Culinary Tour of Peru in 11 days
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Introduction Culinary tour
Journey through Peru tasting the delectable fusion cuisine which reflects the diversity of a nation that has blended its native traditions with the ingredients of Europe, the Middle East, China, Africa and Japan. Delight in the different exquisite dishes throughout this tour savoring the unique flavors while also enjoying Peru's cultural sites.
Departures:Daily departures year roundDestinations:Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu PicchuReservation code:SP-GT2
- Arrive in Lima
- Lima – Culinary tour
- Lima City - Lunch in Chorrillos
- Lima / Arequipa - City Tour - Picanteria – Juanita "The Ice Maiden"
- Arequipa / Cusco - Walking Tour + Ruins
- Sacred Valley and special Andean Cuisine in an Andean Community with Pisac ruins
- Moray - Maras Salt Mines – Ollantaytambo
- Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo station – Aguas Calientes Machupicchu Tour
- Hike to Huaynapicchu - Cooking class in the heart of Machupicchu
- Free Day in Cusco - suggestions for restaurants and optional tours
- Cusco / Lima - Afro Peruvian lunch - international flight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima
Arrive in Lima airport where our representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.
Overnight in Lima
Day 2 Lima – Culinary tour
This morning we will start tasting Peru.
Our first visit takes us to a local roastery, Tostaduria Bisetti, where they hand-pick the coffee beans daily, for an organic Peruvian coffee. We will visit the colonial streets of the bohemian district, Barranco, home to artists, musicians and the city’s top art galleries. Enjoy an exotic fruit smoothie made from lucuma at the garden cafe, La Bodega Verde. Then off to a traditional market in the San Isidro district to try exotic fruits and local products and learn about its culture. We continue to the city’s top seafood restaurants (cebichería), Embarcadero 41 Fusión, where you will discover the secrets to the perfect Cebiche and Pisco Sour. You will prepare the cebiche dish and cocktail yourself with the head chef and bartender. Our final stop is for lunch at la Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant within a pre-Incan archeological complex – undoubtedly a highlight of tourism in Lima Peru. Savor a variety of gourmet Peruvian dishes as well as four different desserts and another pisco-based cocktail. Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Lodging in Lima.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 3 Lima City - Lunch in Chorrillos optional
This morning we will start our tour of the city of Kings. Our tour will take us through three historical periods: modern, colonial and pre-Columbian. We start off visiting the modern suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores where we will see the Financial Center, the San Isidro Golf Course and the Olive Grove Park. The drive passing the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-inca pyramid shape temple dating back to 200 AD and 700 AD. We will stop at Parque del Amor (Love Park) and enjoy a nice view of the Pacific Ocean, as we drive down the Miraflores Malecon, a road along the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Then we will enjoy the Colonial district visiting the downtown historical center, a Unesco Heritage site. You will see what once was the center of the 16th century Spanish colony. Pass by the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop`s Palace, the City Hall and the Desamparados Train Station. See the Plaza San Martin, a large park surrounded by old colonial buildings still displaying beautiful carved wood balconies and other landmarks. Finally, we will visit the San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts known as the Catacombs. At the end of the tour we will drive to Chorrillos to enjoy a typical meal prepared by a fisherman’s family or you can choose your preferred restaurant. After a delicious lunch we will drop you off in Miraflores where you will have free time to explore the many typical Peruvian restaurants and see the city lifestyle.
Lodging in Lima
Day 4 Lima / Arequipa - City Tour - Picanteria – Juanita Ice Maiden
This morning you arrive in Arequipa and transfer to your hotel and freshen up. Then we will begin the tour of the “White City”, a colonial legacy declared by UNESCO, a World Heritage site. You will admire the surrounding volcanoes of El Misti (5,825m) and the Nevado Chachani (6,075m) hovering over the city. We will walk to the monastery of Santa Catalina), the cathedral, and La Compañia church. We will visit one of the oldest historic markets of San Camilo, where we will see the local produce including fruits, vegetables, aromatic herbs and much more. Then we will visit a Picanteria to taste the regional delicious cuisine of Arequipa like, rocotos (large chili peppers), fresh water prawns, lamb and other sumptuous dishes. Thereafter, we visit Juanita, The Ice Maiden” frozen in time and discovered on the top of Mount Ampato near Arequipa, on September 8, 1995 by Johan Reinhard and his assistant Miguel Zarate. Return to your hotel.
Lodging in Arequipa
Day 5 Arequipa / Cusco - Walking Tour + Ruins
This morning fly to Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax. In the afternoon your guide will meet you to start the excitement. We start our walk to the Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, and then to Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple. Then we will to the atmospheric San Pedro Market where the locals shop for Andean grains, fruits, natural medicine plants and more. Afterwards, drive up above Cusco for a visit of the spectacular Sacsayhuaman complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and the Temple of the Moon; a mysterious site with two caves which contain alters and carvings of serpents and more. Afterwards, we will visit the Sulka Museum to see the lovely textiles made by hand. Return to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Lodging in Cusco
Day 6 Sacred Valley and special Andean Cuisine in an Andean Community with Pisac ruins
This morning we will drive to the Sacred Valley arriving in the indigenous community around 9:30am. Reception by the locals and start our cultural experience. We will be put in groups with guides and learn how to prepare and ancient delicious Pachamanca meal that is prepared in the ground. Then we will feast on this unique buffet prepared by our host. After our typical Andean lunch we will enjoy a weaving demonstration using ancient techniques where they explain the different natural dyes made of natural plants, insects, and minerals. Then we will dress in the ancestral dress and dance their farewell ancestral dance called the Cacharpari. We will say farewell and continue to the Pisac ruins for a visit of the Sun Temple and catch spectacular views of the valley below and admire the many terraces.
After that, we will continue our journey along the Sacred Valley of the Incas until arriving to our hotel.
Lodging in Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 7 Moray - Maras Salt Mines – Ollantaytambo
We start off from your hotel and drive up to Moray sitting on a high plateau. Tour the agricultural circles resembling an amphitheater. From there we drive down a dirt road to the town of Maras and on to the Salt mines. The salt evaporates from the side of a mountain and fills the pans. The families gather the salt by hand using no machinery. Afterwards, we drive to Urubamba and enjoy lunch in the Wayra Restaurant while watching a Peruvian Paso horseshow. Then off to one of the original Inca towns of Ollantaytambo to be amazed by the ruins that sit in front of the quaint town. After a wonderful day you will return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
Lodging in Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 8 Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo station – Aguas Calientes Machupicchu Tour
This morning you will ride on the train with breathtaking views to Aguas Calientes. You will check into your hotel and then take the bus to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take pleasure in a privately guided walking tour with your guide visiting the many temples, seeing the terraces, and much more. Afterwards, we will enjoy a typical Peruvian buffet lunch in the Tinquy Restaurant in the Sanctuary lodge near the ruins. Return to Aguas Calientes and relax.
Lodging in Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu
*From the 1st of July 2017 the new visiting regulation of Machu Picchu applies.
Day 9 Free morning or Optional Huaynapicchu or free morning - Cooking class in the heart of Machupicchu
Today you will enjoy a free morning at leisure or return to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu to climb Huaynapicchu overlooking the ruins and valley below (Bus tickets and entrances not included). In the afternoon you will enjoy a cooking class in the Sumaq Restaurant using fresh ingredients with a professional chef. Enjoy your delicious lunch prepared by your own hands. After lunch it will be time to return by train to Cusco. Ona rirval to the train station our driver will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Lodging in Cusco
Note: New Park Regulations state you must be accompanied by a professional guide to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak and exit with guide.
Day 10 Free Day in Cusco
Enjoy a free day in Cusco for shopping or visiting museums.
Lodging in Cusco
Day 11 Cusco / Lima - International Flight
Today we fly to Lima and transfer in to your hotel in Miraflores. Then we will enjoy a homemade lunch in ¨El Rincón que no conoces¨. Enjoy the Afro Peruvian delicious combination of ingredients. Then you will have free time and then transfer to the Lima airport for your international flight.
IncludedHotels included:Three nights in Lima, one night in Arequipa, three nights in Cusco, two nights in the Sacred Valley, one night in Aguas CalientesEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions, as mentioned in the programGuide:Official guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day 8Meals:Meals as mentioned in programTips:Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personalTrain:Train to Machupicchu by Vistadome (roundtrip)
- International flights
- Two domestic flights Lima/Cusco/Lima
- Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
- Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
- Insurance: Travel insurance
Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Prices in US$ Double room US $ 1800 US $ 2030 US $ 3135 Single room supplement US $ 560 US $ 725 US $ 1780
* Prices for 2018 - based on shared group tours
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