Explore Peru's culinary culture on this 8-day gastronomic tour, with particular focus in Lima and Cusco. Tour these exciting cities with your local guide and gain a new appreciation for the historic and modern cuisines of Peru, with opportunities to taste traditional and gourmet dishes. Enjoy the energy of the metropolitan areas as well as the rich history of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Taste some of Peru's top flavors, including chocolate, coffee, and pisco. Visit the farms, museums, and distilleries where you'll learn about the foods' production and cultural significance. Enjoy this unforgettable, flavorful journey through the heart of Peru!
Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru
Experience Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas
Admire pre-Columbian engineering and Spanish colonial architecture of Cusco
A transportation service will pick you up from the airport at the scheduled time to transfer you to your hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.
Wake up to breakfast in the hotel before hitting the streets of Lima’s old town; a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historical buildings. Start with the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum boasts the world’s most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Then visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jeronimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that to this day has always been owned by the same family. Continue to a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which originates and spreads out from the Main Square. Here you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire and be amazed by Lima's Cathedral. Erected in the 16th century, this building took more than 80 years to complete. After the tour, you’ll be transferred back to the hotel. After the visit, you will enjoy an evening in a famous restaurant of delicious contemporary Peruvian cuisine in a 5-step tasting dinner.
Relax during your transfer to Lima airport to take your flight to the city of Cusco. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a restaurant that offers typical Cusco food in a traditional and rustic atmosphere in the legendary San Blas neighborhood.
Optional activity: Visit to the planetarium.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco.
Join a gastronomic tour that includes a visit to the Chocomuseo, Museo del Cafe, and Republica del Pisco; three ideal places in which to learn about the production process of each of these staples, from raw ingredient to end product. To make things even more enticing, in each one of them you will get to enjoy a taste! At the end of the tour, return to your hotel.
Depart after breakfast at the hotel, heading along the Sacred Valley towards the archaeological site of Maras, where the salt ponds create a dazzling scene. The thousands of small ponds give work to and help feed many local families. During Inca times, the salt deposits were an important economic centre and of great value to the imperial economy. Continue to Moray, approximately an hour and a half away. As with many Inca ruins, its exact function remains a mystery though the design of ever-wider concentric circular terraces means each level had a different microclimate. After the tour, enjoy dinner in a restaurant in the Sacred Valley and relax at your hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.
After breakfast at the hotel, take part in an activity that invites participants to learn about the living culture of Ollantaytambo from their point of view. You will do this through photography, with the assistance of a professional photographer. The activity begins with a presentation in the Ollantaytambo main square. Then, you’ll be transferred to the Pakaritampu pyramid to snap some shots of the excellent view of the landscape and the valley. Later, visit the town of Ollantaytambo, uninterruptedly inhabited since the time of the Incas, to explore its historical streets, meet its inhabitants and capture its colors, architecture and environment in your photos. Lastly, visit a ‘chichería’ to share some moments with the manufacturers of a local craft drink, who’ll explain the history and importance of these centers in the Andean world. Today’s lunch is a thousand-year-old ritual of the Andes: Pachamanca. It consists of preparing elements such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, meat, vegetables and more under the earth, cooking them with hot stones. Finally, witness the unearthing of the Pachamanca and enjoy the food.
Transportation service will pick you up and transfer you to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacutec as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel, presenting its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train back to Cusco.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.