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This trip takes you on an incredible culinary and cultural journey. We will sample the great variety of dishes offered by this fascinating country, including national dishes such as cebiche and lomo saltado, regional specialities such as Arequipa’s rocoto relleno (spicy stuffed peppers), seafood and river shrimp, along with sweet dessert delicacies such as mazamorra and queso helado. We begin in the global culinary capital of Lima, continue through the heartland of wine and pisco, Ica, before experiencing the rich regional cuisine of Arequipa and finally arriving in Cuzco, capital of the Incan empire and heart of the Novoandino food renaissance.

 

Day 1: Arrival to Lima

You will be picked up at Jorge Chávez airport in Lima. Welcome to Peru! We will head to your hotel to check in and rest. Depending on the arrival time we will make a short tour of modern Lima, visiting Parque Kennedy in Miraflore, the ‘Calle de las Pizzas’ and other popular spots. We will sample a delicious pisco sour cocktail at the Rustic restaurant on the Costa Verde.

Day 2: Lima - City Tour

Today we get to know the city, but first Gourmet Tour Peru will present you with a t-shirt and an apron with typical Peruvian designs – this will help you get into the spirit of the culinary activities we will undertake during our tour. We head to a juice stall in the Surquillo market, where we will sample some of the great diversity of Peruvian fruits from the coast, sierra and jungle regions, such as mangos, pacay, granadillas and cherimoya. Inn the vegetable section we will see products including chilies, Porcon mushrooms, and many varieties of native potatoes. In the seafood section, we learn the difference between shrimps and prawns and see varieties of fish, shellfish and octopus.

From here we take a tour through colonial and modern Lima: we will visit the main plaza, the government palace, the town hall, the cathedral the catacombs under the church of San Francisco and colonial mansions. We’ll also visit the ‘home of Peruvian gastronomy’ where we absorb 500 years of culinary fusion. We take a stroll and have lunch in Chinatown, and then head to a bookshop where there are books on Peru’s history and cuisine. In the evening we head to the seaside in Barranco to visit the Bridge of Sighs and sample tapas and delicious anticuchos. Then it’s back to the hotel to take a rest.

Day 3: Lima - Paracas (Cooking Classes)

Early in the morning we head along the Panamerican highway to the Bay of Paracas. On the way to Pisco we’ll have the opportunity to buy fruit and drinks. We visit the fisherman’s market, where we can observe the different maritime species found in the seas around Peru. We buy ingredients for our cooking class. Night free.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch.

Day 4: Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Nazca

Today we make a trip by boat to the Ballestas Islands, passing on the way through the Bay of Paracas and observing the Port of San Martin and the mysterious candleholder sculpted on the dunes. We see sea lions and marine birds in their natural habitat, forming one of the most charming vistas of the Peruvian coast. At midday we continue on our way to Nazca. On the way we pass through the city of Ica where we visit a craft factory that makes tejas, a traditional local sweet made from a mountain of sugar which can be filled with prunes, pecans, lemon, caramel and so on. They are made completely by hand. We make a stop to visit a vineyard where we will sample varieties of wine and pisco. Later we visit the Huacachina Oasis (optional sand dune tour in buggies and sandboarding). We arrive to Nazca in the evening and settle into our hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch.

Day 5: Nazca - Majes Valley (Cooking Classes)

In the morning we have the option of taking a flight over the Nazca Lines to see the enormous and mysterious drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures which can only be seen from the air. We then head on towards the Arequipa region. We visit Puerto Inca where we see the Qolcas or storage deposits that the Incas used as warehouses for seafood. We then continue to the Majes Valley where we stay in the Yupanqui Lodge and enjoy an evening barbeque with wine, pisco and a bonfire.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 6: Majes Valley - Cabanconde

After breakfast we visit a vineyard from the colonial era with a pisco distillery. We also visit an archeological site with remains from ancient civilizations of the area. We then head on to Huancarqui where we sample traditional sweets at a local bakery, before continuing to Toro Muerto, the world’s largest petroglyph site, dating from the 7th century. For our lunch we prepare delicious river shrimp. In the afternoon we travel on through the Majes Valley, passing through the village of Huambo before arriving to the village of Cabanaconde in the Colca Valley, where we spend the night.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 7: Cabanconde - Cruz del Condor - Countryside Tour - Chivay

Early in the morning we head to the Cruz del Condor, 15 minutes from Cabanaconde, where the world’s largest flying birds can be seen close up, gliding in circles as they rise on the morning thermals in search of food. We then return to Cabanaconde where we are met by a local guide around 10:00 am, who will take us to the countryside to get to know the local people and their work in the fields. We make a brief tour through the village to appreciate some historic and cultural features. As we walk into the countryside, the guide will explain aspect of local culture including the uses of the many medicinal plants that grow along the pathways. In the fields, we can learn about and (for those who want) participate in the agricultural work. We will share a hearty traditional lunch, accompanied by chicha, the ancestral maize beer of the Andes, and we may be able to sample ‘jampi’, am aromatic herbal liquor. We return to the village about 3:00 pm, where we can visit a local artisan or a bakery where bread is made from the organic maize. We spend the night in Cabanaconde.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 8: Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa

Early in the morning we head up the Colca Valley towards the town of Chivay, passing through the villages of Maca, Achoma and Yanque with their colonial churches and tradicional forms of agriculture. In Chivay we can relax in the hot springs of La Calera and enjoy a buffet lunch, before we head back to the city of Arequipa.

Day 9: Arequipa - City Tour (Cooking Classes)

At an altitude of 2,400 metres above sea level, Arequipa is Peru’s second city, with a population of around 1 million. It is known as the “White City”, for its baroque architecture made from the local chalky volcanic stone sillar, a colonial legacy recognised by UNESCO, which has declared the central city a World Heritage site. The perfect volcanic cone of El Misti (5,825 metres) and its neighbour Nevado Chachani (6, 075 metres) hover over the city. Today we visit the labyrinthine monastery of Santa Catalina (considered by many the finest in South America), the cathedral, La Compañia church. We make a trip to San Camilo, the city’s historic wholesale market, where we can see local produce including fruits, vegetables, aromatic herbs and much more. We prepare and sample some dishes from the extensive and varied Arequipan cuisine.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 10: Arequipa Countryside

After breakfast we take a tourist bus into the Arequipan countryside where we follow the famous “Ruta del Loncco” where we can appreciate Arequipa’s agricultural diversity, pre-Incan terraces, traditional villages and the picanterias (typical restaurants) of the 7 districts we pass through. In the evening we have dinner in one of the restaurants of famous chef Gastón Acurio.

Day 11: Arequipa - Puno - Capachica

We head in a tourist bus towards the city of Puno. On the way we visit the Stone Forest of Imata. We will see flamengos and other native birds. We arrive in the small village of Santa Lucia where we prepare a trout cebiche. Later we head to a produce fair in the city of Juliaca, where we can see products such as chuño (dense dehydrated potatoes), moraya, kiwicha, quinua, cañihua and others that originate in the high Peruvian Andes. Our day ends in the village of Capachica, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where we stay in the night in the house of a local family.

Day 12: Capachica - Lake Titicaca

After breakfast, we take a walk along the shores of Lake Titicaca to apréciate the flora and wild fauna ofthe area. At midday we lunch on typical Andean fare that incluyes quinua, kiwicha, Andean potatoes, aromatic herbs, chuño and other ingredients. In the afternoon we attend an ‘offering to the earth’ ceremony, an ancestral rite that links human beings to nature and affords great symbolic importance to the Pachamama (Mother Earth).

Day 13: Capachica - Puno - Cuzco

After breakfast we take the bus towards the city of Cuzco. We travel along the Collao plateau, stopping in the town of Ayaviri, an important centre for textile production and animal herding. Here we sample the famous Kankacho Ayavireño, roast lamb with Andean herbs. Later we visit the Temple of Kalasaya, ruins of the ancient Pucara culture, as well as a craft factory that makes clay pots, commonly used in Peruvian cooking. We make further stops at Raqchi to see the spectacular Incan site constructed by the Inca Pachacutec and dedicated to the God Wiracocha; the La Raya ranch to see herds of vicuñas and llamas; Lake Wacarpay where we see the mountains reflected in the still waters; and in the attractive town of Andahuaylillas where we visit the church of San Pedro, known the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’ for its elaborate ceiling. We have a buffet lunch at a restaurant in the countryside, enjoying the delicious culinary arts of the region. We arrive in Cuzco and spend the night.

Day 14: Cuzco - City Tour (Cooking Classes)

After breakfast we have the morning off. Later we will visit the city market where we can see medicinal and aromatic herbs as well as fruits from the high jungle, local coffee and wild mushrooms. We continue with a city tour, visiting the K’oricancha or Temple of the Sun - the most important Incan religious centre - and archeological sites including Kenco, Sacsayhuaman, Puca-Pucara y Tambomachay, absorbing something of the mystic tradition of the Incas in each site.

Day 15: Cuzco - Ollantaytambo - Valle Sagrado - Aguas Calientes.

Today we visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the markets of Pisac, the towns of Calca, Yucay and Urubamba, and the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo. We continue by train to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we stay the night.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 16: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco.

We take a guided visit to Machu Picchu - one of the seven wonders of the modern world. We spend about 3 hours exploring the ruins, while the guide explains the fascinating details of this unparalleled archeological complex We take the return train to Cuzco, where we enjoy our farewell dinner with a spectacular folk music concert.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 17: Lima - Return home.

We take a taxi to the airport from where a flight departs that connects with nternational flights from Lima.

“Culinary Adventure”

In Arequipa city you can enjoy our “culinary adventure” designed especially to ensure you have an unforgettable experience.

  • Horse riding in the Arequipan countryside or riding four-wheeled motorbikes or rafting in the River Chili
  • Learn to prepare Peru’s flagship drink, the pisco sour
  • Shared dinner with the family of Gourmet Tour Peru
  • You will be given a complementary bottle of pisco and Arequipan sweets

Hoteles

LIMA http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-miraflores-centro/
NASCA http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-nazca/
PUNO http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-puno-tikarani/
AREQUIPA http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-arequipa/
CUSCO http://www.hotelprismacusco.com/
OLLANTAYTAMBO http://www.ollantaytambolodge.com/
AGUAS CALIENTES http://www.inkatownhotel.com/

Tour Gourmet Peru (3) 17 days

Included:

  • Flight Cuzco - Lima
  • Flight over the Nazca Lines
  • Private transport on the first 10 days of the tour
  • Tourist transport in the Puno and Cuzco legs
  • Trains between Cuzco and Machu Picchu
  • All transfers
  • Hotels with breakfast
  • All programmes included in the itinerary (including specialist guides)
  • All entrance fees to national parks, museums, etc.
  • Meals specified in the program
  • Ingredients for food preparation
  • Cooking classes
  • Guide that accompanies the group throughout the trip

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Food and drink not specified in the tour program
  • Snacks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, entry to discotheques
 
 
 
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