Travel in Luxury to the Richest Country in the World: 7 Stunning Tours That Will Have You Packing Your Bags For Peru

Travel in Luxury to the Richest Country in the World: 7 Stunning Tours That Will Have You Packing Your Bags For Peru

Backpacking through South America has become a ritual for generations of Americans. While hitchhiking, hostels and street food has long been the norm, a new era of travel is sweeping across the region, which has attracted celebrities ranging from chefs like the late Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsey to Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates and actor Robert De Niro, who came to Peru on vacation this summer.

With 3 of “50 Best Restaurants in the World” in Lima to contemporary 5-star hotels, Peru is the perfect destination for upscale and elite tourism. While the average American in 2018 spent $1,552 per trip, luxury holidays average about 5x that amount. With upscale tours on the rise, we’ve put together a list of 7 truly indulgent ways to experience Peru.

1. National Geographic Traveler – Upper Amazon Cruise Tour

National Geographic has established itself as the preeminent wildlife and nature publication. The magazine’s affiliate travel company has become a leader in cultural tours. Some highlights of this 10 day and $7,290 trip include exploring the amazing biodiversity of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, lessons from a National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructor, a kayak or skiff tour for an up-close look at the intricacies of this fascinating rainforest ecosystem.

2.Butterfield & Robinson – Peru Culinary Journey

Butterfield & Robinson are a boutique tour operator, who focus on creative active and immersive experiences. Their recently launched culinary trip, which takes guests between Lima and Cusco along with a visit to Machu Picchu. The 8-day culinary exploration costs $8,495 per person and includes everything from ceviche seminars to learning the ancient preparation of Pachamanca and dining in the country’s world renowned restaurants, who helped Peru win the title of “Best Culinary Destination in the World” for seven years in a row.

 

3. Jacada Travel – Ancient Peru

Jacada Travel is a luxury tour operator, which emphasizes authentic and bespoke experiences for its clients as well as providing responsible travel to minimize impact on the environment. While Jacada offers trips across the globe, one that undoubtedly stands out is its Ancient Peru holiday. This 20-day journey goes for $10,950 per person and leaves no stone unturned. The trip includes everything from a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines in the south of the capital, Lima, to a trek to Choquequirao, an almost untouched Andean settlement often referred to as “the other Machu Picchu.”

4. Kensington Tours – Machu Picchu & Amazon Cruise

Kensington Tours are known for their high-quality personalized trips, which perfectly fit their clientele’s travel ambitions. With a strong team of travel experts it is no surprise that they have been awarded for their work by Travel + Leisure. Their Machu Picchu & Amazon Cruise takes guests on a 14-day trip, which costs $12,502 per person. The tour offers visitors an experience to see Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley before embarking on an impressive four -night cruise through the amazon, in style.

 5. Abercrombie & Kent – Machu Picchu & the Amazon

Abercrombie & Kent are one of the heavyweights when it comes to luxury travel. With over 50 years of experience, the Chicago-based operator are the standard-bearer for meticulously planned and engaging cultural trips, but with a 5-star ambience. Their 11-day private journey covers some of the more off-the-beaten-path destinations over the Andes and through the Amazon, which comes in at $12,995 per person. The trip is customizable, and can include excursions to the Walls of Sacsayhuamán, a weaving workshop in the Andes, and stargazing as you head down the Amazon river.

6. Scott Dunn – Peru in Ultimate Luxury

Scott Dunn is world renowned for its tailor-made tours. Having won awards from Travel + Leisure and the Guardian, they are an established player in the field of luxury travel. With over 13 nights, the Peru in Ultimate Luxury trip, hits the country’s most famous landmarks, and runs guests $13,100 per person. In addition to 5-star accommodation and meals, guests can expect a trip to Machu Picchu, a leisurely stay on the shores of Lake Titicaca and a river cruise up the Amazon via Iquitos.

7. National Geographic Traveler’s Central and South America by Private Jet

While it isn’t just Peru, National Geographic’s epic holiday is hard to pass over. This 21-day journey takes a group of 75 zig-zagging across the Americas. From the beaches of Rio to the glaciers of Patagonia, the trip is truly the gold-standard of luxury travel. In Peru, the trip visits Lake Titicaca, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Amazon river. Unsurprisingly, it has a price-tag as jaw-dropping as the trip itself, costing $86,840 per person.

PERU: Once is Not Enough

PERU: Once is Not Enough

Misti volcano (Arequipa)

 

By Marni Leopold

 

A trip to Peru is like eating potato chips. You can’t stop at just one.  While potatoes are native to Peru (actually 3,000 different kinds!), the comparison ends there.  The reason being, while chips are enjoyable, traveling to Peru is life changing…

It was for world renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa who lived in Lima 40 years ago.  During that period, he developed his unique style of cuisine that fuses Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients, the genesis of his famous Nobu Style. The Nobu empire today spans 40 restaurants and 16 hotels around the world and is still growing.  Time spent in Peru in 1976 was also transformative for Annie Hurlbut, the founder of retail chain Peruvian Connection.  Annie was studying anthropology at Yale University and while on a trip to Cusco, fell in love with the Alpaca ponchos and sweaters she encountered in the local markets.  Since that first trip, Annie now has 8 Peruvian Connection stores in cities including NY, Boston, Aspen, Chicago, Kansas City, London and others as well as a very successful online and catalog business. More personally, my New York born-and-bred father went to Peru for the first time in 1986.  He was lured by the mystique of Cusco and Machu Picchu and was there well before they became the easily accessible, luxury destinations they are today. To date, my father hastraveled to Peru 8 times, with another trip planned for early next year to visit the friends he met there more than 30 years ago.  To say that Peru has changed my father’s life is an understatement.  He surely never could have imagined back then that his daughter would have a career working for the country today. An important part of my role is to introduce fashion and food executives to manufacturing in Peru. When they, too, fall in love with Peru, and they really do, that’s just the icing.  Read on to see their words…

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Dreaming of Cusco and Machu Picchu

Usually the first must-see on everybody’s list when visiting Peru is Cusco and Machu Picchu, and with good reason. Built in the 15thcentury, Machu Picchu stands at a majestic 7900 feet above sea level and is an incredibly sophisticated feat of engineering.  Ryan Lobo, Co-Founder of women’s designer collection Tome, visited both recently. Upon his return, he said, “Cusco is such a beautiful, historic city, and the Palacio del Inka hotel is seriously glam with very good food, Pisco Sours and a really fabulous spa for in between pounding the pavement and seeing the sites.” Ryan added about Machu Picchu, “…climbing it is an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

Alfonzo Yepez, Design Director at ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo, has been to Cusco 3 times so far and said, “I loved it every time.  I definitely enjoyed the architecture and history of the place and to my surprise the city is much more lively and cosmopolitan than what I had expected to find up in the middle of the Andes. Cusco is full of life with amazing restaurants, art galleries, scenic walks, live music, cozy bars full of locals and tourists from around the world.”  He went on to say that “Machu Picchu was the culmination of a lifelong dream and indeed it was probably one of the most beautiful dreams I ever had.” Giuseppe Valentini, Lead Apparel Designerof Tesla, told me, “the entire feeling of Peru is something special, the food, the culture, the connection to craftsmanship and pride in everything Peruvian.” A magnificent coupling of ancient and modern.

Ryan Lobo of Tome

Alfonzo Yepez of ATM

Andes + Arequipa + Alpaca = Awesome 

Nicholas Kunz, Co-Creative Director of luxury fashion brand Nicholas K, remarked, “Peru is one of the most beautiful places for anyone to visit.”  Her most recent trip there included the Andes Mountains in Southern Peru, some 13,000 feet above sea level.  This is an animal-lovers paradise and home to the Alpaca.  Fun fact: 80% of the world’s Alpaca reside in Peru.  Nicholas went on to say, “the highlands are cinematic and truly take your breath away…I enjoyed the peacefulness and harmony with the animals and spending time with the local herders to understand their culture and the care that goes into raising the animals and producing the best fibers…”

Nicholas Kunz of Nicholas K

Michelle Gabriel & Dana Davis of Mara Hoffman

Dana Davis, Vice President of Sustainability, Product & Business Strategy, along with Michelle Gabriel, Senior Design & Product Development Manager at Mara Hoffman, just visited Colca Canyon on a free weekend while in Arequipa.  Dana said, “we hiked 5 hours down to the Sangalle Oasis at the Rio Colca, all with a kindly guide dog who found us at the trailhead and ushered us through the journey.  We stayed the night at the oasis and hiked back the next day.  It was amazingly beautiful and truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to hike the second deepest canyon in the world.” Dana went on to say, “the culture of food is delicious and fresh.  The people are kind and proud of their country which makes the experience of being in Peru so positive…it is an easy trip being in the same time zone as the east coast of the US.” The largest city nearby, which is also the second largest in Peru and the center of the Alpaca industry, is Arequipa.  Its nickname is the ‘white city’ because of its many buildings made of a white volcanic stone called sillar.  Megan Johnston, an executive at Jonathan Simkhai, traveled to Arequipa.  Megan said,“the beauty of the city really stood out…the Santa Catalina Monastery was stunning…” The Arequipan cuisine is some of the best in the country. Specialties include rocoto relleno, a spicy meat and vegetable stuffed red pepper, chupe de camaronesa tasty seafood soup of shrimp, Peruvian pepper, cheese, potatoes and for dessert, queso helado.  Megan said, “every meal I ate was an inspirational and happy moment. I absolutely loved the food!”  She added, “I’m looking forward to many, many more visits.”

Lima: Fine Dining and the Epitome of Cosmopolitan

Lima, the capital of Peru, was once thought of as a city to land in and then depart for elsewhere in-country.  But for some time now, Lima has been a true destination unto itself.  It’s the perfect blend of historical sites, ancient architecture, culture, mixed with all the modern musts such as top-notch shopping, nightlife and overflowing with gourmet genius, from the local establishments to five-star dining. Peru’s booming gastronomy scene is centered there, with 3 of its restaurants included on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for several consecutive years.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Chef Hilary Henderson & Chef Peleg Miron of Wolfgang Puck with Chef Wong

Chef Nobu traveled back to Peru last summer and reflected, “times have really changed.  Every restaurant I visited has become more sophisticated…There is more variety in ingredients and techniques used in creating the new dishes…I am happy to say that many of the dishes on our menus are already inspired by Peruvian flavors and ingredients.” Executive Chef Peleg Miron of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant on Maui was enamored with the seafood he ate while there, calling it “amazing”.  He thoroughly enjoyed the “high-end, sophisticated and very modern approach to food and service… everything from the special ingredients that you can find only in Peru to the way it is being treated by the cook.”

Quite Possibly the Best Surfing in the World

Peru has 1500 miles of coastline.  The surfing starts right in Lima and goes north from there, up to Puerto Malabrigo, better known as Chicama – also known as home of the longest left-breaking wave in the world – and beyond.  Peru’s shores boast some of the best surfing, anywhere, providing riders year-round swells.  California local Megan of Jonathan Simkhai took advantage of her time in Lima and went to Playa Makaha in Miraflores, a suburb of downtown Lima.  She enjoyed its easy access and

Megan Johnston of Jonathan Simkhai

thinks it’s the perfect spot for beginner and intermediate surfers.  Giuseppe of Tesla spent some time surfing in Chicama and commented, “the ocean is impressive.” Then there’s the northern food. Giuseppe enthused, “the food is amazing…Since my visit, I have been trying to replicate the same flavor of ceviche!”

Mike Faherty, Designer and Co-Founder of Faherty, who grew up on the beach in New Jersey and whose brand is heavily influenced by this aesthetic, echoed the sentiment, “the food is amazing…I love the ceviche restaurants on the coast as well as the more famous restaurants in Lima.” He added, “I love getting up early and jogging along the coast in Lima. The running trails along the water are great and the city has such a nice buzz in the morning.” Mike also surfed on the “northern coast at a secret spot. It was such beautiful landscape. Not a person to be found outside our group. And most importantly, waves were great.”

Kuelap: the Machu Picchu of the North

Kuelap is long considered the Machu Picchu of the north. This fortress city was built by the Chachapoyas people, also called the Warriors of the Clouds, and is situated high in the mountains on a cliff, at more than 9800 feet above sea level.  The archeological remains here predate those at Machu Picchu by more than 600 years and are impressive, including more than 400 or so round stone homes and ceremonial buildings, massively high stone walls with carvings of jaguars, snakes and other designs symbolizing the power and strength of the warriors who lived here so long ago. With all of this in mind, it made perfect sense that my father’s second trip to Peru, in 1988, was to Kuelap. At that time, it was a 3-day adventure for him and his friends to get there, including crossing the fast flowing Utcubamba River by an ‘oroya’ (see photo), followed by a steep and long hike.  From my father’s diary of that trip, “the sight of Kuelap is almost too much to take in in one view.  Sitting at the top of the mountain, the walls run for almost 600 meters.” Fast forward to 2017, a new state of the art cable car was built, which now takes visitors from Nuevo Tingo at the base of the mountain to the summit in 20 minutes, with dramatic views at every vantage point.

Kuelap 1988, Photo taken by my Dad, Fred Leopold, of his friends 

Kuelap today, Telecabinas Kuelap (Click for more info)

Kuelap is located where the Andes mountains meets the Amazon rainforest.  The Peruvian Amazon covers about 60% of the country and is the 4thlargest rainforest in the world.  It’s incredibly diverse, hosting thousands of types of plants, birds, mammals and more. There are several ways to visit this part of Peru, including luxury cruises up the Amazon River.  In 2013, for my father’s 75thbirthday, also his 8thtrip to Peru, he took the family to a wonderful lodge inside the Amazon jungle along the Tahuayo River, a tributary of the Amazon River. Cooling off in the River was a favorite activity and with birds and monkeys overhead, the memories are indelible. My brother said, “what to us at first were trees and vines, through our guide, we realized are homes for the countless animals we ultimately saw.”

Pisco! And the Coastal Dessert

While Pisco, the spirit of Peru, is widely known for the key role it plays in the beloved Pisco Sour cocktail, it’s also a port city in the region (or departamento) of Ica, south of Lima. There are many Pisco vineyards and distilleries to visit, some dating back to the 16thcentury, which of course can include tastings of Pisco and its 8 different grape varietals. Its production process is unlike that of any other spirit, such as gin and vodka. The Pisco Route covers the different valleys of the region, with many hotels and attractions along the way.  One example is the nearby Paracas National Reserve, spanning over 800,000 acres, it’s a place where the sea meets the desert.  A vast amount of exotic and endangered marine life as well as an impressive bird population call this area home, a colorful contrast to the desert backdrop. Most of this region receives very little rain, about 1 inch per year, which benefits the local archeological sites that remain in good condition due to this dry climate.  It’s also an ideal location for the annual Dakar Rally.  Over 500 drivers of motorcycles, all kinds of cars and trucks, from around the world, take part in this challenging off-road race. This year, the course was entirely in Peru, traversing 3,100 miles from start to finish, with a good portion of the route driven through the desert.

Dana Davis of Mara Hoffman

What’s Next?

There’s no shortage of answers to this question. With so much to see and do, “tourism to Peru is growing almost 10% a year, expecting to reach almost 5 million visitors this year. US travelers will account for about 700,000,” according to Conrado Falco, Director of the Trade Commission of Peru in NY. Nicholas Kunz said, “the Peruvian Amazon is my next destination.  It’s a high contrast to what I have already experienced.  Peru has so much diversity and natural beauty.”  Chef Peleg Miron also wants to visit the Amazon, as well as plans to visit Cusco and Vinicunca (also known as Rainbow Mountain) and surf at Chicama, of course, since he lives on Maui, he must check it out.  Ryan Lobo says, “I’m desperate to visit Arequipa and the Nazca lines.”  He has all sorts of theories on how the Nazca lines came to be and is curious to see for himself. Or perhaps Ryan is going back to eat more cuy, which is guinea pig, and a dish he tried in Cusco.  Though he reported, “it didn’t taste like chicken.” My father’s next trip to Peru is to Mancora,a charming beach town.  His dear friend Michel, whom he met on his first trip to Peru (and the guy towing the line in the Kuelap photo), lives there.  Alfonzo Yepez said the reason he loves Peru is “because of its natural beauty, its worldly cuisine, its hospitable people and because Peru is a jewel.”  Or is that more than 1 reason?

The Biggest Sports Event of the Year Happened in Peru!

The Biggest Sports Event of the Year Happened in Peru!

The Pan American games were a great success – highlighting Lima as a dynamic cultural hub and luxury destination.

After several weeks of intense competition amongst 6,600 athletes, the XVIII Pan American Games and Parapan Games in Lima this August have come to an end. The event featured a stunning opening ceremony, which involved some 1700 artists, including dancers, acrobats, and musicians. The games were inaugurated by an expertly curated performance, which looked at the culture of Peru, its immense geographic diversity and rich national cuisine.

After all the medals were awarded, athletes and spectators alike were able to celebrate their achievements with a closing ceremony that beautifully explored Peru’s history, and a handoff for the 2023 Games with PANAM Sports President Neven Ilic and President Piñera of Chile (who couldn’t pass up a trip Lima!) In his closing remarks, Illic commented, “We are proud because Peru has prepared a wonderful party for sport in the Americas. This is the achievement of an entire country, its people, and its government… Be proud of what you have done. The world is watching and admiring you.”

Sports Tourism

During the games, 210,000 visitors descended on Peru’s capital, 50,000 of whom were spectators from across the globe. The Tourism Board of Peru (CANATUR) estimated that the games will generate an economic impact of $350 million.

This past year 4.4 million people traveled to Peru, with the second largest number of overseas visitors coming from the US. Over the past decade, tourism has increased substantially as the country’s profile has grown on the international stage. It is no surprise considering that Peru is home to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, hosts 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the cities of Lima and Arequipa, and has been named the Best Culinary Destination in the World for seven years in a row at the World Travel Awards, considered the “Oscars of Tourism.”

Taking Home the Gold

As predicted, the US finished first in the medal count with 120 Gold, 88 Silver and 85 Bronze, followed by Brazil, Mexico, Canada & Cuba.

Team USA was able to medal in nearly all of the 48 disciplines they participated in, from Basque Pelota to Weightlifting. First time participants in the games Margo Geer and Nathan Adrian broke a record for the country and are both leaving Lima with 6 medals. Commenting on his time in Peru and his performance at the games, Adrian said, “It’s beautiful. It’s absolutely beautiful. This has exceeded all of my expectations.” This isn’t the only high-profile sports victory for the US in 2019, after taking home the World Cup in July. In fact, captain Megan Rapinoe’s memorable goal celebration was emulated by Gold-medalist Peruvian surfer Daniella Rosas during the games.

American swimmer Cody Miller made a mini YouTube series about his experience at the games and his impressions of Peru. One highlight was when he explored the Pan Am village and described the buzzing atmosphere and getting to meet athletes from across the Americas, all while sporting a custom shirt of an Alpaca in a swim cap, which he made for the event. After winning a Silver medal and complementing the aquatic facility he announced, “Tonight was a really, really, really fun time. I very much enjoyed myself. Just the feeling of being behind the blocks, about to race, the energy, the atmosphere, the crowd was so energetic and happy to be there.”

Cody wasn’t the only athlete who took the opportunity to explore the country. After winning a Silver medal in the Modern Pentathlon for Team USA, Samantha Achterberg extended her stay in Peru to celebrate her excellent performance in style. In addition to visiting Machu Picchu, Achterberg spent time in the city of Cusco where she participated in a cooking class with her partner Karl to learn firsthand about Peru’s famous gastronomy and sampled a well-deserved Pisco Sour to conclude her visit.

We hope everyone on Team USA enjoyed their time in Lima at the games, and we would be happy to have them back to Peru during their offseason!

The Peruvian Connection

“Four years ago, a group of friends in New York were quite surprised that Peru won Gold at the Toronto Pan American games in 2015. Their reaction was justified, since Peru had won only 8 Gold medals in the entire history of the games (4 in Toronto)… According to a Peruvian source, he’s predicting (or hoping?) that Peru will garner 10 Gold medals this Summer, so he is ready to bet a dinner at any of the 3 Lima restaurants that hold rank on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, that Peru will win at least 8 Gold medals. No one is a loser in that!” That is what we wrote in our pre-game article back in March.

Well, the numbers are in and they are quite exciting… Team Peru smashed their previous record at the games, finishing with 11 Gold, 7 Silver and 21 Bronze. Peru will be taking home 15 medals in contact sports, 10 medals in water sports, 7 medals in racquet sports, 4 medals in running & strength sports and 2 medals in target sports.

So the bet’s prediction was surpassed. This certain someone will be back in Lima during the first week of October, so if you took up this offer, don’t be afraid to stop by one of these amazing restaurants while there, and you might just have your bill taken care of! You might even be sitting next to one of Team Peru’s 11 Gold medalists.

A Lasting Impact

While the games might be over, they have created a positive impact on the city of Lima. Along with raising the regional profile of Peru, the Pan American games demonstrated Peru’s strength to host such a high-profile international event, and opens the door to future opportunities. Even more tangibly, nearly $1.2 Billion was spent on improving infrastructure across the city, including, public housing, roads and sports facilities, which will benefit the city and its residents for years to come!

The XVIII Pan American Games hosted in Peru!

The XVIII Pan American Games hosted in Peru!

There’s a lot happening in Lima right now! In addition to celebrations for Fiestas Patrias, Peru’s Independence Day, the nation’s capital is hosting the XVIII Pan American Games. Between July 26th and August 11th nearly 7,000 athletes from 41 countries across the Americas will participate in 39 different sports!

While the U.S. has long been a powerhouse in the games, finishing with the most medals in 17 out of 19 Pan American Games, we are excited to cheer on Peru’s largest team yet, with 592 athletes competing this year. As of today, the U.S. has retained the top spot in the medal count with 24, but Peru is well on its way, having won 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze across Squash, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and the Marathon.

With an investment of $1.2 billion into Lima to prepare for the games, we are excited to open our doors and share the culture of Peru with the athletes, spectators and press from around the world! If you’re looking for an easy and amazing summer getaway, it’s the perfect time to visit Lima from NYC, with additional nonstop flights out of JFK and EWR making it easier than ever (just 7 hours…shorter than going to Italy!!).

Developed by Latin American members of the International Olympic Committee, the Pan American Sports Organization was first conceived in the 1930s as a way to build unity and pride in the Americas through sport. The first games took place in Buenos Aires in 1951, and have since evolved into a celebration of the athleticism of 41 countries.

To follow along with the games, and find out more about the events and athletes, check the official web page link below:

https://www.lima2019.pe/en

Five Places to Visit in Lima

Five Places to Visit in Lima

The chef Virgilio Martínez reopened his world-famous Central restaurant in the Barranco district last June. Here, he dishes on his favorite spots.

In the coastal city of Lima, street art is plastered on many of the weathered colonial buildings in the bohemian barrio of Barranco, the neighborhood where the celebrated chef Virgilio Martínez reopened his world-famous Central restaurant last June.

“It has this artistic sensibility,” Mr. Martínez said of the district once known as a seaside retreat for the Limeño aristocracy. “It looks like a small town where things are happening, but you also see old houses very well preserved.”

In relocating Central from the Miraflores neighborhood, he opened a multilevel complex that also houses the cocktail bar Mayo and the modern Peruvian restaurant Kjolle, run by his wife, Pia León. They live with their 3-year-old son, Cristobal, above their establishments on Pedro de Osma, the area’s ficus-lined main thoroughfare. “There are no big businesses here,” Mr. Martínez said. “You see independent owners doing everything from designing to cooking. People who really belong to a neighborhood.” Here, he dishes on five favorite spots in Barranco.

 

Published on The New York Times, by Sara Lieberman
Isabela Moner Learned Indigenous Peruvian Language To Play ‘Dora The Explorer’

Isabela Moner Learned Indigenous Peruvian Language To Play ‘Dora The Explorer’

Isabela Moner is using her role in this summer’s Dora The Explorer as an opportunity to connect more deeply to her Peruvian ancestry.

The actress and musician, whose mother is Peruvian and father hails from Louisiana, is set to bring to life the popular animated character in the live action adaption set to hit theaters on August 2.

For the role, Moner says she learned Quechua, the indigenous language spoken primarily in the Peruvian Andres and the highlands of South America as far back as the 1500’s.

“I’m so excited for Dora, you don’t understand,” Moner said over the phone while promoting the DVD release of her film Instant Family.

“The Peruvian community is going to flip! Dora’s adventures will take audiences to Machu Picchu where they’ll explore the Incan culture. I had to learn Quechua to speak it in the movie because Dora is very cultured and she knows everything about everything. Between scenes, I’d call my great aunt in Peru to ask her about certain phrases and how to say them in Quechua.

I’m still trying to grasp the fact that Peru is finally being represented so largely in Hollywood because it never has before. This is going to be huge in every sense of the word.

I’ve been trying to talk to the director about having a premiere there because it seems appropriate. If not, I’ll just go over there when it premieres so I can make it a big deal because it is a big deal.”

 

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