Embark on a ten-day Peru with Flavor 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 cook with leading chefs. 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 and Maido #4 and #8 respectively on the World's 50 Best Restaurants List
- Eat a traditional pachamanca lunch on an organic farm in the Sacred Valley
- 5-course cooking demo with celebrity chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino at his restaurant Malabar
- Visit local markets and eateries on a sampling food tours of Lima and Cusco
Day 1 Lima Arrival in Lima. Dinner at Maido. Overnight at Villa Barranco or Hotel B
Day 2 Lima Cookng class with a top chef. 5-course meal cooked for by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino at the workshop of his restaurant Malabar. Overnight at Villa Barranco or Hotel B
Day 3 Lima Into the Past: Lima's city highlights with a specialist guide. Urban Eats sampling food tour. Dinner reservation at Central. Overnight at Villa Barranco or Hotel B
Day 4 Lima - Cusco - Urubamba Valley Fly to Cusco. Visit the Incan site of Pisac. Lunch and Paso horse demonstration at Hacienda Sarapampa, a giant corn farm. 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 Ollantaytambo and and craft brewery. Overnight at Sol y Luna (Superior or Deluxe)
Day 6 Urubamba Valley - Machu Picchu Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Overnight at El Mapi or Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Day 7 Machu Picchu - Cusco Machu Picchu with optional hikes. Vistadome train to Cusco. Overnight at El Mercado or Inkaterra La Casona
Day 8 Cusco Appreciate Cusco's cobbled-street charm with a tour of the city's key sites. Urban Eats sampling food tour by night. Overnight at El Mercado or Inkaterra La Casona
Day 9 Lima The Chef's Food tour or Cusco Cookery Class. Free time in Cusco. Overnight at El Mercado or Inkaterra La Casona
Day 10 Lima Fly Cusco - 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 dine at Maido, #8 (2017) on the World's Best 50 Restaurant List (table reservation).
Lima With Zest or Urban Kitchen Cooking Class. 5-course cooking demo with chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.
There are many ways to get to know a city, but one of the most gratifying and interesting is through its food. Choose from two cooking experience this morning.
“Lima With Zest” is a hands-on experience with top chef Penelope. Scour local markets then cook together at the chef's family home in bohemian Barranco.
Urban Kitchen cooking class - visit to one of Lima’s popular local markets before a private cooking class in a dedicated professional kitchen workshop, led by Peruvian professional chef Ignacio Barrios. Ignacio has worked in some of the UK’s top restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Wild Honey, and worked under the famed Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio.
In the evening enjoy a private cooking demonstration and 5-course tasting menu hosted by acclaimed Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino at his leading restaurant Malabar. Known for championing authentic and unusual ingredients from all over Peru, including the Amazon, Pedro is charismatic chef who will lead you on a voyage of discovery with five sumptuous courses prepared in front of you.
Into The Past Lima City Tour with Specialist Guide. Urban Eats sampling food tour. 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, but 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 (as opposed to a tour guide). Visit an ancient adobe pyramid right in the middle of the city, Huaca Huallamarca, which dates back to around 200 BC. 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.
In the afternoon explore Lima's casual and local food scene with a 'friend in the city', as opposed to tour guide, on our authentic Urban Eats sampling food tour. They will bring you to popular local eating spots to sample Peruvian classics and criollo dishes.
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.
Lima - Cusco - Urubamba
Flight to Cusco, Pisac Market & Ruins, lunch at a working giant corn farm, 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'. Unlike most companies, we arrange for the same guide to 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, known for producing giant corn which is endemic to the valley, you will be greeted by the owners 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. You will then enjoy a private 7-course lunch in the gardens and treated to a traditional Peruvian Paso Horse demonstrario. Check-in to your hotel.
Maras and Moray, Pachamanca lunch and visit to a craft brewery
Visit Maras salt pans. 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. 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, cooked under the earth, at an organic 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.
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. 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, featuring spectacular panoramic windows with incredible scenic views (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, train and transfer 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. Urban Eats sampling food tour by night.
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. Next, visit Sacsayhuaman, an Inca citadel atop a hill, on the outskirts of the city.
In the early evening enjoy a sampling food tour to learn about the many influences on Peruvian food that have helped position Peru as one of the world’s top culinary destinations. You’ll stop at various restaurants, cafes and street food stalls along the way. At each stop your culinary guide will explain the story of Peruvian cuisine, washed down with a selection of local drinks.
The Chef's Food Tour Cusco
The Chef’s Food Tour led by a Professional Chef will continue your insight into Peru's unbelievable number of ingredients and rich culinary history. On this food-focused morning, you’ll be led on foot by one of the city’s top professional chefs to visit a market and eateries before heading to a restaurant to learn to make a pisco sour at the bar, followed by a mini ceviche cooking class.
You will be met at your hotel for your private transfer to Cusco airport for your domestic flight to Lima International Airport with assistance for your departure.
Itinerary pricing as of 2017
Pricing Info - US$4,938
- Price is per person for this 10-day itinerary
- Based on Hotel Selection: Villa Barranco, Sol y Luna, El Mapi, El Mercado
Pricing Alternatives - US$6,175
- Price is per person for this 10-day itinerary
- Based on Hotel Selection: Hotel B, Sol y Luna, Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, 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