Peru: Culinary Program 8 days – 7 nights

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Day by Day Itinerary

Upon arrival in Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your Hotel located at the Miraflores . Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip.  You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our offices contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number. Overnight in Lima.
AM: City tour Lima Colonial. After breakfast at the hotel you will start with a guided city tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, also called the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum.
PM: Culinary tour in Lima by night. At 17:00 hrs you will begin at an upscale restaurant and lounge that sits right on the beach.  With spectacular views of Lima’s coastline, Cala is a spot you won’t forget.  Here, a professional bartender will share the secrets to making the perfect Pisco Sour so that you can impress your friends when you get back home.  After this refreshing cocktail, we’re off to the jungle as we take you to an award-winning Amazonian restaurant.  Ámaz has been recognized for its lively and inviting design as well as its culinary creations by winning in the category of Best New Restaurant in Peru at the Summum Awards in 2013.  As far as tours in Lima go, this one is sure to amaze as you’re likely to taste an explosion of flavors like no other you've tried before.  The next stop is a well-known classic among Lima locals, the prestigious Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, located within an archaeological complex with illuminated ruins dating back to 500 A.D.  Here you will enjoy a selection of Peruvian dishes and another pisco-based cocktail. To wrap up the night, we’ll head to the bohemian Barranco district for dessert.
Overnight in Lima.
After breakfast at the hotel you will board your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Cusco's airport you will be met by our representative who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel at The Sacred Valley, located at 2300 m. This is less height than Cusco city and will help you to avoid altitude sickness. On Route you will visit four nearby ruins: The impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman; The Ruins of Kenko; Tambomachay, also known as the “Baños del Inca”, and Puka Pukara. Then you will continue to visit Pisac Market where you will have opportunity to interact with farmers and even negotiate with sellers.
Lunch will be served at the restaurant Tunupa, a restaurant serving “Novoandina” cuisine.
At the end of the day you will visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasion from the jungle tribes. Later, it was the scene of the Inca resistance against the troops of Hernando Pizarro.
Dinner tasting menu served at “La Cava”, where some of the finest wines in the world are store. You might try some of the Peruvian or South American wines; or even try one of the bottles from its collection of over a hundred labels of the most important wineries in the world. All the experience of the Chef and sommelier, and the richness of Peruvian food promises the most sublime and harmonious meal.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Enjoy a special gastronomic proposal while you discover the variety and bounty of the Peruvian cuisine. The following demonstrations will be presented:
Pisco Sour: The bartender will share the traditional Pisco Sour recipe. Afterwards, you will taste and discover the benefits of Peru´s national drink.
An interactive display of carved fruits and vegetable: Our chef presents his carvings and gives us the opportunity to learn their carving techniques.
Demonstration and tasting of the most renowned dishes from creole and traditional Peruvian cuisine like ceviche, ocopa and huancaina sauce, sautéed alpaca sirloin and quinua soup. Finally the exposure of native and exotic fruits.
This service is developed on the roof of “WAYRA”, which facilities offer the ideal setting to enjoy this unique service. The activity has an estimated duration of 1 hour, and it is very versatile, giving guests the opportunity to interact with the chef.
Combine the delights of the valley with a traditional Peruvian Paso Horse and Marinera Show. Behind the Peruvian Paso Horse exists a great tradition filled with folklore and a mixture of cultures. Wayra offers an exhibition where the elegance and rhythmic of his walk is shown in harmony with the spirit and nobility of the horses.
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Overnight at Sol y Luna lodge.
Breakfast at the hotel.  Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.  Arrival to the town of Aguas Calientes, from where you will board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Your guide will explain us the surprising degree of technology achieved by the builders of this incredible citadel. The exact precision on the massive stone buildings, the water channels that reveal a deep understanding of hydraulics, the steps carved into the rock of the mountain and the Intihuatana (or “the highest point of the Sun”), which served as a solar calendar that regulate planting and harvesting, are tangible and concrete expression of the deep knowledge and technological advancement of the empire.
All these building, along with the Temple of the Sun, The Royal Tomb, The Priest’s House.
Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant. Dinner included at your hotel.
Overnight in Machu Picchu.
Morning at leisure without guide. Second entrance fees to Machu Picchu are included.
Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities: (included in the overall price):
1. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time.
2. For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu (Depending on weather conditions ) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant. In the afternoon, return to by train and upon arrival at the train station you will be met by our representative and private driver for your transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
The tour will take you to a local market, were you will interact with sellers barging for traditional ingredients, which will then be used in a fantastic culinary lesson in a Cusqueño house, where you will discover the variety of Peruvian food in a cozy environment. You will depart early in the morning from your hotel to Cusco’s food market, where you will receive a briefing by our Chef about local ingredients, and also have the opportunity to buy them, interacting with local producers and suppliers, a whole experiential sojourn in a traditional Andean market. Then the chef invites you to his house for a private cooking class. The cooking lesson begins with the preparation of the famous Pisco Sour, followed by some entries and main dishes. You will have the opportunity to interact with the chef and really get the most out of this culinary lesson. Lunch will be served at chef’s house.
In the afternoon enjoy a walking city tour, including a visit to the district of San Blas, with its winding streets, the whitewashed houses, the blue balconies hung with geranium-filled flowerpots, the uneven line of the tiled rooftops and the endless stairways. In the neighbourhood live the folk artists of Cusco, who for centuries have used their hands to tell the tale of their longings and frustrations working in stone and woodcarving, sculpture, doll-making, silverware, weaving and textile arts, gold-leaf, mask-making, and an array of ceramics in utilitarian, architectural, sculptural, monumental, grotesque and many other styles for example Edilberto Merida, renowned sculptor. He looked to religion for his primary inspiration, but he moved away from traditional religious images, by making grotesque images with exaggerated features.  It is a form of sculpture that has come to be known as "mud of protest." His style is one of expressionism and has thus been referred to as Expresionismo Indio.
Then visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the only museum in Peru dedicated to rebound the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures. The collection of 450 master pieces date from 1250 B.C to.1532 A.D. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral, the Main Square, the Korikancha temple. Overnight in Cusco.
Transfer to Cusco Airport to board your flight to Lima.
Upon your arrival in Lima you will be met by our representative who will assist you for your international departure.

End of our Services

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Important Information

  • No reservations have been placed
  • This is a preliminary costing; hotels may vary according to availability
  • No airfares or airport taxes included in above given rates
  • Airfare Lima / Cusco / Lima US$ 450.00* net per person, subject to change
  • Airport taxes for domestic flights are included in the above air fare
  • International departure tax from Lima should be included in the int’l air fare; please verify

* Airfares are referential only.  Actual rate are subject to availability at time of purchase and type of ticket (refunds and changes allowed/not allowed, penalties apply/not apply, etc)

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice
  • PRICES, valid for 2015, except on Inti Raymi (Jun22/27), Christmas & New Year (Dec22/Jan03) and other National or Religious Holidays which may have special rates; please verify.
The itinerary includes:
  • Private transfers with local English speaking transferman and guides, except where otherwise specified.
  • Private services with local English speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary, except where is indicated as shared.
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals: As indicated in the itinerary  (B/L/D)
  • 01 Roundtrip train ticket to Machu Picchu via Vistadome coach per person
  • 01 Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu per person
  • 01 Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu per person
  • 02 Bus tickets to and from the Machu Picchu per person
  • 06 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • All tips (except hotel staff and guides)
  • Permanent assistance during the trip
The Itinerary does not include:
  • International air fares or domestic air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Tips for guides and hotel staff
  • Local VAT taxes (18% applicable only to Peruvian and foreign residents of Peru; in order to be exempted you will need to show your passport)
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