|Days/Nights:||7 / 6|
|Price Per Person:||1485|
|Groups Depart:||Last Sunday of April, May, July, Sept, Nov|
All prices USD, per person. Single room supplement: 270.
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"Our special day of cooking was something we will not forget. We felt so welcomed and privileged to hang out in the kitchen with your chef. (Honeymoon couple)
Cusco Cooking Class/ Traditional Pachamanca inSacred Valley of the Incas/Grand Tour of Machu Picchu
Arrive in Lima, Peru where you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for the night
After breakfast, you will return to the airport for a short flight to Cusco, the famed capitol of the Incan empire. Guide will meet you at the airport for transfer to your hotel to settle in your room. Activity will be minimal as you adjust to the altitude. A walk to the local restaurant of your choice, followed by a walking tour of the city including the amazing local market, begins your journey to discover Peru through the food.
We'll travel to the outskirts of Cusco for guided tours of Sacsayhuaman, the ancient Incan fortress perched above Cusco, and nearby Tambomachay and Pukapukara. Spend the afternoon with our chef in the kitchen of a local restaurant learning about Peruvian food while you prepare your own dishes. Overnight in Cusco (order of activities subject to change based on availability of restaurant kitchen)
After breakfast, your guide accompanies you to the Sacred Valley. Your first stop is Chinchero, the weavers' village where local women demonstrate traditional ancient weaving practices, still being used today. It's the perfect chance to buy that special wool hat or woven item direct from the artisan. Continue to a local Qechua farm or rural village where you observe and participate in traditional communal Pachamanca (earth oven) luncheon. Farmers pile rocks and mud on the ground and fill it with meat and vegetables to cook slowly. Continue by car to Ollantaytambo for dinner and overnight.
Up early to tour the Ollantaytambo ruins before you catch the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Here you can visit the local artisan market, relax in the local thermal spa and enjoy a dinner in the restaurant of your choice. (option to add another visit to Machu Picchu for $65 USD pp + shuttle bus $24 USD pp)
Those who arrive early to Machu Picchu have the pleasure of viewing the ruins before other visitors arrive. Your guide will give you a private tour before you are left to wander the ruins on your own. By late afternoon, you will start the journey back to Cusco arriving early evening. Dine in restaurant of your choice, including options for upscale cuisine at MAP restaurant or sample guinea pig at INCANTO restaurant. Or go for the hip wraps and greens at GREENS ORGANIC restaurant. Those who are interested can visit local "Museo de Pisco" for the chance to learn more about the brandy that is unique to Peru. One of the things you will learn is that Pisco is a coastal drink that comes from the dry climate in the south of Peru.
Free morning in Cusco. Visit museums, ruins, shops and restaurants of your choice or just sit in the plaza and observe the people. We terminate our service at the Cusco airport where you will catch your flight to Lima.
(option to extend 1 day in Lima to for amazing gastronomic experiences with ceviche, pisco and cooking classes)