Make your Peru holiday something to remember by trying out one of the many unusual, off-the-beaten-path tours available.
If you’ve seen enough cathedrals and want to know Lima from the inside out, then this unusual Lima city tour takes you into the real heart of the city. Explore Lima, from the 400 year old olive grove in prosperous San Isidro to the bustling markets of the working class La Victoria neighborhood.
2. Nazca Ceramics
This may not sound like the most exciting tour in Peru: a cemetery and a ceramics workshop, but be assured this fascinating Nazca tour gets great reviews. Chauchilla is a large cemetery stuck in the middle of the desert. The incredible dryness here has preserved the mummified remains of the Nazca civilization for 2000 years. The atmosphere is definitely eerie with preserved hair and teeth. Continue to the ceramics workshop of one local family who have kept the amazing methods of making Nazca pots alive. As their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the family use local minerals and natural herbs to color the pots. Find out how it all works; and have a go yourself on this unusual Peru tour.
3. Sacred Valley Community Visit
Away from the standard tours of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, these unusual community tours take you to the villages around the Sacred Valley to see how ordinary Andean people live their lives. Choose tours to farming communities in the mountains, hands-on experiences making chocolate and rearing guinea pigs, or visit a village famed for its weaving and find out about the incredible skills involved. Have fun and find out more about Peru on a community tour.
4. Visit a Steam Ship on Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is famed for spectacular scenery and, increasingly, for tours to local communities on Taquile and Amatani Islands. Not, then the most obvious place to visit a British Victorian steamer ship.
The Yavari was built in the UK in 1861, transported by ship to Chile, then broken up into 2, 766 pieces to be transported by mule over the Andes. It took six years to get the ship to Titicaca where it ran as a passenger ship on the lake for 100 years. Yavari was then abandoned and left in a state of disrepair until the Yavari Project began its loving restoration. It now sits just outside Puno in its former glory, with shining brass engines and beautiful wood fittings. It is now even possible to spend the night in one of the ships restored bunks!
5. Tour a Pisco Distillery
Peru´s national drink is a distilled grape liquor called Pisco. At some point in your Peru vacation you are sure to try the refreshing Pisco Sour cocktail. Ica, south of Lima is the grape growing region of Peru. Wineries here range from the tiny artisan type to slightly bigger, all is lovely countryside. Local women still to stamp on the grapes and clay pots are used for the fermentation process. See how it is made and then take home a bottle of Pisco as a memorable souvenir of your Peru holiday.