Culinary tour of Peruvian colors and flavors.

18 days - 17 nights
Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
Overview

Introduction

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 round, 

  1. Arrive to Lima
  2. Lima Culinary Tour
  3. Lima City Tour - Lunch in Chorrillos optional
  4. Lima to Paracas
  5. Paracas, Ballestas Islands - Paracas National Reserve / Viñas Queirolo Tour + lunch – Nazca
  6. Nazca Lines Over flight, Chauchilla, Bus to Arequipa
  7. Arequipa City Tour – Picanteria – Juanita Ice Maiden
  8. Arequipa / Colca Canyon 2 Days
  9. Cruz Del Condor View Point – Chivay / Puno
  10. Lake Titicaca - Taquile Island / Llachon - Pachamanca - Ccapi
  11. Tourist bus Puno to Cusco
  12. Cusco Walking Tour and Ruins
  13. Chinchero Weaving, Moray, Maras Salt Mines
  14. Sacred Valley
  15. Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo station to Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu tour
  16. Free Day in Aguas Calientes (Optional Huaynapicchu) return to Cusco
  17. Free day in Cusco
  18. Flight Cusco to Lima - Lunch – International Flight
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
Reservation code:
SP-GT1
Day by day

Day 1 Arrive in Lima

Arrive in the Lima airport and our staff will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.
Overnight in Lima
No meals included.

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.
Overnight in Lima
Breakfast and lunch Included. 

Day 3 Lima City Tour - 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.
Overnight in Lima
Breakfast Included.

Day 4 Lima / Paracas

This morning transfer to the bus terminal for the bus to Paracas. Arrive and transfer to your hotel but en route you will stop by the fishing market for a visit. After check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy a delicious meal with a seaside view.
Overnight in Paracas
Breakfast Included.

Day 5 Paracas / Ballestas Islands - Paracas National Reserve / Viñas Queirolo  Tour + lunch – Nazca

Transfer to Ballestas Islands known as the “small Galapagos” because of it’s abundant wildlife. Tour the Islands by boat; here we can observe the hundreds of sea lions and seals and a large variety of seabirds, flamingos, pelicans, boobies, cormorants and many others. We will begin our tour of the National Reserve, which is home to a diverse collection of marine life and birds. This tour takes you to the picturesque costal area with the never-ending tropical sand-dune desert.  Then we are off to the Viñas Queirolo Hacienda where we will enjoy a tour of 30 minutes of their vineyards and see the process of making their fine wines and Pisco. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch served with wine and a shot of Pisco. Then we will visit the cellar where the precious wines and piscos are stored. After a fantastic time we continue to Nazca and check in to our hotel.
Overnight in Nazca
Breakfast Included. 

Day 6 Nazca Lines Over flight – Chauchilla / Bus to Arequipa

This morning transfer to the airport for the over flight of the mysterious Nazca Lines. You will see the famous ancient geoglyphs of hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys and more. Then we will visit the Chauchilla Cemetery and tour the many tombs containing pottery and human remains. Afterwards, return to your hotel and relax or walk around town. At 22:00 we will board our comfortable bus in direction to Arequipa.
Overnight bus
Breakfast Included.

Day 7 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.
Overnight in Arequipa
Breakfast Included. 

Day 8 Arequipa / Colca Canyon 2 Days

We will depart at 7:30 am from Arequipa, to the town of Chivay, capital of the Province of Caylloma. Enjoy majestic views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes before arriving to the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”, where our transportation will make a short stop to observe the wild Vicuñas in its natural habitat. We continue to “Pata Wasi” (Pata=high Wasi=home), an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve.
Here you will see the natural formation of rocks and the backside of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. We will pass “Tocra”, a high plain at more than 4,500 meters, where we will observe lakes with migrant birds and take pictures of the “Antiplano” with its Llamas and Guanacos. Continue to the town of Coporaque for a visit of the Lodge La Casa de Mamayacchi, where we will have our lunch. After lunch your guide will invite you for a short walk through Coporaque and its surroundings (optional 1 hour walk).
We will board our transport and visit a natural “hot springs”, where we will enjoy a relaxing bath (entrance fee and personal towels to the baths are not included). Afterwards, return to your hotel.
Overnight in Colca Canyon
Breakfast and lunch Included.

Day 9 Cruz Del Condor View Point – Chivay / Puno 

After a very early morning breakfast we depart for the famous “Cruz del Condor” point. Take pleasure in the spectacular view of the depth of the Canyon and the majestic Condors in flight. After our visit, our guide will take you for a walk near the Canyon for about 1-hour. En route to Chivay we’re going to visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the “Antahuilque viewpoint”, where wonderful 1,500-year-old terraces, constructed by the Collaguas, a culture well before the Incas’ time, can be observed. We will also make a stop at the look-out point of “Choquetico” with its hanging tombs “Tumbas colgantes“, and take a look to the litomaqueta, a model of the canyon terraces carved in a rock. Then we will visit Maca, an Andean community and the village of Yanque with the most beautiful church in the valley. Afterwards, have lunch on your own before transfer to the bus terminal for bus to Puno. Arrive in Puno and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Puno
Breakfast Included.

Day 10 Lake Titicaca - Taquile Island / Llachon -  Pachamanca - Ccapi 

We will enjoy a delicious breakfast and say good-bye to the local staff and head to the port of Luquina where we will board our boat to Taquile Island. We will explore the secluded section exploring an exclusive area. Enjoy some time at the sandy beach where you will have plenty of time to relax and feel serene. Afterwards, we hike through a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn of their textile art & symbolism that has been declared by UNESCO as world heritage. Then we continue to Llachon located, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. We are welcomed by the locals and enjoy a cultural exchange. First we will participate in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world.  Thereafter, we will experience the preparation of "Pachamanca" a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens. Optional:.kayak along the coast of Llachon. After lunch it is time to say good-bye to the people of this peninsula and continue to the remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca, and explore UROS Ccapi, which is considered the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and less visited. The Uros people are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. Optional tours in reed boats.  Then we will depart to Puno at 15:25 pm and arriving at.4:30 pm. Transfer to your hotel in Puno.
Overnight in Puno
Breakfast and lunch Included.

Day 11 Tourist bus Puno / Cusco

Transfer to the bus station for your 1st class bus ride to Cusco, You will visit 4 archeological sites along the way.? Upon arrival to Cusco we take you to your hotel.
Places you will visit are:
Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha?Andahuaylillas: The church of Andahuaylillas is known as the "Sistine Chapel of America". It is known as one of the best- preserved examples of Andean religious art.
Pukara: The litho-sculptures of Pukara, belonging to a civilization of the name Pukara ?La Raya:  the highest point between Puno and Cusco, at 14234 feet, where you can admire the snow-peaked mountains.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant halfway in Sicuani.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch Included.

Day 12 Cusco Walking Tour + Ruins

This morning you will be free at leisure to relax and acclimatize. 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 Museum of Sulka to see the lovely textiles made by hand. Return to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast Included. 

Day 13 Chinchero Weaving - Moray - Maras Salt Mines 

This morning we will start off from your hotel to the small town of Chinchero where we will have a beautiful experience watching a weaving demonstration in a local’s home. Then we will enjoy a typical Andean lunch with fresh ingredients, potatoes and quinoa from the region. We will also enjoy tasting the Inca brew of Chicha (corn beer). Afterwards, we will continue to the Moray Inca agricultural circles where the Incas are said to have tested different variety of plants. Then off to the Maras salt mines where the salt is still gathered by hand without any machinery. Then you will have the option to hike down to Urubamba for 1.5 hours enjoying the scenery or you can board your transportation. Arrive in your hotel and relax.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch Included. 

Day 14 Sacred Valley 

Today we will visit the famous Pisac Colorful Indian market to see the handicrafts and taste delicious empanadas baked in huge typical ovens. Afterwards, continue to the Pisac ruins above the town for a visit of the Sun Temple and admire the many surrounding terraces. We will continue to Urubamba to 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 night.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch Included. 

Day 15 Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo station to 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.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch Included. 
*From the 1st of July 2017 the new visiting regulation of Machu Picchu applies. 

Day 16 Free Day in Aguas Calientes (Optional Huaynapicchu) return to Cusco

Today you will enjoy a free day at leisure walking to the Mandor’s waterfall where you can see many bird species. If you are in the Inkaterra Machupicchu hotel enjoy their activities. Otherwise, you can choose to return to Machupicchu and climb Huaynapicchu overlooking the ruins and valley or climb Machupicchu Mountain that overlooks Huaynapicchu and Machupicchu ruins. Return to Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch on your own. Then board your train for a spectacular ride to the Poroy station. Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast Included.
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 17 Free day in Cusco

Enjoy a free day in Cusco for shopping or visiting museums.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast Included.

Day 18 Flight Cusco to Lima - Lunch – International Flight

Today we fly to Lima and transfer to 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.
Breakfast Included.

 

Included

Included

Hotels included:
Lima (3 nights) Paracas (1 night) Nazca (1 night) Bus (1 night) Arequipa (1 night) Colca (1 night) Puno (2 nights) Cusco (4 nights) Sacred Valley (2 nights) Aguas Calientes (1 night)
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions mentioned in the program
Guide:
Official bilingual guides during excursions
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train to Machupicchu by Vista-Dome (roundtrip)

Not included:

  • Flights:International flights
  • Flights: 01 Domestic flights Cusco/Lima
  • Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Hotels

Hotels

Prices

Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
Double room US $ 3470 US $ 3945 US $ 5245
Single room supplement  US $ 855 US $ 1210 US $ 2470
Notes:      

Prices for 2018 - based on shared group tours
Contact one of our Experience Travel Consultants to tailor this trip for you or if you have any questions, we are here to help you and strive to respond the same business day.