Peru, with its rich culture and biodiversity, is becoming a hotspot for those looking beyond conventional travel. Specialized activities such as butterfly-and bird-watching are increasingly popular. Staying with and working in the fields with an Andean community can be a life-changing experience. Learing the secrets of Peruvian cuisine, one of the most varied in the world, is possible through culinary courses or tours around local markets and gourmet restaurants. Lessons in complex Peruvian dances can be a thrill in a group or individual classes, while Spanish and Quechua lessons will always improve your chances of meeting Peruvians and enjoying both the social and cultural life.
Peru ranks first in the world for bird species, with more than 1,800 of them. However, bird-watching is small here in comparison to the neighbour countries, but is increasing fast with new companies emerging, led by a conservation minded generation of local and foreing experts. A sixth program dedicated to observing parrots and macaws at the clay licks is also offered. Tambopata and Manu regions and into the Northwestern biosphere Reserve, home to no less than 1,400 bird species.
Many companies offer packges for butterfly-lovers in order to explore some of the 3,700 especies existing in Peru. Expeditions to Manu has a 17 days tour into some of the most pristine cloud forest spots in the Manu National Park,where butterflies can be spotted at diverse altitudes and habitats. A three-day package tour into the historic Machu Picchu santuary is also a good opportunity to watch butterflies in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inca citadel. Others programs that is conbined with otherr tropical rainforest explorations in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Afro-Peruvian music and dance with its combination of Peruvian sounds and deep African influence attracts many Centro Cultural de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú offers dance workshops and Cajón lessons by Maria del Carmen Domingo, a respected percussionist who also offers lessons at her own school.
Sponsored by the Mountain Institute, community-based tourism started in 2001, with the objective of re-evaluation. Tilling the land, feeding the animals or learning to bye sheep wool are all part of the homestay experience in Vicos or Huanuco, two Quechua communities living on the slopes of the Cordiller Blanca in the Callejón de Huaylas. Both coomunities offer varied activities that can be done on the buffer zone and inside the Huascarán National Park. Communities in Lake Titicaca also offer similar options for those craving a closer look at local traditions.
In peru offers a six day tour which combines sightseeing and Peruvian gastronomy in a week's travel to Lima and Cusco. Visitors are given a selection of exquisite mansiond where Peru's rich cuisine can be enjoyed. One day tours within Lima that include a visit to a local market, lessons in makingcebiche, and dinner atone of Lima's finest restaurants are also offered.