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 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 restaurant as you gaze over the illuminated historic site.
Lima - Market Shopping, Cookery And Cocktail Class And Sightseeing
After breakfast you are taken to a local market where you can sample the local fruit and buy ingredients for lunch. You are 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 have 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 return to Miraflores and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views from the Malecon 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.
You are 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 fish, fruit and vegetables from the Amazon region. In the afternoon you are taken to the arty Barranco district for some chocolate tasting and then to a village coffee roastery where you can enjoy an organic coffee and a tasty desert. You spend another night at the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores and are free to dine where you wish.
Cusco And The Sacred Valley Of The Incas
You are 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 there are hundreds of stalls selling arts and crafts, alpaca textiles and local produce. From here you head Hacienda Sarapampa. Take a look around this photogenic working farm which produces giant maize; a sacred crop to the Inca, before enjoying a seven-course farm-to-table lunch and a show featuring Peruvian paso horses and marinera dancing. Later you are driven to your hotel, Sol y Luna in Urubamba, your home for the next two nights.
Maras, Moray And Beer
This morning you 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 enjoy on a farm with wonderful views over the mountains and Ollantaytambo's Inca ruins. Next it's on to the Cerveceria del Valle brewery to taste beer made with local ingredients and water from glacial springs, before you are dropped back at Sol y Luna.
Ollantaytambo And Machu Picchu
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 can see terraces and baths. You then take the 90 minute train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town which lies downhill from Machu Picchu. Then it's just a short bus ride and you arrive at the iconic Lost city of the Incas where you have a guided tour. Enjoy a packed lunch and later you head down the hill to your hotel for the night, 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 cafe bar.
Breakfast, picnic lunch
Machu Picchu To Cusco
This morning you return to Machu Picchu with your guide to explore the site at your leisure. There then follows a six-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 board the train back to Cusco, where you stay at El Mercado. The hotel is built on the site of a former farmer's market so is entirely appropriate for this trip. It is just over three blocks from the Plaza de Armas, and you have plenty of time to start to find your way around Cusco. There is plenty of choice of dinner venues, ranging from the hotel's own restaurant to one of the many cafes and restaurants in the town.
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 demonstrates how to prepare local dishes from the Cusco region which you then get to eat for lunch. Afterwards 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 Cafe Restaurant in the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art where you finish your Peruvian gastronomic experience with a tasting dinner of Novoandina cuisine. Return to El Mercado for a good night's sleep.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Flight Cusco-Lima And Flight Home
This morning you are collected after breakfast and transferred to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima and thence your flight home.
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