able to do on our own--not just in the variety of activities, but in their quality and cohesiveness. A few times we were bored by a few activities, and sometimes felt rushed spending an hour an a half doing something we could easily have spent the whole day exploring, but on the balance, a completely outstanding and satisfying trip.

Donna
(5)

While Machu Picchu is clearly the highlight of this itinerary, the Sacred Valley and Cuzco region offer fascinating and beautiful sites with which I was previously unfamiliar. The program is only for those willing to travel intensely and do a considerable amount of walking over roughish terrain, but I'm no fit athlete and did fine. The program leader Vlad and other guides were superb. This is a topnotch program and a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream for many.

Janet
(4)

Great trip to take advantage of. There is a wide range of activities and breathtaking moments! Easy to navigate.

Lorrie
(5)

Culture, history, beauty and good food---what more could you want in a trip?

Nan
(5)

This trip was fantastic! Although the my primary purpose was a much anticipated visit to Machu Picchu, I fell in love with all of Peru. This trip was an excellent mixture of history, active site visits, food to die for, and wonderful experts. Transportation by air, train and bus were all top notch. Our daily walking tours were just the right amount for me to keep active but not overtire. I must say that I had no idea that Peru is such a food destination and we were served delicious meals throughout the week. The cleanliness of the whole country was unexpected, our group of participants were delightful and the tour guides were exceptional. Victor, who was with us all week, was very attentive to the group and any individual needs. As a solo traveler, and there were many women traveling solo on this trip, Victor made us feel very comfortable and safe. Sheila was with us for 3 days and both of these people went out of their way to make this an awesome experience. Alan, who provided the first morning’s lecture about Peru’s history and its’ social and political evolution was quite interesting. I would love to return to Peru again to continue learning more about this beautiful country and the cultures which make it so special.

Richard
(5)

Pretty much everyone on our trip felt that this program was one of the best they had taken.

Edelgard
(5)

The trip to Machu Picchu was an exceptional experience. Seeing this site is nothing less than awe inspiring. Overall, this was an outstanding trip, very informative, and well organized by highly knowledgeable tour guides.

Dorothea
(5)

What an amazing trip! Our main guides Victor and Sheila (and all the other guides) were WONDERFUL!!! They were knowledgeable of everything around us. I have learned so much. They were accommodating, patient, friendly and always available. I have participated in a few Roadscholar trips and this was one of the best. Such a variety and diversity of activities from the Pachamama ceremony and lunch with local families, and cooking demonstrations to visiting historic sites and authentic restaurants! Nothing was staged; everything was a true immersion into the Peruvian culture. I will definitely book more trips with Roadscholar.

Teresa
(5)

I fell in love with Peru! The citizens were friendly and cooperative, and I never felt unsafe. The walking stick was the best purchase I made, and it was invaluable on the walks around the cities and especially navigating the steps at Machu Picchu. This was one of the best trips of my life!






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