Alternative Peru - Responsible Travel Experiences
Duration: 9 days
Location: Coast, Andes and Amazon
Price: $1600Special Price : From $1400
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From ancient pre-Inca to present Peruvian culture, nature and local community

Highlights Peru Off the Beaten Path:

  • Ancient fortress of Kuelap, often called the ‘new Machu Picchu’
  • The pre-Inca mud city of Chan Chan
  • The Sun and Moon Temples and El Brujo
  • The mysterious windows in the rocks Ventanillas de Otuzco
  • Learn more about the Amazon’s organic coffee and cacao
  • Visit several amazing environmental and social projects
  • Visit great artisans in their workshops
  • Respectful intercultural encounters with locals
  • City tours in the colonial cities of Trujillo and Cajamarca
  • Learn how to make the traditional ‘caballitos’ boats on Huanchaco beach


his ‘Peru off the beaten path’ tour has it all (but we might be just a bit biased)! You’ll visit some of Peru’s archaeological highlights that have not been discovered yet by mass tourism but you’ll also learn more about different aspects of present-day Peru, such as its growing organic coffee and cacao trade and of course the artisanal handicrafts Peru is famous for. You’ll also get to know more about some of the fantastic environmental and social projects that are making a difference for Peru’s threatened nature and for disadvantaged groups. Share stories and experiences with some of the locals that you meet during one of the homestays or while you’re learning how to make a traditional ‘caballitos’ boat.

You’ll stay in mid-range, family-owned local accommodation, including 2 homestays, so you don’t have to worry about having a good night’s rest. Transport is mostly private transport (Trujillo – Cajamarca and Chachapoyas – Tarapoto) with 1 public transport transfer (Cajamarca – Leymebamba). You’ll have one overnight bus transfer (between Cajamarca and Leymebamba) with a trusted and comfortable bus company.

Peru Off the Beaten Path

You’ll be accompanied by a bilingual tour leader from your landing in Trujillo until your take-off in Tarapoto, as well as by several local guides with extensive specialized knowledge about the specific place or site. This way you can just relax and enjoy the trip since you won’t have to worry about logistics. Do you prefer to go by yourself (and speak enough Spanish)? No problem, this is perfectly possible as well.

Itinerary Peru off-the-beaten-path:

Day 1: Lima – Trujillo

We’ll pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel close to the Plaza de Armas to freshen up and have breakfast. After breakfast, we’ll take you on a city tour and a visit to the famous Sun and Moon Temples (La Huaca del Sol y la Huaca de la Luna). After lunch near the beach, you’ll learn how to make a Caballito de Totora (reed boats used by fishermen in Peru for the past 3000 years) and even go for a short ride on the sea. Your last stop of the day is at the young people of FairMail, an association that helps youngsters to get experience in photography through training, workshops and trips in Peru. The photos are then sold over the internet and some of the raised money goes back to them. This project helps them in their studies, their health and their quality of life.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 2: Trujillo (Chan Chan)

Today you’ll visit the large archaeological site of Chan Chan, the largest earthen architecture city in pre-colonial America, and the archaeological complex El Brujo.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Trujillo – Cajamarca

After breakfast, private transfer to Cajamarca (about 4.5 hours). After lunch, you’ll discover this charming colonial style city on a tour of the city. We’ll also take you to a local project that focuses on families with children with Down Syndrome. You’ll stay that night in a hotel that employs single mothers and young people with Down Syndrome.

Meals included: Breakfast

Peru Off the Beaten Path

Day 4: Cajamarca – Leymebamba

Today’s program includes visits to Cumbe Mayo, one of the oldest man-made structures in South America especially known for its well-preserved aqueduct, and the Ventanillas de Otuzco, a mysterious necropolis consisting of small windows carved out of the rocks. At night, we’ll take the night bus to Leymebamba (about 5.5 hours).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Leymebamba (cooperatives, artisans and nature conservation)

After breakfast and freshening up at the hotel, you’ll first the workshop of an extraordinary woodcarver whose work is inspired by local archaeological finds. Next, we’ll learn more about an other type of local art, the tradition of preparing, dying and weaving wool. The ladies of the local cooperative have a very special way of doing this (but we won’t tell you yet why, you’ll have to go and see for yourself!). After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll continue to the private conservation area (full of orchids and colibris!) of Milpuc where you’ll stay overnight at the house of the lovely Perico and his mother.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Leymebamba – Chachapoyas (Kuelap)

Today, you’ll discover why they call Kuelap ‘the new Machu Picchu’. It was built by the pre-Incan Chachapoya people or the Warriors of the Clouds and consists of the remains of over 400 round houses. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue the trip to Chachapoyas.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Chachapoyas – Mendoza (coffee!) – Chachapoyas

Mendoza is known for producing the best organic coffee, panela (non-refined sugar from sugar cane) and other products. A family that produces coffee will explain the production process to us and we’ll participate in several aspects of the process ourselves. After lunch with the family, we’ll continue our coffee tour with a visit to a local cooperative where we’ll learn about the selection process and export. Of course, we’ll also taste this excellent coffee!

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Chachapoyas – Tarapoto

Private transportation to Tarapoto and lunch on the road. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the city.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Tarapoto

Today, you’re visiting a rural tourism project on agro- and ecotourism focusing on cacao production and medicinal plants as well as training of locals on organic production and environmental education. In the afternoon, you’ll visit some of the workshops where they make the traditional Amazonian artworks. You’ll stay the night in the cabins that are part of the tourism project.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 10: Tarapoto – Lima

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Lima.

Meals included: Breakfast

Peru Off the Beaten Path

Peru Off the Beaten Path

Prices Peru off the Beaten Path:

With tour leader:
Price per person(s) 2 persons 3-4 persons 5+ persons
Price US$2200 US$1750 US$1650
Without tour leader (knowledge of Spanish and travel experience required):
Price per person(s) 2 persons 3-4 persons 5+ persons
Price US$1750 US$1500 US$1400

Included in Peru off the Beaten Path:

  • All transfers as indicated
  • Professional local guides as well as tour conductor in English
  • All entrance fees
  • All meals as stated. Please be aware that in local restaurants alcohol is not 
  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and 2 homestays


  • Flight Lima – Trujillo and Tarapoto – Lima: about 200 USD for both flights (Inquire if you want to include it)
  • Tips (optional)
  • Bank fees or PayPal fees



Add 2 days Lima

These 2 days could be added at the start or end of the trip (or 1 before and 1 after)

Day 1: Historical Center and Food tour

Guided visit to the colonial center of Lima and a food and market tour where you’ll learn more about the world-famous Peruvian cuisine!

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 2: Full-day Lima Local Communities tour

An authentic and intercultural experience that takes you off the beaten path to some alternative sights with as highlight one of Lima’s human settlements, where we visit a social project and learn about daily life in this harsh environment through responsible encounters with locals.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Price: 300 USD p.p.

Includes: Airport pick-up and drop-off, 2 nights accommodation in Lima and 2 full-day tours.

Add Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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  • Terms and Conditions

    The proposed program is subject to change. – Deposits of 50% (+ Paypal fee 6%) should be paid upon reservation. – The balance should be paid before the start of the tour – Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents/itinerary. – Alternative Peru reserves the right to cancel the participant’s place on a tour if there are not sufficient participant or because of unforeseen circumstance, such as strikes, protests, weather – If damages are caused to third parties, all the expenses claimed from Alternative Peru that originate from the above-mentioned incident will be charged to the client, who will have no right to later claims. – Rates are per person – By booking, the participant declares to have read and agreed with the general booking conditions and the rules for responsible community tourism which are mentioned elsewhere on this website.

  • Cancellation and Refund

    Deposits are non-refundable – There will be no refund for unused services. – Alternative Peru reserves the right to cancel or change any trip due to river, road, weather conditions, or political climate. We also reserve the right to cancel any trip due to client unsuitability because of age, ill health, poor fitness, intoxication etc. – Any missed tours due to the above listed incidences (eg weather conditions or political climate) cannot be refunded or recuperated.