- Per Request
- 8 Days
- Culinary Activities:
- Visit “huariques” or holes in the wall where locals enjoy the best of their cuisine, learn from renowned Peruvian chefs in a Peruvian culinary school and visit the restaurant of famed chef Gaston Acurio
Lima, Sacred Valley of the Incas, archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo and Moray, salt mines of Maras, “Parque de las Papas” where 1300 varieties of potatoes are cultivated, Machu Picchu and Cusco
- 2 months prior to departure
Peruvian cuisine is not only influenced by the Incas and the Spanish, but also by the migrations that followed the Spanish Conquest including the Chinese, Japanese, Africans and Italians. These cultural influences and the distinct geographical regions of Peru produce a variety of ingredients and regional dishes that make Peruvian cuisine a unique culinary experience.
Our culinary experience starts in Lima with its a rich colonial heritage, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and delicious cuisine. In Lima, we will enjoy visits to colorful vegetable and fruit markets and “huariques” or “holes in the wall” where locals enjoy the best of their cuisine. We will also taste regional and fusion dishes in restaurants of renowned Peruvian chefs and receive instruction on Peruvian cooking in a culinary school.
We will continue our journey across the Andes to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will wander the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo, Moray and the salt mines of Maras. We will also visit the Andean community of farmers called “Parque de las Papas” where 1,300 varieties of potatoes are cultivated in a 22,000-acre bio diverse potato reserve. We will learn about the varieties of potatoes and the role these crops play in the lives of the local people. The day will end with a dinner at the park’s Papamanka Restaurant where we will sample a variety of potato dishes while taking in spectacular views of the Andes.
A trip to Peru would not be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, which is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the spiritual center of the Inca Empire. In Machu Picchu we will explore its magnificent terraces, the temple of the Sun and the Moon, the Intihuatana, the Inca baths and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds it.
During our final days, we will explore the city of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will walk through history on the cobblestone streets lined with Inca walls and visit the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, the Central Market, and the artsy neighborhood of San Blas among other historical sites.
Length of stay and itinerary can be modified to suit your group.