Coffee and Chocolate Route Tour in Cusco 2 days

Excursiones of several days

About this tour

  • Start: With pickup from your hotel door at 4.30 in the morning.
  • Duration: 2 days.
  • Type of transport: Tourist minivan round trip.
  • Feeding 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches at the ecological lodge in the jungle of Cusco.
  • Tour guide: Professional guide in Spanish or English (private service for at least 2 tourists).
  • Tourist attractions: Abra Málaga, coffee and cocoa plantations in the jungle of Cusco, Ecolodge Ipal hostel, Maranura hacienda, owl forest.
  • Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club or PayPal credit cards.

Description

  • Peru is famous for the great quality and quantity of coffee sold around the world. In the jungle region of Cusco, on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains, the best Peruvian coffee is produced. In this humid and tropical region, other products are also planted such as cocoa, lucuma, avocado and a wide variety of fruits. The ‘Coffee and Chocolate Route in Cusco 2 days’ tour includes a visit to the coffee, cocoa and fruit plantations in the province of La Convencion, where the best Cusco coffee is grown. The service also offers tasting of a variety of aromatic coffees, tasting of all types of chocolates made from cocoa and fruits. The service lasts 2 days and includes pick-up from the visitor’s hotel, complete tourist transportation, professional guide, one night at the Ecolodge Ipal where the activities take place, as well as complete natural food. The tour begins on day 1 at 4.30 am and ends on day 2 with the return to Cusco at 7 pm.

This is the experience

  • Enjoy the best aromas and flavors of Cusco on the ‘Coffee and Chocolate Route 2 days’ tour. The service begins with a trip of more than 3 hours through the Sacred Valley and the jungle of the region until arriving at the Ecolodge Ipal lodge. There the visitor will discover and enjoy a wonderful stay surrounded by trees and the singing of birds. The first day you will learn about the coffee plantations, how coffee is produced, its variations, qualities and more. You will also visit fruit and tea plantations and learn about their artisanal production. On day 2 it’s time to see the cocoa plantations and their conversion process to chocolate. In the afternoon it is the return by tourist minivan to the city of Cusco. The tour includes everything: pickup, transportation, guide, entrance fees, food and even a night in a beautiful ecoldge surrounded by lush nature.

Characteristics of coffee and chocolate from Cusco

Main features
Characteristics of Peruvian coffee
Characteristics of Peruvian chocolate
The worldwide coffee production in PeruPeru is the second largest exporter of organic coffee in the world (only below Mexico).Peru is the 50th chocolate exporting country in the world. In 2022 its exports reached 52.8 million dollars.
The extension of coffee plantations in Peru.Peru total Peruvian coffee is grown in an area of ​​425,416 hectares. This represents 6% of the total agricultural area of ​​Peru.It is estimated that in 2019, 130.3 thousand hectares of cocoa were harvested in Peru.
The geography in which Peruvian coffee is planted.In total, coffee is grown in 17 regions, 67 provinces and 338 districts of Peruvian territory. All these regions are characterized by their temperate and humid high jungle climate.The regions of San Martín, Cusco, Junín, Ucayali, Huánuco and Amazonas are the ones that produce the most cocoa (96% of the total in Peru).
Peruvian families dedicated to coffee cultivation.It is estimated that more than 223 thousand small producer families are involved in the production of Peruvian coffee. Likewise, 95% of them are farmers who have an area of ​​5 hectares or less of coffee plantations.It is estimated that nearly 90 thousand families benefit from cocoa production in Peru.
Peruvian coffee and the economic movement of coffee.It is estimated that around two million people in Peru depend economically on coffee production. This represents that one third of total employment in the agricultural sector is related to coffee.It is estimated that in Peru there are 24 associations and cooperatives, which represents 30% at the national level (approximately 30 thousand small cocoa producers).
The Peruvian coffee production organizations.Approximately one third of Peruvian coffee producers belong to some type of organization. In addition, 20% export coffee through these organizations.Peruvian cocoa is exported through grower organizations. The main international destinations are: Netherlands, United States, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Mexico, Malaysia, Chile, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Peruvian coffee products.Only 5% of coffee producers in Peru have higher education. 80% of coffee exports are made through export companies.Like coffee production, five percent of cocoa producers have higher education.
Technology in the production of Peruvian coffee.Only 3% of coffee producers have adequate production technology. Furthermore, only 7% have access to bank loans.The technology in cocoa production in Peru is very rustic, with little access to bank credit.


Tour itinerary

Day 1:

  • The 2-day ‘Coffee and Chocolate Route’ tour in Cusco begins with the pick-up of the tourist from the door of their hotel in the city of Cusco. Pickup is made for hotels located in the historic center of the city. If the hotel is not in the central area, the visitor must coordinate a pick-up point in a central square of the city (example Main Square of Cusco). Pick-up takes place at 4.30 in the morning.
  • After pickup, the visitor will board a tourist minivan that will embark on a trip through the towns of the Sacred Valley (with towns such as Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo).
  • After approximately three hours of travel, we arrive at the Málaga Pass, the highest point of the trip (4,200 meters above sea level). There, the visitor will be able to enjoy a high Andean landscape surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
  • After 1 more hour of travel the visitor arrives at the Ecolodge Ipal hostel, a natural center with beautiful landscapes. There we will receive a warm welcome and enjoy a delicious breakfast made with natural local products.
  • There we will explore the coffee plantations, surrounded by a beautiful landscape. We will learn about the coffee production system, its derivatives, main characteristics and, of course, we will taste the best Cusco coffee.
  • In the afternoon it’s time to enjoy a delicious local lunch made with natural ingredients from the area. Of course there will be no shortage of good coffee and a wide variety of fruits.
  • Then we will participate in the process of peeling the Coffee, roasting and tasting. Various types of coffee for consumption and in the afternoon we will visit tea plantations, another product grown in the tropical area of ​​Cusco.
  • At night, optionally, we can enjoy a special excursion through the owl forest where we can appreciate these unique birds in their natural habitat.
  • Overnight in an ecological lodge in the Ipal hostel.

Day 2:

  • On the second day of the tour we will enjoy a delicious breakfast surrounded by amazing nature where you can hear the birds singing. Breakfast is made from natural products from the area where there will be no shortage of good coffee.
  • Then we will take an excursion to the Maranura hacienda where we will observe the extensive cocoa plantations. In this beautiful hacienda we will have the opportunity to learn about the cocoa harvest, its production and, of course, tasting the best chocolate. The entire cocoa process will be explained by the farmer and our professional guide who will accompany us throughout the tour.
  • On the way back we will visit the old and modern factories where the final process of making coffee and chocolate is carried out. The visitor will be able to differentiate its qualities, its main characteristics and all with exquisite tastings.
  • In the afternoon we will have a final lunch with farewell to the team that accompanied us. The visitor will have the opportunity to purchase some local products such as chocolates, coffees, fruits, infusions, etc.
  • After enjoying the charm of coffee and the best chocolate in Cusco, all in its natural environment, we will board the tourist minivan to begin the return trip to the city of Cusco. This trip follows the route through Abra Málaga, the town of Ollantaytambo, Chinchero until reaching Cusco where the tour concludes at approximately 7 pm. The visitor will be transferred to the door of their hotel.

Includes

  • Pick up at the door of the visitor’s hotel in Cusco.
  • Professional tour guide service throughout the tour.
  • Tourist transportation in a tourist minivan throughout the tour.
  • Entrance to the Ecolodge Ipal hostel in the high jungle of Cusco.
  • 1 night at the Ipal ecolodge.
  • 2 local breakfasts at the Ecolodge Ipal hostel.
  • 2 local-style lunches at the Ecolodge Ipal hostel.
  • Tasting of coffee, cocoa and Cusco chocolate at the Ecolodge Ipal hostel.
  • Sourvenires
  • Tips.

What to bring?

  • Hat or cap.
  • Comfortable clothing for temperate climate.
  • A windproof jacket.
  • Raincoat.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Snacks and drinks.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes.
  • Sun blocker.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Extra cash.
  • Passport or identity document.


Where does the tour start and end?

  • The 2-day ‘Coffee and Chocolate Route’ tour in Cusco begins with the pick-up of the tourist from the door of their hotel in the city of Cusco at approximately 4:30 in the morning.
  • The tour ends at the door of the visitor’s hotel in the city of Cusco (or in a central square at the tourist’s request) at 7 pm on average.

How to prevent altitude sickness?

  • In Cusco, mountain sickness can cause some problems such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. The capital of the Incas is located at 3,399 meters above sea level.
  • To reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness, try to acclimatize to the Cusco altitude a day before and drink hot infusions the first few days.

Group or private services

  • The ‘Coffee and Chocolate Route’ tour in Cusco lasts 2 days and is carried out in a private service for at least 2 tourists.

Frequent questions

What services does the Coffee and Chocolate Route in Cusco 2 days tour include?

The tour includes pick-up from your hotel in Cusco, complete tourist transportation for the entire tour, private professional tour guide, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 night at the Ipal ecolodge, tasting of the best chocolate and coffee in Cusco and return to your hotel.

What time does the Coffee and Chocolate Route in Cusco 2 days tour start and end?

This service begins with the pick-up of the tourist from the door of their hotel in the city of Cusco at 4:30 in the morning. It ends, the next day, with the visitor returning to the door of their hotel at approximately 7 pm.

Is the ‘Coffee and Chocolate Route in Cusco 2 days’ tour dangerous?

No, the tour is a very safe service and recommended for the whole family. It is only recommended to use sunscreen and mosquito repellent as the weather during the service is tropical and humid.

Is the Coffee and Chocolate Route in Cusco 2 days tour group or private?

This tour is carried out in private service with a specialized professional guide for the visitor and their companions. Reservations are made from at least two visitors.

Can I cancel or change the date of the Coffee and Chocolate Route tour 2 days in Cusco?

Yes, you can request cancellation or change of tour date by sending a simple request to info@machupicchuterra.com. The last deadline is 5 days before the start of the service. Changes have a penalty of 10% of the tour value. Cancellations, 25% of the cost of the service.





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