A Taste of Peru - Lima to Machu Picchu

A Taste of Peru - Lima to Machu Picchu

10 Days Starting in Lima, Peru and ending in Cusco, Peru

Visiting: Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, Santo Domingo, Arequipa, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

XPF

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Peru's award-winning food scene spans flavours from fresh coastal tang to the earthy mountains, using local ingredients that harness the magic of Pachamama (Mother Earth). Learn how to create ceviche in Lima, eat an Andean lunch from a Quechua earth oven and visit a potato engineer in the Sacred Valley. All the while, explore Peru's deep-rooted Indigenous and Hispanic culture, culminating at the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Iconic dishes - Learn the art of ceviche making, and sample the perfect pisco sour at one of Lima's oldest tavernas

Traditional regional food - Tour Arequipa's 'picanteria' restaurants, sampling authentic dishes that Peruvian grandmas have cooked for years

Modern classics - Try traditional dishes with a modern twist at Machu Picchu, accompanied by local Peruvian wines

Highlights

  • Iconic dishes - Learn the art of ceviche making, and sample the perfect pisco sour at one of Lima's oldest tavernas

  • Traditional regional food - Tour Arequipa's 'picanteria' restaurants, sampling authentic dishes that Peruvian grandmas have cooked for years

  • Modern classics - Try traditional dishes with a modern twist at Machu Picchu, accompanied by local Peruvian wines

  • Explore Peru's deep-rooted Indigenous and Hispanic culture, culminating at the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Join Trip In Lima
Location: Lima, Miraflores
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Arawi Prime Miraflores

Arrive in Lima, Peru's capital and the gastronomic heart of the country. Founded in 1535AD by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the city and it's food scene have been shaped by the cultural mixing of conquest and immigration throughout the ages. Today it is a modern, cosmopolitan city, but in the old centre there are obvious reminders both of its colonial and pre-hispanic past. This has created an exciting food scene, bursting with flavours that span from the coast to the Andes and through to the Amazon.

There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Lima at any time. However, for those arriving by 7.30pm, our Leader plans to meet in the hotel reception for the welcome meeting. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport (airport code LIM) which is approximately a one-hour drive from our hotel. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to take an independent stroll along the coastal path in Miraflores. Lima also has several world-class and award-winning restaurants, most notably Central, Maido and Astrid & Gaston. These have waiting lists that can be a month long or more; if you plan to stay in Lima before the trip and would like to book one of these top restaurants, then we recommend doing this in advance. If you don't have any additional nights booked in Lima, you could make a reservation for this evening and catch up on the welcome meeting later, or book for the evening of Day 3.

Day 2 : Learn The Art Of Ceviche Making; Discover Street Art And Peruvian Coffee In Barranco
Location: Barranco
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Arawi Prime Miraflores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We'll dive straight into Peru's award-winning culinary scene today, starting with an explosion of sights, smells and tastes at the Surquillo Market. This wonderland of foodstuffs is where your everyday Limeno does their weekly shopping; from tropical fruits such as chirimoya and lucuma to piles of purple corn and an abundance of seafood, we'll be introduced first-hand to the fresh ingredients that go into creating Lima's excellent and diverse cuisine. Of course, during our visit we'll have the chance to taste some of the produce.

Following our trip to the market, we'll visit a local Lima restaurant, where a chef will show us how two of Peru's most iconic dishes are prepared; pisco sours and ceviche. We'll find out how zesty lime juice, sweet onions and chilli heat combine to 'cook' raw fish and give it a delicious flavour (limes only appeared in Peru after the Spanish conquest, but there is some evidence to suggest that ceviche was being created in other ways by pre-hispanic societies). Across the city you can find different versions, from rustic spots with bowls piled high, to high-end restaurants serving delicately presented portions. We'll stay here in the restaurant for lunch, eating ceviche as well as other traditional Peruvian dishes.

In the afternoon, we head to artistic Barranco for a walking tour. This neighbourhood has a reputation for creativity, with some of the best street art in the city. As well as beautiful architecture and a seafront walk, we'll visit the workshop of Victor Delfin (a renowned Peruvian artist), which will give you a sense of Barranco's bohemian beginnings (note that the artist isn't always in residence). During our walk, we'll also take a break to enjoy a Peruvian coffee at a specialty coffee and chocolate shop.

Day 3 : Explore The Historic Centre Of Lima; Enjoy Lunch And Pisco Tasting At The Atmospheric Antigua Taberna Queirolo
Location: Santo Domingo, Miraflores
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Arawi Prime Miraflores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We'll explore both the modern and the historic Lima today, beginning at commercial Miraflores with its pretty 'malecon' (seafront), and heading into the historic centre. We'll explore the centre on foot, walking along some of the most historically important streets of the city to the Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by Lima's most impressive colonial architecture, and visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, just one of the centre's many spectacular 16th-century churches. Before lunch, we will spend some time in the Larco Museum, which houses the incomparable Treasures of Ancient Peru private collection - one of the most superb exhibits of Peruvian artefacts in the world, which traces over three thousand years of Peruvian history. The museum itself is housed in an 18th-century mansion, built on the ruins of a 7th-century pyramid.

After a time-travelling tour through Peru's significant indigenous history, we'll visit the traditional Antigua Taberna Queirolo for lunch and a pisco tasting. The taverna was founded in 1880 by the Queirolo family, and is still run by them today - in fact, a collection of old photographs dating back 130 years adorns the walls. The family is also one of the oldest pisco makers in the country, with vineyards south of Lima that grow Peru's finest export. Lunch here will depend on the day, but we'll be sure to taste some of Peru's most home-grown cooking. Perhaps a delicious 'causa' - a traditional layering of potato, avocado, chicken or tuna and mayonnaise, usually arranged in a neat cylinder - or a 'lomo saltado' - quite literally 'jumped beef'. This restaurant predominantly sells the kind of food that Limenos have been eating for decades, and still attracts a local clientele who want authentic, traditional meals.

After lunch we'll explore the particularities of the Queirolo's pisco blends in a tasting session. We'll have the remainder of the afternoon free - choose to revisit the churches and narrow streets of the historic city, or take the sea air in Miraflores.

Day 4 : Fly To Arequipa; Visit The Santa Catalina Convent And Try The City's Specialty - Queso Helado
Location: Arequipa
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casa Andina Select Arequipa
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leaving the big city this morning, we fly to beautiful Arequipa, at 2380m above sea level. After checking into the hotel, we'll take an afternoon walking tour. Surrounded by volcanoes and mountains, the 'White City' is famed for its grand colonial architecture with signature vaulted rooves and white-stone arches, and the twin-tower cathedral that dominates the main plaza. Beginning our tour with a birds-eye view at the Yanahuara viewpoint, we'll take in the conical peak of El Misti volcano and the white spires of the city in front.

From here, we visit the Santa Catalina Convent, which is a miniature walled town that once housed 450 nuns, living in total seclusion. A city within the city, founded in 1580, there are a maze of streets and squares within the walls that are ripe for exploring, along with the cloisters, rooms and ornate fountains.

After our walk around the convent, we'll make our way through to the historical centre. Although the day has focused on Arequipa's deep history, the Arequipenos have a very strong and proud food culture, with several local specialties. One of these is the delicious dessert 'Queso Helado', which directly translates as 'frozen cheese'. For those expecting a pungent savoury dessert, you'll be out of luck here as there is actually no cheese in the recipe. It's made from milk, lightly spiced usually with cinnamon, cloves and coconut. Although you can find it on most menus, the classic way to eat it (which we'll try today) is purchased directly from street sellers, who churn the ice-cream by hand. Unbelievably, this frozen tasty treat is so beloved by the people of Arequipa that they hold an annual Queso Helado festival! We'll try it at some point today, when we see the sellers.

Whilst dinner is not included this evening, there is the option to go out to Zig Zag, a renowned local spot that serves up traditional Peruvian food in a modern way - try the alpaca steak served on hot volcanic stone!

Day 5 : Take A Food Tour Of Yesteryear With A Visit To Four Of Arequipa's Traditional 'Picanterias'
Location: Arequipa
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casa Andina Select Arequipa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We'll only need a very light breakfast this morning, as an afternoon of tasting awaits us. With the early morning free to soak up the city, we'll set off at around 11am for a 'crawl' of four traditional Arequipeno lunchtime restaurants, called 'picanterias'. Historically these began in the hillsides surrounding the city, where the wives or mothers of farmers would indicate the availability of food to the rural workers with a wooden table outside, covered with a rustic checked tablecloth. This adhoc way of serving the local farming communities gradually made its way into the city, and many of the picanterias in Arequipa are run predominantly by women who have been making these dishes for years using traditions such as cooking with firewood in clay pots. The dishes give you an authentic taste of old Peru - no fancy presentation here.

In each place we'll have small tastes of these iconic dishes, rather than a full portion in each restaurant, but with more than enough to satisfy our taste buds and fill us up! Rocoto relleno (stuffed peppers), chupe de camarones (shrimp chowder with poached eggs), adobe arequipeno (a soupy, spicy pork stew), cuy chactao (fried guinea pig) or solterito de queso (a fresh salad made from local cheese, corn, beans and vegetables) may all be on the menu, which may change from day to day. What is sure is that we'll try the local chicha de jora - purple corn beer.

The afternoon is free in Arequipa. You could visit the Santuarios Andinos Museum, where the mummified body of the Inca girl Juanita is found. Alternatively, if you'd like to go further afield then you could take a trip out on the 'Sillar Route' with a local guide - a journey through the immense canyons and quarries on the outskirts of Arequipa, which are home to the pinkish-white volcanic material that built the city. Walk into 30-metre high canyons and see how traditional stonemasons worked many hundreds of years ago.

Day 6 : Fly To Cusco And Transfer To The Sacred Valley For An Indigenous Pachamanca Lunch. Optional Sup Or Kayak.
Location: Cusco, Sacred Valley
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: La Casona Yucay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We fly this morning into Cusco, landing at 3,300 metres of altitude, and transferring directly into the Sacred Valley, the ancient heartland of the Incas. We're travelling to the Piuray Lagoon, one of the many spectacular lakes in the valley (and this one has particular importance, supplying over 40% of Cusco's drinking water). Surrounded by the high peaks of the Andes, its an awe-inspiring location for our special lunch.

We'll be taking part in an ancient cooking ritual known as 'pachamanca' this afternoon, which dates back to Inca times. After an explanation of the tradition behind the meal, we'll be invited to help bury the food in a huatia (an earth oven formed of hot stones). Spiced meats, potatoes, unusual Andean roots such as oca and uncucha, corn, pineapples and even cheese gratin, are all buried underground and slow cooked. After around 45 minutes, we will dig up and eat. We'll also have a cold starter dish of quinoa, avocado and trout from the lake. Quinoa is the Andean grain of choice, famously making it's way onto the superfood list in western countries, while the Peruvian's have been eating it for years.

In the afternoon we have some free time - SUP and Kayak are both available on the lake's still waters for those who wish, or a walk around the lakeshore is another beautiful option. We'll travel to our Sacred Valley hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 7 : Visit An Award-Winning And Experimental Potato Producer; Discover Maras And Moray; Private Lunch At Iskay Restaurant
Location: Maras, Moray
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: La Casona Yucay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Potatoes are the name of the game today. With over 4,000 different varieties, Peru really is the home of the potato, and it wasn't until the Spanish conquistadores brought some back with them in the 16th century that we first had the plants in Europe. We'll see these indigenous vegetables brought into the modern day, with a visit to the home and farm of Manuel Choqque, an agricultural engineer-turned-potato farmer. With over 370 varieties in his potato bank, Manuel experiments on the colouring and nutritional value of native potatoes to create new, colourful and nutritionally-improved roots. After a fascinating visit, we'll get to sample some of his work, along with a traditional 'uchucuta' (hot pepper) sauce. Manuel is also innovating with Andean tuber wines (made of ocas and mashwas), and a tasting of these will see us on our way.

We'll continue to the complex of Inca ruins at Moray - huge semi-circular agricultural terraces that were used as a botanical laboratory by the Incas, an ancient experiment that shows how in tune the civilisation was with agriculture and Mother Earth. We'll also take in a panoramic view of Maras; enormous terraced salt pans that are a shock of white in the green valley.

Lunch today is at an exclusive restaurant that offers not only incredible views of the landscapes, but also a 'behind doors' concept that is totally private. The family-run house only opens for one booking at a time on an 'on request' basis, and their local, seasonal ingredients come from their own organic garden and fields, ensuring a unique, fresh and delicious experience. The food is distinctly Peruvian, but with a chic, modern presentation.

After lunch we'll head back to our hotel in the valley. This evening we may have the opportunity (time permitting) to visit the Cerveceria del Valle - the Sacred Valley's very own brewery - where you can try some of Peru's craft beers.

Day 8 : Take The Vistadome Train To Machu Picchu; Lunch And Wine Tasting Before Travelling To Cusco
Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hacienda Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

It's an early departure today, as we drive to the train station at Ollantaytambo for our visit to Peru's most impressive and famous landmarks: the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. We'll board a Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes - the massive panoramic windows of this train mark it out from other services, and we'll have a little snack on board as we admire the views of the Urubamba valley as we ride.

On arrival into Aguas Calientes, we start our ascent to Machu Picchu by bus. Accompanied by an expert guide on arrival, we'll explore what is probably the most astounding feat of engineering in all of ancient America. Temples, stairways, palaces and gabled stone dwellings are scattered everywhere, testifying to the energy and ingenuity of the builders. It really is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

We'll be guided around the site with some free time to appreciate the ancient wonder, before descending to Aguas Calientes, where a celebratory lunch and Peruvian wine tasting awaits at the Sumaq Hotel - the best restaurant in town. We'll try two different grape varieties during our meal, which offers quite a high-end twist on traditional Peruvian dishes.

After lunch we'll take a late afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, and a private bus to our Cusco hotel.

Day 9 : Explore Cusco On Foot; Afternoon At Leisure; Enjoy A Final Celebratory Meal In A Traditional Restaurant
Location: Cusco
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hacienda Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The iconic Inca capital of Cusco is no bad place to spend the last day of our trip. We'll take an immersive walking tour of the captivating city this morning, kicking things off in the colossal archeological site of Sacsayhuaman, a stone fortress still at the core of Cusco's traditions. Winding our way along an old Incan trail, we head down to the colonial neighborhood of San Cristobal, where the plaza will surprise us with sweeping view over the city's roof tops. Navigating the narrow streets of the old city we reach the aqueduct of Sapantiana, a hidden engineering marvel only known by locals. This aqueduct directs us to arty San Blas, where coffee shops converge with traditional artisan's workshops. We explore the cobbled 'calles' (streets), venturing inside the studios to marvel at the local craftsmanship.

Entering the main Plaza de Armas of Cusco, the focal point of the city, we are welcomed by the baristas of Three Monkeys Coffee who serve us up the finest Peruvian beans. Revived, we continue walking, gazing upon the Qoricancha complex, once the Inca's most sacred site dedicated to the Sun God. Our final destination is Mercado de Wanchaq, a truly local affair jammed with rows of colourful stalls and filled with the aromas of seasonal fruit. Slurping freshly pressed juice we witness the sellers hawking their wares before returning to the hotel.

The afternoon is at leisure to rest and take in the atmosphere of the city. There are plenty of museums to discover, or markets to wander. A hot chocolate at one of the coffee shops surrounding the Plaza de Armas is also a lovely way to watch the rhythm of city life. There is also the chance to take part in a pisco sour making class on our last afternoon here.

In the evening we will visit the Pachapapa restaurant for an included final meal, where we'll savour our final Peruvian dish. Most likely we'll be trying a Cusquena specialty: Adobo de Chancho Cusqueño, which is a hearty, spicy stew marinated with chicha de jora (corn beer) and chili pepper.

Day 10 : Trip Ends In Cusco
Location: Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Cusco.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Cusco at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ).

We highly recommend extending your trip with a three-night stay in the Amazon (trip code AMZ). If you are travelling onto the Amazon, you will be transferred to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport this morning for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

What's Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Complimentary airport transfer to Jorge Chavez International Airport (airport code LIM), Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) on first and last day of tour.

  • Accommodation

    7 nights comfortable hotel, 2 nights premium hotel

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Meals

    Detailed given as per an itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

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  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included however domestic flights are included

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    7 nights comfortable hotel, 2 nights premium hotel

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As per detail given in an itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, minimum age 16 years or above.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Moderate

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, complimentary airport transfer is provided on the first and last day of tour.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

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    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

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  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

  • Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

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    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

  • Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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