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Gastronomic culture of Peru

Peru is well known for its diverse landscapes and its amazing scenery. This diversity is also reflected in Peru's cuisine, which is growing more and more famous worldwide. This original trip will satisfy those wanting to see it all. It will take you to the essential sites such as Machu Picchu and Titicaca, and will give you plenty of time to meet the local communities and share with the population. You will learn their ancient cooking technique.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima
  • Day 3: Lima - Arequipa - Lima - Arequipa
  • Day 4: Arequipa - Puno
  • Day 5: Puno - Luquina Chico
  • Day 6: Luquina Chico - Amantani
  • Day 7: Amantani - Puno
  • Day 8: Puno - Cusco - Puno - Cusco
  • Day 9: Cusco
  • Day 10: Cusco - Pisac - Amaru - Pisac
  • Day 11: Amaru - Urubamba - Sacred Valley
  • Day 12: Urubamba - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 13: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Day 14: Cusco - Lima

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Lima

Upon your arrival at the airport Jorge Chávez of Lima, you will be taken to your hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to your hotel.


Night at hotel El Patio
Included : private transport, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide

Day 2: Lima

Our culinary adventure begins at a typical Peruvian market. There you will be able to appreciate the wide variety of Peruvian products that are commonly available and enjoy and taste exotic fruits such as the chirimoya, lúcuma, aguaymanto and pacae. Be amazed by the huge variety of fish and seafood our ocean, considered one of the richest in the world, has to offer. We will also visit an exclusive restaurant - "La Rosa Náutica" - where you will have the opportunity to prepare your own pisco sour and the famous "ceviche". Then you will enjoy a delicious lunch consisting of the dishes most representative of Peruvian cuisine. 5 hour group excursion with a English / Spanish-speaking guide.
Free afternoon in Lima.
Dinner in the restaurant Saqra.

Night at hotel El Patio
Included : private transport, drinks, dinner, room & breakfast

Day 3: Lima - Arequipa

You will be transferred to the Lima airport to take your flight.


Flight with destination Arequipa.


Reception at Arequipa airport and transfer to the hotel.

Half day dedicated to the discovery of Arequipa, the "white city". Enjoy a guided tour of the colonial downtown including the main square, the cathedral, the Jesuit church and convent as well as the Santa Catalina monastery. This small city hidden within the city is full of beautiful lanes lined with ochre, blue and white colored houses, small squares and fountains that are reminiscent of Andalucia.

Lunch in the restaurant El Nuevo Palomino

Night at hotel La Casa de Melgar.
Included : private transport, transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch (no drinks), room & breakfast

Day 4: Arequipa - Puno

Transfer to Arequipa bus station.
Departure by bus directly to Puno, located on the shores of the Lake Titicaca. This itinerary allows us to discover the rather unusual landscapes of the Altiplano.
Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel Qelqatani.
Included : local guide, private transport, bus ticket, transfer departure, room & breakfast

Day 5: Puno - Luquina Chico

In the morning, you will go to the little market of Laykakota with your guide and then you will continue to Chucuito in order to visit the temple of fertility.
In the late morning you will reach Luquina Chico and a family will welcome you. Together you will prepare the meal with the products you has bought in the market.
After the lunch, several activities will be offered such as walking along the lake, sailing boat or agricultural activities.
In the end of the day, you will learn how to prepare the quinoa flour with the ancestral technicals and cook some Andean rolls called "Panecillos"
You will have dinner around the fire and enjoy the local and alcoholic punch !
Overnight at the inhabitants.
Included : room & breakfast, english speaking guide, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Luquina Chico - Amantani

After breakfast, you will go to the fabulous and magnificent island of Amantani where another family will welcome and take care of you.
the first step will be the visit of the centre of Pachatata.
Back at your host, you will learn and prepare the famous Peruvian dish Pachamanca.

Feel free to take a walk in the streets of the village after lunch. The inhabitant are truly kind and friendly and you may have the occasion to observe Hummingbirds !

Dinner and night at the inhabitant.
Included : room & breakfast, english speaking guide, private transport, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Amantani - Puno

After breakfast, you will continue and complete tje exploration of Lake Titicaca. First you will make a stop on the floating island of Uros. These are not natural but build by the Uros tribe whose main activity is fishing.
Return by boat to Puno and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel Qelqatani.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, box lunch, room & breakfast

Day 8: Puno - Cusco

Transfer from the hotel to the bus station.
Around 7 AM departure by tourist bus to Cusco (ride non accompanied by a guide), navel of the Inca Empire.
This itinerary allows to enjoy beautiful landscapes along the route via the Col de la Raya, at 4320 meters above the sea level. Stop in the village of Pukara and small parade ground before continuing to Raqchi order to visit the temple of Wiracocha (the creator of the world), built with lava from volcano Quinchasata.
Discover the relics of the large administrative center which brings together more than 160 circular buildings which were used for storage a long time ago by the Empire.
The day will end with the visit of Anadhuaylillas knows as the Sistine Chapel especially for its inner wealth.

Arrival to Cusco in the late afternoon.

Reception at Cusco terminal bus and transfer to the hotel.
A guide will escort you from the airport to your hotel.

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : entrance fees, bus ticket, lunch, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Assistance by a local guide during the transfer.

Day 9: Cusco

Early in the morning, you will go accompanied by your guide to explore the most typical markets of Cusco.
You will start with the farmers market Huancaro: a direct marketing model of producers to consumers.
Then you will visit the famous market of San Pedro where you will discover unknown fruits, "cusqueños" breads, local cheeses, florists and craftsmen!
Departure for an half-day dedicated to the discovery of Cuzco's historical downtown. In the morning, visits of the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and of the Cathedral, exhibiting some paintings from the School of Cuzco and many goldsmith’s art, silver and precious stones treasures. Then we walk down to the San Blas quarter (the artists’ place).

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : entrance fees, room & breakfast, english speaking guide
Included opts : Entrance fees

Day 10: Cusco - Pisac - Amaru

At 8 am, departure to the ruins of Pisac to visit the archaeological site. You will walk to the village to discover its traditional market full of color! Then you will go to meet the community Amaru II. It is cusual to welcome visitors by a small local ceremony! You twill swap your clothes for typical costumes and attend a demonstration of Andean weaving techniques recognized around the world for its exceptional quality.
We will go lunch at the house of Dweller and enjoy a little nap in this quiet places !
Finally, you will visit the agricultural workshops and discover the ancestral techniques still used today and the small museum of the potato!
Overnight at the inhabitant.
Included : lunch (no drinks), excursion (private), english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast, dinner, entrance fees, guide expenses

Day 11: Amaru - Urubamba - Sacred Valley

At AM, you will leave the community of Amaru to go to Huayllafarra to meet a new family.
It will offer to wear new typical clothing of the region to prepare and taste the most emblematic dish of the Andes: the Pachamanca.
The Pachamanca is a Peruvian specialty of baking food in the ground with hot stones placed on top.
We'll explain the particularities of this dish, the agricultural calendar of the community and all methods of cultures.
After a short break, we take the road in the direction of Moray, where you will visit the Inca agricultural laboratory.
You will end your day by visiting the salt mines of Maras.

Night at the hotel Villa Urubamba.
Included : lunch, excursion (private), english speaking guide, entrance fees, guide expenses, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 12: Urubamba - Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning, you will go in the direction of Quillabamba Valley. Passage by Abra Malaga at 4297 meters above the sea level from where you will observe a change of vegetation. You will go along the jungle to reach Huayotapa where you will enjoy one of the best coffees of Peru.
You will be welcomed by Julia and her family where you will have lunch. Its cuisine is a treat. You will have the opportunity to visit her coffee and cocoa plantations and to attend a production demonstration.
In the middle of the afternoon, you will take a shuttle bus to reach the town of Santa Teresa in order to take the train to Aguas Calientes.

Night at hotel Presidente.
Included : lunch (no drinks), room & breakfast

Day 13: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

In the early morning, direct connection to the shuttle service that will drive you to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Arrival to Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century in Peru. Abandoned during the collapse of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu sacred city, forgotten for centuries, is considered as a masterpiece of Inca architecture. It was unveiled in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Together with your english speaking guide, you will start to discover the archaeological complex, still covered by the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices. A stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun! After the guided tour (around 3 hours for the visit), you have the opportunity to discover on your own.

Lunch at the restaurant Indio Feliz.
Return by train to Ollantaytambo.
Reception at the train station and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
Dinner in the restaurant Uchu,

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : bus ticket, guide expenses, entrance fees, english speaking guide, lunch (no drinks), train ticket, private transport, drinks, dinner, room & breakfast
Included opts : Bus guide, English speaking guide , Guide's meals, English speaking tour leader.

Day 14: Cusco - Lima

Transfer to Cusco's airport.
English speaking assistance from your hotel to the airport.

Flight to Lima.

Included : private transport, departure transfer with english speaking guide, domestic flight
Included opts : Assistance by a local guide during the transfer.

Hostal El Patio   Lima

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

El Patio is an oasis of green with a colonial atmosphere in the heart of the attractive neighbourhood of Miraflores. It has 23 rooms with queen beds and some have kitchenettes.

Night in the hotel La Casa de Melgar   Arequipa

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Perfect example of the "Arequipeña" architectural richness, Casa de Melgar is an ancient colonial mansion dating from the eighteenth century. This is where lived Manuel Segundo Ballon, famous bishop of the city. Preserving this particular colonial style, simple and spacious rooms are furnished with armchairs, traditional beds and dressers. The decor will immerse you in the last century without neglecting the requirements of modern comfort. The hotel is located just a step from city center and the renowned Santa Catalina Convent.

Night in the hotel   Puno

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Set in the heart of Puno, this family-run hotel offers rooms with private bathrooms and cable TV. The Qelqatani Hotel is just 5 minutes walking from Lake Titicaca and several bars and restaurants. On request, you can watch performances of traditional Peruvian musics and dances. There is also a souvenir shop. The hotel has at your disposal a restaurant which serves Andean cuisine and its bar offers a wide selection of beverages.

Night in the hotel Amaru I   Cusco

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel Amaru I is located in the heart of artists district, "San Blas". Its colonial architecture and gardens allow you to enjoy a calm atmosphere just two blocks away from the central square of Cusco.

Hotel Villa Urubamba   Sacred Valley

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Villa Urubamba hotel is implanted in the heart of Sacred Valley in a country setting. Located along the Urubamba River, it offers comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting opening onto a lush garden. Located along the Urubamba River, it offers comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting opening onto a lush garden.

Night in the hotel Presidente SIA   Aguas Calientes

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Presidente Hotel Machu Picchu is located in the heart of Aguas Calientes, beside the River Vilcanota. It is a clean ans friendly hotel. All rooms have private bathroom and hot water. Some of them have small balconies with great views over the river Vilcanota.

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