Alternative Peru - Responsible Travel Experiences

Peru Travel Tips by Star Peru Airlines (in Spanish)

El otro lado de Lima

Peru Travel Tips by StarPeru Airlines - Alternative Peru

Star Peru is a young Peruvian airline that has flights to many domestic destinations such as Iquitos, Tarapoto, Cusco, Ayacucho etc. Unlike other domestic airlines, they do not have separate rates for foreigners and nationals. Why not try Star Peru on your next trip (if you need some tips, check out our tours in Peru!)?

We had the pleasure of having Star Peru on our half-day Authentic Lima Experience to the local communities and it seems they really enjoyed the experience. They concluded “We guarantee that at the end of the day you will get what you came for: getting to know the reality and the great diversity of inhabitants of a very authentic part of Peru.

Thanks for your visit!

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Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch)

Peru-avond van vtbKultuur steunt NGO’s in Lima, Peru

Peru-avond van vtbKultuur steunt NGO's in Lima, Peru

Diether and Marleen, a Belgian couple, had long dreamed of making a big trip to Peru. Now that their children were all settled down and they were both retired, they started carefully planning their dream trip. They wanted to have a true local experience and therefore decided to use mainly public transport and stay in local hotels. They included our Andean homestay near Huaraz as well as 2 of our Lima tours for some unique local experiences. They were very impressed by the places and the people they’ve met and decided to do something to support them. They prepared an amazing presentation from all their photos and had an amazing turnout.  The proceeds (458 euros!) from the presentation were donated to the projects we support! Also thanks to VTBKultuur for taking up the cost of the room rental to maximise the donation. We’ll split the donations between the 2 Lima projects we support: Jugando Aprendo and Ruwasunchis.

Thank you very much, Diether and Marleen, and keep on traveling!

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Globalement (in French)

Globalement - Alternative Peru

Journée dans un quartier populaire de Lima

Jessy Caiado of travel blog Globalement.com recently moved to Lima and joined us on one of our full-day Authentic Lima Experiences. He shared his experiences in a lengthy post. Lima, mon quartier général depuis presque trois mois.

Je m’adapte petit à petit à cette folle métropole où l’ennuie et la tranquillité n’ont jamais séjourné. J’habite un quartier relativement riche et aseptisé comparé au reste de la ville. Alors, quand j’ai découvert qu’Alternative Peru offrait un tour d’une journée au sein du quartier populaire de San Juan de Miraflores, j’ai sauté sur l’occasion.

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Peru this week

Alternative Peru: Redefining city tours

Nowadays, tourists often overlook Lima. Many travelers consider the city as a layover, some time to get over the jetlag and prepare for the big trip ahead, may it be Cuzco, Puno or perhaps Arequipa. They’ll probably stay in the Miraflores area, try some restaurants and walk the malecón, some will make it to the center of Lima to see the Plaza de Armas, visit the San Francisco Monastery and have a Pisco Sour in hotel Bolivar.

But Lima is so much more than only these places and deserves to be a destination in itself! Alternative Peru, an agency that offers alternative and responsible day-tours in Lima, takes visitors to some of the city’s hidden gems, such as the second largest and possibly most colorful cemetery in the world. A visit to an artisanal fish market (and its pelicans), a short boat ride along the coast in a fisher’s boat, a visit to Lima’s version of the Christ and the historically important Morro Solar with its great views of Lima, is all seen in one day. In the The company’s most unique offering, however, is the visit to an innovative social project in one of Lima’s human settlements.

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Un sac sur le dos (in French)

3 jours dans une famille péruvienne : une expérience à vivre

Suite à notre rencontre avec Cristian, qui en plus d’être garde et guide, travaille également pour une agence de voyages (Alternative Peru), je découvre le principe du « turismo vivencial », tourisme de vie quotidienne ou tourisme expérientiel.

L’idée ? Sortir des sentiers battus, aller à la rencontre d’habitants de la région et partager leur mode de vie. Bien sûr, ce n’est pas une réelle invitation dans une famille, mais bien un modèle touristique, offrant la possibilité de se confectionner un programme. À côté des classiques treks et randonnées, le touriste peut choisir de participer également à différentes activités de vie : cours de cuisine, travail dans les champs, construction de maisons, leçon de Quechua, lessive dans la rivière, travail de la laine, découverte des instruments de musique locaux …

Une belle manière de favoriser le tourisme local et d’échanger avec des Péruviens curieux d’en apprendre plus sur nos pays lointains et désireux d’enseigner certains traits de leur culture.

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