Peru Agriculture & Machu Picchu Tour
Journey to the land of the Big White Corn, where the Incas (1400s) were cultivating the corn, quinoa, potatoes and other crops in one of the most difficult steep mountainous landscapes in the world by using terraces. Mountain tribes are still preserving these crops and the mountain way of life. Peru is also a top producer of modern crops, such as asparagus, sweet peppers, bananas and other tropical fruits.
Rare chocolates have been rediscovered in the Amazon jungle and are winning world class prizes.
Traveling through Peru is a journey through its incredible agricultural landscape with something to discover around each corner including the curious llamas, welcoming people, ancient architecture and delicious cuisine.
Peru & Machu Picchu Tour Dates: Feb 6-15, 2021
Peru Agriculture & Machu Picchu Tour Itinerary
Notice: Travel to Peru does not require a visa / tourist card.
Immunizations: Check with your local health professional and / or www.cdc.gov.
Depart Dallas to Lima. The flight departs Dallas late evening. Flight time Dallas to Lima is 7 hours. Lima is +1 hour from Central Standard Time. (Meals on plane)
Early morning arrival Lima. You will be met by your local tour manager and Trump Tours tour manager. Transfer directly to the hotel where a room has been secured for early arrival. Refresh and enjoy a breakfast. Option: 10am Enjoy a tour of the main attractions of the historic center of Lima, see the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Saint Domingo Church and the Government Palace in additional to various mansions and churches. Return to the hotel to pick up those who chose to rest and continue nearby for lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon visit the INIA-National Institute of Agrarian Innovation, a public institution that belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture and is responsible for designing and implementing the national strategy for agriculture innovation. An agronomist will deliver a brief talk about the projects and then the group will visit the research area. Afterwards, transfer to the Cuyo farm to see the three domesticated races of cuy: Peru, Inti and Andina. Cuy, guinea pigs, are an integral part of the Peruvian diet. Return to hotel. Welcome Dinner near hotel. Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, depart with packed bags south to Ica (drive time about 4 hours), an area heavy in agriculture. We visit Fundo La Querencia, a farm with dairy cows and milk and cheese production. Opportunity to taste the local cheese. Lunch en route. Afternoon visit to a fruit farm growing tangerines, oranges and other fruits according to season. Continue to hotel. Check-in. Dinner on your own at hotel. Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel visit a large blueberry farm. Peru is one of the main producers of blueberries, a crop mainly used for export. Lunch en route. We continue to the desert oasis Huacachina and embark on a fun dune buggy ride. Return to your hotel in Ica. Dinner on your own in Ica. Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)
Depart hotel and tour a winery and their vineyards. Learn about the specific growing conditions and the local grape variety. Tour of the winery with tasting. Lunch en route. Return to Lima. Dinner in Lima. Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, depart with packed bags to the airport in Pisco. Take a domestic flight (1.5 hrs.) to Cusco, the Imperial City. Cusco is at 11,000 feet. We will immediately transfer to the Sacred Valley, 9,500 feet, the center of Incan agriculture, with its fertile soils, river and favorable climate. En route, make a short visit to a center focused on the preservation of the Peruvian native art of weaving. In a fabulous setting, appreciate the Peruvian Andes whilst learning about the South American llama, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas where the fibers are dyed, spun and woven on site. Continue to a center focused on Almicea Zea Mays, “The Giant White Corn of Cusco.” Corn has been grown by the Andean population since their beginning. Enjoy a truly unique culinary farm to table lunch experience in a magical setting. Also see the growing process and visit the museum dedicated to the Giant White Corn. Continue for hotel check-in. Dinner on own. Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, packing a hat, water and good walking shoes, transfer to the majestic fortress of Ollantaytambo. It was built to guard the entrance to the particular part of the valley and to protect it from invasion by tribes of the lower jungle. The fortress consists of a series of stepped carved stone terraces accessed by long staircases. There will be time to explore the nearby town to get an idea of what it was like during the Incan Empire. Continue to the Huilloc community, for a unique experience. See the everyday life of the villagers of Huilloc and visit their fields to learn how they cultivate crops in this mountainous area. The men will don tools and assist in the fields and the women will help in the kitchen. The experience ends with participation in a ritual celebration highlighting the music and local dances. Return to the Sacred Valley for overnight and dinner at or near hotel. Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure by bus from the hotel to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Today you will need a rain jacket (no umbrellas), comfortable shoes, sunscreen and repellent. Take the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Transfer by scheduled bus to the iconic Machu Picchu, 7,500 feet. Arrive at the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was built in the 15th Century as a citadel for the Incan people. Much of the history and reason for this structure remains shrouded in mystery. Take and organized two and a half hour tour including the solar clock, the Incas Palace, the Three Windows and much more. Buffet lunch included. Descend back to Aguas Calientes and then continue on the train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on own. Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)
Breakfast at leisure. Early departure to Cusco. This morning take a guided tour of the Imperial City of Cusco, including the Cathedral and the Sun Temple (Qoricancha) and the San Pedro local produce market. Experience its bustling market to see how the locals buy food that sometimes involves bartering. The tour will also include a visit to Qengo– an ancient Incan ceremonial place for sacrifice, Puca Pucara - the old watchtower, Tambomachay—ceremonial place for water worship and Sacsayhuaman—a fortress. Transfer to a local restaurant for a late farewell lunch. Transfer to airport for 1.5 hour flight back to Lima to connect with the international flight that departs at 1:09am. (Breakfast, Lunch)
1:09am Depart Lima to Dallas. Arrive early in the morning.
7 nights (plus 1 nt guaranteed check-in) in superior tourist class accommodations.
19 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Roundtrip airfare Dallas-Lima-Cusco-Lima-Dallas.
Transportation provided in air-conditioned minicoach.
Sightseeing/technical visits as outlined in itinerary.
Services of full time professional tour manager with agricultural background.
All taxes and fees.
Museum entrances, tour manager and driver tips, passport fees, public transportation, personal items, beverages at meals, travel insurance.
$4,999 per person, based on double occupancy.
Add $599 to guarantee single room. Price based on minimum of 10 participants.