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Culinary Peru

Highlighting Culinary Experiences
including "Pachamanca"

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Lost City of the Incas Machu Picchu
10 Days

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Locally Hosted Independent Tour

Suggested Departure Day:

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ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):

Thursday - USA - Lima: Afternoon flight south to Lima, arriving in the evening.  Meeting upon arrival by your local host and assistance with getting to and checked in at the Ramada Costa del Sol Airport hotel.

Friday - Lima-Arequipa: Your local host will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and help you get to the airport airline departure counters to check-in for your flight to Arequipa. Meeting upon arrival Arequipa and transfer to your hotel, the Casa Andina Private Collection. Afternoon visit to Arequipa, with many quaint old Spanish buildings and churches, most built of 'sillar', a pearly white volcanic material almost exclusively used in construction. You'll also visit Santa Catalina Convent, a complete miniature walled colonial town of over two hectares in the middle of Arequipa, where over 450 nuns lived in total seclusion except for their women servants. Today the few remaining nuns have retreated to one section of the convent, allowing visitors to roam a maze of cobblestone streets, flower-decked cloisters and buttressed houses. These have been finely restored and painted in traditional white, browns and blues. You will enjoy a complete visit with a specialized guide. (B)

Saturday - Arequipa: Today you will enjoy a full day private gastronomy tour of Arequipa. Begin with a visit to a local market where you will be introduced to the variety of meats, vegetables, fruits, spices and other items that are of importance in Peru. You will be accompanied by a chef who will assist in the purchase of the products that are used for the preparations of the dishes in this culinary adventure. Once the shopping is complete, move on to the venue where you will learn more about Peruvian cuisine giving you an overview of the origins of Peruvian food, its influences, products, typical dishes and emerging trends that mark Peru’s gastronomy. Prepare one of the many flag dishes of Peru such as Ceviche, Causa Rellena, Lomo Saltado or Rocoto Relleno, accompanied by the inevitable Pisco Sour. After a delicious lunch, return to your hotel. (B/L)

Sunday - Arequipa-Cuzco-Sacred Valley of the Incas: Morning transfer to the airport for early flight to Cuzco.   Meeting upon arrival and immediate departure for a scenic 90 minute drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, making a stop at the town of Awanacancha to observe traditional Andean weaving and where you can see the four types of camel-related Andean animals: llamas, guanacos, alpacas and vicunas. Then continue on to Pisac to visit the market where, accompanied by your local guide, you will encounter the variety of this marketplace with a vast array of stands offering local handicrafts. After your tour, continue to your hotel in the valley, the Rio Sagrado Hotel, for a two night stay. (B)

Monday - Sacred Valley of the Incas: Today you will have a "Pachamanca" Culinary Experience. Pachamanca”, meaning in Quechua “Earth Pot”, is a traditional cooking technique based on stewing by rock heat, which are previously heated. Start with a visit to a local market in Urubamba - new smells, colors, textures, sounds and tastes will introduce you to a new cuisine concept. From the marketplace, continue to your lunch spot near Ollantaytambo to meet the cooks that will teach you how to elaborate a traditional "Pachamanca": lamb, chicken, pork and guinea pig previously macerated with Andean spices, also different sorts of potatoes, corn and Andean aromatic herbs which give a unique flavor to this exotic dish, and cooked by rock heat underground. After helping prepare the ingredients and placing them underground, enjoy a Pachamama ceremony worshiping mother Earth and thanking her for the food you will eat. Then the Pachamanca will be opened and dishes will be served. After lunch, you can also visit the famous ceramic workshop of Pablo Seminario, dedicated to the discovery of techniques and designs from ancient Peruvian cultures. (B/L)

Tuesday - Sacred Valley of the Incas-Machu Picchu: Morning transfer to the train station a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), where shuttle buses take you on a 20-minute ride up a 2,000 foot serpentine road with spectacular panoramas of the valley. Arrive at the summit and at the entrance to the famed Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Never found by the Spanish Conquistadores and only rediscovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu was a stunning archaeological find - it was the only major Inca site that escaped 400 years of looting and destruction. Machu Picchu is a complete city strategically perched atop a mountain. Sprawled across the mountainside are staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers, fountains and the famous Intihuatana, or "Hitching Post to the Sun", possibly a center-point between cardinal alignments of nearby sacred peaks. Your tour will take you to the major sites and will raise more questions than it will answer. You'll have lunch and time to explore on your own. Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary lodge. (B/L/D)

Wednesday - Machu Picchu-Cuzco: Morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. Re-visit the ruins which open around sunrise. The earlier you visit the ruins, the fewer people you will encounter there.  Have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and then take the shuttle down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and explore the colorful bustling town and handicraft market. Afternoon return to Cuzco by Vistadome rail service, and transfer to the Hotel Monasterio for two night stay, (B/L)

Thursday - Cuzco: Morning visit to Cuzco. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, Cuzco was the capital of the ancient Inca Empire and is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Cuzco was founded around 1100 A.D. and thought to have been a Holy City, a must pilgrimage for any ranking citizen of the empire. You'll visit the main points of interest in this historic city including the 17th century Qoricancha Temple and from its stones. It was considered the center of the empire and said to have had life size replicas of Santo Domingo church built on the walls of the flora and fauna made in silver and gold. Continue nearby to the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman with massive rocks weighing up to 130 tons forming three walls running parallel for 360 meters, with 21 bastions. Also visit the amphitheater of Kenkko (Qenqo); Puka Pukara, possibly an Inca "tambo", and the spring shrine of Tambo Machay, said to have been an Inca bath but more likely a site of a water cult.   Afternoon at leisure to explore Cuzco at your own pace. (B)

Friday - Cuzco-Lima: Morning transfer to the airport for short flight back to Lima. Meeting and transfer to the Miraflores Park Hotel for overnight. This afternoon enjoy a visit the main points of interest in Lima, often called 'The City of Kings', including the Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral and the Government Palace and San Francisco Convent among other places of interest in colonial and modern Lima. Then stop at the small but well laid out National Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology with one of the best overviews of ancient Peruvian art and archaeology. This evening dinner reservations have been made for you at Huaca Pucllana, an excellent restaurant specializing in typicla Peruvian cuisine and located on the edge of the ruins of the same name, with one of the largest pre-Columbian temples in Lima, dating back to 400 AC, and covers some 6 hectares. Transfers will be provided, but in order to give you complete freedom of choice, the cost of dinner is not included. Order as you wish and pay directly to the restaurant. (B)

Saturday - Lima-USA: Morning return trasnfer to the airport for flight back to the USA. (B)


SAMPLE LAND RATE PER PERSON: (Rates subject to change without notice)
YEAR Single Occupancy Twin Occupancy - P/P Triple Occupancy - P/P
2012 $9,400 to $9,995 $5,400 to $5,750 Request
2013 Estimate + 10%
Plus Air fares and USA Departure Taxes
PAYMENTS: By credit card; special form required & must carry Card Holder's signature
Deposit - Per Person 2nd deposit - Per Person Full Payment Due
$1000 in order to confirm To complete 30% deposit upon confirmation of all space 65 days prior departure
After reservations confirmed If new documents are required
$100 per change $100 per change + $100 re-issue documents
Cancelled Between Up to 91 days 89 to 61  days 60 to 31 days 30 to 00 days
Fees Per Person $1000 30% 50% 100%
  • Hotel accommodations with hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as indicated, table d'hôte basis
  • Transfers as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Sightseeing as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Surface and overland travel as indicated
  • Air fares
  • USA and Foreign airport departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys, Lodge personnel
  • Meals not specifically indicated as included
NOTE: Information was last updated January 01, 2012. Information & rates subject to change.
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