Embark on a ten-day Peru with Flavour journey to discover what makes Peru the ultimate culinary destination. Spend time in South America’s gastronomic capital, Lima, which is home to three restaurants on the World’s Best 50 Restaurants List. Alongside fine dining, stroll markets, sample local fare and learn to make the classic dish ceviche at the private home of a top chef. Experience the incredible diversity of ingredients from the coast to sierra to jungle, as well as the country’s impressive scenery – including Machu Picchu and Cusco.
- Dine at Central, #4 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants List
- Eat a traditional pachamanca lunch on an organic farm in the Sacred Valley
- Learn the secrets of Peruvian cooking in the private home of a top chef
- Visit local markets and eateries on a sampling food tour of Lima
Day 1 Lima Arrival in Lima. Dinner at La Gloria. Overnight at JW Marriott or Hotel B.
Day 2 Lima Learn the secrets of Peruvian cooking with a top chef. Dinner at amaZ restaurant. Overnight at JW Marriott or Hotel B.
Day 3 Lima Into the Past: Lima's city highlights with a specialist guide and Creative Footsteps walking tour. Dinner reservation at Central. Overnight at JW Marriott or Hotel B.
Day 4 Lima - Cusco - Urubamba Valley Fly to Cusco. Visit Pisac archaeological site and market. Overnight at Sol y Luna (Superior or Deluxe).
Day 5 Urubamba Valley Visit Maras and Moray. Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca lunch on an organic farm. Visit a craft brewery in the Sacred Valley. Overnight at Sol y Luna (Superior or Deluxe).
Day 6 Urubamba Valley - Machu Picchu Visit Ollantaytambo ruins. Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Overnight at El Mapi or Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Day 7 Machu Picchu - Cusco Machu Picchu with optional hikes. Vistadome train back to Cusco. Overnight at La Casona.
Day 8 Cusco Appreciate Cusco's cobbled-street charm with a tour of the city's key sites. Flight to Lima. Dinner at Astrid y Gaston or Maido.
Day 9 Lima Urban Eats sampling food tour. Cocktail demonstration and dinner at Malabar. Overnight at JW Marriott or Hotel B.
Day 10 Lima International Departure
An English-speaking Aracari representative will be expecting you from your international arrival, will greet you and give you your customized welcome pack with a booklet of your trip itinerary and other useful information before whisking you off to your hotel, assisting you with all check-in procedures.
In the evening diner at La Gloria (table reservation only). Well established for a decade, La Gloria, by chef Oscar Velarde, is the preferred restaurant of more traditional Lima culinary connoisseurs. It serves up fine Mediterranean cuisine and also happens to be the best place to try national delicacy guinea pig, in Peru!
Lima With Zest
There are many ways to get to know a city, but one of the most gratifying and interesting is through its food. This is especially true of Lima, with the infinity of textures, colors, aromas and flavors that this generous land provides. “Lima With Zest” is a hands-on experience that gets everyone involved, from searching for a variety of local and seasonal ingredients from vendors at a local market right down to the preparation and presentation. Your personal chef and instructor will give you more than a simple demonstration; you can expect to learn by getting directly involved. All cooking is done overlooking the Pacific in the chef's own family apartment in Barranco, the district known for its bohemian character and home of famous Peruvian writers of the 20th century.
In the evening enjoy dinner at ámaZ restaurant (table reservation only). The Amazon Rainforest is one of the natural wonders of the world, containing 10% of the world’s biodiversity. There are over 50 ethnic groups in the Peruvian Amazon. Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino has taken it upon himself to connect with these people and conceptualize their Amazon cuisine.
Into The Past Lima City Tour with Specialist Guide. Creative Footsteps. Dinner at Central Restaurant.
One of the main fascinations of Lima is the concentration of ancient history in the area; not only do the origins of the city pre-date the Spanish foundation of the city by several millennia, its museums are full of the artistic treasures of magnificent pre-Columbian civilizations that flourished throughout the coastal deserts of Peru. Begin to unravel this multifaceted history and discover the complex past of this fascinating city accompanied our specialist guide. Visit an ancient adobe pyramid right in the middle of the city, Huaca Huallamarca, which dates back to around 200 BC. Journey to the Larco Herrera Museum, where thousands of years of complex ancient history will be turned into an easy-to-understand story, for kids and adults alike. Continue on to the colonial area of Lima, featuring the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful baroque style buildings. You will also have a chance to visit Casa Aliaga, reportedly the oldest home on the Continent and still family-owned after 17 generations. The sites visited today can be tailored to alternatively include: La Casona de San Marcos; the Convent of San Francisco and its catacombs; Huaca Pucllana; and the Museo de la Inquisition. It is also possible to organize cocktails at Casa Aliaga (supplement price applies).
Head to Barranco to saunter from one site to the next, soaking in the atmosphere and admiring the unique architecture in this historic district. Originally a trendy seaside resort for wealthy Lima residents at the beginning of the 20th century, Barranco features holidaymakers’ elegant mansions and stately homes that display neo-colonial style and charming decorative features. As you meander through the area taking in the sites, you will also spend some time exploring a few of the many innovative art galleries, traditional craft shops and trendy ateliers such as the innovative Lucia de la Puente Art Gallery, the Las Pallas and Dédalo craft shops. Another stop, subject to availability, is to visit the appointment-only, private Peruvian art collection of artist and collector Jaime Liébana. Before returning to your Lima hotel, take advantage of the amazing dining options in one of Barranco’s many trendy restaurants.
In the evening dine at Central Restaurant. #4 on the World's Top 50 Restaurants List, Central delivers ambitious and worldly fusion from chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz, who has crafted a series of modern, molecular dishes using ingredients native to Peru. Choose between two tasting menus. Reservations required well in advance.
Lima - Cusco - Urubamba
Flight to Cusco, Pisac Market & Ruins, Hacienda Sarapampa
Our Aracari representative will pick you up from your hotel for your private transfer to Lima airport, where he will assist you with check-in procedures for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, your personal guide and private driver will greet you at the airport to head straight to the Urubamba Valley - also known as the 'Sacred Valley'. Your guide will accompany you throughout the Urubamba Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu.
In Pisac experience the sights and sounds of the town’s famous market, with its variety of handcrafts and fresh produce. Continue on to the Pisac ruins. With Inca masonry of superlative quality, the stunning terracing following the contours of the mountain and superior view of the valley will leave you in awe.
Upon arrival at Hacienda Sarapampa in the Sacred Valley you will be greeted by the hacienda owners on the property patio and enjoy a welcome drink and snacks. The owners will then take you on a private tour of the working farm, cornfields and the interpretation centre, showcasing the different stages and processes in cultivating corn and explaining the origin of maize. Enjoy a scenic ride around the property in a tractor-pulled cart. You will then enjoy a private lunch with the hacienda owners served in the gardens, with a menu of seven courses based on both indigenous ingredients and cuisines introduced during colonial times. The ingredients and dishes will all be presented and explained to you. During lunch you will be treated to a traditional Peruvian Paso Horse show along with explanations of the origin of the Peruvian Paso Horse. Afterwards you will be taken to your hotel for the evening.
Maras and Moray, Pachamanca lunch and visit to a craft brewery
Visit Maras, the site of the remarkable and unusual Salinas, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. This site consists of a huge number of watered terraces that collect salt by evaporation from the saline waters that gush from an underground stream. Built in a similar way to agricultural terraces seen throughout the Andes, the Salinas have been in use since pre-Columbian times. Visually, the shining, salt-encrusted terraces are extraordinary. Nearby Maras lie the most enigmatic Inca terraces at the site of Moray. This unique site, probably used for agricultural experimentation, consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions.
Afterwards enjoy a traditional Pachamanca lunch at an organic farm. Having been the “bread basket” at the heart of the Inca Empire, the lush Sacred Valley has abundant potential to produce a variety of fresh ingredients – today many that you will try are sourced from the farm. Located in the midst of Inca terracing, the farm also offers breathtaking views towards the snow-capped peaks of mount Veronica and the Ollantaytambo ruins. Choose from a variety of dishes such as chicken and vegetable kebabs, pan-fried trout served with a variety of native potatoes and alpaca steak served with elderberry sauce.
To round off your day visit the Cerveceria del Valle, a family-owned craft brewery producing Andean-inspired ales and lagers using high quality ingredients and glacial spring water from over 13,000 ft. above sea level. One of the founders will guide you around the brewery before you sample a selection of beers on tap.
Urubamba - Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo fortress. Machu Picchu visit, arriving by the Vistadome Train
Begin your day by visiting the fabulous town of Ollantaytambo and its archaeological sites. The town is unique in that it still preserves its original Inca plan with people living in traditional cancha enclosures once occupied by the Inca elite. The archaeological compound is a sensational sight to behold and is of great historical significance for the Incas during the Spanish Conquest: It was here that one of the greatest battles of the Conquest was fought and one of the few where the Incas defeated the Spaniards.
From here board the Vistadome train. As the name implies, the Vistadome features spectacular panoramic windows with incredible scenic views, connecting you with the magnificent landscapes and offering you ample opportunities to photograph this amazing journey (approx 1.5hrs). On arrival in Aguas Calientes you will board a bus to reach the entrance of Machu Picchu.
“Magnificence” is the only word to describe the scene, as you gaze upon the ruins of Machu Picchu. The main destination on many travellers’ lists, the ‘lost city of the Incas’ is a man-made marvel that has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. Only a century ago were the incredible ruins uncovered; a two year-excavation led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the National Geographic Society of Washington DC allowed Machu Picchu to gain the prominence that it deserves. Its fascination is due in part to its position, high on a mountain ridge and 2,430m/7,972ft above sea level. Believed to be an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, it is associated with being the royal estate of Pachacuti, the great Inca who sparked the expansion of the empire. Enjoy a 2-3 hour guided visit of Machu Picchu before spending the remainder of the afternoon exploring the ruins after the majority of visitors have left the site. Afterwards, return by bus to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu - Cusco
Second Day at Machu Picchu, Vistadome train to Cusco
This morning you’ll return to the ruins with your guide. Optionally hike to IntiPunku, the “Sun Gate”, take a more strenuous climb to Huayna Picchu or climb to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain, located south of the Citadel and offering spectacular panoramic views. Following your visit, take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the Vistadome train (approx. 1.5hrs) back to Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you by road to Cusco (approx. 2hrs). On arrival in Cusco check in to your hotel.
Cusco - Lima
In And Around Cusco. Dinner at Astrid y Gaston or Maido.
Since its narrow alleyways were originally designed by the Incas as a city for walking, start your exploration of Cusco on foot. Begin at the Plaza de Armas, the Main Square, which is marked by the exquisite Spanish Colonial architecture and ornamentation imposed by Spanish colonists to exert religious and political influence. Underneath it all, however, you can clearly see remnants of Inca Cusco in the solid stonework. Visit Koricancha, the most sumptuous “Sun Temple” in the Inca Empire, and the breathtaking Cathedral, a repository for Cusco’s colonial art, as well as many other important archaeological relics and artifacts. You will also stop by the colourful San Pedro market and pass through the charming neighborhood of San Blas. Next, visit Sacsayhuaman, an Inca citadel atop a hill, on the outskirts of the city. Not only are the imposing terraces of masterful stonework a sight to behold, but the vistas overlooking the sienna rooftops of Cusco provide a whole new perspective to the city you traversed.
Transfer to Cusco airport for your domestic flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by an Aracari representative and taken to your hotel.
In the evening choose between Astrid y Gaston or Maido for dinner. (Note: reservation only). Astrid y Gaston, housed in a refurbished mansion, is by Chef Gaston Acurio, known as the pioneer of Peruvian high cuisine. Maido is fusion Japanese-Peruvian, a style known as Nikkei.
Urban Eats sampling food tour. Cocktail demonstration and dinner at Malabar.
Having exploded onto the global food scene, Peru is now widely regarded as one of the world’s principal food travel destinations. Home to colourful dishes inspired by the country’s dramatically diverse geography, rich ethnic make-up and long culinary history, on today’s sampling tour you will savour some of the flavours that have helped put Peru on the world food map. Visiting a local market, traditional bodegas and artisan eateries that collectively showcase some of the best of Peru’s produce, discover new ingredients and learn more about Lima’s trailblazing gastronomic status by tasting a sample of the extraordinary variety of foods Peru offers.
Peruvians are fiercely proud of their national drink pisco. With the help of the expert bartenders at Malabar restaurant, acquaint yourself with the finer nuances of the distinct flavours and aromas with a selection of the finest piscos and specially designed pisco cocktails. One of the bar’s claims to fame is its introduction of the drink Pisco Punch to Lima, a cocktail invented in San Francisco during the gold rush and made with pisco and pineapple. By the end of the day - as well as feeling very merry - the difference between quebranta, mosto verde and acholado will be a mere formality. Following your cocktail demonstration enjoy dinner at Malabar restaurant. We have booked a table for you. You will pay the restaurant directly for your meal and any other consumption.
You will be met at your hotel for your private transfer to Lima International Airport with assistance for your departure.
Itinerary pricing as of 2017
Pricing Info - US$4,847
- Price is per person for this 10-day itinerary
- Based on Hotel Selection 1: JW Marriott Lima, Sol y Luna (Superior), El Mapi, Inkaterra La Casona
Pricing Alternatives - US$5,335
- Price is per person for this 10-day itinerary
- Based on Hotel Selection 2: Hotel B, Sol y Luna (Deluxe Casita), Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Inkaterra La Casona
This itinerary is based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy, excluding flights (international and domestic).
- Includes all specified services in the itinerary description
- All transfers and entrance fees
- A welcome pack on arrival including: a pre-loaded cell phone to contact your travel consultant at any time, a printed booklet packed with insider tips alongside your detailed itinerary and up-to-date recommendations on dining and shopping
- Hand-selected English-speaking guides
- Specialist guides (where noted)
- 24-hour support from our locally based team
- 9 nights in a hand-picked and personally tested selection of Peru’s finest hotels