Tour Peru – Behind the Scenes

Perú Behind the Scenes: An adventure in music, culture & food

Tour hotline:  213-200-1420  /            NEW:  Tuition is now tax deductible!

Perú Behind the Scenes is just that: A tour that allows you to experience Perú as a local, curated by professionals in each field we explore including music, dance, archeology and food! Our tour is different because it happens in conjunction with The Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s concert tour, amidst the joy and laughter of Afro-Peruvian and criollo culture. We do not use run-of-the-mill commercial tour guides or agencies. Rather, our experiences are curated by true professionals, artists and “people in the know” regarding the scene in Lima. This is a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Perú including entertainment, spectacular scenery, music and the best cuisine in the New World.


What do we do on tour?

Enjoy this day-by-day schedule for a typical “Tour Peru” experience — and click “Pricing and Registration” above for more info about when you can join us next.

Day 1


Welcome to Perú! Upon waking and after breakfast, we embark on a tour of Lima and nearby sites including the “Huaca Puccllana”, an ancient archeological site right in the middle of Miraflores! Our tour will be guided by noted Peruvian Archeologist Carlos Olivera, covering sites as diverse as adobe constructios from 700AD to Spanish Colonial architecture in downtown Lima. After the tour we will have lunch at a choice restaurant called Punto Azul and return to our hotel, rest and prepare for our evening concert and cultural experience.

Day 2

A mid morning master class on Afro-Peruvian jazz music by Dr. Gabriel Alegría will link this traditional art form with jazz music in preparation for the evening concert. One of our favorite activities is a ceviche making lesson, curated by the chefs and cooks led by Julio Cesar Luna, influential Peruvian restauranteer and owner of Punto Azul. An early evening walk to the San Isidro district will include a stop for ice cream at Laritza D’ (arguably the best ice cream parlor on planet earth). Try lucuma ice cream! We will enjoy an evening concert by the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet.

Day 3

After breakfast we will participate in master guitarrist Yuri Juarez’s lecture demonstration and discussion about Afro-Peruvian musical traditions. Lunch will take place overlooking the Pacific Ocean, followed by an afternoon visit to the temple of Pachacamac and nearby ruins. Archeologist Carlos Olivera will be on hand to answer questions and provide a behind the scenes experience. Depending on schedules, we may even get to see an actual archeological dig in progress!

Day 4

By now you may want some free time during the day for shopping, relaxing, sharing videos and pictures, facebooking, etc. We will provide you with many excellent alternatives. In the evening we will attend La Peña Don Porfirio, where traditional Afro-Peruvian music is cultivated in the quaint Barranco District of Lima. This is Huevito’s weekly hang and features the best Lomo Saltado in all of Perú!.

Day 5

We will transfer to the home and peña of legendary Criollo musician José “Pepe” Villalobos Cavero in the La Victoria district of Lima. This afternoon will give us insight and a true glimpse of criollo and Afro-Peruvian musical culture in all of its splendor. Don Pepe’s warm and loving family provide lunch and present memorable entertainment including the best of Lima’s criollo artists. This is a closed door experience (you would never find the place as there are no signs on the tiny street or don Pepe’s house). Ending time is unpredictable!

Day 6

Lima is a fast rising, world-class culinary destination. We will have an assortment of restaurants and bars that we will visit including Peruvian sushi, Peruvian style pasta, seafood and barbeque. Fasting the day before after Don Pepe’s meal may be a good option! We will include interviews with chefs and restaurateers who will personally explain the food, preparation and ingredients found in their renditions of various Peruvian food classics.

Day 7

All good things come to an end so we will coordinate our good-byes and transfers to the airport on an individual basis. This is a day to reflect, share and relax before travel. Last minute shopping is minutes away so we will happily help you with that as well. There is an amazing artisan store called Dédalo which is a must, even if you don’t buy anything!

Day 8 – 11. Cusco & Machu Picchu extension

Considered to be one of the seven wonders of the universe, Cusco & Machu Picchu stand alone on our planet as the most formidable archaelogical structures of early civilization. “The Lost City of the Incas” stands where the Andes mountains meet the Amazon jungle, generating a spectacular climate. Professionally curated bilingual tours will take us through the history and current scholarship regarding Cusco and Machu Picchu which are two of the most fascinating destinations in the world.


Welcome!                                                                          NEW:  Tuition is tax deductible!

Tour Perú – Behind the Scenes will take place from August 16 – 22, 2017  The tour will include Lima and the surrounding areas.  The optional Cusco/Macchu Picchu extension will be from August 22 – 26, 2017.

Tuition is US$ 3900.00 (plus your own international airfare to Lima).  This covers:

  • master classes
  • cajón lessons
  • zapateo lessons
  • admission to all concerts
  • admission to museums
  • seminars
  • standard hotel accommodations
  • daily breakfast buffet
  • bi-lingual tour guides and specialists
  • in-country transportation via train, bus & airplane where necessary.
  • The type of personalized attention and camaraderie only possible with a group of true fans of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet!

For our single guests, there will be a supplemental housing charge of US$ 500.00.

For early arrivals or late departures, please add US$ 195.00 per night, per person.

The cost of the optional  Cusco/Macchu Picchu is $2700.  This covers:

  • round trip airfare Lima – Cusco – Lima
  • standard hotel accommodations in Cusco and Aguas Calientes
  • daily breakfast
  • Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas (1 day)
  • Round trip train transportation Cusco – Macchu Picchu – Cusco
  • Bus transfers to Macchu Picchu (2 days)
  • Specialist tour guide for Macchu Picchu

An initial deposit of US$ 750.00 per person is necessary at the time of booking, in order to confirm your reservation. (This deposit is nonrefundable unless we are able to resell your space to a wait-listed guest. In this case the deposit will be refunded, less a US$ 50.00 administrative fee.). The balance of the tour cost will be due June 1, 2017. Adherence to these dates is necessary in order to make deposits to the tour providers. Tour participants will be responsible for making their own round-trip travel arrangements to Lima and should plan to arrive by or on August 15, 2017.

Payment Options:

NEW!  Your tuition is now tax deductible!  Please ask us about receiving your credit.

For your convenience, we have 3 payment options to offer you:

Peru Behind The Scenes

Payment Option 1 (preferred): By check made out to The Afro-Peruvian Foundation for the Arts.  2004 Mermaid Av.  Suite 2F, Brooklyn NY 11224.

Payment Option 2: Transfer your payment using PayPal:

Payment Option 3:  Secure checkout online with Sam Cart.

For payment plans, to register and for further information please contact us:

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By telephone in the US:  213-200-1420

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“Peru with Gabriel and the band was a dream come true. I truly enjoyed seeing the country, the people, the food and hearing the MUSIC!! An added bonus was the excellent side excursion to Machu Picchu with our own shaman.” —Peter Bray, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

“A truly once-in-a-lifetime, amazing experience. Tour Peru is fun, interesting, well-organized, and immersive. Peru is a fascinating and gorgeous country, the food was delicious, plus jazz fans are fun people and I made lifelong friends from this trip.” —Jaime Levine, New York, NY, USA


“Tour Peru lived up to its promise to show us a side of Peru we would never see on any other tour. Enjoy!” —Noel Genova, Portland, MN, USA


“It was perfect. Pictures at the street concert, the rushing river in the mountains, the food (and drinks), the icy water cave cleansing… y’all come back to me often!” —Joyce Klein, Gambier, OH, USA

“So much to see and do. What a great way to learn about another culture. So interesting and engaging. And then there was all. that. ja-a-azzz!” —Christine Land, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“The tour was fantastic. I went with my 26 year-old daughter and we both enjoyed ourselves. I was impressed with the music, variety of cultural venues and experiences that were provided.” —Marcia Foutch, Minneapolis, MN, USA

“The best part was the workshops. As I musician I loved learning about the music and culture. Their instructors were just like the band: top-notch artists, wonderful communicators, and lovely people!” —Kelly Armor, Erie, PA, USA