22809
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.
Rating (4.92)
Program No. 22809RJ
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9 days
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4.92 Average
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!

Joan
(5)

This program exceeded my expectations. Our group leader was outstanding. The fellow travelers were all wonderful. I saw so many unbelievable sites.

Rena
(5)

Lots of variety, well-paced, authentic experience of Peru. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in Peru's history and culture.

Laraine
(5)

This was a great learning experience. The guides were knowledgeable, the lectures were interesting and the excursions were well planned out.

Robert
(5)

The pace was full everyday. Presented a good balance of present day Peru with the history of the Incas. If I had time on my calendar, I would enroll in the program again.

Betty
(5)

Wonderful trip. Outstanding program and guides. Enrique (Mike), Miguel and Edward were all personable, knowledgeable and very accommodating and flexible. Edward provided a 3rd guide to Machu Picchu for those less able to climb so high. She (Vilma) took the few of us on a less taxing but equally interesting route. When a local strike closed the road leading to our restaurant lunch reservation and then back to Cusco, Edward arrange for a quickly-arriving extensive bag lunch to be eaten on the bus and an alternate afternoon program. Nice group of fellow participants.

Tom
(5)

A great trip to an amazing place! The Road Scholar staff did a good job and the days were filled with interesting experiences. Great for trip for anyone who loves to explore a new culture in depth.

Elizabeth
(5)

FABULOUS!!!! This was my first international trip with Road Scholar. I traveled solo and was a little concerned about being alone. But, the people in my group now seem like personal friends. The leader and the experts were exceptional. They took care of us from the moment we stepped off the plane in Lima to getting us to our airlines for our return trip home. Our leader, Kike and our expert guides accommodated everyone in the group. The pace was very nice and the activities well planned. I did become a bit tired, but that was because I didn't want to miss out on anything. We were able to rest whenever we needed. This trip was absolutely a 5 star. I have now experienced the best. I can only hope future Road Scholar trips will stand up to this one. Thank you Michael (Pretty Boy) and Edward, our field experts. You were amazing! Thank you Kike. You made our trip seamless and relaxing. And thank you fellow travelers. It was a joy meeting each of you and sharing this experience with you. Elizabeth

Nancy
(5)

You may dream of Manchu Pichhu and this trip offers you it and more! City culture along with country vistas and activities give you an understanding of the variety of lifestyles in Peru. You’ll share your experiences with active, engaged people who want to keep learning. Our group was fantastic to know.

Ioana
(5)

The Perspectives of Peru: Discover Lima, Cusco, Yucay & Machu Picchu program is exceptional: interesting, well paced and organized and very enjoyable. One wants to go back for more!

Fran
(5)

A wonderful experience that far exceeded my expectations.

Mary
(5)

This is an amazing trip! We were so blessed by our caring, knowledgeable guides. Our Group Leader, Holger "Paco" Mayorca has amazing leadership skills. He and the local guides, especially Edward, enriched our experience every day with their deep knowledge of the rich history and culture of Peru. In addition, master professionals provided lectures in history, art, music, economics, cuisine and agriculture. We were a diverse group of people from all over the United States and they too contributed to the richness of our experience! This is a trip of a lifetime!

Anne
(5)

An absolutely, awesome experience!! Juan Carlos and Vlad are excellent guides - two of the best I have ever had. They are compassionate, caring, generous with time and energy, and extremely knowledgeable about Peru and Incan culture. The experiences on this trip are varied with the culmination being Machu Picchu. It is an amazing place - full of history, engineering genius, and wonderment. Peru is an interesting and diverse country, full of kind and generous people. I highly recommend this trip.

Joann
(5)

I checked off hiking Machu Picchu from my bucket list but this program was so much more. It fueled my curiosity about the Inca culture and I ended up buying 3 books on them before I left. I fully intend to do another program on the Incas and their influence on South America

Lisa
(5)

This trip was the experience of a lifetime! All of the instructors were engaging, funny, informative, and answered everyone's questions. Despite a significant weather delay at the Lima airport, our leader, Enrique, managed to rearrange a few activities so we did not miss out on anything. I would highly recommend this program!

Martha
(5)

The trip exceeded my expectations with the many cultural experiences beyond what I knew would be a life changing visit to Machu Picchu. The group leaders and instructors were stellar - professional, knowledgeable, friendly - with a passion for Peru that was infectious. The program is a great value with many experiences packed into seven days. I came back with new knowledge about the Incas and pre-Incan peoples, the modern day Sacred Valley, cosmopolitan Lima, Andean weaving traditions, Peruvian food and music, and the beautiful Andes and Peruvian coast.

Wendy
(5)

I have just returned from Peru!! What an absolutely incredible life changing trip. I very strongly recommend this trip to anyone interested in experiencing this powerful region of the world guided by experienced, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and delightful people.

Marianne
(5)

A wonderful trip! Varied learning opportunities, varied contexts--coast, highlands. The gem of course was Machu Picchu but the last day in Cusco at Qorikancha was icing on the cake. Be sure to take poncho for rain and trekking pole for rocky walks! So much is included in Road Scholar trips, logistical ease for participants.

Christine
(5)

Number 1 on my bucket list just checked off. Fabulous trip and just love the people in Peru! This trip also gives you such a perspective on the depth of history and culture we have in the Americas. Don’t hesitate to go.

Rebecca
(5)

Outstanding program packed with new experiences and new friends.

Elizabeth
(5)

My life-long dream of visiting Machu Picchu was realized in December 2017 with a brilliantly organized Road Scholar trip. The planning from start to finish took into consideration altitudes and stamina of group members. I learned about the country and history of Peru and enjoyed the excellent cuisine.

Ron
(5)

This was a wonderful program, from the efficiency of the logistics, the great food and accommodations and most importantly, the lectures, guides and sites visited. I can mark off a long term bucket list item as complete - visiting Machu Picchu.

Beth
(5)

If visiting Peru and Machupichu is on your bucket list, this is the trip for you.

Anthony
(5)

I'm more likely to do my next international trip with Road Scholar than on my own-- and to date I've always enjoyed arranging trips on my own. Every day was fantastic so I'll talk about 1 example. Gustavo "Tito" Leon did a musical instrument presentation in Cuzco. I never imagined that he was going to be able to play ALL of the few dozen instruments that he had on display at the start of his presentation! I'm sad that I ran out of storage on my phone after 10 minutes of filming, and that the same thing happened to 2 other family members' phones during Tito's presentation. This was one gem that there's no way I'd have stumbled into on my own with any amount of research.

Lanie
(5)

A fantastic trip, exceeding my expectations!

Linda
(5)

I so enjoyed this trip because of the diversity of cultural events and the fast pace of the activities. This was not all about Machu Picchu although that was surely a special part of the experience. The logistics of this trip were complex: internal flights, trains and buses (including program changes due to the 10-year census!). But Vlad, our tour leader handled it all seamlessly. Our group was terrific; the included single supplement was a nice bonus.

Kathleen
(5)

I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves being with all kinds of people. Peru is amazing and so was this program. Thanks Vlad and Juan for making us feel so much at home!

Diane
(5)

Don't miss this trip! Peru is wonderful and the Andes are magnificent. Our days were packed with interesting visits and lectures. Great accommodations, great food and I very much appreciated the efforts of our leader and guide to make this such a great tour -- the best I've ever been on!

Joe
(5)

This is an outstanding program. The program interplay of history, culture, food, and site visits is fantastic. You will come away with a great appreciation for the history and people of Peru. And when you finally get to Macchu Picchu, you will have a great appreciation for what it is, AND all the pictures do not do adequately reveal the wonder of actually being there in person!!!

Sheila
(5)

The Taste of Peru Program was wonderful. I learned so much about the culture, saw things I had dreamed about and made new friends. One of the best parts was that everything was included and the money I brought with me I spent on treasures to bring home. Did I mention how engaging the leaders and guides were? Also, the food was amazing! I would take this adventure again and look forward to going more places with Road Scholar

Susan
(5)

This program is a wonderful way to learn about the diverse cultures of Peru and the social and economic history of the country. It is a great way to see from large cities to small villages and the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, Huaca Puellana, Pisac, Moray, and Sacsayhuaman.

Diana
(5)

Fulfilled a life long dream. This trip went beyond my expectations in a positive way.

RJ
(5)

This program provides a depth and breadth of information, activities and experiences that one could not achieve on one’s own. I enjoyed the diversity of Peru, its people, geography, culture, history and gastronomy. My experience was enriched by the insights shared by the professional guides and lecturers. Thank you Road Scholar for designing and developing this comprehensive cultural experience and for providing knowledgeable professionals who add so much to the informative content.

Don
(5)

A truly great adventure.

Samuel
(5)

What a great trip, with wonderful guides and a great and interesting diverse group of people. Had a wonderful time.

Rebecca
(5)

This visit to Peru is amazing! The depth and breadth of sites and ecosystems visited, information shared by our guides, and foods eaten on this trip far surpassed expectation. Our group ranged in age from 43 to 94--not an easy task for the leaders to manage, but their consummate professionalism and dedication to our experience ensured everyone was considered. I have already encouraged my parents to sign up for this itinerary (and the same guides, if possible) next year.

Heather
(5)

This is a great trip! You will fall in love with Peru and its gracious people -- vaya con Dios!

Nancy
(5)

The program Perspectives of Peru was my first time with Roads Scholar and being a single traveler. it was a fantastic experience! Machu Picchu is a must to see. Roads Scholar handled everything for me and have empowered me to be able to travel single without any worries. Great trip and great company to book with.

Ingrid
(5)

A stimulating and interesting trip to a stunningly beautiful country.

Janice
(5)

A great sampler of Peru's highlights.

Paulette
(5)

A most excellent program! We fulfilled a long time desire to visit Peru and especially Machu Picchu and learned a lot in the process. Our small group was great! The entire program was well planned with every detail taken care of. This was our first Road Scholar trip but will not be our last.

Carol
(5)

The trip far exceeded our expectations. It was very well organized and the guides were amazing. One of the best trips we've ever taken!

Elizabeth
(5)

This amazing program , so capably led by Vladimir Del Solar Meza, not only fulfilled my life-time dream of being at Machu Picchu, but gave me a richly contextual understanding of the Incas and Peru. I strongly recommend the program, and especially going to Peru in late April, before the heavy tourist season.

Teresa
(5)

This was our first ever group tour, but will certainly not be our last. What an amazing experience. Road Scholar anticipated our every need and provided exceptional memories of Machu Picchu and the Peruvian culture.

Carol
(5)

The program, Perspectives of Peru, exceeded my expectations. It was fantastic! The group leader was very knowledgable and caring. I felt safe and secure going on my first tour alone. The others in the group were interesting and friendly. The places I went and experiences I had were well worth the money and so much fun. I enjoyed the mix of learning and site seeing. I'm richer for the many unique experiences of my trip.

Dawn
(5)

Road Scholar is a top notch organization for all inclusive educational travel experience. I continue to be impressed, journey after journey!






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