Peru Culinary Tour
Though Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, Lima is the capital of Peruvian cuisine, which has become world-renowned. For the sixth consecutive year, Peru was once again named the world's Top Culinary Destination at the World Travel Awards. Reinforcing the Culinary Award, in 2017 three of Lima's restaurants were included in the influential World's 50 Best Restaurants Guide
DAY 1 ARRIVE LIMA
Arrival, meet and transfer to the Atemporal Hotel http://www.atemporal.pe/ Overnight in Lima.
DAY 2 LIMA B/L
Lima deluxe city tour: Main Square, Cathedral, Casa Aliaga, Santo Domingo Convent, Chinatown, Barranco, MATE & lunch at Chinatown
Breakfast, then savor the past and present of Lima on this tour through the city’s historic center, vibrant Chinatown and the artistic barrio of Barranco. All windows into this time machine must begin in the capital’s old town, with the center of it all being Plaza de Armas, an enchanting heartland lined with some of the most important monuments from Lima’s history: The Cathedral, Government Palace and City Hall, all beautiful architectural creations that reflect the wealth of the Spanish conquistadores. Discover the Cathedral of Lima; as walking through its numerous chapels, you'll travel to the past and discover various architectural styles (from Renaissance to Neo-Classical), and learn about the religious history of Peru.
There’s also the Santo Domingo Convent, where we witness the art and relics of national saints which tell a fascinating, visual story about the history of religion in Peru along the way. Another colonial snapshot can be glimpsed at the famous Casa Aliaga, a mansion which has been continually inhabited since the 16th century and is bedecked in irresistible period décor.
Next, you will head to Chinatown, an essential hub of commercial life for the city’s Chinese population, which has also played an important role in shaping both the cuisine and social make-up of Lima and Peru more widely. This makes for the perfect lunch stop at a chifa (a term used in Peru to refer to a style of Chinese cooking in which the ingredients originally used from China were substituted by those available in Peru) and chance to sample some of the neighborhood’s finest Chinese food.
From here, with hunger fully satisfied, we delve into the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a mecca for artists and writers alike. Look out for the quirky streets, Republican-style houses and places of interest such as the Parque Central, Old Library, Bajada de los Baños and Bridge of Sighs, all of which provided a source of inspiration for Chabuca Granda, one of Peru’s most famous composers.
Finally, having explored some of the many fascinating sides of the city, a relaxed walk around the thought-provoking Mario Testino or ‘MATE’ Museum rounds off this cultural expedition. As one of the 21st century’s most influential and groundbreaking fashion and portrait photographers, the exhibits here will showcase an entirely alternative side to the ever-evolving Lima lifestyle.
Overnight in Lima.
DAY 3 LIMA B / L/ D
Breakfast, then visit a typical market in Lima. The smells and colors are intense and inviting. Our host will be Penelope Alzamora, a Peruvian chef who studied and worked in Boston and San Francisco before settling back in Lima. First, we will select ingredients from a sea of possibilities: enormous corn ears, splendid peppers, thick-bodied and multicolored potatoes.With our dish in mind, Penelope will teach us to choose the best ingredients.
After a couple of hours, it will be time to get to work. Our chef will take us home for a Peruvian cooking lesson like no other.
We will cut vegetables, fry onions, blend peppers, season, and mix and serve the dishes we have chosen from a list of typical Peruvian fare. The result is sure to be gratifying. This cooking experience will provide a delightfully simple and hands-on, yet profound, opportunity to learn about Peruvian culture and history. This is about a 5 hour experience.
Penelope Alzamora was born in Lima. Thanks to her amazing foodie parents, a master-baker grandmother and a nanny who introduced her to traditional Peruvian gastronomy, Penelope became passionate about cooking. After high school, Penelope studied hotel management in Newbury College (Boston) and Culinary Arts in Johnson & Wells (Providence). Upon graduation, she started a successful catering business in Lima, and in 1995 opened with her dad and other partners the well-known “Bohemia Café y Mas” restaurant. In 2002 Penelope married and moved to the San Francisco bay area, were she taught at the Tante Marie Cooking School (ranked this year one of the Top Ten Schools in the country by leading newspapers and magazines). Penelope has now settled in Lima, her time being devoted to both her family and cooking classes.
As we sip some Pisco Sours and prepare our own ceviche and other Peruvian trademark dishes, Penelope will masterfully guide us through certain aspects of Peruvian history that can be best, and maybe even only, explained through the country´s world-class gastronomy. Return to the hotel.
In the evening, transfer to Cala Restaurant for dinner. Here, Peru´s ample seafood variety is prepared using a masterful blend of Peruvian and Mediterranean styles.
Overnight in Lima.
DAY 4 LIMA / SACRED VALLEY B/L
Breakfast then transfer to Lima's airport. Flight LIM/CUS (not included) Arrival in Cusco, meet and we will continue the trip toward the Sacred Valley, where we will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. We will discover the large archaeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions.
Finally, we will find Chinchero village, with an altitude 12,375 feet above sea level (3,772 meters), famous for the extraordinary beauty and quality of its textiles, and for its Sunday fair, where local people dress in traditional colorful outfits and travel down from their villages to trade their goods.
We will walk along its traditional alleyways and visit the weavers’ workshop of Nilda Callañaupa, who 28 years ago decided to bring together like-minded women who shared her passion for weaving, and in time was able to motivate younger women who had lost interest in weaving to learn from their elders and connect once more with this ancestral art. She began working in the yard of her own house in Chinchero, and in 1996 her project became the National Geographic sponsored Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, a strong organization dedicated not only to the preservation, but also the commercialization of beautiful, high quality textiles.
Lunch at 300 year old Hacienda Huayoccari, prepared using exclusively local products.
Overnight in Sacred Valley at Sol Y Luna Hotel (superior room) - http://www.hotelsolyluna.com/
DAY 5 SACRED VALLEY B/L
Breakfast, then visit to the Sacred Valley: Pisac Market, Chicheria & lunch at Wayra Ranch
This morning, we will continue the trip toward the Sacred Valley and soon reach Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. We will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where we can find extraordinarily fine jewelry and ceramic and textile craftwork.
Lunch at Wayra Ranch , which offers seasonal dishes that cannot quite be contained by a single cooking style. Chef Nacho’s dishes honor the Andean ingredients grown by local farmers whom we know personally and highlight the rich, varied flavors of the Sacred Valley by cooking with traditional wood burning ovens.
We will end our day with a visit to a typical Andean establishment, a "chicheria”, known for the home-brewing of chicha, the typical Andean drink made of germinated maize.
Overnight in Sacred Valley.
DAY 6 SACRED VALLEY /MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO B/L
Breakfast, then Visit to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu & lunch at Tinkuy restaurant at the Sanctuary Lodge
This day, you will visit the Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu (Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu). Aboard a comfortable train (Vistadome service), you will depart to the Aguas Calientes train Station, enjoying a spectacular view along the way. Upon arrival, you will board a bus that will take you to the entrance gate of the Machu Picchu citadel.
Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away.
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as you explore this magical citadel along with the tour guide.
At the scheduled time, you will be assisted to take the return train (Vistadome service). Upon the arrival at the station, your private transfer service will be waiting to take you back to the El Mercado Hotel (superior room) http://www.elmercadocusco.com/
Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 7 CUSCO B/L/D
Breakfast, then Cusco city tour & nearby ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay, Cathedral & Qoricancha
At the scheduled time in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel to begin the exploration to the nearby ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision; Qenqo, the religious center; Puca-Pucara, the red fortress and Tambomachay with their water fountains.
Afterwards, our tour continues in the Imperial City, we will stroll through the Main Square, where we will discover the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.
We will continue with a visit to one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Qoricancha (the Golden Temple) - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold.
For lunch you will be transferred to the In the heart of the traditional neighborhood of San Blas and the Pachapapa Restaurant, which is known for its picturesque and rustic courtyard. Typical products such as native potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn are the perfect accompaniment to dishes such as their famous trout baked in the tile, the huatia of loin in clay pot and the legendary lomo saltado "Don Lucho" that makes Pachapapa the ideal place to discover the purest traditional Cuzco flavors in a charming atmosphere.
Then at about 4pm, enjoy a 1/2 day Rooftop Kitchen cooking class
The experience starts with a visit to traditional open air San Pedro market. Here you will learn about our region's culinary history and the unique ingredients. We offer you the opportunity to learn to cook exotic, delicious and healthy dishes with Red Quinoa, yellow aji and other ingredients that are a distinct part of our culture and heritage, but still easy to find anywhere in the world. The sophisticated, but easy to prepare dishes let you experience rich Peruvian flavors while providing you the expertise to demonstrate your new cooking skills back home. You will take recipes home for the two dishes you prepare and eat, in addition to our famous Peruvian pisco sour cocktail. The class lasts approximately 3 hours.
Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 8 CUSCO B
Breakfast, then ransfer to Cusco's airport for flight CUS/LIM (not included) for International connection or added extension
2018 PRICE per person in US (double occupancy):
with 2 people = $3142
with 4 people = $2529
with 6 people = $2461
with 8 people = $2344
Single supplement = $835
• Transfers and excursions on private basis
• English-speaking guides
• Accommodation in selected hotels
• Mentioned meals
• Entrance fees to sites
• Round trip bus ticket to the Machu Picchu ruins
• Train ticket. to / from Machu Picchu
• Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels
• International and domestic airfare
• Travel insurance
• Tips for guides, drivers and waiters
• Expenses of personal nature
• Any additional not specified in the program
• Prices valid for foreign tourists
• Prices subject to change without notice due to variation in taxes
• Prices not valid for special dates; Eastern, National Holiday July 26th to 30th, Inti Raymi Jun 22nd to 26th, Christmas and New year.
PERU RAIL : Carry-on Baggage Allowance (Train to Machu Picchu)
Each passenger may take :
1 bag or back pack – 05 kg/11 lb – 62 inches/157 cm (length + height + width)
* Baggage that exceeds the measures will not be allowed
* All luggage which exceed the dimension described above, can be transported on a luggage car available with additional payment.
* Please, note that this is a preliminary quotation subject to availability; some changes might apply prior to confirmation.
* The passport number is COMPULSORY to issue bus tickets, train tickets and /or airline tickets.
* Passengers must have a valid passport to enter the country. Your passport should be valid for 6 months from your scheduled return date.
* Please let us know the name of the passengers as it appears in their passports to avoid any inconvenience with the train tickets, bus tickets, airline tickets, etc. (as once are issued, not any modifications are allowed)
* It's important to mention the kind of room (matrimonial or twin) when you confirm the booking.
Exemption from Sales Tax
Foreign visitors (not residents in Peru) are exempt from the 18% VAT (Sales Tax) in accommodation and meals where the passengers are staying.
This exemption is already included in our prices. The only documents to validate this exemption are: PASSPORT + MIGRATION CARD. Please note that these documents are mandatory.