PERU: DRIVING INCA LANDS
Peru Safari tours launch from Lima but then go beyond the usual Machu Picchu tourist route to explore Peru’s Andean, Amazonian, and desert landscapes. Seven-night itineraries might include the massive pre-Inca fortress of Kuelap and one of the world’s tallest waterfalls, Gocta. Transport is via self-driven or driver-guided 4×4 expedition vehicles.
GUATEMALA: CORNERING THE MARKET
Blend Maya history, Spanish colonial architecture, and premium coffee, and you get Guatemala City. On Urban Adventures’ “Holy Guatemole! Food & Market” day tour, bite into fruits you’ve never heard of (caimito, mamey, or nispero, anyone?) at one of Central America’s largest markets; then sit down at a decidedly non-fancy comedor to taste dishes concocted from corn, chili, and beans. Last stop is a coffeehouse in the Old City for a cup of Guatemala’s liquid gold.