Welcome to our 5-part blog series featuring some of Peru’s most exclusive, authentic, and unheard-of travel experiences handpicked by our team of Kuoda Travel Designers. Many of these experiences are exclusive to Kuoda travelers, as we pull on our local connections and intimate knowledge of Peru to create something special and unique for your once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Peru.
Where Beauty Comes with the Territory: Archaeology & Nature Tours in Peru
Floodplain rainforest, jungle-shrouded ancient ruins, high alpine lakes…these are just a few of the natural and ancient settings in which you’ll find yourself on an archaeology or nature tour in Peru. Below, we share five of our Kuoda Travel Designer’s favorite nature and archaeological experiences in Peru. See what sparks your curiosity.
Experience #1: Embark on a challenging and under-the-radar trek to Machu Picchu’s sister site Choquequirao.
Beyond the stunning nature that surrounds you on the Choquequirao trek, the route itself is far from the beaten path. Over the course of your four- to five-day trek, traverse otherworldly mountain landscapes along empty trails. Your knowledgeable local guide can identify flora and fauna at one glance and has the back story to every local and ancient tale, ruin, or myth ever born here. You’d better include this trek in Peru on your custom Peru holiday before it becomes the next Machu Picchu. The world is catching on to this remote gem already!
Experience #2: Take a day hike to Laguna 69, a magical turquoise lake in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.
Located in Huascarán National Park, a visit to Laguna 69 is a bucket list-worthy item by anyone’s standards and should be on everyone’s Peru vacation itinerary. Hugged by soaring snow-capped mountains and trickling waterfalls, the turquoise waters of Laguna 69 are worth the day trip from Huaraz. For the more daring of travelers, you can even take a dip in its icy waters, although keep in mind this is a lake at an altitude of 4,600 meters (15,092 feet) surrounded by glaciers. Allow Kuoda to lead you on a trek or tour to this magnificent gem in the White Mountains of Peru.
Experience #3: Marvel at the wonders of Machu Picchu alongside an expert researcher and conservationist.
The wonder of Machu Picchu doesn’t stop at its impressive and ingenious architecture. Situated in a dramatic setting where the Peruvian Andes meet the Amazon Basin, Machu Picchu is also a biodiversity hotspot sheltering an incredible array of microclimates and species. With an expert researcher and conservationist as your guide, take in both Machu Picchu’s architectural mastery and its biodiverse setting for a well-rounded visit to this historic sanctuary on a custom Machu Picchu tour.
Experience #4: Explore the lesser-known Chachapoyas culture and the fascinating remains they left behind.
Known as the “Warriors of the Clouds”, the Chachapoyas culture pre-dates the Incas, with much of their culture still shrouded in mystery. However, they did leave behind the impressive fortress of Kuelap, now reachable via a cable car system, and the Sarcophagi of Karijia, eight Chachapoyan mummies resting on a cliffside. Allow Kuoda to guide you to this remote and off-the-beaten-path Peru travel destination in the north, nestled inside the Andean cloud forests of the Amazonas region. It’s the perfect complement to a Peruvian culture vacation
Experience #5: Visit the floodplain rain forests of Manu National Park and conduct field studies alongside a resident researcher.
Understand the ecology and ecosystems of the western Amazon Rainforest during a field study in Manu National Park, where researchers and naturalists are studying the delicate ecological balance of this biodiverse region of the world. Identify species, assess biodiversity, and gain a deeper understanding for rainforest conservation and environmental impacts. For a richer visit to the Amazon, there’s truly no better way than through a hands-on field studies program in Peru.
Book an Archaeology or Nature Tour in Peru Today with Kuoda Travel!
Kuoda Travel Designers are on hand to put together the Peru vacation itinerary of your dreams. Whether you are seeking a ruins-focused tour or a walk through Peru’s breathtaking nature scenes, or something else entirely, we’re here to make sure your Peru vacation fits you and your crew like a glove. Contact us today to begin planning your once-in-a-lifetime Peru tour.