The Flavors of the Andes
Visit the World's #1 Food Destination
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8 Days / 7 Nights

Price Details

Per person, based on double occupancy. 25% deposit on fare & $25 per person booking fee is required to reserve, with final payment due 90 days prior to travel. Please review our refund policy on the link below.

Fare includes deluxe accommodation: 2 nights Country Club Lima Hotel, 3 nights Sol Y Luna in Cusco, 1 night Hotel El Mapi in Aguas Calientes, 1 night Hotel Monasterio in Cusco; meals and tours per itinerary; admission to sites indicated on tour descriptions; gratuities for guides, drivers and restaurants; transfers and porterage per itinerary.

Fare does not include international airfare, private transfers, optional Machu Picchu arrival by Inca Trail, entrance fees not referenced in itinerary, meals not indicated on itinerary, passport and visa fees, services of a personal nature including in-room dining, spa treatments and telephone charges, personal and travel insurance; airport and departure taxes and $25 per person booking fee.

Trip Overview

Foodies, outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of the Pisco Sour, it's time to experience one of the world's most compelling outdoor and food destinations. In fact, Peru was awarded the "#1 Culinary Destination in the World" at the December 2012 World Travel Awards.

Points of Interest

Aracari Cooking Demo

Market to Table In Lima

Visit a local market where your guide will introduce their favorite vendors and facilitate discussion about seasonal and local ingredients, which will be used in this morning's class.  Enjoy a pisco sour and learn about essential techniques and ingredients for Ceviches and Limas local tapas. Then the feast begins, tasting the ceviches and tapas that you prepared. Enjoy lunch with a view of Lima's beautiful coast.
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Peruvian Plots, Fields and Farms

Venture into the heart of the valley to visit  farms in the communities of Rumichaca and Palcaraqui.  Discover aromatic herbs, surprising grains, roots and colorful fruits.  Did you know there are over 38 different kinds of potatoes in Peru?
Rio Sagrado River Front

Urubamba River

Explore the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  A haven for outdoor adventurers, where you don’t need any experience to have a fantastic day out.  Enjoy a thrilling white water rafting adventure or bike from the Andean highlands down to the river below, cycling amid traditional communities where the way of life has changed very little since the Spanish arrived nearly 500 years ago.
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Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail

The original Gateway into Machu Picchu when approaching the site along the the Inca Trail, Inti Punku is the first point where the ruins of Machu Picchu are visible. The views of the site and surrounding landscape are superb.  Your guide will initially walk you through this ancient site, with options to view the sunrise the next morning or take a moderate hike to experience an optional approach to Machu PIcchu.
Cusco Square

Cusco

Join your guide in the Plaza de Armas to visit the main sights in the city centre before sojourning to the outskirts to view important Inca ruins. You will visit the highlights such as the Main Square, the Cathedral, Koricancha or Sun Temple, the Inca Ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the bustling San Pedro market.

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Itinerary

  1. Arrive to Lima

    Upon arrival, you will be met and transfered to your hotel with time on your own to explore the town this evening.

  2. Explore Lima's Food & Culture [B]

    Morning Market Tour

    Guided Visit of Colonial Lima and cocktails at Casa Aliaga

    Dinner at one of Lima's most exclusive and renowned restaurants

  3. Transfer to Cusco; Visit Pisac  [B,L]

    En route from the airport in Cusco to your hotel, you will visit Pisac, one of the most important Inca sites in the valley

    Optional visit to Awanacancha, Lunch and Peruvian Paso horse exhibition

    Arrive to your hotel in Cusco with time on your own to explore the area

  4. The Foods of the Valley [B,L]

    Morning Farm Excursion with Chef Interactive Cooking Class

  5. Design Your Own Day in the Sacred Valley [B]

    Choose from two full-day outdoor adventures: Whitewater Rafting the most beautiful section of the Urubamba river or biking through the Sacred Valley

  6. Visit Machu Picchu [B,L]

    You and your guide will take the Vistadome train from Ollanta train station to Aguas Calientes train station. Then, you will catch a mini bus for the final 30 minute ride uphill to the site. These are shuttle buses that leave/arrive the site every half hour. Enjoy a 2-3 hour guided visit of Machu Picchu and then, a buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge. Later, take one of the shuttle buses back down to Aguas Calientes.

    *Optional Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu

  7. Explore Machu Picchu [B,L,D]

    Today your entrance ticket to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and buses are included. If one day is simply not long enough at Machu Picchu, we offer a second day to be enjoyed with your guide.

    Choose from four excursions depending on your fitness level and how long you want to be outside.

    Take the afternoon Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta in the Urubamba Valley

  8. Sightseeing in Cusco; Return to Lima [B]

    Morning Guided Tour of Cusco

    Fly Cusco to Lima and onward

Accommodations

Country Club Lima Hotel

This  five-star landmark hotel is one of the only to be recognized as a Peruvian national monument.  Every detail, from ornate chandeliers complement lofty, wood-beam ceilings to original artwork on loan from the Pedro de Osma Museum, lends a boutique quality and strong sense of place. 

Enjoy world-class amenities, an award-winning restaurant, and guest privileges at the exclusive Lima Golf Club, all in a setting of warmth and intimacy. Coffee shop, bar, outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, and boutique are available for guests.

Sol Y Luna

This stunning and environmentally-integrated hotel is among the most highly recommended in all of Peru. It is charming and well-decorated, located amidst beautiful gardens in the heart of the Urubamba Valley. The standard bungalows all have comfortable beds and ample amenities, and are well-decorated and appointed.
 

Hotel El Mapi

Aside from a smart, stylish and contemporary interior and relaxing environment, the key draw of the newly renovated El MaPi in Aguas Calientes (6000feet) is its convenient location just a few minutes away from the train station "Puente Ruinas" from where buses leave for Machu Picchu.

Each of the neatly furnished and very comfortable rooms has an amazing panoramic view of the towering tree covered hills that surround, while there is a restaurant featuring an international menu and a modern, well-stocked bar.

Hotel Monesterio

Located in the historic city of Cusco, high in the Andes Mountains, the Monasterio Hotel was built as a monastery in 1592 and still retains the original character and style, while having the comfort and service of an Orient-Express Hotel.  The decor and furnishings area a combination of Colonial and Modern styles, and each room has a telephone, minibar, in room safe, cable TV, hair dryer and comfortable furnishings, accented by beautiful artwork.  There are two restaurants and a lobby bar for your enjoyment.

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