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Real Food Adventure - Peru

Trip type: 
Food
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
12
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Americas, Peru | 12 days
Trip code: 
GGZP
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What's included: 

Transport - Van, Minibus, Bus, Train, Taxi, Car

Accommodation - Hotel (10nts)

Meals - 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Sensational Seafood Specialities
Vineyard Tour
Machu Picchu
Explore the Sacred Valley
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
Sensational Seafood Specialities
Vineyard Tour
Machu Picchu
Explore the Sacred Valley
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Van, Minibus, Bus, Train, Taxi, Car

Accommodation - Hotel (10nts)

Meals - 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners

Trip Overview: 

On this trip you will discover the cuisine and culture of Peru. You will sample fresh seafood from the coastal areas and enjoy a variety of locally grown vegetables from asparagus to potatoes. Perhaps the dish everyone wants to taste (or maybe not!) is guinea pig prepared in a traditional manner. Another undoubted highlight is of course a visit to the "lost city" of the Incas, Machu Picchu a truely magical place.

Itinerary: 
Day
1-2

Lima

Fly to Lima. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm of Day 1.  We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

While Peru's capital officially began life in 1535, when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief who had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city's attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical centre.

Start the evening in in Barranco, Lima’s bohemian district, home to some of Lima’s most vibrant nightlife. We include a visit to a “warique” (small local restaurant), where you will find authentic local dishes and taste the Peru’s most famous national dish, “ceviche”. We’ll sample a wide variety of Peruvian food on the street, just like locals do, tasting the famous “anticuchos” (beef skewers) and classic Limeñan desserts including “masamorra” (purple corn), “arroz con leche” (sweet rice with milk) and “picarones” (Peruvian doughnuts). The following morning you visit to a local Lima fish market to see the importance of fish in the Limean cuisine and experience first-hand the process of bringing in the fish from the sea and the selling, and be amazed at the size of some of the fish and seafood!

Included Activities

  • Lima night bites & sites

Optional Activities

  • Archaeological Museum - PEN11
  • Gold Museum - PEN35
  • Lima Larco Herrera Museum - USD11
  • Museo de la Nacion - PEN10

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

Day
3-4

Ica

You travel to Ica, ‘Land of the Sun’. Producing many of the countries fruit and vegetables, including asparagus, grapes and olives, Ica is also home to some of the country’s finest wineries and Pisco producers. You spend an afternoon learning all about the process of producing premium pisco - which is a grape brandy – using a combination of handcrafted centuries-old distilling methods and top-end new technology. The following day you have the option of a leisurely bike ride through the vineyards before taking an afternoon tour of the vineyards followed by wine and pisco tasting in a private tasting room.

Included Activities

  • Pisco - Pisco Porton tour and tasting

Optional Activities

  • Visit local vineyard/winery - Free

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
5-6
Cusco

Cusco

The Cuzco region truly is the heart and soul of Peru. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Incas for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cuzco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Inca-built walls line the central streets and many of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations. This is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend and is a perfect base for explorations into the Inca world or to enjoy a range of outdoor activities.

Take the time to acclimatise to the city's 3,450 m (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city.

You travel back to Lima early morning to catch our afternoon flight to Cusco. In Cusco you take an orientation walk with includes the bustling San Pedro market and then this is followed up by a workshop at the chocolate Museum, which includes the harvesting, fermenting and drying of the cacao beans and the actual preparation and sampling of chocolate. One of the evening options is to visit the Museo del Pisco, one of the hottest new bars in Cusco which offers a degustation of pisco, a full range of pisco infusions as well as innovative pisco cocktails.

Optional Activities

  • Boleto turistico (general) - PEN135
  • City tour - USD15
  • Cooking class (price from) - PEN120

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
7

Sacred Valley

Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley (approx 2 hours total drive), on the outskirts of Cuzco. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls.

Our first stop in the Sacred Valley is Pisac where you visit the popular Pisac market, famous for the wide variety of handicrafts that it offers. You also get to learn about the ‘horno’ a clay oven used for baking empanadas [among other things] and then get to sample them hot and fresh [and straight from the oven].
From there, you will head to Chichubamba, where you will learn more about the daily lifestyle of a local community in the Sacred Valley, as well as the fruit and vegetables that they are growing there you get to try the local specialty, “cuy” (guinea pig) prepared in a traditional manner.
In the late afternoon, you will head just outside of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to learn about, help prepare and eat “pachamanca”. This is one of Peruvian most interesting dishes where a variety of meats and local vegetables are buried in the ground with hot stones to slowly roast and cook, a cooking method which dates back to the time of the Incan empire but is still popular today.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
8

Aguas Calientes

This morning you take a guided visit to the Incan ruins in Ollantaymbo, including the temple of the Sun made out of enormous carved blocks, stone water fountains, Incan stairs and terraces surrounded by the sacred mountains. The town of Ollantaytambo has been built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. 
In the early afternoon, you will have a train to Aguas Calientes. Sitting at the base of Machu Picchu in a picturesque valley, Aguas Calientes takes its name from the numerous hot springs that are dotted throughout the area. You take a late afternoon cooking class at Rupa Wasi Tree House, one of the most innovative restaurants in Aguas Calientes with views over the surrounding area. Your cooking class will include a visit to the local market, a cooking demonstration of two or more dishes, and of course, you can eat the results of your work.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
9

Machu Picchu/Ollantaytambo

Rise early for morning tour at Machu Picchu, one of the highlights of Peru. Machu Picchu is one of those genuinely magical places, and catching your first glimpse of the lost city of the Incas through the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget.

The ruins of this forgotten city are stunningly located, perched high in the Andes surrounded by verdant cloud forest, with the river Urambamba running through the gorge far below. Hidden away on a ridge between the mountains, Machu Picchu is invisible from below, so it's no surprise its ruins remained a secret for so many years. Historians believe the city was probably completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed all its inhabitants and watered by natural springs. It's thought that the city was the location of a royal palace and estate, home to the Inca emperors, or possibly a sacred religious and ceremonial sight.

Discovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, although the ruins were heavily covered by dense jungle foliage, many of the buildings were well preserved and in excellent condition. The city consists of more than 200 buildings, from houses to temples, storage buildings and public spaces. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire.

WAYNA PICCHU: Please note, due to Intrepid's internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
10

Sacred Valley/Cuzco

You start the return to Cuzco but first with visits in the morning to Maras, the largest salt mines in the region, and Moray, a large complex of ruins with beautiful terraces that form a vast amphitheatre. It is believes that the terraces where an Incan centre of agricultural experimentation to improve their farming techniques and crops.

With some time to buy local souvenirs and share a drink overlooking Plaza de Armas, you finish off our real food adventure of Peru with a farewell dinner.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
11-12

Tour ends

Your trip ends today. You will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Food - Glorious Peruvian - Food

On this tasty tour of Peru you will discover a very distinct brand of South American cuisine. The national dish of Peru is Ceviche, although many may think it is guinea pig! You will sample street food in Lima and visit a fish market. Onwards in Ica you will visit a local vineyard and sample some wines and learn about the production of Pisco a grape brandy. Visit a chocolate museum in Cuzco before travelling to the fertile Sacred Valley. The market in Pisco is a great place to see local produce for sale followed by a tasty empanadas snack. A cooking class gets you working and your reward is of course eating what you have created. 

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of those genuinely magical places, and catching your first glimpse of the lost city of the Incas through the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget. Discovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, although the ruins were heavily covered by dense jungle foliage, many of the buildings were well preserved and in excellent condition. The city consists of more than 200 buildings, from houses to temples, storage buildings and public spaces. 

The Real Food Adventure - Peru trip is just one of our Peru tours. To find out more visit our Peru holidays page.