Local Life in Peru
Shop local and go home with a unique souvenir from our ethical fashion partners in the Andes.
You’re likely to grow attached to the vibrant and ornate Andean textiles during your southern Peru vacation. Still weaving with the same techniques as their Incan forebearers, artisanal weavers are taking this ancient Incan art to contemporary fashion in an effort to reclaim traditional garments and techniques. Kuoda’s connections with organizations like The Creativity Lodge and brands like Las Polleras de Agus give you the opportunity to see local ethical fashion in practice and the chance to take home a truly authentic and unique souvenir from your visit to Cusco.
Connect with a family of skilled local weavers in a picturesque and remote Sacred Valley village.
In a place where Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas, is still spoken, step inside the workshop of a family of local artisan weavers in the remote Sacred Valley village of Umasbamba. See the weaving process unfold from dying the wool to threading the loom and put new perspective to your appreciation for the intricate textiles of Peru. This intimate cultural travel experience takes you a layer deeper into Peruvian culture and presents you with an opportunity to forge authentic and raw connections with a community keeping ancient tradition alive.
Mingle with the local school children and their families in an off-the-beaten-track highland village.
Sit in on a lesson in an Andean schoolhouse or play teacher for a moment before the smiling faces of the students at the Umasbamba Learning Center. Always a highlight experience for our guests, visiting the children and their families in a remote highland village is as authentic as it gets. This is an especially great activity for Peruvian family vacations. Young and old will welcome you and yours into their community and into their homes and classrooms with open arms and unparalleled hospitality.
Visit the thousand-year-old floating Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca by private speedboat.
While other travelers beeline it for the overrun and gimmicky floating Uros Islands, we continue to a section of the Uros untouched by mass tourism and still inhabited by generations of families dating back to the Incas. Step off the boat and onto the man-made totora reed islands and gain an inside look at unique tradition and customs frozen in time. There’s no other experience like it that you will find while traveling in Peru.
Experience a family-owned hacienda as your hosts expound the growing process of the famous Giant White Corn.
Like the aristocratic homes of Lima, the haciendas of Peru were a byproduct of Spanish colonialism. Today, many of the haciendas are still family-owned and operated. Hacienda Sarapampa in the Sacred Valley of the Incas is one such estate. At Hacienda Sarapampa, experience the sweet and simple hacienda life and traditions the Sumar family has been keeping alive for three generations now. Learn the process of corn farming and the production of Cusco Giant White Corn and how it has transformed the local economy for nearly 100 years, a legacy the Sumar’s feel responsible to preserve for generations still to come. You’ll be warmly welcomed on this historic estate in the scenic Sacred Valley.
Wander Peru through the “eyes” of a local and snap the best photo keepsakes of your Peruvian vacation.
Memories may fade but a well-taken photograph capturing your first glimpse of Machu Picchu or the cobble-stoned streets of Cusco can bring it all flooding back in an instant. As custom Peru travel designers, we have all of the local connections to meet your every need including access to some of Peru’s best photographers. Whether you’re a skilled photographer yourself or just looking to capture your Peru vacation in the best way possible, we can set you up with a local photographer to guide you to all of the best photo spots or to capture your unforgettable holiday in Peru for you.