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Flavors of Peru

Explore Lima, The Sacred Valley & Cusco
(9 days – 8 nights)

 

May 5-13, 2017

 
Once the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, the Incas vanished with barely a trace. Peru has that effect on people; so don’t be surprised if, once you’ve savored sublime ceviche in Lima, you lose yourself a little, too. Peru’s exquisite cuisine hails from eighty-odd microclimates and is a myriad of indigenous species and foodstuffs from the depths of the cold Pacific Ocean to the fiery chilies of the desert, the lush Amazon, and the Andean highlands. Regional cultures and traditions still thrive and the food culture rivals Mexico or France any day. Unwinding with a pisco sour at dusk with a view of the Sacred Valley? Transcendent. We invite you to get to know Peru’s world class cuisine.

Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome to Peru! After arriving in the evening, transfer to your hotel in the modern barrio of Miraflores, located right on the Pacific coast. Check into your luxurious hotel and decompress after your long flight. The adventures begin tomorrow. (Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel)

Day 2: Lima
Today start your exploration of Lima in the colonial center clustered around the Plaza Mayor. After, drive through upscale neighborhoods, stopping to take in treasures such as the great clay Pyramid at Huaca Pucllana. Visit a vibrant local market bursting with stacks of colorful produce, including exotic fruits from the Amazon. Next, lunch at one of Lima’s ceviche references, making everything from grilled shrimp ceviche to sublime tiraditos, a local rendition of sashimi. Return to the hotel to sleep off the Pisco Sours, or carry on with a guided private visit to the fascinating Larco museum. This evening, gather for dinner at one of Latin America’s top tables, showcasing indigenous ingredients. Partake in a special menu as you embark on a flavorful journey through Peru. (Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel)

Day 3: Lima
Rise and shine early! This morning before dawn, head to Lima’s wholesale fish market to see fishermen arrive with a dizzying array of fresh fish from two ocean currents. Return to the hotel for a rest and much needed coffee. Later, meet one of Lima’s premier chocolatiers. Find out how cacao becomes chocolate, and so much more. The next stop is a local coffee roaster. Learn about coffee production in Peru and the artistry of preparing coffee. Lunch is at a bakery mecca that uses artisan ingredients for everything from their flour to sandwich fixings. Foodie heaven. After, return to your hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day as you please. (Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel)

Day 4: Sacred Valley
After an early check out, jet to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. Immediately descend from the airport to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is easier for acclimating. Enjoy the scenic ride surrounded by breathtakingly steep mountains to the colonial village of Ollantaytambo. Stroll through and admire the wonderfully preserved village. Continue on to climb the stairs to the Temple of the Sun, one of the most impressive examples of Inca stonework. Lunch at a handsome hacienda that puts on an impressive showing of its chalanes (horsemen) while tucking into Andean cuisine like native potatoes, grilled meats, and chili sauces. Arrive at our hotel, tucked away in the folds of the Andes. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore the grounds. In the evening, reunite with the group for a special chef’s dinner incorporating regional foodstuffs and recipes. (Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba)

Day 5: Sacred Valley
Walk with the head gardener through the organic garden at the hotel. After, head to the Urubamba market where vendors hawk every color and size of potato, corn, local cheeses, chilies you can imagine.Travel up to nearly 12,000 feet above sea level to join a local chef for the preparation of a typical Peruvian harvest meal, the Pachamanca,cooked in the ground using hot stones. Stop in the nearby colonial town of Chinchero to meet a friend who’s been a force in keeping the highland weaving tradition alive. See first hand how they transform alpaca or sheep’s wool into textiles and learn the significance of the designs. After, take a winding road towards an impressive archaeological site featuring agricultural terraces created by the Incas. Not far away, see thousands of salt pools tumble down the hillside, filled by a subterranean hot springs. (Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba)

Day 6: Machu Picchu
Wake up early to catch the train through the Andean Valleyto Machu Picchu. Serpentine (by bus) up 2,000 vertical feet to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most celebrated archaeological sites. Visit with a private historical guide on a full morning visit. Break for lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and after, re-enter to explore the ruins on your own. In the early evening, all aboard the Hiram Bingham train to Cusco, a classic luxury train serving a gourmet multi-course dinner. Arrive in Cusco, nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, a city of immense historic and colonial importance in South America. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco,a former colonial convent, located on a handsome white washed plaza a block from the main square. Buenas Noches. (Palacio Nazarenas)

Day 7: Cusco
Start today with a walking tour of central Cusco. Sample steaming tamales from our favorite casera before continuing on foot to historic landmarks like the Qorikancha Temple. Take in the local food culture at the picturesque San Pedro market packed with fruits, breads, cheeses and boisterous comedores (dining alls). Lunch in a hip restaurant blending Andean, Criolla, and Nikkei dishes, along with Pisco cocktails from over forty types of infused Pisco. After, head out of the city to Sacsaywaman, an Incan site considered the “Stonehenge of South America”. Dinner is on your own tonight at one of Cusco’s fabulous restaurants. (Palacio Nazarenas)

Day 8: Cusco
Enjoy the day on your own in Cusco. Meet up in the lobby in the early evening to meet with a Maestro of pisco for a “flight” and to learn more about this unique drink. After, our last meal together is at a cutting edge restaurant overseen by one of Peru’s best chefs, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Salud to a great trip! (Palacio Nazarenas)

Day 9: Departure
The morning is at leisure with checkout at noon. Leave in the early afternoon for the airport for your return flight to Lima with international connections.