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- Indeed this is a meeting place for many tours, but it is also a nice spot to spend some time and people watch. It is bordered by an old church, San Francisco, a school, a Roman style arch, and has a nice fountain. It is about 5 minute walk from Plaza de Armas or Mercado de San Pedro so it is probably on your way touring Cusco and worth a look.Written June 9, 2019
- We found out about this play centre in Cusco only by chance and it was awesome for my 4 y.o! There are virtually ZERO playgrounds in all of Peru so this was a godsend. It's safe, has lots of different rooms with various activities ranging from musical instruments, dancing, dress ups, jungle Jim, trampoline, sandpit the works. 15 Sol entry is a bargain for hours of pleasure!!Written November 7, 2015
- During my time in Peru, we did Instagram photo tour and cooking classes. I had a great time pretending to be a professional model. We visited the most photogenic places in Arequipa. Cooking class was super fun because we prepared local drinks and meals. The chef loves his job which makes his picanteria really authentic. You can feel the soul of the Peruvian predecessors in this place! I can truly reccomend!Written March 5, 2020
- Good place we really enjoyed, highly recommended.the staff are great and made us the best experienceWritten July 9, 2019
- Wow! Wow! Wow! Ronald is such a great person and tour company owner. Our family of six adults (ages 21-57) has traveled together to over 20 countries over the last 15 years. So when I praise Ronald, it’s from a well-traveled source.
Many of us speak second and sometimes third languages, so when we travel, we typically handle everything ourselves because we can. However, I knew we were only going to be in Peru for six days, and I wanted to make sure we got into all of the sites we wanted to visit. Because of Covid, I did not want to take a chance on planning something when we arrived over the holidays and finding out everything was booked. Even though I had heard we could save money by making arrangements upon arrival, I didn’t want to spend money to fly to Peru just to have a failed visit because we couldn’t go where we wanted to go, especially Machu Picchu. Ronald was the answer!!!
As I was searching for Airbnb‘s, I came across two homes, one in Cusco and one in the Sacred Valley, both of which had reviews praising Ronald, his company Cultura Viva Perú, and the services he had acquired for those Airbnb guests. I was nervous to hire an operator of a small company, but the reviews were so good, I decided to move forward with it.
Initially, I looked at tours offered by big companies in the area to see pricing and sites I might be interested in. I then contacted Ronald to let him know which things I wanted to do and which things I did not want to do. He put together some ideas of personalized tours to address our wishes/needs in the days we would be there. We went back-and-forth between my requests and his suggestions until we came up with a plan that worked. His pricing was fair. I’m sure we probably paid more than what I could have “bargained” for in Peru, but I wanted the surety of knowing everything was all set with a reputable company.
As you look at the list of what Ronald arranged for us, just know that in every single instance the drivers/guides were ready early. They were all so kind! Remarkable reliance. Ronald arranged the following for us:
1. An airport transfer early in the morning upon our Sunday arrival to his office
2. His office to store our bags and use a clean restroom while we hung out that day in Cusco
3. Transferred us to our final Airbnb in the Sacred Valley that afternoon
4. Had a driver and tour guide arrive early the next morning to take us to five sites in the Sacred Valley we had pre-selected. This tour was the only one where we had to purchase a ticket ourselves that covered those sites at the first site. Ronald could not prearrange it, but told us in advance this would be the case and to bring cash for payment at the first site. There was no COVID crowd limit at these sites, and it was easy to get the “punch” card. We were together all day and LOVED what we learned from Selio (our guide). (Travel tips: Stop by a little market upon arrival in Cusco to buy snacks to bring with you as you travel in the vans. Saves you time. It’s also nice if you share snacks with the driver and guide. They really appreciate it. We also learned after day one that the roads are very curvy and bumpy in the areas where you go to see many sites. We ended up needing to go to a local pharmacy to buy the equivalent of Dramamine. If you bring it with you, you can avoid queasiness on the first drive. On most drives, we were in the vans (very nice large vans) at least one hour to get to each location. Between the altitude, travel fatigue, curvy roads, and bumps, four of us got motion sickness each day who typically do not get that queasy. By day two, we just took the motion sickness pills preemptively. Lol. The motion sickness came from the actual roads/curves/bumps not the drivers. They were great.)
5. Prearranged an early morning driver (3:30 am), then train tickets, and then bus tickets to get us the three travel legs up to Machu Picchu (with a guide there) for a 7 AM entrance when there were fewer crowds. One note here about guides…At Machu Picchu, there are many, many guides. If you have a particular interest about Machu Picchu (i.e. religious practices, spirituality, daily life, Incan history throughout Peru, etc.), you should let Ronald know in advance so he can select a guide who has that expertise. There’s so much to learn about it that you might want input on what your guide covers in those 2.5 hours you are inside.)
6. Also purchased separate entrance tickets (10-11 am) to Machu Picchu to go back in to climb Huayna Picchu per our request (no guide). If I recall correctly, having separate entrance tickets cost a little more but allowed us to go out to eat at the restaurant and use the restroom (no restrooms inside) before we did our longer hike. Ronald told us ahead of time to make sure we brought really good hiking shoes for this hike in case it was wet and slippery. Great tip because it was wet and slippery and rained most of our hike. Gorgeous though.
7. Arranged all three travel legs back, where our driver met us again promptly as we got off the train to take us home.
8. Arranged a driver to meet us the following day to bring us from the Sacred Valley an hour and a half back to Cusco.
9. Had a driver and guide meet us the following day for a tour to the more distant sight of Rainbow Mountain where there are fewer crowds and many rainbow mountains instead of the closer site with a much tougher hike at the 17,000 elevation and more crowds. Included breakfast and lunch for that longer drive.
10. Helped us with questions we had while in Cusco and arranged our transport back to the airport on Friday night, New Year’s Eve. Ronald even came personally to the office that night to make sure we made that transfer on time in the New Year’s Eve crowds.
All of these personal services, including drivers, guides, and tickets, cost us about $500 per person TOTAL over the six days (plus the punch card we had to buy ourselves). That is very reasonable. I’m sure prices will increase over time to the venues themselves and for Ronald’s guides/drivers as employment wages increase in Peru. So just use my number as a reference for 2021. But I felt the pricing and the services were very reasonable, well executed, and SO personable. I give Ronald and his company my highest recommendation. I have already told many of my friends in the United States who are considering a trip to Cusco/Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu to hire Ronald and his company.
A+++. Worth every dollar.
Last bit…service people in Peru do not “expect” tips, but they appreciate them so much!!! Whenever we tipped a driver, guide, waiter at a restaurant, or home caretaker, they were so grateful we acknowledged there tremendous service. If you have any questions about tipping, ask Ronald or your Airbnb host.
Also, as I mentioned above, we stayed in two Airbnb‘s where we first read about Ronald. I can recommend both of them. The one in Sacred Valley because the house is FANTASTIC, the caretaker Rosaira is wonderful and her personally cooked dinners ($15 US per person if you hire her for that) are DELICIOUS, and the view was stunning. The one in Cusco (older and charming) because Meizhu (caretaker) is so thoughtful and the house is very clean, spacious, and centrally located. It’s literally next door to Ronald’s office.)
I hope you enjoy your trip if you decide to go!Written January 11, 2022
- We had a day with Carlos doing a San Pedro ceremony in Cusco. Probability one of the best days we had in Peru and as a couple traveling South America.
The whole experience was well performed and well maintained, with Carlos giving us more guidance, support and help than we expected.
We are grateful and thankful for the time with Carlos and Vissionar and strongly recommend booking your activities with them!Written May 17, 2022
- Aula Artesana's one day weaving workshop is the hidden gem of the Cusco region. Whether you are a professional weaver, crafter, novice or just someone enthusiastic about art and culture, you will enjoy this workshop. My husband and I spent 15 days in Peru, hiking the Inca Trail, sand-boarding in Huacachina, wildlife viewing in Tambopata, and we both agree that the one day we spent with Aula in Patcancha was the highlight of our trip. Even with the language barrier, we felt so welcome and at home with the community. It was the most authentic experience of our trip and we feel so grateful to have been able to witness and learn the process of traditional textile making from the locals. We not only brought home our own tapestries that we made (with assistance) but also 3 pieces from the community which we will cherish forever. Being able to purchase these items directly from the women who made them felt 1000x better than purchasing anything from any of the surrounding markets.
Shout out to Sonya, the owner of Aula who will also be your amazing guide/translator and her lovely dog. I wish we could have spent more time with Aula in Patacancha.Written August 3, 2022
- Coco was the most knowledgeable and kindest guide. He took me and my partner to Pitumarca and took us sport climbing. It’s very clear that Coco cares about the village and ensuring the growing climbing community in the area works cohesively together. Pitumarca itself is an incredible climbing area with beautiful views, varied routes, and fantastic limestone. He and the climbing was the highlight of our trip!Written June 18, 2022
- I just finished volunteering with Sonco Wasi in Cusco, Peru, for 10 days and enjoyed every second of it. The two projects they have operating, one supporting disadvantaged youth in the Sacred Valley and the other assisting youth with special needs in Cusco, are both fulfilling and fun! The organizers did a great job setting up our residence and getting us acquainted with the city. The most rewarding part of the experience was impacting the kids' lives in a positive way. Thank you Sonco Wasi!!Written January 25, 2015
- The Laser game in Cuzco is a good way to have fun with your friend. Good and efficient material. The game zone us well done and the good size;
It's really cheap for this type of place.
The owners welcome you with a smile!
The only one in all Perou!Written January 27, 2016
- The tattoos we made with my girlfriend, 4 in total was exactly what we expected. Thanks to Anis for his professionalism. I recommand everyone to go to Malqui tattoo.Written February 1, 2022
- My family of 5 recently spent 2 weeks in Peru and Tucano Travel planned everything for us and every tour they booked were just awesome!
They gave us a detailed itinerary for each day and the pacing of everything was just perfect. We were never super stressed or bored.
Our tour guide in Sacred Valley & Cusco, Adriel, was AWESOME. He was energetic, always courteous, and just a wealth of information. He helped to make our trip very special.
Our son's luggage was lost and Jose from Tucano went out of his way to get our bags for us at the airport in Cusco.
It was great that we didn't have to spend any time planning anything. They did it all and each tour exceed our expectations, from the tour to the Maras Salt Mine, the ATV tour, the chocolate factory chocolate making, etc.
Food was relatively cheap and GOOD!
The locals in every city in Peru were just so friendly!Written July 10, 2022
- A great place to have fun with the whole family! Even if you can't skate you can be pushed around the rink on the plastic seal!Written August 9, 2016
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