Peru for Foodies
Get to know Peru through its food and its history, an enticing combination of living traditions, modern creativity and ancient arts.
Peru for Foodies
9 days from £4,185
This holiday is a real treat, in more ways than one. On the culinary side you will visit markets, learn about traditional fare, learn how to cook Peruvian-style, and eat at high-class, innovative restaurants. At the same time you will visit some of the country’s most famous highlights, such as Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Larco Museum in Lima.
In recent years Peruvian chefs have been on a quest to unlock the secrets of the vast array of ingredients that their country has to offer, from coast, mountain and jungle. Some of those foods which were staple of the Incas, all are still found today, growing wild or under cultivation. Together they contribute to the fame that Peru has acquired as the gastronomic capital of South America.
On this holiday you will learn about the fruit and vegetables, the seafood and the animal products that figure so highly in Peruvian kitchens. You will choose items in the market, cook them and naturally, enjoy them for lunch. You will also sample the dishes and drinks that the professionals prepare. Your food journey will take in the capital, Lima, and Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
It won’t be all food and drink, though. You will visit some of the most important Inca sites, including the word-famous Machu Picchu, which you will take the train up to. You will have time to get to know Cusco and parts of Lima. The hotels for your stay have been carefully chosen to reflect a variety of styles, from the converted colonial to the ultra-modern, but all with a suitable degree of quality and comfort.
Peru for Foodies Highlights
- Fabulous Peruvian cuisine, both traditional and modern
- Peruvian cocktail making
- Market shopping and cookery class.
- Sightseeing in Lima and Cusco
- Two days at Machu Picchu
- Andean train ride
- Stylish accommodation in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley
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Why not extend this trip to include the rainforest, Lake Titicaca, or other areas of Peru before or after this itinerary. Or combine with other South American destinations such as Galapagos.
DAY 1: ARRIVE LIMA
On arrival at Lima airport you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel, Casa Andina Premium, in the Miraflores district of the city. It’s a 45-60 minute drive, depending on the traffic. In the evening you will be taken to Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant in front of the impressive archaeological site of the same name. The ruins, made of countless adobe bricks and clay, rise above the city streets and from the restaurant you can appreciate the immensity of the structure while enjoying delicious contemporary Peruvian cuisine.
DAY 2: IN LIMA: MARKET, COOKERY CLASS AND SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast you will be taken to a local market not only to sample some of Peru’s exotic fruits, but also to buy the ingredients for your lunch. You will learn how to make the dishes and how to mix Peru’s famous cocktail, pisco sour. Your final task will be to eat and drink what you have prepared. After lunch your guide will take you to the city’s colonial centre to see the Plaza de Armas, the government palace and the Casa de Aliaga, the oldest residence in the city and still in the same family after 17 generations. Return to Miraflores and see the Malecón (the boulevard overlooking the Pacific Ocean) and the Parque de Amor (Lovers’ Park), before returning to your hotel. Overnight at the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores.
DAY 3: IN LIMA: LARCO MUSEUM, CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE
This morning’s visit is to the Larco Museum, one of Peru’s most famous collections of pre-Inca ceramics. You will be amazed by the inventiveness and realism captured by the potters. The museum also has fine collections of gold and silver. You will return to Miraflores for lunch at Amaz, a restaurant that specialises in ingredients from the Amazon region. After lunch, the tour continues to the bohemian district of Barranco, south of Miraflores, where you will have the chance to taste Peruvian chocolate, followed by a visit to a coffee roaster for an organic coffee and a typical dessert. Overnight at the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores.
DAY 4: TO CUSCO AND THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
An early transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Cusco. You will be met at the airport in Cusco and leave immediately for the town of Pisaq in the valley of the Urubamba River, known as the Sacred Valley, an hour north of Cusco. Here you will visit the Inca ruins high above the town, with fine buildings and extensive agricultural terraces. The second ‘must-see’ in Pisaq is the daily market which has stalls selling colourful alpaca textiles, replicas of Inca artefacts, necklaces, paintings and other crafts. You will also see locals trading their produce. The next stop is the Hacienda Sarapampa, whose chief crop is giant maize (corn); you will be shown the fields, farm and interpretation centre. A 7-course lunch follows, during which there will be a show featuring marinera dancing and a demonstration of riding skills by Peru’s typical paso horses and their riders. Afterwards we recommend taking it easy at your hotel and spa, the Sol y Luna in Urubamba.
DAY 5: MARAS, MORAY AND BEER
Not far from Urubamba and close to the village of Maras are dazzling white saltpans that tumble down a steep hillside, a giant staircase of ponds overlooking the valley. The salt-mining techniques have been in use since before Inca times. Nearby is Moray and what some believe to be an Inca agricultural research centre. A series of concentric terraces in a depression on the plateau create different climatic conditions, perhaps the testing ground for new strains of crop. Lunch today is the traditional meal known as Pachamanca, which is cooked underground using heated stones. The venue is a farm with superb views of snow-capped mountains and the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. You will end the day at the Cervecería del Valle, a brewery which uses local ingredients and water from glacial springs. Overnight at Sol y Luna.
DAY 6: OLLANTAYTAMBO AND MACHU PICCHU
After breakfast you will visit the ruins that you saw at a distance yesterday, Ollantaytambo. The site climbs up from a plaza in town to a promontory with great views. The ceremonial complex has unbelievable stonework, some of it massive, and elsewhere at the site are baths and terraces. From Ollantaytambo it is a 1½-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, the modern town beneath the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu. From the station it's a short bus ride uphill to the ruins where you'll have a comprehensive guided tour of the site. Afterwards you will head back down the hill to your hotel, the Sumaq Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes.
Breakfast, packed lunch.
DAY 7: MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO
This morning you can return to Machu Picchu for a leisurely visit to see parts of the site that you may not have seen previously. Your guide will accompany you. Then you will return to the Sumaq Hotel for a 6-course tasting lunch, which highlights the fusion of contemporary techniques with the ingredients that the Incas would have enjoyed. After lunch you will take the train back to Cusco where you will be staying at El Mercado Hotel. Appropriately parts of the hotel were once Cusco’s farmers’ market. It is 3½ blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
DAY 8: IN CUSCO
Cusco’s main market is called San Pedro; your first visit of the day will be here to soak up the atmosphere and see the huge variety of potatoes and other produce available. A professional chef will then show you how to prepare dishes from the Cusco region. You will then go outside the city to the enormous ceremonial centre and fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The massive stones used in its construction defy explanation. Your city tour will continue with a stop at the Cathedral, on the Plaza de Armas, with its extensive collection of artworks, before continuing to the Qoricancha. This was the Incas’ Temple of the Sun, covered in gold which the Spaniards stripped and, subsequently, overbuilt with the Convent of Santo Domingo. The remaining Inca stonework is some of the finest masonry anywhere in the world. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax or wander the city before a tasting dinner at the MAP Café Restaurant (in the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art), which specialises in Novoandina cuisine – traditional ingredients served in today’s style. Overnight at El Mercado Hotel.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
DAY 9: FLIGHT CUSCO-LIMA AND FLIGHT HOME
You will be taken to Cusco airport today for the flight back to Lima where you’ll connect with your flight home.
Upgrades and extensions. The itinerary outlines is using some excellent hotels. You can further upgrade these to use Hotel B in Lima, Inkaterra Machu Pichu Pueblo in Aguas Calientes and La Casona in Cusco.
This si a relatively short trip so why not consider extending to the rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa or other fascinating parts of Peru. We can tailor these extensions to your requirement. You could even add another Latin American destination such as The Galapagos.
Trains to Machu Picchu either depart from and return to Poroy station near Cusco or Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. At certain times of year some trains only operate from Ollantaytambo. Your exact itinerary will be dependent on the train ticket we are able to purchase for you at the time of booking. This may mean that part of the journey between Ollantaytambo and Cusco is by road.
Machu Picchu entrance. Tickets to Machu Pichu are currently restricted to a maximum of 4 hours within the site and with no re-entry. Your itinerary may vary according to your train arrival time to allow you to make the most of the 4 hours. That may mean an early lunch before the visit or a late lunch after it. You have to be accompanied by a guide on your first visit.
If you are revisiting on the next day you may enter with a second new ticket.
Guide price from (pp sharing): 2019 prices from £4,185 based on travel throughout 2019. With upgraded hotel options from £4,720.
Includes: 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.
Excludes: 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.
Getting there: This holiday starts in Lima and ends in Quito. International return flights from the UK and the necessary domestic flights will cost from around £1000 per person, subject to season and availability. We will be happy to book flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a tailor-made holiday that can begin on the day of your choice
The climate in the Andes varies according to the altitude. In general though, the rainy season is from December to March, but it varies in intensity from area to area and from year to year. For most people the best time to go to the Andes is between June and September. Days are mostly dry and sunny, but it can be cold at night. April and May, after the rains, and October and November are also good months to visit the Andes. Being at high altitude you will need to pack for variable weather at any time of year.
Note that June is the busiest month for festivals in Cusco, including the Inca festival of Inti Raymi, so there will be high tourist occupancy then.
On the Pacific coast of Peru, the climate is sub-tropical and dry. Temperatures are warmest in the summer from December to March, when they can reach up to 30°c. The winter lasts from June to September, when temperatures can drop to 15°c and days are usually misty (locally called garúa) and damp. You are more likely to experience some rain in these months.
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