Cultura Viva Peru
Cultura Viva Peru - Cusco
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Cultura Viva Peru offers unique travel options that help you fulfil the desire for more meaningful travel experiences. Over the years we have developed relationships with many local characters, artists and cultural custodians and we are passionate about being the bridge for you to meet and to learn from one another. We believe that this is the essence of Travel!
Cusco, Peru
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Travellers' Choice
2023
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Y Delnatte
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Had a great, very well organised 2 day trip through sacred valley and Machu Picchu. Yuneska was very helpful and everything went very smoothly. Had a great lunch stop in Urubamba. The hotel was nice in Aguas Calientes and everything went smoothly. Always had someone to meet us and show us around and even a pick up at the end back to our airbnb, highly recommend.
Written 19 April 2024
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MOF
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Our guide and drivers were amazing for the two tours we did with Cultura Viva Peru
Thank you Raul, Samuel and John Michael.

Our first tour included The Inkary Museum. It was very informative about the Pre-Columbian cultures. I highly recommend it. Pisaq was one of my favorite stops in Peru. If you visit, stop in to the Joyarte Pachamama shop. The staff are very friendly and explain a bit about the items they create.

On the first day of our second tour, we visited Chinchero, Moray, Misminay and Ollantaytambo. The stop in Misminay was wonderful. We visited a community of weavers. It was fascinating to learn about the weaving process. We danced a bit with members of the community and then we were served a delicious lunch.

On the second day we visited Machu Picchu. What an experience that was. The site was incredible and the mountain views are awesome.

Buen viaje
Written 27 March 2024
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jetbrettone
Perth, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We have just completed a two week visit to Peru organised by Cultura Viva Peru. The trip included a week in Bolivia inserted into the middle and most tours were private.

Transfers. There were many for this trip as we were in and out of locations frequently either via road, boat or air. On the whole transfers were seamlessly integrated with each other. Of particular note was the day we were entering Bolivia. Towards the border, two sections of road were being upgraded which required the road to be closed for two hours in each location. Our driver found a detour for the first road closure, saving us a huge amount of time. Unfortunately, the second road closure was the last two or so kilometres from the Bolivia border so we had to get out of the car and walk. Our guide assisted with the luggage and arranged to have two trikes available for us at the end of the roadworks to ferry us to the border. Brilliant service and coordination with the Bolivian agents.

The tours were all first class. Guides were knowledgeable, the subject matter interesting and drivers were adept at getting us around safely. If you haven’t been to Peru, it’s time to start thinking about it. Incredible scenery, good food and of course Pisco Sour make it a fine destination…just be prepared for the altitude.

We also threw a few curve balls at the agency. Both of us came down sick at one point and they advised us on finding a doctor and then continued to check in on us throughout the journey. There was one tour we decided to cancel (Rainbow Mountain) and without any expectation from our side, the company offered us an option of using a driver to do a half day self guided tour for no extra cost. This type of service is above and beyond anything we had expected which is why we have no hesitation in recommending Cultura Viva Peru Chay to anyone visiting Peru.
Written 22 November 2023
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SherryR
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I was in Cusco for a solo trip, and found out about this organization as somebody to get rides from. Sounds like I could have used Ronald and his team for a whole lot more! I used his driving service for a ride from and to the airport...driver always on time, in fact early! The best was when I had a driver from Cusco to the Pisac Market. He stopped a couple of times for me to get pics of the Sacred Valley, terraces created by the Inca on the mountain sides, and Christo Blanco. All his idea! He also walked around the Pisac market with me and translated. To top it off, my phone battery went dead, and he took pictures for me, then sent them to me. I can't recommend this group highly enough!
Written 13 December 2022
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Dear Sherry, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you used our driving service for airport transfers and that our driver was always punctual, if not early. It sounds like your journey from Cusco to the Pisac Market was truly memorable. We're thrilled to hear that our driver went above and beyond, suggesting stops for photos of the breathtaking Sacred Valley, Inca terraces. Their thoughtfulness and dedication to making your experience special are greatly appreciated. Your kind words and recommendation mean a lot to us. If you ever return to Cusco or explore other destinations, we'd be thrilled to assist you further. Thank you for choosing us for your visit in Cusco! Warm regards, Cultura Viva Peru Team
Written 1 September 2023
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Linda R
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Amazing experience with Ronald and the team! Ronald booked our week long trip to Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. It was so well organized with numerous guides, drivers and modes of transportation.

Highlight of the Sacred Valley (many stops) was lunch and weaving demonstration in Misnimay. High up in the mountains, we had a delicious lunch prepared by the local community followed by two lovely women (inter generational) explaining how they go from alpaca wool to gorgeous scarves. Of course there are items for sale, but low pressure and worth the trip. The local guide, Rueben, was full of information about the Incas and their history.

Machu Picchu was amazing! One of the new 7 wonders of the world. Getting there was interesting involving train ride (with a show!) and a death-defying bus ride but it was worth it. Our local guide, Eddie, was very informative and patient as we hiked (slowly) around this site. And big thanks to Ronald for adjusting our plans from a full day on the Incan trail, to a 4 hour hike to a 1 hour hike. Glad we made that call, the short hike was perfect for us.

And the cooking class arranged by the Cultura Viva team was also great! AnnieLou was a great teacher at the market showing us the natural health benefits of local fruits and vegetables. And Diego showed us the care it takes to make great ceviche - can’t wait to try it at home.

Overall, The Cultura Viva Peru team made organizing a complex trip seem like a breeze. Thank you for making this trip memorable!
Written 7 September 2022
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Dear Linda, Thank you so much for sharing your amazing experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience in Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu, and that it was so well-organized with our dedicated guides, drivers, and various modes of transportation. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed the highlights of the Sacred Valley, especially the lunch and weaving demonstration in Misnimay. Those intergenerational stories about alpaca wool and the scarves are truly fascinating. We are delighted to hear that our local guide, Ruben, was able to provide you with insightful information about the Incas and their history. At Cultura Viva Peru, we strive to make complex trips feel effortless, and we are honored to have been a part of creating such a memorable experience for you. Thank you for choosing us, and we hope to welcome you back for more adventures in the future! Warm regards, The Cultura Viva Peru Team
Written 1 September 2023
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Tiffany
United States10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
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 11 January 2022
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Dear Tiffany, Thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us, we are very grateful we cover your expectations for your visit to Cusco and know you had enjoyed overall your experience with us. A have good memories from your family! Greetings from Cusco and all the Cultura Viva Peru team!
Written 30 August 2022
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Ben D
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Cultura Viva Peru coordinated MANY things for us. We probably interacted with about 15 different people (drivers, guides, etc.). Very organized. Everything went smoothly. No glitches. Communication excellent. Service excellent. Highly recommend.
Written 31 December 2021
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Dear Ben, Thanks for taking your time to share your experience with us, we are very happy to know you had enjoyed your travel experience with us. Hope you can return to Peru and we can help you to visit another areas in this beautiful country. Greetings from Cusco and all Cultura Viva team!
Written 30 August 2022
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Jenny H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful two day trip to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Ronald and his team are amazing. Our guides were so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The trip was very well organized and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. I would highly recommend Living Culture Peru and I will 100% use them again! Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime.
Written 31 July 2021
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Dear Jenny Thanks for your review, we really appreciate your feedback and all our team is glad to know you had a wonderful experience with us, thanks for trusting us for your journey to Machupicchu. Warm Regards and greeting from Cusco - Peru
Written 18 August 2021
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John C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Great itinerary, excellent communication before and during our visit, knowledgeable and friendly guides. Will use again.
Written 26 July 2021
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Dear John & Ramya, Thanks for your review, we really appreciate your feedback and is great to know you had enjoyed your journey to Peru with us, we hope in next time you can visit us with more time and visit some other unique places in Peru and its alive culture. Warm Regards and greetings from Cusco - Peru
Written 18 August 2021
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ATTILA B
Miskolc, Hungary739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Dear Ronald,
We arrived home from fantastic journey.
It was a great experience and the whole group is still talking about it.
Peru is a fascinating country.
You had a key role in this, I would like to say thanks for you.
You could made every part of the program successfully! You give us very good guides.
In Bolive every program was perfect too.
Every one liked the accommodations.
I made a tiring and busy program, but you organised it in fantastic way.
8 days is not enough for so many attractions!
And my friends could handle well exhaustment! 😀 sometimes😂
If I could reserve more days in advance, we would had the chance to take it slow. (but the airplane tickets was odds)
But next time! Because a lot of things remained to see and visit, so we will definitely go back.
Thank you very much your excellent work!
If I can help you anything please tell me.
If you have a page I can write an offer please send the link to me.
I hug my friend! Have a happy day!
Written 21 September 2020
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Dear Attila, Thanks for your review, we're very glad to know you had enjoyed your journey to Peru with us, We really appreciate you trust on us for this adventure travel to Peru, we hope to see you again for this country and with more time to visit some more fantastic places in Peru. Warm Regards and greetings from Cusco - Peru!
Written 18 August 2021
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