Exceptional Experiences: Peru

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Incan Treasures

Fascinating Artworks, Voluntourism, Fortune Tellers

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Lima’s Larco Herrera Museum
Take an exclusive peek at the largest private collection
of pre-Columbian art in the world. The chief curator of the Larco Herrera Museum leads you on a fascinating walk through the exhibition halls, providing an entertaining view of Peru’s cultural evolution.
 
Stirring Things Up in Lima
Get a taste of this culinary capital
during your private gastronomic tour with a local chef. LimeƱos have a particular passion for good food, with a unique cuisine that fuses Chinese, Japanese, Incan, Spanish, Italian and African influences. Visit a market to buy local products; then head to the chef’s restaurant for an interactive class resulting in a delicious Peruvian dish.

Sacred Valley Voluntourism
Situated at 14,000 feet in the Sacred Valley
, the people of the Willoq community invite you into their homes. Here you’ll assist with various daily activities, from preparing the land using a chaquitaclla (plough) to prepping nouvelle Andean cuisine. After sharing a meal and hearing stories from local mythology, you’ll make your way to Ollantaytambo, one of the most remarkable archaeological complexes of the Incan Empire.
 
Coca Leaves Reading by a Shaman
Have your future divined by a local shaman
, who reads coca leaves with unerring accuracy. The coca plant is known to protect individuals against witchcraft and curses, to change bad luck and predict the future. By examining the coca leaves in the bottom of your cup, the shaman can forecast your future and maybe even find a cure for what ails you.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.


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