A Taste of Peru

This program invites you to visit traditional restaurants to enjoy the gastronomy bounty and discover the creations of a new generation of chefs who have achieved international recognition for their imaginative use of traditional ingredients and recipes with haute cuisine techniques.

Day 1 - Lima      (-/-/-)

Transfer Lima Airport / Hotel (private)

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our offices contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2 - Lima       (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a morning Lima Gourmet Day experience (private).

Today we will be part of a gourmet experience, exploring exclusive restaurants, trendy districts, top must-see attractions, and hands-on activities.

Enjoy 5 stops spread between 3 districts (Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro) that include a visit to an organic Peruvian coffee roasteries and fruit tasting at a local market. Then have fun with a pisco tasting, hands-on cocktail and cebiche class with a professional chef, and end the day with a Peruvian gourmet lunch and dessert at a top restaurant in Lima with views of pre-Incan ruins.

After the tour, continue with your city tour.

PM: Half day Lima City tour (private)

We enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". Visit Lima's Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral, and its Religious Art Museum (closed on Sunday and Saturday pm; Santo Domingo Convent is provided instead on these days) as well as San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts. Continue our visit through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a Ceremonial and Administrative Centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century AC that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. Also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and El Parque del Amor, or Peruvian Love Park.

After the tour we drive you to the hotel.

Overnight in Lima

Day 3 – Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley  (B/L/-)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you by private car to the Lima Airport to board your flight to Cusco. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Pick up from Cusco airport by private car and driver. Today we will head to the town of Pisac, famous for its ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. Here, we visit the Inti Watana group which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana - a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons.

Then, we continue to the Pisac Market, which was the place of reunion for all artisans of the region to get together and exchange or buy and sell their products. Here, we will have the chance to interact with the local folk and even barter with the merchants while walking along colorful aisles full of textiles and crafts.

Farm Lunch (shared) (DO NOT OPERATE ON SUNDAYS)

Further into the Sacred Valley, reach working Hacienda Sarapampa, a vivid expression of the culture of corn farming from its beginnings in ancient Peru until today. “Sarapampa” is a word from the Quechua language meaning "cornfield." The variety grown is the Giant White Corn, a unique variety in the world due to its exceptional characteristics and size. Domesticated since ancient times, this corn has adapted to the unique conditions of this valley in such way that it only grows here, protected by the mountains and their spirits.

In Hacienda Sarapampa, learn how corn influenced the Andeans and those who followed during colonial and recent times. Visit the Giant White Corn fields and learn more about this unique crop, the stages in the process of cultivating corn (fallow, sowing, hilling, harvest) and its importance in the economy of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its farmers. Then, enjoy a countryside three-course gourmet lunch in the property gardens. After the tour we return to the hotel.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 4 – Sacred Valley  (B/PL/-)

Full day Maras Saltpans, Moray Terraces & Ollantaytambo (private)

We embark on a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the Maras Saltpans and its seemingly never-ending terraces, where salt extracted from springs is stored. The use of Maras Salt dates back thousands of years and is inherited from generation to generation and managed communally. It is impressive to see the variety of colors created by the reflection of the sun’s rays in this field of salt deposits, and to learn about the Incas striking ability to generate resources.

We continue our excursion to admire the Moray terraces, believed to be a former gigantic agricultural laboratory, an astronomical observatory, or a place of worship, or maybe all three. It is thought that Moray was used for plant adaptation to new climatic environments thanks to its circular terraces in immense cone-shaped depressions of 47 to 84 m that resemble giant fingerprints or contour lines.

Then, we head to the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. This fortress was believed to be constructed to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands.

Deluxe Picnic Lunch with Service (Private)

Today we will experience an unexpected lunch in the middle of nature with unique views than range from mirror-like lakes to magnificent mountains. We will find ourselves surrounded by beautiful landscapes, sipping a wine, admiring the stunning view of the Andes Mountains, and having a traditional Andean picnic lunch unlike any other.

Waterproof tents and transparent covers are expected if we experience a windy day.

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 5 – Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu    (B/L/D)

Full day excursion to Machu Picchu via roundtrip train (private)

We begin with a morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle, and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.

Along the way we will enjoy the changing landscape as we travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes.

From here, we board the bus that will take us on a 20-minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu (3,400masl/11,15ft), or Lost City of the Incas. Here, we take a guided tour of the Citadel, probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire, with its giant walls, terraces, and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train and upon arrival at the train station are met by our representative and driver for the transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Machu Picchu town

Day 6 – Machu Picchu / Cusco  (B/-/-)

2nd entrance fee to Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu

For more active and adventurous people, we suggest climbing the Huayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant.

After the visit, lunch will be on your own.

In the afternoon, at the appropriate time, walk to the station to board the return train. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be met by our representative and private driver who will transfer you to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 8 - Cusco  (B/-/-)

Gastronomic Matices Tour (private)

We set for an unforgettable experience by immersing in a festival of sensations, tasting at each stop the unique flavors and nuances of the different culinary lines offered by this gastronomic tour. We begin at Limo Restaurant. This is the best place to learn about the fusion of flavors provided by the Japanese migration to our country that nowadays is becoming very popular. Nikkei cuisine always includes fresh ingredients, crisp flavors, and an unparalleled level of professionalism when it comes to handling all the details.

Then, we visit Inkagrill that will delight us with a tasting of alpaca meat and our traditional ceviche but made of trout, a fish endemic of the area. We will do this from a privileged location right on Cusco’s mythical main square, the true hub of the city.

Finally, Calle del Medio will open its doors to give us a dessert tasting followed by a coffee or tea.

PM: Half day Cusco City tour Panoramic & Sacsayhuaman (private)

A guided sightseeing tour of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, where we will be able to admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city's most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: The Main Square, the Cathedral, and the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God. We continue to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins, the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, a ceremonial compound, and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city.

After the tour we return to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 9 – Cusco / Lima /-  (B/-/-)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Cusco Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you with check-in procedures and any departure formalities for your next flight.

Inclusions:

· Roundtrip Airport Transfers throughout the program

· Excursions as outlined in the itinerary

· 8nts Accommodation including Breakfast

· Other Meals according to the itinerary

· Train Tickets to/from Machu Picchu

· Permanent assistance in each destination

· Entrance fees to the Citadel/Machu Picchu

Exclusions:

· International or domestic airfare

· Services and non-mentioned meals/drinks in the itinerary

· Early check-in, late check-out, and hotel extras

· Personal expenses

· Tips for guides and hotel staff

Anyone who has been to Peru can vouch for its wonderful cuisine, which reflects the diversity of a nation that has blended its native traditions with the cuisine of Europe, the Middle East, China, Africa and Japan. The result: unique flavors that make Peruvian cuisine one of the finest and most varied in the world. This program invites you to visit traditional restaurants to enjoy the gastronomy bounty and discover the creations of a new generation of chefs who have achieved international recognition for their imaginative use of traditional ingredients and recipes with haute cuisine techniques.