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A Taste of Peru

9 Days FROM USD 4,195

Overview

Peruvian cuisine has entered the stage of international gastronomy to a standing ovation!  Evolving over the centuries, through the influence of produce and recipes from the Amazon and the Andes, combined with international influences such as Oriental and Spanish, Peruvian gastronomy celebrates a unique and utterly delectable flavour.  The itinerary will have you tasting the diversity Peru has to offer and experiencing different ingredients and flavours whilst exploring the highlights of the coast and the Andes.
 

Trip Code: PEKITAP

Travel Style: Tailor-Made Journey 

Location: Peru

Flights: Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. This service includes a driver and local English speaking guide, who will provide you with any useful information needed for your stay. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it.

Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

Arrival transfer in Lima

Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. The city is home to the various museums including the Museo Larco that houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. Lima is known as the “gastronomical capital of the Americas”, encompassing specialties from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. It even boasts several of the top restaurants in the world.

Lima

Peru is one of the world´s leading culinary destinations and Lima offers several different Peruvian cuisines. This morning, you will be collected from your hotel for a fascinating and educational journey through a traditional fisherman's market of Chorrillos, where you will be amazed by the huge variety of fish and seafood in the ocean, considered one of the richest in the World. Also visit an exclusive Peruvian restaurant, where you will have the opportunity to prepare your own Pisco Sour and the famous Ceviche.

Lima Ceviche Cooking Class & Chorrillos Market

In the afternoon, enjoy a private city tour, visiting the most attractive and important sites. Beginning at the Main Square where the city was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, continue to The Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras. Visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Half Day Lima City Tour

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to selected restaurant.

Transfer to Restaurant

This evening you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the world-famous restaurant, Astrid y Gaston. Gaston Acurio's signature restaurant offers typical Peruvian food with a twist. The first world-renowned chef's food establishment, Astrid & Gaston (named after the chef and his wife) continues to be part of Miraflores' main food scene and identity. Enjoy delicious Peruvian flavours from the Lima Love Tasting Menu. Please note beverages are not included. On conclusion of your meal, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Tasting Menu 'Lima Love'

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.
He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Please note this service is with a driver only.

Arrival transfer in Cusco

Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from the main plaza in every direction. Many of the colonial buildings were built on top of Incan foundations and the stonework is unparalleled in its precision and beauty.

Cusco

You will be collected from your hotel for a private sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay. On completion of your tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Included in your tour price is the BTG (Tourist Ticket of Cusco) which allows you entrance into 16 attractions around Cusco in ten days.

Cusco - City Tour

Tonight dinner will be on your own. Cusco at night is a magic place to stroll; you can find beautiful places hidden down the narrow streets or meet locals and have a Mate de Coca tea to keep yourself acclimated to the altitude.

Evening in Cusco

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to selected restaurant.

Cusco Transfer Hotel - Restaurant

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel to visit the local market San Pedro, where you will discover Peruvian cuisine and culture in a different way. The experience begins by opening the senses with chocolate, ají pepper, herbs, spices, and coffee aromas. From there we sort through the texture of different Andean grains such as kiwicha, quinoa, canihua, a large variety of native products from the Andes as well as the base of Peruvian gastronomy, like different corn types, dehydrated potatoes, beans, tomatoes and much more. After the visit to the local market you will head to the kitchen, where you will prepare an appetizer and a main dish. Also try different piscos from varying bodegas or vineyards located along the Peruvian coast. Learn about the history of Pisco and prepare yourself a Pisco Sour or a chilcano.

A Bite of Cusco - Cooking Class

This evening, you will be collected from your hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner at Pachapapa Restaurant where Rodolfo Rolando cooks regional dishes with ancient customs. Enjoy an a-la-carte menu including the best of the Andean produce, such as potato, lima beans, and choclo (Peruvian corn). Beverages are not included. On completion of your meal, please make your own way to your hotel.

Dinner at Pachapapa

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a full day of exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market. The colonial village of Pisac sits at the base of the spectacular Pisac Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. On market days, Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free time to wander the colourful market stalls before a typical Andean lunch at Wayra Restaurant. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian buffet-style lunch whilst being entertained by a Peruvian Paso Horse show. After lunch, you will be transferred to your hotel located in the Sacred Valley.

Sacred Valley

Travel from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes in the comfort of the modern Vistadome train. Take advantage of the train's panoramic windows and glass ceiling to take in the incredible views of the Andes mountain range. Includes hotel transfers.

*Due to limited space for luggage storage on trains, luggage restrictions apply: one bag or backpack (carry-on luggage) with a maximum weight of 5.0 kg/11 lb, measuring no more than 62 linear inches/157 linear cm (height + length + width)

Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430 metres above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. It is the most famous of all Inca sites, but it was not until 1911 that it was brought to the world’s attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The Incas abandoned the city just prior to Spanish colonisation, the city was never pillaged and as a result the ruins are still in fantastic condition. With its location on a dramatic ridgeline surrounded by sheer cliffs and the Urubamba River on three sides, the city of Machu Picchu is a remarkable place to visit. Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 it was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

The tour starts with a bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. You will be astonished at your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings. Enjoy a guided shared tour of the ruins and monuments such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries. Return by bus to Aguas Calientes village.

Please be aware that your tour of Machu Picchu does not include an entry permit to Huayna Picchu (the iconic hill behind the Machu Picchu ruins). If you want to climb Huayna Picchu then you need to pre-book your permit with at least 3 months in advance. Please contact your travel specialist if you would like to do this.

Machu Picchu Guided Tour

After exploring Machu Picchu, you will travel from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the comfort of the modern Vistadome train. This superior tourist class train features very comfortable semi-reclining seats and large expansive panoramic windows that immerse you in the scenery that surrounds the train. There are 48 seats in each car, with 54 in the Macosas AutoWagon. A varied selection of snacks is on offer during the journey.

*Due to limited space for luggage storage on trains, luggage restrictions apply: one bag or backpack (carry-on luggage) with a maximum weight of 5.0 kg/11 lb, measuring no more than 62 linear inches/157 linear cm (height + length + width)

Vistadome train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo

Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley to Cusco.

Private Transfer Ollantaytambo - Cusco

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.
He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office. Please note this service is with a driver only. This service includes a Spanish speaking driver only.

Arrival transfer in Lima

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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WHY TAILOR-MADE?

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Pricing & date

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Standard Daily 9 USD 4,196
Superior Daily 9 USD 4,195
Deluxe Daily 9 USD 4,995

Important Information

  • Accommodation 

    All sightseeing tours with local english speaking guides

    All transfers 

    Meals as specified in itinerary 

    Domestic flight Lima - Cusco - Lima 

  • Availble upon request

  • This itinerary and/or hotels quoted within this itinerary may change due to local operating conditions or
    availability at the time of booking. Please see our terms and conditions for more details. Please note that all flights are non refundable and non changeable unless advised otherwise.

  • Season and Availabiltiy

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Your Destination Specialists will turn your South America adventure dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience, our Destinations Specialists will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE