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Delicious Peru (9 days/8 nights)

Peruvian cuisine reflects local practices and ingredients—including influences from the indigenous population including the Inca and cuisines brought in with immigrants from Europe (Spanish cuisine, Italian cuisine, German cuisine), Asia (Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine) and West Africa. Without the familiar ingredients from their home countries, immigrants modified their traditional cuisines by using ingredients available in Peru.

ITINERARY

1st day | Arrival in Lima
Arrival at Lima’s international airport in the afternoon or night. Meeting with our personnel, transfer and lodging in hotel (private service, English-speaking assistant). Overnight.

2nd day | Lima / Arequipa
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from the hotel (9:45am) to the colonial and bohemian quarter of Barranco to visit a small shop of artisan roasting coffee where every day, best-quality beans are selected to produce the best Peruvian organic coffee in town. Following this, we will visit a secret garden to try a lucuma milkshake right underneath the tree that bears this fruit. We will then go to a traditional marketplace in the San Isidro district to try some local fruits and know about their influence in the international cuisine development. The following stop is at the Embarcadero 41 Restaurant, one of the best ceviche spots located in the Miraflores district. Here, you will have the opportunity to prepare Pisco sour with a professional bartender, and will discover the secrets for a perfect ceviche by preparing it along with the main chef. Our last stop will be at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant for a gourmet Peruvian lunch (private service, English-speaking guide). Transfer to the airport and a  flight to Arequipa. At the arrival, transfer and lodging in the hotel. Overnight.

3rd day | Arequipa
Breakfast in the hotel. Gastronomic tour (private service, English-speaking guide): visit the San Camilo food market, the oldest in the city. After that, a visit to the restaurant to take a participative cooking class, where you will prepare: starter -causa or soltero of cheese,  main course – quinoa salad or stuffed rocoto, dessert – frozen cheese. Finally, tasting the prepared dishes and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, a visit to the historical center and Santa Catalina (private service, English-speaking guide). In the evening, dinner at ZigZag Restaurant. Overnight.

4th day | Arequipa / Cusco
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport and a flight to Cusco. After the arrival, transfer and lodging in the hotel. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, excursion to visit the historical center (fee entrance to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo/Coricancha are included) and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay (private service, English-speaking guide). In the evening, dinner at MAP Café Restaurant. Overnight.

5th day | Cusco / Sacred Valley
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the place where our cook will teach us how to prepare a traditional Pachamanca. After helping preparing the ingredients and placing them underground, we will wait to open it. After lunch, transfer to the hotel (private service, English-speaking guide). Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight.

6th day | Sacred Valley
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day excursion to visit the towns of Chinchero, Maras and the Inca’s salt mines, the ancient farm laboratory of Moray, Pisaq market and the Ollantaytambo fortress (private service, English-speaking guide). Lunch is included at Wayra Restaurant, which offers the valley’s delicious treats as well as a Peruvian Paso horse demonstration and a performance of the Marinera dance. After the excursion, transfer and lodging in the hotel. Overnight.

7th day | Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Ollantaytambo’s station to take the Vistadome train (almost 1.30-hour journey – 1st class, subject to availability) to Machu Picchu town. At the arrival, transfer by public bus to the archaeological complex to visit Machu Picchu, lunch included at the Sanctuary Lodge. In the afternoon, transfer to the station to take the Vistadome train to Poroy (almost 3.30-hour journey – 1st class, subject to availability). At Poroy, transfer to Cusco and lodging in the hotel (private services, English-speaking guide). Overnight.
Optional: Hiram Bingham train (10.53/12.24 – 17.50/21.16, luxury class, subject to availability).  The service includes a brunch and excellent selection of Peruvian wines / On board music entertainment / Tourist guide for every group of 14 passengers / Tickets and exclusive transportation to Machu Picchu / Tea Time in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge / Gourmet dinner on the return journey. The service does not include the lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge.
The train ticket, allows the transport clients and their hand luggage (01 bag or backpack) with a weight of no more than 5kg/11lb and with a maximum size of 62 linear inches/157 cm (length + height + width), with the cars intended for this purpose. We will take the luggage from the Sacred Valley to the hotel in Cusco.

8th day | Cusco / Lima
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. After arrival, meeting with our personnel and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, a visit to the historical center (fee entrance to the Cathedral and San Francisco Convent are included) and the residential zone (private service, English speaking guide). In the evening, farewell dinner at La Rosa Náutica Restaurant. Overnight.

9th day | Departure from Lima
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, visit the Larco Museum (private service, English-speaking guide), including the lunch at Café del Museo Larco. Transfer to the airport at the proper time for departure (passengers are requested to be at the airport 3 hours before international flight).

The price includes :
– All transfers on arrival and departure of each locality, assisted by expert personnel.
– All the excursions indicated in the program with Spanish/English-speaking guides.
– All entrance fees to the sites mentioned.
– Hiram Bingham train to/from Machu Picchu.
– Transportation in comfortable tourist vehicles.
– Meals as indicated.
– Overnights in suggested hotels or similar (subject to confirmation), breakfast included.

The price does not include:
– Early check-in in case the international flight arrives in the morning.
– Internal flights (approx. USD 220 per person, per flight).
– Meals not expressly stated.
– Drinks during meals.
– Extras at the bar, in laundry, in phone, etc.
– Our tour escort from Lima to Lima.
– Tips for guides, hotels, restaurants and airports.
– Personal insurance.

All offers will be considered tailor-made. Contact us for our best prices for this property and information on availability.