Peru Culinary Adventure
7 Days/$1485 pp

Updated: May 30, 2015

Trip Overview

Open Groups (Specific Dates):
Days/Nights: 7 / 6
Price Per Person: 1485
Groups Depart: Last Sunday of April, May, July, Sept, Nov
Private Groups (Any Date):
2-3 4-5 6-8 9+
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All prices USD, per person. Single room supplement: 270.

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7-Day tour begins with a sampling of the traditional Andean foods prepared in the kitchens of local restaurants. Try several of the many varieties of flavorful potatoes, sample quinoa, a hi-protein grain, & nibble on alpaca steaks. Try your hand at preparing traditional Peruvian dishes when you land in the kitchen of our favorite restaurant, to prepare your own meal.

Read what one of our travelers said:

"Our special day cooking was something we will not forget.  We felt so welcomed and privileged to hang out in the kitchen with your chef. If our chef has a recipe (click here) for the soup we made that he can pass along to us, that would be great!  If we get back to Peru we want to do a Pacha Mama meal like we talked about, someday!"      (Honeymoon couple)

Itinerary Highlights:  Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Incas/Cooking/Grand Tour of Machu Picchu

Day 1 Arrive Lima

Arrive in Lima, Peru where you will be greeted and transferred to your  hotel for the night

Day 2 Lima - Cusco

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, will keep you busy until time to cook your own Peruvian dishes for  dinner. 

Day 3 Cusco Outskirts - Cooking Activity

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. Afternoon trip to the market provides the local ingredients needed to create your own masterpiece of culinary perfection.  Spend the afternoon with our chef in the kitchen of a local restaurant learning about Peruvian food & prepare your own dishes. Overnight in Cusco  (order of activities subject to change based on availability of restaurant kitchen)

Day 4 Cusco - Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo

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 the Inca Greenhouse in Moray and on to Maras to see the terraced salt ponds.  Arrive in Ollantaytambo for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

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)

Day 6 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

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.  After dinner, 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.  

Day 7 Cusco Airport - Lima Airport

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. 





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