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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. This itinerary is private and will be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel style.
Airport transfer included: Jorge Chávez International Airport
You will be staying at various hotels during your stay in Peru.
Arrival in Lima. Dinner at Maido. Overnight at Villa Barranco or Hotel B.
An Aracari representative will welcome you and give you your customized welcome pack, including a pre-paid mobile phone, before whisking you off to your hotel, assisting with all check-in procedures.
In the evening dine at Maido, #8 (2017) on the World's 50 Best Restaurant List (table reservation).
Cooking class with a top chef. Five-course meal cooked for by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino at the workshop of his restaurant Malabar. Overnight at Villa Barranco or Hotel B.
This morning learn about Peru's famed food through “Lima With Zest”, a hands-on experience with a leading chef. Scour local markets before cooking together at her family home in bohemian Barranco.
Alternative option - Urban Kitchen Cooking Class (supplement price applies): Visit a local market before a private cooking class in a dedicated professional kitchen workshop, led by Peruvian professional chef Ignacio Barrios, who has worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant and 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 Amazonian ingredients, Pedro is charismatic character who will prepare a gourmet meal in front of you.
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.
In Lima, 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. Begin to unravel this multifaceted history accompanied by our specialist guide (as opposed to a tour guide). Visit an ancient adobe pyramid right in the middle of the city which dates back to around 200 BC, take in the colonial area of Lima including the Cathedral, Convent of Santo Domingo, the Main Square and 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.
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).
The Aracari representative will transfer you to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco, where you will be met on arrival and drive to the Sacred Valley. Unlike most companies, we arrange for the same guide to accompany you throughout the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu. Visit Pisac's market and ruins. The Inca masonry here is of superlative quality, matched by views of the stunning mountain terraces.
Drive to Hacienda Sarapampa, known for producing giant corn which is endemic to the valley. Greeted by the owners, they will take you on a private tour of the working farm and cornfields, showcasing the different stages and processes in cultivating corn. You will then enjoy a private 7-course lunch in the gardens and treated to a traditional Peruvian Paso Horse demonstrario, before checking in to your hotel.
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).
This morning visiti Maras salt pans, which have been in use since pre-Columbian times. Nearby Maras lie the enigmatic Inca terraces of Moray. Likely used for agricultural experimentation, Moray consists of several enormous circular terraces.
Afterwards head to an organic farm to try a traditional Pachamanca lunch, cooked under the earth. Located in the midst of Inca terracing, the farm affords impressive views towards the snow-capped peaks of mount Veronica and Ollantaytambo ruins.
Round off your day at Cerveceria del Valle, a family-owned craft brewery producing Andean-inspired ales and lagers. One of the founders will guide you around the brewery before you sample a selection of beers on tap, made using high quality ingredients and glacial spring water from over 13,000 feet above sea level.
Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Overnight at El Mapi or Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel.
Visit Ollantaytambo town and ruins. 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) to Aguas Calientes, where you will board a bus to reach the entrance of Machu Picchu. Alternatively you can upgrade to the Hiram Bingham luxury train to Machu Picchu - we can also arrange private charter train services.
This afternoon visit the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the world's most important archaelogical sites. Set among mist-shrouded mountains, this man-made marvel has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history: The Incas. Your guide will explain the history and purpose of this awe-inspiring site.
Machu Picchu with optional hikes. Vistadome train to Cusco. Overnight at El Mercado or Inkaterra La Casona.
Return to Machu Picchu with your guide to optionally hike to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu, offering spectacular panoramic views. Take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the Vistadome train (approx. 1.5hrs) to Ollantaytambo for a private transfer to Cusco (approximately 2 hours). Alternatively upgrade to the luxurious Hiram Bingham train (supplement price applies).
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.
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 and visit Koricancha, the “Sun Temple”, the Cathedral - a repository for Cusco’s colonial art - and 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.
Cusco cookery class or Urban Eats sampling food tour. Free time in Cusco. Overnight at El Mercado or Inkaterra La Casona.
This morning take a cooking class, ideal for foodies looking to learn more about Peruvian gastronomy and influences on Peruvian cooking. You also will get to learn how to prepare Peruvian classics, complemented by Pisco tasting. Alternatively, take our food sampling tour 'Urban Eats', stopping at local markets, shops, eateries and restaurants for an insight into ingredients and ways of life in the Andes and Peru.
Another option is to take our Chef’s Food Tour (supplement price applies). Led on foot by one of the city’s top professional chefs to visit a market and local eateries before heading to a restaurant to learn to make a pisco sour at the bar, followed by a mini-ceviche cooking class.
Fly Cusco - Lima. International departure.
You will be met at your hotel to transfer to Cusco airport for your domestic flight to Lima International Airport. They will assist you with your international departure.
Cusco is, without a doubt, the most beautiful town in Peru and, quite possibly, in South America. Cusco; the Urubamba, also known as the Sacred Valley; and Machu Picchu together constitute Peru’s main tourist destinations; with Cusco as the gateway city to reach the iconic Machu Picchu. The crisp air, the surrounding mountains, and the clear Andean sky provide the perfect backdrop to Cusco’s cobbled narrow streets. Cusco is not only culturally fascinating and beautiful to look at, but also extremely pleasant to wander around on foot.
Cusco was considered the navel of the earth, the capital of Tahuantinsuyo or the Inca Empire, which is an empire that at its peak spanned north to the south of Colombia, south to northern Chile and Argentina, and west across the Andes to the Amazon basin. The Incas were outstanding stonemasons and town planners, which can still be noted today admiring the walls that serve as foundations to colonial buildings.
Peru’s capital city, Lima, is brimming with historic sites, top restaurants, and many of the country’s best museums, boutiques, and galleries. Once considered the most beautiful city in all of Spanish America, today, Lima is burgeoning, big, and noisy. The largest city in the country, Lima is well worth exploring for a minimum of a day, as it is home to a wide range of activities and sites of interest. Lima is also the culinary capital of South America and home to exquisite gourmet dining and eclectic local eats, boasting a total of four of the world’s best 50 restaurants, which provide ample reason to stay longer in the city.
Machu Picchu is Peru’s main tourist attraction and it is utterly magnificent. One of the world’s greatest places to visit is the UNESCO World Heritage site that forms the pinnacle of any trip to Peru for first time visitors. The iconic ruins never disappoint. Machu Picchu, 70 kilometers / 43 miles northwest of Cusco, is often referred to as the lost city of the Incas, the empire that constructed it. The outside world, and even some Peruvians, forgot about it for centuries, until it was brought to international prominence once more a century ago, by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham along with the National Geographic Society of Washington DC. The latter organized a subsequent two-year excavation and it was the beginning of restoration work.
Being immersed in the world of Peruvian cuisine on a daily basis, puts Aracari in the unrivalled position of being able to design experiences that showcase the finest elements of the country’s gastronomy. Guests can choose from a variety of experiences, accompanied by a specially selected guide or specialist, who will interpret this universe of fragrances, colors and flavors in a dynamic, compelling, and personal way. Your day of sensations will be scouring a sprawling market for fresh produce guided by an expert chef, before blending those ingredients together into a traditional recipe. Or, if a light introduction to cuisine is more to a guests’ palate, they can arrange a sample tasting menu at one of the best restaurants in Lima.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Aracari will pick you up from the airport.