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Journey to the mystical lands of Peru for an unforgettable 9-day culinary experience. During your holiday, you will learn to prepare traditional Peruvian dishes, sample amazing local delicacies, discover the secrets of brewing the perfect Pisco sour, and see the unbelievable ancient site of Machu Picchu. All this, along with an authentic pachamanca feast will make this an adventure you will not be soon forgetting.
Make your acquaintance with Peru's culinary-minded capital on a guided afternoon walking tour through the city's colonial center. You will have the chance to snack on tasty street food like antichucho (meat skewers) and picarones (doughnuts) while admiring the sights.
See a different side of Lima at the fish market in Chorillo, meeting local fishmongers and then attending a cooking class in a market restaurant to learn the art of preparing ceviche (citrus-cured seafood). Tonight, bohemian Barranco is on the cards. Take a seat in an atmospheric bar and let a passionate pisco aficionado take you through a guided tasting of this national spirit of Peru. You might even pick up the secret to making the perfect pisco sour.
In the morning, you will be flying to Cusco and checking into your new lodgings. Afterwards, you can take a guided walk around San Pedro market, tasting some wonderful locally grown Andean produce. Check out some impressive Inca ruins in the afternoon. In the evening, the options in Cusco are endless. Perhaps you can check out the city's coolest bars or numerous restaurant options.
Today, you will join a workshop learning about one of Peru's most loved agricultural products - the cocoa bean! Go on a journey from bean to bar, starting with the harvest, fermentation and drying of the cacao beans all the way through to the preparation and setting process. Finish it off with a delectable chocolate tasting.
Travel to the Sacred Valley and stop at the Pisac market to check out the delightful handicrafts that flood the stalls there. Sample freshly made empanadas, hot from an authentic horno (clay oven), before stopping in Chichubamba to learn about the local community here. This will also be an opportunity to try traditional cuy (roasted guinea pig). Finish up in the incredible Ollantaytambo, a town built atop the ruins of an ancient Incan city.
Take a guided visit to the Incan ruins in Ollantaymbo, including the impressive Temple of the Sun, surrounded by the sacred mountains, and learn some local cooking tips in a class at Rupa Wasi Tree House, visiting the market to choose the freshest produce to cook with.
Set out for one of the highlights of travelling to Peru - a morning viewing of magnificent Machu Picchu.
Drive back to Cusco, stopping off en route at the salt mines of Maras and the stunning Moray ruins. Enjoy a final feast, using the ancient Incan cooking technique of pachamanca - the slow-roasting of meat and vegetables in an oven, created beneath the earth. Perhaps toast the end to this amazing food adventure with one last pisco sour.
Your Peruvian food adventure comes to an end this morning.
This holiday take place in Peru, a mystical land with an ancient and complex culture, home to a section of Amazon rain-forest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city set high in the Andes Mountains. The area surrounding Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail and the lively city of Cusco, is also rich in Incan sites as well as hiking, rafting and mountain-biking opportunities.
Peruvian food and topography go hand in hand. Using what pachamama (mother earth) gave them, the Peruvians have developed a cuisine that combines local and international flavors. Undoubtedly it is the geography of Peru that makes its culinary culture so distinct. With the coast providing an abundance of fresh seafood, the Andean highland supplying a variety of potatoes and the Amazon rainforest delivering delicious seasonal fruits, it's unsurprising that Peru is one of the world's emerging foodie hot-spots.
The nearest airport is Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) in Lima.
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