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On this incredible 10-day holiday, you will sample all the delicious fare from across this exotic corner of South America. Dining at the world-famous IK restaurant where you will indulge in a delicious contemporary Peruvian 5-course tasting dinner.
You will immerse yourself in the history of cacao and how it is transformed from bean-to-bar. You will craft your very own chocolate bar, learn to make delicious pisco sours and sample the country’s finest food and drink and if that wasn’t enough you will enjoy pachamanca, the traditional food of the Andes cooked beneath the earth with hot stones.
If the thought of this delicious holiday has got your taste buds tingling, then why not get in touch with one of our travel specialists and book your holiday of a lifetime.
Peru is enjoying a moment in the gastronomic spotlight. The reason for its success is its unique meeting of cultures and culinary traditions. Lima, the capital is a true melting pot, its mestizo of Spanish and Andean heritage has been met with more recent arrivals from China, Africa, Japan and Europe.
Walking through the streets today you are just as likely to pick up the delightful smells of Peking duck and pizza as you are the more traditional cuy, ceviche and anticutchos.
This cosmopolitan fusion of South American, Asian and European influences is combined with the country’s spectacular geography. Peru is the most climatically diverse country on earth with a total of 28 out of 32 Koppen classifications, it has everything from the alpine wilds, to the green rainforest to the scorching heat of its coastal desert.
This means that there is no shortage of exotic ingredients and inspiration for budding chefs who combine traditional Andean ingredients with modern cooking techniques.
You will arrive at Jorge Chavez airport, where a guide and driver from our local office in Peru will pick you up at the scheduled time and transfer you to your hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history with approximately 10 million inhabitants and is currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic change.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the historic centre. Lima was known by the Spanish as the ‘City of Kings’ and was the most important city in the Americas. It was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1988. The panoramic tour will take you around Plaza de Armas the city’s main square where you can appreciate the city’s stunning colonial architecture.
You will start the tour by visiting Lima Cathedral was the most important church in Peru and took more than a century to complete. You will then visit Casa Aliaga, a former vice-regal residence that was given by the conquistador Francisco Pizzaro in 1535 to one of its captains, Jerónimo de Aliaga, after the city´s founding.
This is the oldest house in the Americas that is still owned by the same family all these years later. You will head to the Larco Museum, which has been consistently rated one of the best museums in the world on TripAdvisor. It is located in the traditional district of pueblo libre and built inside a colonial mansion on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the VIII century. The museum has a complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver pieces, as well as erotic art. In the evening, enjoy dinner a delicious 5-course tasting dinner at IK, a famous restaurant that offers a true immersion in contemporary Peruvian cuisine.
You will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to the city of Arequipa.
On arrival, you will be taken by a transfer to your hotel in Arequipa. You will also have an English-speaking guide who will tell you about the city's attractions and services and assist you with check in.
You will then visit the Santa Catalina Convent, built in 1579, it is an enclosed religious town that remains in use to this day.
At the end of this tour, a short walk will take you to Chaqchao store. Where you will experience the exciting history of cacao. You will learn how to make chocolate using traditional methods and will have your very own chocolate bar to take home at the end of the class. The class also includes a chocolate tasting where you will learn to spot the subtle differences in taste and texture found in gourmet chocolate.
This morning you will enjoy a tour of the historic centre of Arequipa, built with local "sillar" stone, a pale volcanic rock, that gives the city its glorious architecture and its nickname, "the white city". After visiting the main historic sites, you will continue to the local market of San Camilo and appreciate a variety of local products. The market was designed by the renowned French engineer Gustave Eiffel and built according to his plans.
You will then go to the exclusive and traditional Yanahuara quarter, crossed by cobblestone streets, the area houses one of the most iconic churches of the Cusco School. You will enjoy lunch and a cooking demonstration at one of the traditional restaurants in town.
Finally head to Carmen Alto scenic viewpoint, located in front of the Chili river, from where you will have a stunning view of the city. In the evening you will eat at a typical local restaurant and enjoy a pisco sour demonstration and dinner.
You will get a transfer from your hotel to the airport where you will fly to Cusco. In the evening you will be picked up and taken to dinner at Pachapapa restaurant in the traditional San Blas neighbourhood where you will try local food in a rustic environment.
Participate in a gastronomic tour that includes Chocomuseo, the coffee museum, and pisco museum; the ideal places to learn about the production process of each product from raw material to the final result, which you can also taste. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel.
Start your journey towards Maras, an impressive Inca complex of salt exploitation. These are large salt deposits, still in operation, from which salt was extracted and exchanged for products from other parts of the empire. Next, visit moray, where mysterious circular concentric platforms are found. For some scholars, this place was an agricultural research centre. The external platforms would be at a higher temperature than the internal ones and could simulate the conditions of the different ecological floors of the andes. After this visit, you will be transferred to your hotel in the sacred valley of the incas. You will head to a restaurant in the sacred valley for lunch and when finished you will return to your hotel in the valley.
You will have breakfast at the hotel, before taking part in an activity that invites you to learn about the living culture of Ollantaytambo. You will begin with the presentation of the experience in the Ollantaytambo main square. Throughout the tour you will be accompanied by a professional photographer who will help you get the most out of your camera. You will then make your way to Pakaritampu pyramid, where you will enjoy an excellent view of the landscape and the valley.
The town of Ollantaytambo has been inhabited since the time of the Incas, you will explore its historic streets, meet its inhabitants and capture its colours, architecture and environment in your photos. Finally, the you will visit a 'chichería' to share moments with the manufacturers of this delicious craft drink. By the end of it you will understand the history and importance of these centres in the Andean world.
You will have lunch at Albergue Ollantaytambo, where you will also witness a thousand-year-old ritual of the Andes: Pachamanca. It consists of the preparation of elements such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, meat, vegetables and more cooked under the earth with hot stones. While waiting for the cooking of the pachamanca, get to know the organic garden, distillery and coffee production of Albergue Ollantaytambo, where these products are made from raw material. Witness the unearthing of the pachamanca and enjoy the unique food.
Your trip to Machu Picchu begins with a transfer to Ollanta station, to take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, you will find handicraft markets, restaurants and a variety of different accommodation. After a short bus ride, you will arrive at Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed to have served as a sanctuary and resting place for Inca Pachacuti. Machu Picchu which means "old mountain" was discovered and named by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and was recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and is one of the new seven wonders of the world. At the end of the tour return by bus to Aguas Calientes.
In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious lunch at sumac hotel. Then return by train to Ollanta station from where you are transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
You will get a transfer to the airport and fly home.
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