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There is no better way to learn about the culture of a country than meeting its people in the markets and tasting its specialties. During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to do just that while visiting Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Join this unique culinary adventure and discover the tantalizing flavors of both the traditional and novoandina dishes of Peruvian cuisine along the way.
During this holiday you can chose between different hotel options in each city you visit.
This hotel has recently opened outside the international arrivals area at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), making it a convenient option if you have a late arrival to Lima or an early departure the next day. Leisure facilities include a spa, gym, and pool, as well as the Sacsayhuaman Restaurant, the Huayruro Sushi Bar, and the Aeropuerto Coffee Shop. This hotel is part of the Wyndham franchise.
Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of El MaPi. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment of this newly remodeled hotel after your enlightening visit to Peru's most distinguished destination: Machu Picchu.
Located on Pachacutec Avenue, Inti Inn offers all the advantages of being located in the town center with access to all the major tourist activities. From here, you can experience close contact with the cradle of the Incas, enjoy the relaxing hot springs, wander the paths overlooking beautiful rivers, and enjoy the exotic climate of the town.
Inti Inn contains 30 matrimonial, double, and triple rooms and is well set up with all the comforts and services necessary to ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your stay.
Located at the edge of the quaint village of Lamay in the Sacred Valley, the Lamay Lodge blends traditional heritage with original contemporary design. The large garden on the grounds is the center of activities and an excellent place to soak in the Andean Mountain views. A large Jacuzzi is an ideal place to relax at the end of a long day of adventuring.
An inventive menu of International and Peruvian cuisine provides a refreshing take on the region’s most iconic dishes. All offerings are locally sourced, from organic coffee blends to healthy snacks.
Samanapaw or place for rest is a lodge that offers relaxation with spacious and comfortable facilities, allowing visitors to enjoy everything that is offered. It also offers spacious rooms with bathrooms equipped with every amenity that make them a place to relax.
Visitors can walk around three thousand meters of green areas with native tree plantations, orchards, and more. Enjoy grass over the entire length, with the company of wild birds that brighten the environment. Relax in the hammocks installed in the green area and attend the workshop to see the pottery production process of ceramics located on the property.
San Agustin Plaza Hotel is ideal for travelers who want to stay in comfortable, affordable, and elegant hotel in Cusco. The hotel is right in the traditional historical district of Cusco, with a stunning view of an iconic landmark: The Temple of the Sun, also known as Koricancha.
The area offers calm and quiet even though it is located very near the historic center of Cusco. Between the hotel and the Plaza de Armas, the most visited tourist attractions for travelers, you will find Centro de Textiles, Qorikancha, and Temple of the Sun, Cusco Craft Center and Cusco Museum of Popular Art, the best shops, and restaurants.
In the restaurant, sample the finest selected menu, inspired by the excellent traditional cuisine of the region. For entertainment, enjoy the lounge, which offers an excellent view of the city.
Taypikala Hotel is located in very quiet and warm surroundings, very close to the famous Convento del Qorikancha Convent or the Temple of the Sun, at only three blocks from the Plaza de Armas (Huacaypata) Main Square, and of easy access for tourists.
The construction style of the hotel is Colonial, with beautiful Andean decorations, thus creating an inner atmosphere of warmth which allows for relaxation after a busy day. The hotel's backyard is ideal to soak up the sun while holding an interesting conversation and, during the night, is a pleasant place to have a glass of wine or drink a cup of coffee.
These rooms are suites where you can relax and rest comfortably after a busy and exciting day making tours and visiting the sights. Moreover, suites are equipped with cable television, heating, telephone, security box, hair dryer, and Jacuzzi.
Arrive in Lima on the flight of your choice today. After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located Ramada Costa del Sol Hotel. Settle into your room and rest up for your Peru travel ahead, which includes ancient ruins, local markets, and the beautiful Andes Mountains.
Today, you will take a morning flight from Lima to Cusco. You will be able to explore the wonders of the San Pedro Market. San Pedro is Cusco's largest open market. Explore with your guide as you peruse the stalls and discuss the ingredients that have comprised the traditional Peruvian cuisine, as well as the local produce that remains a staple of Novoandina cuisine.
Fill up the shopping bag and make your way to A Mi Manera Restaurant, which specializes in typical dishes from the Andean highlands, as well as creative dishes. Here, you will actually go into the kitchen for a cooking demonstration and help prepare your own lunch with the help of some of Cusco's finest chefs. Later, you will sit back and enjoy your beautiful and delicious creations.
After lunch, you will explore the city of Cusco, where Andean history comes alive. Quechua speaking descendants of the Incas fill the streets and markets, colonial churches sit atop bases of smooth stonework laid centuries before the Conquistadors, and campesinos (Peru's rural farmers) in colorful dresses move busily back and forth across the plazas. Explore the main sites and sounds of Cusco with your guide this afternoon.
Transfer to Patabamba enjoying beautiful Andean landscapes along the way. An amazing community reception greets you upon arrival with flowers, music, and dances. Dress like a local and begin your activities with a short walk to collect flowers used in the wool dying process. From here, you will have the opportunity to take in the spectacular view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is considered one of the most beautiful natural sights of Peru.
Back in the community, expert cooks will be waiting to help you prepare Pachamanca, a dish cooked slowly while covered with large stones in a hole in the ground. As your dish slowly cooks to perfection, it will be time to prepare the wool by shearing, spinning, dyeing, washing, and weaving. After lunch, learn all about medicinal plants and their properties while learning how to make a poultice with medicinal herbs. Patabamba is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience!
After breakfast, drive the infamous Sacred Valley, stopping for markets and ruins along the way. The day is flexible, based on your interests, market days, and the weather. Some possible sights to see are Chinchero, with its beautiful combination of Inca ruins, a colonial church, a traditional market, and mountain landscapes; take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras and its pre-Columbian salt mines (still in use today with salt being collected in traditional fashion); and the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray.
This afternoon, you will have lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley and taste the dishes and ingredients that have contributed to the rise of Peruvian's cuisine. This is a chance to taste chicha, a fermented beverage made from corn, barley, and berries of the pepper tree, and it comes in both alcoholic (similar to beer) and non-alcoholic forms (chicha morada), Schinus molle. Chicha was an important part of many rituals feasts and daily consumption and is still an influential part of today's local traditions and customs. Eventually, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo, where you can relax for the evening.
In the morning, visit the ruins and town of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco in 1537. The ruins feature expansive terraces and well-preserved architecture, and the town is still laid out as it was during the Incan empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.
Follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Ancient canals still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. As a visitor, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water. After your tour of Machu Picchu, you will return to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes) for dinner. Your guide will give you some good recommendations for tonight. Breakfast is included today.
Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate overlooking the ruins, or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. Enjoy an included lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, near the Machu Picchu Ruins. In the afternoon, you will return by train to Cusco with your guide. Breakfast and lunch are included today.
This morning you will fly to Lima, where you will be met by your guide to explore the colonial section of Lima, the City of Kings. Visit Lima's principal attractions, such as the colonial area's Plaza de Armas with the Government Plaza, the Cathedral of Santa Domingo, San Francisco Convent, and the Archbishop's Palace.
A short distance away by car is the Museo Larco Herrera, a private museum situated in an 18th century mansion that was built on an archaeological site. The most extensive private collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru is on display. See more than 45,000 ceramic pieces, making it one of the largest ceramic collections in the world, and enjoy a superb variety of fine weavings and textiles.
After free time for lunch, you will meet back up with your guide for the afternoon to explore Lima as you wish. Your guide can give you recommendations on neighborhoods to visit, taverns to taste Pisco Sours, such Queirolo Tavern in Pueblo Libre, and where to dine in the evening. Lima is known for its fusion cuisine of Andean, Asian, and rainforest ingredients. A travelers' favorite is Huaca Pucllana, an adobe pyramid built in 400 AD that served as a ceremonial and administrative center due to its proximity to fertile agricultural land and the bounty of the ocean, a great combination that maintains a place in modern Peruvian cuisine.
Today is your final day. After breakfast, you will say goodbye and return home.
This holiday will take place in Peru. Marked by the extraordinary ancient civilizations who left their footprints on the landscape and their spirit in the heart of the people, Peru is a country that fascinates people from all walks of life and will appeal to your sense of curiosity and adventure.
The multiple layers of great civilizations are what make Peru so fascinating. Cobblestone streets preserve the era of the Conquistadors, the ruins of the lost city of Machu Pichu remind travelers of the once mighty Inca Empire, and the mysterious Nazca lines elude all explanation.
On top of this, the Peruvian Andes are arguably the most spectacular mountains on the continent and home to millions of highland Indians who still speak the ancient language of Quechua and maintain a traditional way of life.
To the east and thousands of feet below, the lush Amazon Basin covers half of Peru and is one of the world's top 10 biodiversity hotspots - these are areas of super high species diversity that are under threat of being extinguished.
Lying along the Pacific Coast, Peru shares borders with Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador. It has three major regions: a narrow coastal belt, the wide Andean mountains, and the Amazon Basin. The coastal strip is predominantly desert, but contains Peru's major cities and its best highway, the Carratera Panamericana.
The Andes comprise two principal ranges, Cordillera Occidental and Oriental and includes Huascarán, Peru's highest mountain. To the east is the Amazon Basin, a region of tropical lowlands, which is drained by the Maranon and Ucayali rivers.
The once great Inca Capital of Cusco still teems with Andean pride and has become a travelers' mecca of sorts. Narrow streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from the main plaza and indigenous farmers and craftsmen rush by carrying their wares to market. Traditional and international foods are found everywhere and shopkeepers always offer a welcoming smile.
Rich in ancient and modern Inca history, Cusco is one of the most important cities in the Americas. Known by the Incas as the home of the gods, Cusco became the capital of one of the largest pre-Columbian empires: the Tawantinsuyo.
At one time, the city served as a hub for the Inca as they traveled the vast network of roads interconnecting virtually the whole of South America. Cusco is also a colonial city, with splendid churches and manors built on foundations of elaborately carved stone.
The beauty and mystery of Machu Picchu's walled ruins, once palaces of fine Inca stonework, is augmented even more by the lush landscape of its surroundings. The ruins blend harmoniously amid the narrow and uneven topography. This historic region sits nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, on top of a ridge between two peaks. With its discovery in 1911, Machu Picchu made its debut as an authentic archaeological enigma. Its purpose continues to intrigue, with mysteries that perhaps will never fully be unraveled.
In the Sacred Valley you will experience the heart of ancient Inca culture still living and breathing in its marketplaces and colorful indigenous people. Imposing Inca fortresses overlook the fertile, terraced valley as they cling from the mountainsides high above. Sleepy Andean towns like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, and Chinchero are built on and around archaeological remains left by the Inca and still maintain pre-hispanic traditions.
Peruvian food consists mainly of soups and stews, corn pancakes, rice, eggs, and vegetables. Seafood is excellent, even in the highlands. Local specialties include ceviche (seafood prepared in lemon juice), lechón (suckling pig), and cuy (whole roasted guinea pig); however, some delicacies may only be for the most adventurous stomachs!
Staple foods in the highlands include potatoes, corn, rice, and meat dishes, often with a spicy sauce. In jungle areas, fresh fruits, fried plantains, and other vegetables are also common. Though vegetarians can be easily accommodated in all areas, options typically leave out the meat rather than adding vegetarian mainstays such as tofu, beans, or nuts.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Adventure Life will pick you up from the airport.