9 days from £4185pp plus international flights.
The name says it all – Peru has become a foodie paradise in recent years, and on this trip you get to find out exactly why. You’ll dine in fine restaurants in Lima, the Sacred Valley and Cusco, which showcase how talented, innovative chefs are combining the wonderful array of local ingredients available from the country’s oceans, lakes, mountains and jungles with contemporary cooking techniques. You’ll also enjoy meals cooked in a traditional fashion, eat a field-to-table lunch on a working farm and visit a coffee roastery and a brewery, where you’ll sample the products of course!
You’ll also get hands-on, with market visits where you learn about and shop for produce, and cookery classes where you can acquire the skills to reproduce Peruvian cuisine when you return home.
To ensure that you are equally culturally replete as you are gastronomically, this trip also takes in some of the cultural and scenic highlights of Peru, as you are taken on guided tours of Machu Picchu and some of the other famous archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley. You’ll visit the famous Larco Museum in Lima, take an Andean train ride, have time to explore parts of Cusco and Lima and shop for handicrafts in Pisac’s vibrant market, and also have time to do your own thing. And you’ll stay in a fine selection of hotels, from ultra-contemporary to colonial, all chosen to provide quality and comfort.
A representative is waiting to meet you at Lima airport to welcome you to Peru and transfer you the 45-60 minutes to the stylish Miraflores district, where you will stay in the luxurious modern Casa Andina Premium Miraflores hotel for the night. Your culinary treats start this evening when you are driven to the famous adobe pyramid ruins of Huaca Pucllana, where you will enjoy fine contemporary Peruvian haute cuisine at the Huaca Pucllana restaurant as you gaze over the illuminated historic site. Dinner
After breakfast you will be taken to a local market where you can sample the local fruit and buy ingredients for lunch. You will then be shown how to prepare your lunch dishes and mix the traditional Peruvian pisco sour cocktail, before you tuck in to what you have prepared. This afternoon you will be taken on a guided tour of the city, taking in the colonial Plaza de Armas, the richly-furnished Casa de Aliaga (the oldest residence in the city) and the government palace. You then return to Miraflores and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views from the Malecón and a stroll in the romantic Parque de Amor. You will be taken back to the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores where the rest of the days is yours to enjoy. Breakfast, lunch
You’ll be immersed in Peruvian culture this morning, with a post-breakfast visit to the famous Larco Museum, home to a famous collection of pre-Inca ceramics and to impressive collections of gold and silver artefacts. Lunch today is at Amaz, a restaurant in Miraflores specialising in using fish, fruit and vegetables from the Amazon region. In the afternoon you’ll be taken to the arty Barranco district for some chocolate tasting and a village to a coffee roastery where you can enjoy an organic coffee and a tasty desert. You’ll spend another night at the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores and are free to dine where you wish. Breakfast, lunch.
You will be collected after breakfast and taken to the airport to catch your flight to Cusco. On arrival you will be met and driven to Pisac in the Sacred Valley where you start with a visit to the sprawling Inca ruins above the town. Then you head to the famous market, where you’ll find hundreds of stalls selling arts and crafts, Alpaca textiles and local produce, before heading to the Hacienda Sarapampa. Take a look around this photogenic working farm which produces giant maize; a sacred crop to the Inca, before enjoying a 7-course farm-to-table lunch and a show featuring Peruvian paso horses and marinera dancing. You’ll then be driven to your hotel – the Sol y Luna in Urubamba, your home for the next two nights. Breakfast, lunch.
This morning you’ll visit the white saltpans set on the hillside near the village of Maras. Here salt is produced using pre-Inca techniques. Then you head to nearby Moray to see the extraordinary, parabolic depressions that are believed to be an Inca agricultural research centre. Lunch is a Pachamanca, a traditional meal cooked underground with the aid of heated stones, which you’ll enjoy on a farm with wonderful views over the mountains and Ollantaytambo’s Inca ruins. Next it’s on to the Cervecería del Valle brewery to taste beer made with local ingredients and water from glacial springs, before you are dropped back at Sol y Luna. Breakfast, lunch.
After breakfast head off to Ollantaytambo. The site spreads up from a plaza in the town to a promontory, from which the views are stunning. The ceremonial complex features incredible stonework, and you’ll also see terraces and baths. You then take the 1½-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town which lies downhill from Machu Picchu. Then it’s just a short bus ride and you’ll arrive at the iconic ‘lost city of the Incas’, where you will be given a guided tour. Lunch today is a packed lunch, and later you’ll head down the hill to your hotel for the night, the Sumaq Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes. The hotel is known for its Andean fusion cuisine, but if you fancy a light snack tonight after all your gastronomic experiences, you could opt for the café bar. Breakfast, packed lunch.
This morning your guide will travel back to Machu Picchu with you, and you can explore the site at your leisure. There then follows a 6-course tasting lunch, showcasing the chef’s ability to combine ingredients that would have been available to the Incas with contemporary cooking techniques. Feeling suitably well fed you then board the train back to Cusco, where you’ll stay at El Mercado Hotel. This is built on the site of a former farmer’s market – so is entirely appropriate for this trip. The hotel is just over 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, and you’ll have plenty of time to start to find your way around Cusco. You’ll also have plenty of choice of dinner venues, ranging from the hotel’s own restaurant to one of the many cafes and restaurants in the town. Breakfast, lunch.
Your final full day on the trip starts with a visit to San Pedro, Cusco’s main market, with its fantastic variety of potatoes and other produce. Next you have a cookery lesson with a professional chef who will show you how to prepare local dishes from the Cusco region – which you then get to eat for lunch. After lunch you head to the huge fortress and ceremonial centre of Sacsayhuaman, outside Cusco – renowned for the massive stones used in its construction. Your guided tour continues with a visit to the cathedral, before you go on to Korikancha – the 15th century Inca ‘Golden Enclosure’ which was once clad in gold. You have the rest of the afternoon to yourself before you are taken to the MAP Café Restaurant in the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art where you will finish your Peruvian gastronomic experience with a tasting dinner of Novoandina cuisine. Overnight at El Mercado Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
This morning you will be collected after breakfast and transferred to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima where you’ll connect with your flight home. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £4185 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 Prices based on 2 sharing and excluding international flights: From £4185
8 nights twin-share accommodation in the properties mentioned; private transfers; private sightseeing tours with an English-speaking guide in Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu; Entrance fees in the tours mentioned; Return train ticket to Machu Picchu; Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
International and domestic flight (we would normally book these for you and add this to the package); Visas (not currently required by British passport holders); insurance; Huayna Picchu entrance; meals not mentioned as included; drinks; tips; personal expenses such as laundry.
This holiday begins and ends in Lima. Return flights from the UK cost from around £900, depending on season and availability. We usually book these flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made trip which you can take any time you like subject to availability.
The Casa Andina Premium provides luxurious contemporary accommodation in a superb position in the heart of the Miraflores district of Lima.
A lovely colonial-style hotel in the heart of Cusco, owned by Mountain Lodges of Peru.
Sol y Luna Hotel provides a perfect base to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The 62 room Sumaq Hotel offers luxurious accommodation close to Machu Picchu.
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Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.