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12 Days Cooking Tour in Peru

Lima, Peru

Delicious Cooking Tour in Peru

Join ILE Tours in Peru and get a chance to visit the the best restaurants in Arequipa, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. Enjoy cooking classes with professional chefs where you will visit the markets first to shop for your ingredients. Prepare delicious ceviche, stuffed rococo, logo salted, papa huancaina and enjoy the delicious desserts and drinks. Have a gastronomic awakening while touring some of the finest archeological attractions in the world!

Highlights

  • Market visits to purchase fresh produce
  • Visit a local delicious traditional anticucho
  • 3 cooking classes or culinary experiences: Cusco, Arequipa and Lima
  • All airport and train station private transfers
  • Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Professional guides and chefs
  • Private tour of Machu Picchu
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All tour admissions
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Jorge Chávez International Airport
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Accommodation

For this cooking tour, you will have the option of staying in either 3-star and 4-star hotels or choose to stay in luxury 5-star hotels. You will be spending your first two nights in Lima, head to Paracas by tourist bus, go back to to Lima on day five, fly to Arequipa for 2 nights afterwards fly to Cusco and Machu Picchu before returning to Lima.

Program

Peru is considered one of the best dining destinations for its variety, richness, and diversity of dishes. With its varied and unique geographic regions, Peru produces a variety of local foods. ILE TOURS has redesigned their exclusive gastronomy program for foodies to experience the explosion of flavors that only Peruvian cuisine boasts.

Peru is a country that always surprises since each region, city, and town has their own dishes, flavors, and food customs entered around what is produced locally. Rich sea marine delicacies in the north, the super grains of quinoa, kiwicha, and maca in the rich fertile valleys and wonderful ceviche in the coastal area. Even Chinese food gets in own spin in Peru with the wildly popular chifa restaurants everywhere. Peruvian cuisine offers history, fusion, innovation, variety, customs, and especially taste!

Daily sample itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Lima

Private airport greeting and transportation to your Miraflores hotel.

Day 2: Lima City Tour

Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and in your private car take you to visit the colonial city of Lima and the cathedral, the Gold Museum, the Catacombs of San Francisco, and the Huaca Pucllana ceremonial center. Enjoy lunch in one of Lima’s best restaurants to taste the different Peruvian dishes and learn a little more about them. At night visit a local delicious traditional anticucho.

Day 3: Cooking Class Lima

At 4pm you will be greeted in your hotel and transferred to your cooking class. Visit the market to buy fresh seasonal produce. Prepare an appetizer (eg, Limeña cauza), entré (ceviche or lomo saltado), dessert (eg. arroz con leche), and drink (Pisco Sour).

Day 4: Lima - Arequipa flight (walking city tour)

Private transfer and flight to the White City of Arequipa. Private airport greeting and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Take a private Arequipa walking tour also to visit the convent of Santa Catalina and the museum of the Mummy Juanita.

Day 5: Arequipa - Cooking classes and walking city tour

In the morning, visit the central market to buy ingredients to prepare today’s lunch and learn of the culinary secrets and techniques of the area and region. Please note, if you wish to visit the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca in Puno add three extra days to the tour!

Day 6: Arequipa - Cusco flight

Private transfer to Arequipa airport for the short flight to the colonial Imperial City of Cusco. Private transfer to your Cusco hotel. Rest, breathe, and acclimate to Cusco’s 11,000-feet. Drink the complimentary coca tea provided by your hotel, eat lightly, breathe, rest.

Day 7: Cusco - Cooking classes and city tour

As always, the chef is ready and pleased to teach you the Cusco Novo Andean cuisine. Visit one of the traditional markets to find a wide variety of local and regional produce including many potatoes (there are more than 3000 varieties) to prepare your late lunch. In the afternoon, you will start the Cusco city tour visiting the great construction of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay and the temple of Koricancha.

Day 8: Group Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

After breakfast, ride north from Cusco with your guide and driver to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Glaciers rise high above the fertile river valley that still produces much food. The Incas used most of their land for agriculture whether it be flat river beds or terraced mountain sides. Visit the artisan market of Pisac. Enjoy and a delicious Andean buffet lunch along the Urubamba River.

Visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a fantastic historic village that still retains its original Inca construction of great architecture. Ingenious spring fed aqueducts still serve the local houses with a water supply for consumption and irrigation of their agriculture. In the afternoon, board the train to Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (two-hours) where you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

Day 9: Machu Picchu tour - Return to Cusco

Early in the morning, meet your guide for your private tour of Machu Picchu. Witness this magnificent architecture, layout, and stunning mountains in harmony with each other. Enjoy two-hours with your guide then have time to explore or hike on your own. Take the afternoon train back to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Day 10: Group Cusco City Tour

Early in the afternoon, your guide will meet you at your hotel to enjoy the wonderful sites around the city. Visit Koricancha- Temple of the Sun near the center of Cusco. Sacsayhuaman- 15 minutes outside of Cusco with huge walls comprised of monolithic stones, Q’enqo – a small cave like structure used in Inca ceremonies, Pucapucara- the small fortress and Tambomachay with its fountains and small canals. All of these sites are near each other and played an important part in the Inca’s ceremonies religious and civic. After completion of the tour you will be returned to the Main Square.

Day 11: Leisure Day Cusco

Enjoy the small restaurants, shops, streets and markets of Cusco this day. Many culinary delights, street foods and local flavor in the charming city of Cusco. Overnight Cusco.

Day 12: Cusco - Lima flight

Private transfer to the Cusco airport for your flights to Lima and home.

Please note that the itineraries are planned with great care, although, for operational reasons, it may be necessary to change the sequence of activities in the itinerary or the specified route, and though such cases are rare, in general the itinerary should be treated only as a basic guideline.

About ILE Tours

ILE Tours provides 24/7 personal service and daily constant contact via Whatsapp, Messenger, text, etc. It is a local tours operator that does not contract out their passengers to other tour operators, travel agencies. They know and are personal friends with all of their drivers and guides and have good working relationships with all of the hotels they book the passengers in. ILE Tours welcome your valuable input when planning their itineraries and respect their choices. See a hotel you like? Let them know and they will get the best rate there for you.

Included excursions

  • Cusco City Tours (Sacsayhuaman, Q'Enqo, Pucapucara, Tambimachay & Koricancha Templ of the Sun)
  • Guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Guided Lima city tour
  • Guided Machu Picchu tour
  • Take a private Arequipa walking tour
  • Visit the artisan market of Pisac
  • Visit the town of Ollantaytambo

Location

This tour will take place in southern Peru. You will be starting your journey in Lima, drive south by bus to Paracas, return to Lima. You will fly to Arequipa, then Cusco before returning to Lima for your international flight home.

Food

This tour includes daily buffet breakfast, Lunch on the Sacred Valley Tour and meals included with the 3 cooking classes: Lima, Arequipa and Cusco.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can extend your trip by one day and visit the enigmatic Nazca lines or extend your trip by three days and visit the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca in Puno.

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What's included

  • 3 cooking classes or culinary excursions in Lima, Arequipa and Cusco
  • Lima and Cusco city tours
  • Arequipa walking city tour
  • Visit the artisan market of Pisac
  • Visit the town of Ollantaytambo
  • Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Machu Picchu tour
  • Professional guides and chefs
  • Lima - Arequipa - Cusco - Lima airfare
  • Ingredients for preparation for cooking classes
  • Tourist tickets
  • Roundtrip train to Machu Picchu
  • Private transportation
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Lunch in Sacred Valley
  • Lunch or dinner during cooking classes

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Last minute hotel, train, air and tour changes
  • Missed flight, train, tour, hike, cruise Insurance
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Hotel room service and mini-bar items
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. ILE Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Jorge Chávez International Airport Airport transfer included: Jorge Chávez International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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