(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Lima and Cusco, Peru - 7 nights
Available year round
Peru has become a new and popular culinary destination as featured in Newsweek, NY Times, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast and more. This tour mixes a taste of native, “criolla” and traditional food with the trendy fusion through hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and tasting menus. All of this is wrapped up within a framework of history and culture that explains every part of the tour and helps our guests understand the origin of all these great tastes. A Taste of Peru for Foodies has the best balance for someone with some experience or just the love for food.
The tour starts in Lima, where you will visit a local market to discover the exotic products Peru has and then you will learn how to make Ceviche - the Peruvian fish delicacy. You will also spend a morning learning the basics of Peruvian cooking with the most representative chefs in town. Dining highlights include a Tasting Menu at the well-known Astrid & Gaston Casa Moreyra restaurant and the opportunity to learn how to make exotic fruit Pisco Sour Martinis.
Three nights are spent in Cusco. Tour members will also have a guided tour of Cusco; travel by rail to Machu Picchu; and spend a day in the Sacred Valley with visits to Inca fortresses and country markets. There's another culinary highlight: a Cusquenian lunch highlighting potatoes and regional vegetables (of which Peru has hundreds of varieties) and Hands on cooking class plus tour to the local market with Chef Pio Vasquez from El Huacatay Restaurant. At your return to Lima, You will finish your discovery with a Nikkei dinner: a mixture of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines.
SAMPLE ITINERARY (Availabilities may change depending on season)
ARRIVAL TO LIMA
Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will meet you at Lima airport and take you to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Welcome to Peru!
MARKET VISIT & FRUIT FESTIVAL - CEVICHE CLASS & LUNCH - FREE AFTERNOON - WELCOME DINNER
After breakfast at your hotel in Lima, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and escort you on your market visit and tasting. The local market visit is a great way to experience a little bit of the Peruvian culture in its daily life. Here you can find and taste the best variety of vegetables and fruits in the country, including exotic products from the “Andes” and the “Jungle”.
After the market visit you will be brought to a traditional “cevicheria” for your hands-on Ceviche class, a beautiful journey into this famous Peruvian dish. You will also have the chance to try it during your lunch.
After lunch, you will have the afternoon free to rest before your special dinner at La Huaca Restaurant, proud to maintain Peruvian flavors as a base for its cuisine, interpreting them according to the classic cooking techniques as well as the contemporary styles. This restaurant satisfies the demands of the most exquisite tastes. At the end of the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel for the night.
INTRODUCTION TO PERUVIAN CUISINE - LIMA CITY TOUR - AMAZON DINNER WITH PISCO PAIRING
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up for your Introduction to the Peruvian Cuisine Class. One of our chefs will teach you the quintessential basics of Peruvian Cuisine. You will learn how to prepare Peru’s staple dishes, and afterwards you will enjoy a full tasting of these traditional Peruvian dishes.
After lunch you will be picked up at the restaurant and taken on your city tour of Lima. Sites to be visited: Main Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the San Francisco Monastery (including catacombs), old streets with colonial houses, and a great driving tour through the beautiful districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.
At the end of the visit, you will be taken back to your hotel to get ready for your Amazon dinner experience at Amaz Restaurant in the heart of Miraflores district, where Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will delight you with dishes made out of ingredients from the Amazon jungle.
FLIGHT TO CUSCO - WALKING CITY TOUR - TASTING MENU DINNER AT MAP CAFE
After breakfast at your hotel in Lima, you will be met by one of our representatives and taken directly to the airport, in order to catch your short, one-hour flight to the capital city of the Incas: Cusco. You will be met upon arrival by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel.
AAfter a little rest you will set out on a city-tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We walk Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and visit both the Spanish cathedral and Inca temple of the sun, Qoricancha. Next, we set out to visit the ruins above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice, Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, and Q´enqo.
At the end of the tour, you will be taken to your hotel to get ready to enjoy your tasting menu at Map Café, located in the Museo de Arte Precolombino (Museum of Pre-Inca Art). Specializing in Novoandino cuisine and presenting the use of native ingredients and rescued recipes with innovative dishes, this 7-course tasting-menu dinner will introduce your palate to tastes rarely experienced before. At the end of the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel for the night.
MACHU PICCHU FULL DAY WITH GOURMET LUNCH
After breakfast you will be transferred to Poroy station to catch the early train to the town of Aguas Calientes and we will then continue by bus to the Machu Picchu citadel. This day you will enjoy a full tour of the lost city and have a delicious gourmet lunch. In the afternoon we say farewell to Machu Picchu as we take the train to reach Poroy station, where transportation will be waiting for you to bring you back to your Cusco’s hotel to spend the night.
CUSQUENIAN COOKING LESSON AT EL HUACATAY - MARKET VISIT - OLLANTAYTAMBO TOUR - DINNER AT CICCIOLINA
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to your Cusquenian Cooking Class at El Huacatay restaurant, where you will learn about regional ingredients, visit local market and you have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal.
After lunch we will be heading deeper in the Sacred Valley for your tour of the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco where you spend the night.
BACK TO LIMA - LUNCH AT ASTRID & GASTON
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Cusco airport to catch your flight back to Lima. Once you arrive in Lima, you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel.
In the evening, you will once again be met at your hotel, and taken to Astrid & Gaston for a special and exclusive “Tasting Menu”. This is a 12-courses tasting menu dinner specially prepared by Gaston Acurio, arguably Peru’s most famous chef and restaurateur. You will taste traditional dishes presented into a creative and new form.
At the end of the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel for the night.
GROCERY SHOPPING - FAREWELL NIKKEI DINNER AT HANZO
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to famous culinary spots in the city for your grocery shopping tour, during which you will have the opportunity to buy Peruvian ingredients, recipes books and other souvenirs. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to your hotel in order to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to rest.
In the evening you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to your farewell Nikkei dinner at Hanzo Restaurant in San Isidro district, one of the best Nikkei restaurants in Peru. You will experience the Japanese and Asian influences in the Peruvian Cuisine. At the end of the dinner you will be taken to Lima Airport to catch your flight back home.
*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season
*Restaurants may vary
A minimum of 1 participant is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. (Please inquire for larger groups).
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
Based on Two Persons/US$3450
*Please inquire about lower pricing for 4 or more persons
*Please inquire if you would like different hotels.
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation, seasonal activities/festivals, availabilities of hotel and other services, etc. Please inquire.
After availability is confirmed, a 30% non-refundable deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 75 days before your arrival date.
Available year round. Departures every day. Week between Christmas and New Year's excluded.
*Transfer to/from Lima airport and to/from Cusco airport
*Seven nights' accommodations in a 4* hotel
*Three (3) hands-on cooking classes
*Four (4) culinary demonstrations (Market Visit and Fruit Festival, Pisco Tasting, Market Visit in Urubamba, Grocery Shopping)
*Four (4) cultural tours (City Tour of Lima Cultural and Contemporary, Walking Cusco Partial City Tour, Sacred Valley Tour and Machupicchu Tour)
*Seven (7) lunches and dinners at the most trendy restaurants of Lima and Cusco (Traditional Dinner at La Huaca, Amazon Fusion at aMaz, Novovandina Dinner at MAP Café, Gourmet Lunch at Café Inkaterra, Farewell Dinner at Cicciolina, Tasting Menu Lunch at Astrid & Gaston and Farewell Lunch at Hanzo Japanese Peruvian Fusion)
*Vistadome train round trip ticket
*Transportation to all tours and events
*English speaking tour guide on all tours
*Translator for all cooking classes when needed
*All entrance fees and tours
*Local experts and specialists
*Domestic flights from US$280 including taxes.
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Jen N., San Francisco, CA"I had a very good time! I liked having a guide and a driver, mostly bc my mom is elderly- riding from place to place gave us some good down time because the days were pretty packed. Having the driver and guide took some stress off of me having to look out for my mom the whole time. Working with AGH was easy- they made things easy to do, like booking the inter country flights, taking the train etc."
Brenda A., Lynne A., Glasgow, Scotland"Thank you so much for organising what turned out to be the holiday of a lifetime. Everything was first class from the luxury accommodation and transportation to our fantastic tour guides and spectacular excursions. While we went without a true understanding of Peruvian cuisine, we were blown away by the variety and quality of the produce and techniques used in the restaurants selected for us. We are already looking on the website for our next destination!."
Jerry B., Rye, NY
"Hope all is well. I saw the boys last night at one our meetings. We are still talking about what a great trip you and your team put together for us. Thank you for all the emails. I still own you my photos. Please say hi to Anna Maria. Best always."
Peter H., Manhasset, NY
"Thanks again for a wonderful tour of your lovely country. Jeremy and I just returned to work this past Wednesday. On a sad note Jeremy’s Grandmother past away on the same day so he is in South Carolina. When he returns next week we will come up with a few ideas using Peruvian ingredients for you. We both also have some great pictures and will forward you ASAP. Once again thanks for sharing your cuisine and the very friendly and beautiful country of Peru. Warm Regards."
George and Kay, Houston, TX
"Hi, Peru Gourmands, since Peru, I have been in Detroit, Jackson, Mississippi and Santa Fe. I leave for New York on Tuesday. That is my excuse for not responding earlier. I only had 278 new emails when I returned from Peru, but that number has escalated to 388 unanswered ones at the moment. HELP! Wendy, I promise to do my survey over the Thanksgiving holidays, when you will hopefully be busy with your second wonderful Taste of Peru tour. Oh, what we would give to come back. But the magic of our group could not be repeated. Thank you for this once-in-a-lifetime gourmet journey we will always cherish! Please send mailing addresses so we can put everyone on our christmas card list. We'll send everyone a photo CD of our fabulous EATING experiences. Hugs to all."
Mike D., Bronxville, NY
"... just a note to thank you and your staff for a truly 'magical' culinary education tour of Peru. It could not have been easy to arrange such a tour for a group of professional Chefs. Our group, Club Chefs of Westchester, did not quite know what to expect from Peruvian cuisine on arrival but I can testify that we were all blown away by the depth and quality of this wonderful food. Our guides and assistants were all friendly and efficient and our culinary instructors were generally first rate. Add to this the incomparable vistas of the Andes and you have a spectacular recipe for a magnificent tour. Thanks again."
Daniel S., New York, NY
"I would like to thank you for a very special trip. I had an exceptional time and with every day that went by I was taken back by so many unexpected experiences. By far you have opened my eyes to a beautiful country, culture and exceptional cuisine. Coming from a culinary back ground I appreciated learning about the many flavors Peru has to offer. Looking back I have to say that you run a top notch company.
Everything was planned out to perfection from the time we arrived to the moment we left. I have traveled to many places and I have never felt safer as I did in Peru, from great dinners in Lima to the market places outside of Cusco, and I will never forget climbing the hills of Machu Picchu. These will be great memories that I will take with me forever. I also wanted to ask you about importing goods. I am interested in trying to get Samples of Alpaca meat and a few other items that we had tried. If you can advise me in any way please do. Thank you."
John K.,Rye, NY
"...thanks so much for all you did to make such a wonderful and valuable Culinary experience for us all. We all truly appreciate it. Each day was a great surprise exceeding all expectations, and of course I loved the thoughtful presents! I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye in person, Jerry and I were both talking about that yesterday. We were all in such a rush to get to the airport on time and probably assumed we would see you there, again my apologies. I look forward to seeing you again soon as we start to put together the charity event. Thanks again for all that you did for us in making a most memorable trip."
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