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
  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: Pisac and Ollantaytambo -lunch at a unique Restaurant with Peruvian Paso horseshow
  15. Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo station to Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu tour
  16. Free Day in Aguas Calientes (Optional Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak) return to Cusco
  17. Free Day in Cusco- Optional Cooking Class
  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 the exclusive Miraflores district.

The City of Lima was founded on January 18, 1535 by the conqueror Francisco Pizarro and was considered, for almost three centuries, as the Vice-Royal Capital of South America. This fantastic city is nowadays an immeasurable mix of cultures, ethnicities, races and bloods. A festival of colors and customs, an immense wealth of folklore and Creole, between the ancient and the modern.

Lima is one of the world’s best food city. Known for a great number of restaurants that top the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the city has been considered Latin America ‘s Gastronomic Capital.

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

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 (on your own expenses). 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 on your own.

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 and lunch 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. These designs are believed to have been made by the Nazca Culture between 400 and 650AD. Be in awe with the mysterious lines of animals such as a monkey, hummingbird, plants, and geographic shapes.

Afterwards, return to your hotel and relax or walk around town. At 22:00 we will board our comfortable bus in direction to Arequipa.

Note:  After your flight you can visit the Chauchilla Cemetery and tour the many tombs containing pottery and human remains. Available only for private Service. Please ask your Travel Consultant for this additional excursion.

Overnight in bus
Breakfast included

Day 7 Arequipa City Tour – Picanteria 

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 (lunch on your own expenses).

Return to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city on your own.

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 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 tourist hop-on hop-off bus to Cusco in which you will visit 4 archeological sites along the way.  This will be a very active and interesting 9 hours journey.

Places you will visit are:

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 Marangani.

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.

Upon arrival to Cusco we take you to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch Included.

Day 12 Cusco City Tour

Cusco was once the capital of the Incas Empire where you will learn more about the Andean culture as the city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture.

Today you will have a free morning to acclimatize to the altitude and in the afternoon your guide will meet you to visit the Inca city delegated by UNESCO as a world heritage in 1983.

First we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco on the Plaza de Armas and continuously the temple of Qoricancha, also known as the temple of the Sun. After these visits, we will continue to the upper part of Cusco to visit several archaeological sites. The first stop will be at Sacsayhuaman, a ceremonial complex of the Incas. We will also visit Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. At the end, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.

Note: In private service you will first have a tour by foot through the city, visiting Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, enjoying the atmosphere of the city by observing the well-preserved colonial architecture that conserves Incas original stone walls, evidence of a rich and complex history. We will continue our way until we get to San Pedro Central 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 Inca complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and then we sill visit the Textile Art Museum of Sulca to see their lovely textile 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 get to the beautiful Piuray Lagoon where we will enjoy a typical Andean lunch with fresh ingredients as Chinchero is the perfect location to taste a variety of native potatoes and other tubers, we will also the taste the Inca brew of Chicha (corn beer).

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.

Afterwards 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: Pisac and Ollantaytambo 

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 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 – Machu Picchu tour

This morning you will ride on the train from Ollantaytambo with breathtaking views to Aguas Calientes. You will check into your hotel and then take the bus to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

In your way up to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu you will have spectacular views from the Mountains and the typical flora and fauna of the mysterious Cloud Forest. It is highly recommended to have lunch in Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant located in the entrance of the Citadel, enjoying the atmosphere of this magical place and then have a quiet guided tour after noon, with less crowds and the chance to see the amazing sunrise.

With your Official guide you will visit the enigmatic Citadel of Machu Picchu following a specific route where you will walk through the different sectors such as the Urban and Ceremonial and other places of interest. You will also have time for taking memorable pictures. We are sure that this will be a unique experience!

The Citadel of Machu Picchu was declared by UNESCO a world heritage in 1983. It is believed to have been built in the 15th century and abandoned by the Inca Empire when the Spaniards conquered them. The locals always knew about the ruins and some locals lived around it. The ruins were brought to the world’s attention in 1911. Visit the Sun Temple, the Room of the Three Windows, the Royalty sector and more.

Return to Aguas Calientes and relax.

Note:  New regulations have been stablished for the visit to Machu Picchu since 2019, according to these statements there are certain schedules for the visit, with the Machu Picchu ticket you can stay 4 hours as maximum in the Citadel. Please notice that Machu Picchu is open from 6:00 am to 5:30pm. aumentar 

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch Included. 

Day 16 Free Day in Aguas Calientes (Optional Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak) 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, to make you culinary experience, you can visit their organic tea (Camellia sinensis) plantation and tea house to discover the wonders of the traditional tea making process. Take part as the freshly picked leaves are pressed over wooden blocks and finally seal your own tea bag.A glass of fresh hot or iced-tea from the Tea House at the hotel lobby completes the experience.

Otherwise, based on your choice you could climb the Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain Peak. This short trek inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu will make your day spectacular! You will hike up through Inca’s original paths that will lead you towards magical places within the Cloud Forest. With every step you will get fascinated by the beautiful views of the famous Andean Mountains. You can have a taste of the real Inca Trail doing this trek and appreciate the architectonic magnificence of the Incas.  You have to see it with your own eyes!

 Return to Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch on your own. Then board your train to the Poroy station. Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Note:  Tickets are subject to availability. There are schedules for the visit to one of the Mountains, with the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu tickets you can stay inside the Park for 6 hours and with the Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Peak ticket for 7 hours maximum.  The visit for one of the mountains has a moderate grading that requires a good physical condition although effort is well worth it. The Huayna Picchu hike is easier and takes less time than Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 17 Free day in Cusco

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco visiting museums or simply walking down the picturesque streets around the City center. You can get to know the typical neighborhoods of San Cristobal and San Blas where Artisans congregate their shops and galleries, the cheerful and energy of this walk will make you feel the real essence of the City.

It will be a great chance to do shopping as Cusco is well known for its world-famous Alpaca wood clothing not only for their quality but for their design, also you will find Silver and gold shops for fine jewelry and a great offer for handicrafts.

At the end of the afternoon, we recommend you to make a stop to drink a refreshing and delicious Pisco Sour, Peru’s National cocktail. All around Cusco’s city center you will find numerous Bars, Cafes and Restaurants to have a taste of the Peruvian cuisine within a nice atmosphere.

Optional: Cooking Class
Learn to make one of the most famous Peruvian dishes "Lomo Saltado" with your own hands. During this activity you will visit a local market of Cusco and then head to the kitchen to prepare a delicious meal. Of course you can have a taste of each dish you prepare. The new learned cooking skills will be a nice souvenir to impress your friends and family at home.If you like to add this activity, please inform your travel consultant as extra fees apply.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast Included.

Day 18 Flight Cusco to Lima - Lunch – International Flight

Upon your arrival to Lima we will transfer you to the exclusive district of Miraflores where you will have free time to explore the many restaurant options it has to offer and enjoy a bite of Peru’s culinary one more time.

Finally we will pick you up at JW Marriot hotel entrance to transfer you 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.