PERU CULINARY (10D-09N)
Durations: 10 Day(s)
Group Size: 1+
Peru is one of the Best Culinary Destinations in the World, winning the Award of: "World Best Culinary Destination 2019"
Peru is one of the Best Culinary Destinations in the World, winning the Award of: "World Best Culinary Destination 2019" by WORLD TRAVEL AWARDSÂ®
Day 1 : Day 01: Lima
Arrive at your hotel in Lima after your international flight to Peru!
Lima is a metropolitan city known for its colonial architecture and mouthwatering ceviche!
When your international flight arrives in Lima, look for your PERUTRIPS host holding a sign with your name on it! We know youâ€™ll most likely be a little tired after your long flight, so weâ€™ll save you the stress of trying to navigate and bring you straight to your hotel where you can shake off that icky flight feeling with a shower and a sleep. Relax into the evening and enjoy a good nightâ€™s rest.Day 2 : Day 02: Lima
Take a private colonial tour of Limaâ€™s historic center, and visit the renowned Larco Herrera Museum.
The pre-Colombian archaeology museum of Larco Herrera holds about 45,000 artifacts from the coast of Peru.
Wake up refreshed and enjoy breakfast in your hotel this morning. You have the morning to spend at your leisure, either enjoying the comforts of your hotel or exploring vibrant Miraflores!
At the appropriate time mid-day, weâ€™ll collect you and bring you to the Pueblo Libre neighborhood, home to the Larco Herrera Museum. Housing the countryâ€™s largest collection of pre-Columbian artifacts (including extensive gold and silver collections, as well as the infamous erotic archaeological collection) and providing rare open access to their exquisitely catalogued storage area, this museum is the perfect introduction to Peruâ€™s multi-faceted cultural history.
First, youâ€™ll begin your visit with a delicious lunch enjoyed on the vine-covered terrace of the Museumâ€™s cafĂ©, and then youâ€™ll have time to explore the exhibits.
Next weâ€™ll delve into the heart of Peruâ€™s â€śCity of Kings,â€ť where youâ€™ll visit the Plaza Mayor, featuring the current Presidentâ€™s palace, the Convent of San Francisco (including subterranean catacombs!) and the Casa Aliaga, which is the western hemisphereâ€™s oldest mansion and still owned and inhabited by the 17th generation of the Aliaga family.
Upon completion of your tour, we will bring you to a restaurant of your choice where we will have secured reservations for you. We highly recommend the restaurants Central or Maido, currently holding positions #6 and #7 respectively in the worldâ€™s 50 Best Restaurants for 2018 (though please remember reservations here should be secured a month or two in advance!).Day 3 : Day 03: Cusco
Fly to Cusco to tour an ancient local hacienda and stop-by the agricultural ruins and vibrant market of Pisac.
The Sacred Valley, lower in altitude than Cusco, offers gorgeous landscapes and a serene atmosphere.
This morning weâ€™ll escort you back to the airport for your morning flight to Cusco. Watch the windows as the desert coast rises into the snow-capped peaks of the Andes!
Just 15 minutes outside of Cusco, true Peruvian countryside will stretch away on either side of you, sheep grazing tranquilly road-side. Impossibly steep peaks rise in the distance. Your journey will take you to an ancient hacienda, nestled in the fertile valley next to the pueblo of Pisac. Step onto the family-owned hacienda grounds and step into centuries past while your hosts expound upon the growing process of Giant White Corn and its profound cultural significance in the Andes Mountains. This hacienda dates back generations, and youâ€™ll immediately be immersed in local customs steeped in the spirits and mysticism of the Andes, and embraced by the warmth of local Peruvians.
Relish your time on the farm with a delicious multi-course lunch with sample dishes featuring none other than the â€śwhite goldâ€ť giant-kernelled corn, and make sure to visit the on-site stables housing the renowned Peruvian Paso horses. Watch the horses dance with their human counterparts in a â€śmarineraâ€ť demonstration, and even go for a quick trot yourself if you feel up to the task!
From there, your exclusive tour of Peru will take you to another valley town â€“ Pisac â€“ where youâ€™ll have the chance to rub shoulders with locals as you survey the artisan offerings of the market. Vegetables, textiles and silver jewelry are just some of the items that are sold here.
Later, return to the hotel of your choice.Day 4 : Day 04: Sacred Valley
Explore Ollantaytamboâ€™s iconic ruins & Enjoy a Pachamanca feast
Ollantaytambo is a fascinating Incan town known for its original urban planning and awe-inspiring ruins.
Today, we will take you to the ancient Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where the centuries-old influence of the Incas is still very much visible: water from the mountains trickles down to the Inca-built street canals, while original Inca walls and trapezoidal doors are still found here.
With your guide by your side, ascend beyond the stepped, slope-side terraces to the ruins of a centuries-old fortress above town, where the Incas secured an important victory over the Spanish conquistadors. Inspect the intricately hewn stone constructions and have your guide show you the distant quarries from where the Incas sourced these huge stone blocks. This site also afford fabulous views of the valley and the Urubamba River that meanders through it.
We hope you worked up an appetite while hiking, because next on the schedule is a true Peruvian feast: the traditional Pachamanca! The centuries-old Pachamanca tradition involves marinating lamb, pork, chicken, and potatoes in a variety of Andean ingredients and cooking them to perfection in an underground oven. Youâ€™ll witness each step of the process: how the oven is prepared, how white-hot stones are layered, and how the feast materializes before your eyes. While waiting for your feast to roast, make sure to wander through the groundsâ€™ organic garden, smell the fresh-roasted coffee produced by the farmâ€™s head roaster, and sample some of the varieties of caĂ±azo (a local Andean spirit) that are produced on-site at the one-of-a-kind distillery.
Upon completion of your tour, we will bring you back to your hotel for an evening spent at leisure.Day 5 : Day 05: Machupicchu
Enjoy a morning train through the cloud forest and visit the Machu Picchu Citadel!
Machu Picchu will take your breath away with its enigmatic and historical atmosphere.
Prepare for a climactic day! In the morning, we will board the train in Ollantaytambo for our journey to Machu Picchu. Watch the cloud jungle pass by through the large glass windows! Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, weâ€™ll tuck in to an early lunch in order to refuel before ascending to Peruâ€™s lost citadel.
After a bus ride to the gates of this wonder of the world, you will pass through the main gates with your private guide to finally emerge at the top of the world â€“ Machu Picchu. The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. Your expert guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city.
Upon conclusion of your tour, return for an evening in Aguas Calientes. Enjoy an excellent dinner on-site at your hotel and fall into bed, lulled to sleep by the sound of the cloud forest around you.Day 6 : Day 06: Machupicchu - Cusco
Hike one of the coveted, limited-entry hikes, Huayna Picchu!
Huayna Picchu, a not to miss experience while exploring Machu Picchu!
Today you have the option to hike two different trails â€“ Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, so itâ€™s completely up to you on how you would like to culminate your Machu Picchu luxury tour. Feeling adventurous? Consider hiking the steep slope of neighboring Huayna Picchu, which offers unrivalled views over Machu Picchu. Please note that only a limited amount of hikers are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu each day and tickets will need to be purchased in advance along with your Machu Picchu entrance. In the afternoon, reconvene in Aguas Calientes and board the return train to Ollantaytambo. Your PERUTRIPS host will meet you at the station and bring you to your Cusco hotel for a well-deserved good nightâ€™s rest.Day 7 : Day 07: Cusco - Maras and Moray
Connect with Andean locals and visit Maras and Moray!
The Sacred Valley is known for its friendly people and breathtaking snow-capped mountain views!
After breakfast, youâ€™ll be taken to see the ancient agricultural site of Moray. Experts today believe these grassy amphitheaters served as a farming laboratory, with the varying temperatures and soils of the ascending terraces providing different growing environments. Weâ€™ll pass through the town of Maras â€“ known for its beautiful colonial doorways â€“ before arriving at the townâ€™s still-in-use salt pans. The small white evaporation pools that cover the hillside are still harvested by locals in a traditional manner. Weâ€™ll pause for a delicious local lunch, where youâ€™ll be able to sample some regional fare.
Post lunch youâ€™ll have a chance to mingle with the locals during a visit to an off-the-beaten-track highland village on the shore of the icy blue Lake Piuray. This rural community subsists on agriculture and many of the women are master weavers, creating exquisite textiles using generations-old techniques. You will have the opportunity to communicate with the residents, visit their houses and fields, and experience what day-to-day life is like in the Andean highlands. You might also get to meet some of the local children who we attend after-school program (Monday to Friday) â€“ they love sharing their art with visitors. Later, youâ€™ll return to your comfortable Cusco hotel of choice.Day 8 : Day 08: Cusco
Explore the hidden cobblestone streets of historical Cusco and taste your way through the most iconic Peruvian products.
Tucked into the Andes Mountains, the city of Cusco lies at 11,150ft (3,300m) above sea level!
Itâ€™s time to get acquainted with Cusco, a gorgeous city that wins the heart of most every traveler that passes through it. Get to know the real Cusco during a private tour. After breakfast, meet your guide and wander among the archaeological remains of Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas staged a great battle against the conquistadors. Return to the city and roam the atmospheric streets of the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, which is known for its free-spirited scene. Explore Qoricancha and the Santo Domingo monastery (a colonial structure built on top of the ancient Inca temple of the sun); see where the locals make their grocery runs at the open-air San Pedro market and pass the famous 12-angled stone, whose image appears on the bottle of the local CusqueĂ±a beer.
At the end of the tour, your guide will suggest places to enjoy a delicious light local lunch, but make sure to save some room for the snacks that await you in your Peru culinary tour this afternoon!
First make your way to the Coffee Museum, just a ten minute walk from your hotel, where a stimulating aroma will welcome you in. After a workshop detailing coffeeâ€™s history as well as how it is grown, sorted, and roasted, you will be whisked away to the Chocolate Museum. Did you know that Peru is the birthplace of chocolate? Here you will learn about its spectacular history and the unique process that chocolate undergoes from plant to plate. Best of all, make your own chocolate truffles to bring home with you! Lastly, you will find yourself in the Republica del Pisco to taste an assortment of the countryâ€™s spirit-of-choice paired with Peruvian fusion appetizers. This is the perfect way to know which Pisco variety youâ€™ll want to take home with you!Day 9 : Day 09: Cusco
Spend the morning at your leisure, and spend the afternoon whipping up some traditional Peruvian fare!
Cusco is home of the superfoods! Learn about them all in one of the cityâ€™s best cooking classes.
Today you have a free morning. Sleep in and relax, or get up early to watch the Plaza de Armas come to life with the sunrise! You have the whole morning to spend at your leisure, exploring Cusco and its fascinating streets and shops. Have a late-morning snack or light lunch, but nothing too heavy, as you will want to show up to your afternoon activity hungry!
In the early afternoon, continue with your Peru culinary tour by heading to one of Cuscoâ€™s best restaurants and spend the afternoon learning about Peruâ€™s culinary history and current cuisine from one of the best area chefs. You will learn how to make Peruvian starters and entrees, accompanied by a never-ending stream of snacks and samples fresh from the restaurantâ€™s oven. Delight your palate with exotic fruits, make Pisco-based cocktails, learn a traditional way to slice vegetables, and spend the afternoon laughing and enjoying this truly special cooking class.Day 10 : Day 10: Lima
Tour the inspired streets of bohemian Barranco and bid farewell to Peru!
The LimeĂ±an district of Barranco is home to Peruâ€™s most influential artists, musicians, and cultural commentators. Going home is the worst part of any private Peru vacation, but at PERUTRIPS, weâ€™ll do our best to make it as smooth and hassle-free as possible. First, weâ€™ll bring you to Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima. In Lima, a PERUTRIPS host will meet you and take you to the seaside bohemian district of Barranco. See the streets of Barranco come alive as you visit a number of local art galleries and shops that support local artisans. Finally, enjoy a first-class gourmet meal featuring world-renowned Peruvian flavors in a restaurant of your choosing before returning to the airport for your journey home! Buen viaje!
Â This Tour includes:
* Domestic Flights
* Lunch and Dinner if applies
* Hotel Room
* City Tours
* Train Ticket (Machupicchu)
Â Â This Tour excludes:
* Food or beverages
* Entrance or admission tickets
* Bus ticket in Machupicchu
* Travel Insurance
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 0 hours or less before event