Travel to Peru
Coltur has been a top Destination Management Company for more than 60 years. Coltur has been a top Destination Management Company for more than 60 years. We are the 3rd generation of management. When you visit Latin America, you simply must come and see our wonder of the world, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The lost Incan city of Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring location and experience. Peru has some of the most spectacular scenery, where you can wander around colonial cities inherited from the Spanish conquistadors and fall in love with Lima's ancient mansions. Other highlights surely include Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, the Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert or our pristine Amazon rainforest. Peru is the country of natural wonders, with pre-Columbian cultures and an Inca heritage. Today, Peru is the ideal destination for incentive trips: entertaining, enriching, exciting and very hospitable. So is Coltur.
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Travel Highlights Peru
Arequipa, known as the White City for its beautiful white-stone buildings lies at the feet of the grand volcanos of various mountains. The downtown of the city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features baroque churches and mansions from the colonial period. It is also closely located to one of the largest canyons in the world for some outdoor adventure.
Once the center of the Incan Empire, Cusco now draws tourists from around the world. There are Incan buildings waiting for you to discover them among its cobble-stoned streets. You will find buildings like the Koricancha and the palace of Inca Roca, as well as Andean Baroque structures from the Colonial Period like the Cathedral and the Church of the Company of Christ. You can visit the picturesque neighbourhood of San Blas where the best artisans in the department have set up their workshops. This magical city also has an exciting nightlife with cafes, restaurants, and bars for all tastes. Just ten minutes away from the city, there are the massive walls of the Sacsayhuamán fortress, and a few kilometers from there, you find the archeological sites of Qenko, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay, Incan buildings constructed completely with stone.
Historic Ica is a beautiful city on the southern coast of Peru. The center of Peru's wine industry, you can visit local vineyards and sample the famous wine and Pisco brandy cultivated in this region. The Plaza de Armas, the town's center and home of many churches including the famous El Senor de Luren is a pilgrimage destination.
More than 400 years ago, the Spanish conqueror ("conquistador") Francisco Pizarro named Lima the City of the Kings ("Ciudad de los Reyes"). The breathtaking beauty of the Andes mountains, the colonial houses, the beautiful churches, works of art, the Inca ruins, the vibrant food and music, the colourful festivals: each by itself is reason enough to spend time in Lima.
Machu Picchu is an archaeologists dream. The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. You can explore fantastically-built palaces, temples and courtyards, as well as the flourishing neighbouring hillside. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountain top, erecting many hundreds of stone structures from the early 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Whatever its origins, the Inca turned the site into a small (5 square miles) but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city.
Among the valleys on the southern coast of Peru rests enigmatic Nazca, the region's largest existing town and a tourist destination filled with mystery and historical interest. The famous Nazca Lines, a World Heritage Site, are located here, an ancient archeological wonder with unknown origins. Nazca itself is a place where travellers can experience indigenous culture while also having access to many comfortable hotels and restaurants.
As the least populated area of Peru, Puerto Maldonado sits beyond the jungle on the Madre de Dios river. Puerto Maldonado was founded July 10, 1902, the city was named after explorer Faustino Maldonado, who paddled up the Madre de Dios River to the point where it comes together with the Tambopata River. Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to three national parks in the Peruvian Amazon featuring an extraordinary diversity of wild species of flora and fauna: Tambopata - Candamo, Bahuaja -Sonene and Pampas del Heath.
Home to both Lake Titicaca and ancient Incan ruins, Puno is a delight to explore. The massive hills offer panoramic views of the city and the surrounding areas. Great cultural traditions have stood the test of time, and below the hills, visitors can find reed islands where Uro Indians still build handcrafts.
Program ideas Peru
Explore the City . Discovering Barranco
Barranco is the quintessential bohemian and artistic quarter of Lima. Today, it is home to painters, musicians, poets and famous writers, including Nobel Prize writer Mario Vargas Llosa Located on the cliffs of Costa Verde facing the Pacific Ocean, this district takes pride in its magnificent architecture and rich cultural life. Here, museums, art galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants and live music offer a unique dining and nightlife experience. Enjoy the small-town atmosphere and intimacy of this neighborhood by taking a walking through its streets, taste the best Peruvian seafood lunch in a huarique, an authentic traditional restaurant; and visit some of the most prominent shops of popular and contemporary art in the city. The cherry on top, a tasting of organic coffee and chocolate in one of the best coffee houses in Lima.
The Art of Ceviche . Heaven for Foodies
Before the conquest, raw fish marinated and cooked with spices was considered a delicatessen that only the Inca nobility could afford. With the Spanish came the Moorish; during colonial times there was a strong African immigration, and in the early republic we had two very clear Japanese migration waves. Blend everything together and the result is Peru´s signature dish: ceviche. Amor A Mar, one of Lima´s finest seafood establishments, has one of the best ceviches in town, and today its chef will share with us some of the secrets of his trade and help cook our own. After our hands-on, interactive cooking course we head towards the main restaurant area and cap the experience with a menu specially designed for the occasion.
The Magical and Hidden Side of Cusco . Ancestral secrets from the navel of the world
Scroll through the old streets of Cusco, where the heirs and bearers of ancient legends mingle with travelers and visitors that, like us, try to understand the way of life of Cusco’s forefathers. In Plaza Nazarenas, right on the corner where one of the most prestigious hotels in the city is located, you will learn the amazing stories of love and betrayal that remained kept in the silence of a convent and monastery for many years. Discover the seven snakes carved in stone, in the passage with the same name, and know why they were made On the Purgatorio street, if you pay a little attention you could hear the footsteps of a “lost soul”, a liar wearing a disguise to exploit the faith, fear and pity of passersby who left alms for the “Souls in the Purgatory” After completing this course, why not share a table and a glass of chicha at a Picantería? An ancestral home that are still standing in the old and mysterious streets of Cusco.
More about Coltur DMC Peru
Our company was established in 1957, which makes us not only the pioneers in Peru incoming travel, but also experts in what we do: during the years we have brought our quality and creativity to a top level and have built an excellent network of suppliers. We are very proud of the fact that our company has been family-owned and managed for three generations.
At Coltur we are specialised both in incentives & leisure, with our head office is located in Lima.
We are very passionate about and proud of our magical country, and can't wait to show you the best of Peru.