Journeys Rediscovered - Culinary Journey of Peru
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Culinary Immersion Tours Unique to Journeys Rediscovered
"Culinary Journey of Peru"
Small Group Tour of no more than 12
Lima – Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
12 days/11 nights
- 2 nights accommodation in Lima - Jose Antonio Deluxe or Innside Lima Hotel
- 3 nights accommodation in Sacred Valley - Tambo del Inka
- 1 night accommodation in Machu Picchu Pueblo - Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
- 4 nights accommodation in Cusco - Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
- 1 nights accommodation in Lima - Jose Antonio Deluxe or Innside Lima Hotel
- Breakfast daily at hotels
- Many lunches and dinners included at specially selected restaurants and culinary experiences
- All private transfers
- All Activities included as per itinerary
- Entrance fees
- Sightseeing and touring with a local English speaking guide
Contact Journeys Rediscovered on 0477002235 for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).
Boutique 4-5 star accommodation twin share. Single Supplements available.
Contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more than 12 passengers.)
Boutique 4-5 Star accommodation
Day 1 - Lima: Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our offices contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number.
Overnight in Lima
Day 2 - Lima: Morning - Half day Gastronomic Lima City tour (private)Begin today’s experience with a visit to a local market in the San Isidro District, one of the upscale districts that comprise the city of Lima. Officially established on April 24, 1930, San Isidro has become a major financial quarter in recent years, as many banks and businesses left downtown Lima to set up their headquarters in modern office blocks. It is inhabited mostly by upper-class families.Learn about the different fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and seafood used in various Peruvian dishes. The goods of the merchants are nicely displayed, especially the colorful displays of fruits and vegetables.
Continue to Lima downtown, to visit the Historical Center stopping at the Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas, birthplace of the city of Lima, as well as the core of the city, surrounded by the Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop's Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace, and the Palace of the Union. Discover the history and traditions hidden in every corner of Lima, once the most important Viceroyalty of the Spanish Empire receiving the title of “The City of Kings”. The highlights of the historical centre are its architecture and the urban design of the city, found in the old streets filled with colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies.Stop at El Cordano bar, a Lima institution since 1905, considered a national heritage, visited by presidents, poets, writers and artists, to taste some of the traditional dishes. This old-world dining hall with its swinging “saloon-style” doors has received practically every Peruvian president for the last 100 years as a customer. It is situated a block away from the Plaza Mayor, in the heart of downtown Lima, just beside the Government Palace. An unforgettable place of yesteryear with a swing that plunges you into the living room of memories of Lima's history.
Your visit continues with a visit to the choco-museum where they will have a personalized tour about Cacao and its properties followed by a hot chocolate and product sampling.Then it is time to continue to El Bolivariano Restaurant to savour a delicious typical Peruvian meal, including a Pisco Sour Demonstration and Tasting. End the day, with a stop at Yitzhak Rabin Park, inaugurated in 1998 in honor of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The park had a priviledged location, making visitors able to have a beautiful look of Lima's bay. It is also home to an sculpture from one of our most famous artists Jose Tola.
Evening: Half day Evening Lima Gourmet experience (private)As the sun falls down, you will be part of a trendy gourmet route that showcases the best of Peru's diversity with mouth-watering menus, created especially for you by internationally acclaimed, local chefs. Get the secrets and legends behind the dishes in an elegant, foodie crash-course of Peru's delectable cuisine.
The tour includes a 4-stop city tour highlights Lima nightlife, Pisco Sour lesson at the top beachfront restaurant is also included as you try a variety of Amazonian appetizers at an award-winning restaurant specializing in dishes from the jungle. Make your own exotic ceviche from the Amazon, taste a cocktail made with fruit straight from the Amazon. You will have also the chance to enjoy a gourmet Peruvian dinner amid illuminated pre-Incan ruins at la Huaca Pucllana. As we continue, we will tour the colonial, bohemian Barranco district and taste an artisanal Peruvian Sorbet in Barranco. Enjoy this excursion with a professional guide and tour Lima's iconic districts.After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight in Lima
Meals included: B L D
Day 3 - Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley:
At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Lima Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.Flight Lima /Cusco.
From the airport, visit the Inkary museum and Hacienda Sarapampa. Your adventure will start with an airport pickup in order to head to the beautiful Inkariy museum. Here you will learn about the most important cultures of pre-hispanic Peru, throughout 10,000 years of civilization. The display offers a trip to the past through the exhibition of scenes with hyper realistic characters that will transport you to the magical spaces of ancient times.
Then, you will visit Hacienda Sarapampa where you will learn how corn influenced the Andeans and those who followed during colonial and recent times. Visit the Giant White Corn fields and learn more about this unique crop, the stages in the process of cultivating corn (fallow,sowing, hilling, harvest) and its importance in the economy of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its farmers.
Farm Chic Lunch- Further into the Sacred Valley, reach working Hacienda Sarapampa, a vivid expression of the culture of corn farming from its beginnings in ancient Peru until today. Enjoy a countryside five-course gourmet lunch.In Hacienda Sarapampa, learn how corn influenced the Andeans and those who followed during colonial and recent times. Visit the Giant White Corn fields and learn more about this unique crop, the stages in the process of cultivating corn (fallow, sowing, hilling, harvest) and its importance in the economy of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its farmers.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Meals Included: B L
Day 4 - Sacred Valley: Morning- Farm to Table ExperienceOne of the reasons for the growing success of Peruvian food worldwide is access to the fresh ingredients it's based on. This experience creates the optimum conditions for you to see, smell, touch and taste ingredients from the root, cultivated using no pesticides or additives. Harvest, prepare and cook with the close guidance of our chef, enjoy the freshest, most delicious meal right next to the river, in front of our organic farm, with a fantastic view of snowy peaks.
Afternoon at leisure for activities on your own.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Meals Included: B L
Day 5 - Sacred Valley: Full Day visit to Chinchero Village, Maras Saltpans & Ollantaytambo Fortress (private). Today you will set off in the direction of the Sacred Valley to the town of Chinchero, an authentic Andean village with lots of character, where we will find the colonial church that houses a large collection of painting from the Cusqueñan School of Art.Chinchero is well known for its continuing tradition as a commercial town and on Sundays the townsfolk gather in the main square to trade their products in a bartering system.
Continue your excursion to the salt fields of Maras and its seemingly never-ending terraces, where salt extracted from springs is stored and once supplied to the southern highlands during the viceroyalty. The use of Maras Salt dates back thousands of years and is inherited from generation to generation and managed communally. Salt is extracted once a month, as soon as they have reached a height of 10cm. It is impressive to see the variety of colors created by the reflection of the sun’s rays in this field of salt deposits, and to learn about the Incas striking ability to generate resources.
Then, you will head to the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This fortress was believed to be constructed in order to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands. Later it served as a temporary capital for Manco Inca, leader of the Inca resistance in 1537 during the Spanish conquest of Perú, who fortified the town to stop the advance, as Cusco had fallen under Spanish domination.The archaeological site includes a series of superimposed terraces and stunning finely carved stone blocks located on the upper terrace or Temple of the Sun. The town of Ollantaytambo is referred to as a "Live Inca Town" because inhabitants still live according to customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors.
Deluxe picnic lunch with service. Today you will experience an unexpected lunch in the middle of nowhere, unique views (lakes, mountains), in private services. And so we found ourselves surrounded by beautiful landscapes and mountains sipping a wine, admiring the stunning view of the Andes Mountains and having a picnic lunch unlike any other.The food is perfect for the setting – rustic, country Andean fare that includes dishes made from the local ingredients you see in the fields around you, while enjoying a hot coffee which you sipped as the clouds rolled in and the sky darkened before we happily continue on our way down to the Valley. Waterproof tents and transparent covers are expected if we experience a windy day.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Meals Included: B L
Day 6 - Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu: Full day excursion to Machu Picchu via roundtrip train. Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes.
From here, board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu, or Lost City of the Incas, which sits upon the summit bearing the same name, and is one of the most representative and recognized examples of Incan architecture. A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 120 Kms (75 miles) from the city of Cusco at 3,400 m.a.s.l (11,155 f.a.s.l).It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca's best kept secrets, since they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery.
Buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant - Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
A high quality novoandean-international buffet restaurant situated right at the entrance of Machu Picchu, located in the same building as the luxury Belmond Sanctuary Lodge property.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes Dinner is included at the hotel
Meals Included – B L D
Day 7 - Machu Picchu /Sacred Valley /Cusco: 2nd Entrance fee to Machu PicchuExcellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll around the Town of Machu Picchu and visit their Hot Springs. Then, you will have time to visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time, from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distantNOTE: Entrance fees and bus ticket included.
Train Vistadome Valley (13:37/15:04)
PM: Return to the Sacred Valley and transfer to Cusco. In the afternoon, at the appropriate time, take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes and then board your return train. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met by our representative and private driver who will transfer you to the hotel.
Cocktailing Experience with dinner set menuLearn more about Peruvian cuisine and mixology while walking the Cusco streets to three renowned bars in a fun bar-hopping night experience. Our first stop is “La Taberna” bar where we will learn more about Pisco and taste their signature drink Cholo Sour (a coca-based cocktail).
The adventure continues with a visit to Kion restaurant which specializes in peruvian-chineese fusion cuisine and where you will learn to make a Ten’Cantalá, a pisco and ginger based cocktail. We end this experience in Calle del Medio restaurant with a Pisco Punch sampling and a delicious dinner full of traditional Peruvian flavors.
Overnight in Cusco
Meals included – B D
Day 8- Cusco: Andean Flavors - Enjoy a guided tour through the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.The tour continues walking to the to the San Pedro Market, a typical local Mercado, and a popular place for locals to eat a hot meal or fresh juice. They offer almost all the regional produce from fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats to hand-woven sweaters other clothes and crafts. Here you will learn a little bit about them and how they are used to prepare Peruvian specialties. You will also be able to taste some of the fruit’s varieties.
Then stroll through the coffee workshop experience and visit Museo del Café (Coffee Museum) whose goal is to rescue in a simple, didactic and sensorial way the magical and fascinating world of coffee. At Museo del Café, discover the Peruvian coffee-making process, from the agricultural plantations in the nearby Andean foothills to local cafés in Cusco and hip coffee shops around the world. During this educational journey, explore various roasting techniques and taste a cup or two of Cusco’s finest coffee as you learn about various preparation methods and how to attain the richest flavour.
But there is still more...visit Cusco city’s most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures. In the center of the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture as are the Plaza de Armas or Main Plaza and the Cathedral, dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silverwork of its interior.Continue to the neighbourhood of San Blas where most folk artists of Cusco live, who for centuries have used their hands to tell the tale of their longings and frustrations working in stone and woodcarving, sculpture, doll-making, silverware, weaving and textile arts, gold- leaf, mask-making, and an array of ceramics in utilitarian, architectural, sculptural, monumental, grotesque and many other styles.
Can’t avoid stopping at Tater Vera Workshop, a small ceramic store where you will be able to appreciate beautiful pieces of art by Tater Camilo Vera Vizcarra, a respected ceramist from Cusco whose work has been recognized by the Unesco granting him the Excellence Award for Handicrafts in 2014. Tater specializes in the traditional glazed ceramic technique following the arrival in Cusco of the Spaniards back in the 15th century.
Lunch will be served at Pachapapa Restaurant, offering traditional dishes from Cusco and more, in an atmosphere that pays homage to the region’s customs, art, and mystique, local handicrafts and cuisine that have been passed down from generation to generation.After lunch, you will be transferred to your hotel
Culinary Experience for Dinner (private)The Culinary Tour is an experience with a unique insight into Peru’s food and culture through the use of regional products like quinoa, yellow peppers, and trout.With the aid of a local chef, you will create fusion gourmet dishes and enjoy the most spectacular views that the city has to offer.The class starts at 04:00 pm with a 30-minute tour of the traditional open-air market. Afterwards we will head to the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen facility, with breath-taking views of the city, to start the cooking lesson which consists of the preparation of an appetizer, main course, and pisco sour. We also offer vegetarian options (please specify when you reserve). The lesson lasts approximately 2 hours.
Overnight in Cusco
Meals included – B L D
Day 9 - Cusco: Full Day Paru Paru (Lunch: Pachamanca)Departure from Pisac to the Parque de la Papa (Potato Park). Upon your arrival, the community of Paru Paru will receive you with a traditional Andean welcome and music.
Then they will explain the objectives, organization and activities of the Potato Park which is consider Indigenous Bio Cultural Heritage, then the collective of Women of Medicinal Plants "Sipas Warmi" will explain you the use of native medicinal plants in the zone. After that you will go towards the Kinsa Q'ocha lagoon and learn more about the adaptation of native potatoes to climate change.
You will be able to taste native potatoes with a diversity of peppers.You will also visit the Fito center - participatory improvement where they show the diversity of potatoes, their uses and their farming systems. The visit continues to the community of Pampallacta where you will see the seed bank, and learn how the seeds are stored and how they are redistributed. Also, you will be able appreciate the pre-Hispanic textile crafts. Finally, you will arrive to the community of Chawaytire, here you will learn the traditions, culture and culinary creativity of the communities inside the Potato Park. Here you will be able to try Pachamanca a typical dish of the area.
It consists of creating a pot in the ground where stones are placed to make a kind of oven, on it a variety of ingredients are cooked like potato, lamb, aromatic herbs, beans among others. The food is covered with leaves and then the oven is sealed for the ingredients to cook well.
Overnight in Cusco
Meals included – B L
Day 10 - Cusco: Gastronomic Matices Tour - Travelers will have an unforgettable experience by being immersed in a festival of sensations, tasting at each stop the unique flavours and nuances of the different culinary lines offered by this gastronomic tour.
We will begin at Limo Restaurant. This is the best place to learn about the fusion of flavors provided by the Japanese migration to our country that nowadays is becoming very popular. Nikkei cuisine always includes fresh ingredients, crisp flavors, and an unparalleled level of professionalism when it comes to handling all the details.
Then, we will visit Inkagrill that will delight you with a tasting o alpaca meat and our traditional ceviche but made of trout, a fish endemic of the area. You will do this from a privileged location right on Cusco’s mythical main square, the true hub of the city.Finally, Calle del Medio will open its doors to give us a dessert tasting followed by a coffee or tea.
Afternoon Cocktail at San Cristóbal lookoutA private lounge setting awaits and invites you to live an unforgettable sundown experience. Enjoy one of the best views in Cusco city while sipping on delicious wines and tasting canapés that hold the flavour of the Andes.
Overnight in Cusco
Meals included – B L
Day 11 - Cusco/Lima:At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Cusco Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities. Flight Cusco /Lima
Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures. Roundtrip transfer to Astrid & Gaston RestaurantAt the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the selected restaurant for dinner. Our representative will assist you with any pre-arranged reservations and/or seating arrangements.
Astrid & Gastón RestaurantDinner tasting menu will be served at the restaurant where Peru’s multiple cultural traditions meet in one spot, a place to fall in love: Lima
Overnight in Lima
Meals included – B D
Day 12 - Lima Departure: At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Lima Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.
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Meals included - B
Valid for travel 01 Oct 2020 - until 31 Jan 2022.
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Contact Journeys Rediscovered to register for our 2021 Small Group Journey (no more than 12 passengers.) Journeys Rediscovered Small Group - Culinary Journey of Peru, will run with a minimum of 6 passengers.
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