Europe has for many years been the most popular destination for CTC tours. Recently, we have remarked upon an increasing interest among clients to discover new places. Hence, my recent trip to Peru. Those of us who enjoy travel will find virtually any place in the world to be interesting. I had no doubt that Peru would peak the interest of our clients. My objective was to determine if Peru would be a viable destination for our travelers, specifically for performing groups. I needed to experience the various means of transportation, the distances between major sites and the status of the tourism infrastructure. I would visit hotels to ascertain the range of hotel standards offered in Peru. And most importantly, I sought to ascertain if jazz, choral, and orchestral music from the U.S. would be appreciated by Peruvians.
On all counts, I can attest that Peru is a phenomenal destination for performing groups from the U.S.A.
Peru is an extremely biodiverse country with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west to the peaks of the Andes mountains vertically extending from the north to the southeast of the country to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest in the east with the Amazon river. Excellent hotels can be found in all regions. My favorite were the beautiful properties of the eco-friendly Peruvian Inkaterra hotel chain.
Given the number of extraordinary sites to see in Peru, a 12-14 day tour will be filled with exceptional visits: Machu Picchu and other extraordinary sites associated with the Inca civilization; the mysterious ancient Nazca geoglyphs; the Manu Rainforest park with its unbelievable flora and fauna; the Spanish colonial town of Araquipa; Lake Titicaca where the highland people remain steeped in the old ways; Cusco, known as the naval of the Earth in ancient times today a place where ancient culture fuses with splendors of the Spanish conquest. . . .
A tour to Peru would include transportation by comfortable and modern motorcoach, domestic airline between cities, modern train to arrive at the base of Machu Picchu, and even riverboat if you wish to venture into the Amazon.
And all along the way you would be met by friendly, welcoming, Peruvians. One has the feeling that Peruvians have not yet been jaded by the commercialism that goes hand in hand with a burgeoning tourism industry.
Music is an important part of Peruvian culture. I have often joked that there is an Andean music ensemble, iconic pan flute in hand, on virtually every major tourist destination city in Europe and the US. I didn’t see one in Peru! Even so, it is a genre of music that can be discovered by our American performing groups. Peruvian Jazz is also popular and a separate genre from Latin or US jazz. Classical and choral music are appreciated as well, especially in the more Europeanized cities such as Lima.