Peru is a famous culinary destination and its significance in the gastronomic scene has expanded in the last decades. Today, it is a well-recognized gastronomic destination across the globe. So, gain insight into the internationally acclaimed Peruvian cuisine and have the best experiences in Latin America with our 9-days culinary tour of Peru.
(Day 1): Arrival in Lima
(Day 2): Local Market Tour in Lima
(Day 3): Fly to Cuzco
(Day 4): Exploring Cuzco
(Day 5): Sampling Local Food in Cuzco
(Day 6): Archaeological Tour of Sacred Valley of Incas
(Day 7): One Day Tour of Machu Picchu
(Day 8): Adventure in Cuzco
(Day 9): Departure Back Home
Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley of Incas, Machu Picchu
Today your Peru journey begins as you board your international outbound flight to Lima. Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be met by your private guide and transferred to your hotel which is situated at just a few minutes distance from some of the best restaurants in the city.
Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, Lima is a captivating city as well as a treasure trove of history. It is the capital of Peru and also its largest city. Explore medieval Incan archaeological sites, or meander through the classic cathedrals and splendid palaces that date back from Spanish colonial times. Though a little crowded, you'll surely enjoy exploring the city's neighborhoods, especially the beachfront areas. Lima is also considered the best place to sample the wonderful Peruvian cuisine, which has a huge variety of ingredients from mountain, coast and Amazon regions. The cold sea current in front of Peru's huge coast makes the sea quite rich in fish and seafood, which taste amazing due to the special plankton they consume. Because of this reason, fish and seafood restaurants are worth the time, and not much expensive.
Your culinary tour of Peru starts with a visit to the local market. You will be able to sample various fruits and juices before visiting the cathedral. Enjoy lunch in a local ceviche restaurant and spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, dine at one of Peru's popular gourmet restaurants.
Your private guide will transfer you to the airport this morning to catch a flight to Cuzco in the Andes. On reaching, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Spend the afternoon to relax as you get accustomed to the altitude.
Cuzco is a splendid city having well preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself exhibits the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and just by meandering the streets, one can witness the layers of history.
Today, make your way to the San Pedro market, the main market of Cuzco where you can sample exotic fruits or purchase regional spices for instance. You will also get to visit the main highlights around the main square.
The Southern Valley of Cuzco is not-so visited area. Head out to the Inca site of Tipon and a tiny town to taste local food and witness a glimpse of day to day life with a visit to the market.
A visit to this city and its nearby ruins takes you back into the cosmic realm of medieval Andean culture only to be repackaged as a booming tourist center. The capital of Cuzco is only the gateway. Beyond it, lies the Sacred Valley, an Andean countryside lined with villages, high-altitude hamlets and ruins connected by trail and railway tracks to the continent's biggest attraction – Machu Picchu!
Enjoy a guided tour today of the archaeological site of Pisac which is like a feat of Inca engineering. Later, enjoy some free time at the handicraft market near to the ruins. Afterward, wander the valley to participate in a traditional pachamanca lunch that involves preparing local produce and meats in earthen heaven against the gorgeous backdrop of the Andes.
This morning, you’ll be transferred to the station to board your train to Aguas Calientes, the compact town situated at the foot of Machu Picchu. Later in the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of the majestic Inca citadel. Back at the hotel, relish complimentary pisco sour at the bar and know about the history of this quintessential Peruvian cocktail.
Today, you have a free morning to explore Machu Picchu again on your own. If you wish to climb one of the surrounding mountains, you will need to pre-book it. Board the train back to Cuzco this afternoon, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy one last morning in Peru before your guide takes you back to the airport for the international flight back home.
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