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A journey to delight your senses – you'll be sure of a stimulating welcome to Latin America's culinary capital, Lima, whose varied cuisine brings together the best from all the different regions of Peru. You will also discover its rich archeological and colonial heritage, before heading to Cuzco, where you'll discover the secrets of the Imperial City of the Incas and one of the wonders of the modern world, Machu Picchu.

 

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 Miraflores, the ‘Calle de las Pizzas’ and other popular spots. We will sample a delicious pisco sour cocktail at the Rustica 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.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 3: Lima - Cuzco
After breakfast we head to the airport where we board our flight to the imperial city of the Incas, Cuzco (the price of the flight is included in the tour package). We arrive to Cuzco, check in to our hotel, and take the rest of the morning to rest and acclimatize to the 3,300 metres of altitude. We have lunch in a traditional restaurant, where we sample delicious Novo Andino style dishes. In the afternoon we take a guided city tour, visiting the main plaza, the cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha, the principal Incan palace, where the church of San Francisco has been built over the Incan foundations. We'll also visit the city's central market, where we can see and sample aromatic and medicinal herbs, fruits of the high jungle, coffee and wild mushrooms. We return to the hotel, and the night is free to check out Cuzco's vibrant night life.
Meals included: breakfast.

Day 3: Lima - Cuzco

After breakfast we head to the airport where we board our flight to the imperial city of the Incas, Cuzco (the price of the flight is included in the tour package). We arrive to Cuzco, check in to our hotel, and take the rest of the morning to rest and acclimatize to the 3,300 metres of altitude. We have lunch in a traditional restaurant, where we sample delicious Novo Andino style dishes. In the afternoon we take a guided city tour, visiting the main plaza, the cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha, the principal Incan palace, where the church of San Francisco has been built over the Incan foundations. We'll also visit the city's central market, where we can see and sample aromatic and medicinal herbs, fruits of the high jungle, coffee and wild mushrooms. We return to the hotel, and the night is free to check out Cuzco's vibrant night life.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 4: Cuzco – Sacred Valley  Ollantaytambo
After breakfast, we begin an excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we can see and explore traditional agricultural terraces from the Incan era and vibrant towns such as Pisac, with its colourful indigenous market, as well as Calca, Yucay, ad Urubamba. We have lunch, and in the afternoon we visit Ollantaytambo, an extensive Incan complex which had administrative, agricultural and religious functions. We can see high rock walls, temples and palaces. We head back to the hotel, where we stay the night.
Meals included: breakfast.

Day 5: Ollantaytambo  Aguas Calientes  Machu Picchu
From Ollantaytambo we travel by train to the town of Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of the Machu Picchu archeological sanctuary. We take a 25 minute bus trip up to the ruins. During our 3-hour guided tour through the archeological sanctuary our guide explains the impressive technological level obtained by the Incas including their incredibly precise stonework, irrigation canals which reveal deep understanding of hydrological principles, stone steps carved into the mountainside and the Intihuatana, “the sun's zenith”, which was used as a solar calendar to regulate sowing and harvesting.  We also visit the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priest's House, the Inca's Baths, and the Temple of Three Windows. We also have some time to explore the ruins independently, before we head back to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night.
Meals included: breakfast.

Day 5: Ollantaytambo -  Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu.

From Ollantaytambo we travel by train to the town of Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of the Machu Picchu archeological sanctuary. We take a 25 minute bus trip up to the ruins. During our 3-hour guided tour through the archeological sanctuary our guide explains the impressive technological level obtained by the Incas including their incredibly precise stonework, irrigation canals which reveal deep understanding of hydrological principles, stone steps carved into the mountainside and the Intihuatana, “the sun's zenith”, which was used as a solar calendar to regulate sowing and harvesting.  We also visit the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priest's House, the Inca's Baths, and the Temple of Three Windows. We also have some time to explore the ruins independently, before we head back to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Today is a good chance to gt up early, see the sunrise and have a look around the town of Aguas Calientes. Later, there are opportunities for various activities. One of these is a trek to the waterfalls of Mandor. The falls are reached in 1 ½ hours by a trail that follows the railway lines alongside the rushing Vilcanota River. We can observe plantations of coffee, papaya, bananas, avocados and medicinal herbs. The waterfall is 20 metres high, and is formed by the crystal waters that descend from the peak of Mt Yanantin. We return to Cuzco by train and spend the night there.
Meals included:  breakfast.

Day 7: Cusco
Today is a free day in Cuzco, to enjoy the many cultural, shopping and entertainment experiences offered by the Imperial City.
Meals included:  breakfast.

Day 8: Cuzco – Lima
We head to the airport where we take a flight back to Lima to connect with flights back home.
Meals included:  breakfast.

Machu Picchu Gourmet 8 days

Included in the price:

  • All the tour programmes in the itinerary, including local guides
  • A highly experienced guide that accompanies the group
  • Flights Lima – Cuzco - Lima
  • Tourist transport and all transfers
  • Hotels with breakfast
  • Meals where indicated in the tour programme
  • Entry to museums, national parks, etc.
  • Cooking and bar classes

Not included in the price:

  • International flights
  • Lunch and dinner except where specified in the tour programme
  • Snacks, mineral water, entry to discotheques and alcoholic drinks

 

 
 
 
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