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Taste of Peru, A Foodie's Delight tour

Taste of Peru, A Foodie's Delight

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 2,652 $ 295 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Sip, taste, and shop at Cusco's bustling San Pedro Market, then see the famous Golden Temple.
  • Feel your jaw drop as you approach Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Test your cooking skills at a ceviche demo and a chocolate-making workshop.
  • Enjoy the best of both Peruvian worlds: Lima and Cusco. Culture, history, and natural beauty, galore!
  • Gaze out the window as you take a scenic train ride through the Peruvian countryside.

Short Description

Sip, sample, and cook your way through Peru, a majestic land of natural beauty, vibrant culture, historic ruins, and spectacular cuisine. Embark on an unforgettable journey to this breathtaking foodie fantasyland, where you'll stand in-front of Machu Picchu one day and learn how to make the perfect bowl of ceviche the next. Enjoy guided tours, unique meals, and visits to the picturesque Sacred Valley, Golden Temple in Cusco, Historical Center of Lima, and much more!

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See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Lima
End City Lima

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Lima (LIM)
  • All airport and rail station transfers
  • 3 nights in Lima at the Hotel Britania Miraflores, or similar
  • Sightseeing tour of Lima, including Historical Center & Gastronomic Museum
  • Private Gastronomy Tour & Ceviche Demonstration, with lunch
  • One-way, economy class flight from Lima (LIM) to Cusco (CUZ)
  • Sacred Valley tour with Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo ruins, and chicheria visit with lunch
  • 1 night in Urubamba (Sacred Valley) at the La Hacienda del Valle Hotel, or similar
  • Executive train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Round-trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tour of the Citadel with private guide
  • Lunch in Machu Picchu restaurant
  • Executive train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • 3 nights in Cusco at Los Portales Hotel, or similar
  • Walking tour of Cusco including Golden Temple and visit to San Pedro Market
  • Lunch in picanteria
  • Workshop at Chocomuseum
  • Buffet dinner & show at local Cusco restaurant
  • One-way, economy class flight from Cusco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM)
  • 1 night near Lima at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Lima!

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of lively Lima! Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing private transfer to your first luxurious hotel. Depending on what time your flight gets in, either spend the evening resting at your hotel or get out and start exploring the city! Barranco is the perfect neighborhood to stroll through on your first night. Get to know this beautiful part of Lima and treat yourself to a delicious first night meal!

Transfer from Lima Airport (LIM) to Lima Hotel

Day 2: Lima

Wake up and rejuvenate with an energizing breakfast. Then, get ready for your included tour of Lima! Become engulfed in the beauty of the city's historical center as you explore its colonial avenues, squares, and buildings. As the sightseeing segment of the tour comes to an end, the culinary component will just be beginning! Enjoy a visit to the renowned Gastronomic Museum, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Sightseeing Tour of Lima with Historical Center & Gastronomic Museum

Get ready to see Lima's main avenues, boulevards, sights, and squares! This tour begins with an exploration of Colonial Lima. Your first stop will be the Main Square, where you'll get a chance to explore the square on foot and admire the exteriors of the ornate Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and City Hall - all examples of Lima's still-present colonial feel.

Later on, discover the Peruvian Gastronomic History! Visit the Gastronomic House, where you'll be presented with the most iconic dishes of Peru. This museum showcases over 500 years of history, from the pre-Hispanic to Contemporary times!

Day 3: Lima

Get ready to journey into a foodie fantasy-land today! After breakfast, embark on a private gastronomic tour of a typical Peruvian market, located in the popular Surquillo district. Enjoy a cooking demo, where you will learn the secrets to preparing the perfect ceviche - Peru's iconic dish!

Private Gastronomy Tour & Ceviche Demonstration, with lunch

Visit a typical Peruvian market, located in the popualr Surquillo district. This market offers a wide variety of local foods, and is recognized by the famous Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio as one of the main gastronomic centers in Peru.

Then, enjoy the beautiful Miraflores district, a hub within the commercial and modern part of Lima - and a perfect spot to witness wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean! In Miraflores, you'll learn how to prepare the most emblematic dish of Peruvian cuisine - Ceviche! After the demo, indulge in an authentic, relaxing lunch.

Day 4: Lima - Sacred Valley

Wake up early and indulge in a hearty breakfast. With such a packed day ahead of you, you'll need it! Feel yourself flutter with excitement as you enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport. Cusco, here you come!

Upon arrival in the majestic lands of historic ruins and natural wonders, settle into your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Don't get too comfy, though - you've got lots to see and do! Grab your camera and take tons of photos as you visit Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo ruins, Chicheria, and more.

Transfer fro Lima Airport (LIM)

Fly to Cusco!

Transfer from Cusco Airport (CUZ) to Urubamba Hotel

Sacred Valley Tour With Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo Ruins, and Chicheria Visit With Lunch

Head to the Sacred Valley! Start in Pisac, a beautiful area where a perfect balance of Incan and Colonial influences can be felt throughout. Explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets filled with fine jewelry and textile craftwork. This is an amazing opportunity to experience how locals live!

After lunch, visit one of the very last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. Discover the large archaeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions! If you're lucky, it's possible that the tour may visit a family home, so you'll be able to get a feel for how everyday people live, nowadays.

Last stop, a chicheria, the place where the Chicha de Jora (corn beer) is prepared and sold. The Chicha, often used for ritual purposes, was consumed since Incan times, and is consumed in vast quantities during religious festivals.

Day 5: Sacred Valley - Cusco

All aboard! Take a private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station today, where you'll hop on the executive train to - the one, the only - Machu Picchu. Enjoy a tour of the Citadel with a local private guide and feast your eyes on once-in-a-lifetime views and landscapes. See this jaw-dropping Wonder of the World up-close!

Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station

Executive train ride to Aguas Calientes

Round-trip bus to Machu Picchu!

Executive train to Ollantaytambo

Transfer to Cusco Hotel

Tour of the Machu Picchu Citadel with Private Guide

Grab your camera and visit the Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu (History Sanctuary of Machu Picchu)! Board a comfortable train, then depart for the Aguas Calientes station, enjoying spectacular views along the way. Upon arrival, board a bus that will take you straight to the entrance gate to the Machu Picchu Citadel!

Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes, and the mystery held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away.

Day 6: Cusco

Lace up your most comfortable shoes and head out on your included walking city tour! See the greats of the Imperial City, which include the Korikancha (Golden) Temple, the main square, the Cathedral, and much, much more.

Your inner food-lover will come out during your visit to the bustling San Pedro Market - the city's main street market! Get to know the staples of Cusco, witness eye-widening colors, taste local specialties, and take in the smells of sweet and savory goodness.

Later, enjoy lunch in an authentic Picanteria, then put your chocolate-making skills to the test in a workshop at Cusco's Chocomuseum! 

Walking Tour of Cusco Including Golden Temple and Visit to San Pedro Market

Lace up comfortable shoes and begin exploring the Imperial City on foot! Visit one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple) - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold.

Continue on with a stroll through the Main Square, where you'll discover the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Last but not least, you'll head to the San Pedro Market, which, being the city's main street market, will give you an opportunity to get to know the products of Cusco, overwhelming you with the sights, aromas, tastes, and colors of the region.

Workshop at Chocomuseum

This magnificent workshop will teach you all about the chocolate-making process - from the cocoa trees in the Peruvian jungle to making your own chocolates! Choose between milk or dark chocolate, and choose from over 15 different flavors!

Day 7: Cusco

Whew - you've had quite the week! Take today to relax and leisurely sight see at your own pace. You may want to stroll around the Plaza de Armas, the cultural hub of Cusco. Stand in awe of amazing architecture and snap photos of the breathtaking views that surround you.

While exploring the Plaza de Armas, be sure to stop by the Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. This beautiful baroque style church is packed with tons of design detail and even more rich history.

Later in the day, you may want to check out the cool San Blas quarter. This quaint area is known for its crafty artisan shops, steep cobblestone roads, and friendly culture. It's the perfect place to snag some authentic souvenirs!

In the evening, indulge in a tasty buffet dinner and feast your eyes on a spectacular show at a local restaurant - walking distance from your hotel!

Day 8: Cusco - Lima

After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing ride to Cusco Airport (CUZ). Wave goodbye to beautiful Cusco, and once again, say hello to Lima!

Make the very best of your last night in Peru. Pay a second visit to your favorite sights, or discover new ones! Treat yourself to a delicious Peruvian farewell meal.

Transfer to Cusco Airport (CUZ)

Flight to Lima (LIM)!

Day 9: Depart Peru

Enjoy one last Peruvian breakfast, then squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage and head to the airport. Spend your flight home scrolling through priceless photos and dreaming about your next adventure.

Transfer from hotel to Lima Airport (LIM)

Fly home!

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Accomodations

  • Hotel Britania Miraflores
  • Hacienda del Valle
  • Hotel Los Portales Cusco
  • Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

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