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Taste of Peru A 14 Day Private Itinerary

"Gastronomic Capital of the Americas."

With an eclectic fusion of European, indigenous, Chinese, Japanese and African influences, Peru is the ultimate foodie destination. In Lima alone you will find Astrid and Gaston by Chef Gaston Acurio, Central Restaurant by Michellin Star Chef Virgilio Martinez, Rafael by Chef Rafael Osterling and Malabar by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino whose inspiration is found in exotic Amazonian ingredients. Combining Peru's culinary delights with its iconic Inca cultural sites, this itinerary offers an immersive experience that will excite not only your taste buds but your sense of wonder and adventure.

Itinerary

2 nights - Lima,

2 nights - The Sacred Valley,

2 nights - Machu Picchu,

4 nights - Cuzco,

4 nights Amazonia (Iquitos)

Day 1 - Arrive in Lima Peru

Hotel B - Arts Boutique Hotel, Barranco - Lima
An authentic historic atmosphere at Hotel B. (Click on photos for slide show.)

2 nights at Hotel B / The elegant Arts Boutique Hotel is located right in the heart of Barranco, Lima's bohemian arts district. Hotel B draws its inspiration from the Bohemian atmosphere of the surrounding district and exhibits works by contemporary Peruvian artists, adding to the hotel’s character. The refurbished mansion is on one of Barranco's main plazas, surrounded by art galleries, historic houses and boutique shops.

Day 2 - Lima Food Tour

Visiting a local market, traditional bodegas and artisan eateries that collectively showcase some of the best of Peru's produce, discover new ingredients and learn more about Lima's trailblazing gastronomic status.

Explore Lima's exotic fruits and vegetables at an open air market.
Ceviche and Tapas at La Preferida Restaurante and cappuccino at Aromia in Miraflores, Lima

Day 2 - Afternoon Tour - Into the Past, led by one of our expert guides

A visit to the colonial area of Lima featuring the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful neo-colonial style buildings. You will have a chance to visit Casa Aliaga, the oldest home on the continent and still family-owned after 17 generations.

Casa Aliaga

Day 3 - Flight from Lima to Cusco

Today, you will be met by your expert guide at the Cusco airport and be escorted by private vehicle to Pisac, one of the most important Inca sites in the Urubamba Valley.

Llama & Alpaca Ranch - Along the way to Pisac, stop for a short visit of Awanacancha, where you will have the opportunity to see the different camelids that live in the Andes such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Alpacas have thick wool commonly used for textiles while the vicuñas are smaller and have delicate fur that is considered the finest in the world.

Awanacancha, Llama and Alpaca Ranch

Guided Visit of Pisac Market and Ruins / With Inca masonry of superlative quality, the stunning terracing following the contours of the mountain and superior view of the valley will leave you in awe.

Pisac Ruins

Lunch at Huayoccari - Tucked away in the Sacred Valley, off the main tourist trail, lies the traditional estate of Hacienda Huayoccari. This is owned by the Lambarri family, one of the oldest land-owning families in Cusco. A visit here is an exclusive opportunity to understand the rich history of the rural area and enjoy lunch in attractive surroundings.

Lunch at Hacienda Huayoccari

2 nights at Sol y Luna - The sophisticated casitas are ideal for those looking for an extra grade of intelligent luxury, with meticulous attention to detail and ample amenities. The property has two exceptional restaurants and the spacious grounds offer lots of space to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Sacred Valley.

Colorful wall art at the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley
Sol y Luna Hotel in the Sacred Valley

Day 4 - Exploring the Sacred Valley

Salinas - Agricultural terraces in the Sacred Valley

Guided Visit to Maras & Moray -- A visit to Maras, the site of the remarkable and unusual Salinas, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley and not far from Urubamba. . This unique site, probably used for agricultural experimentation consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions.

El Albergue Hotel and Farm

Roots of the Valley, A visit to the El Albergue Hotel and Farm -- On the fringes of the historic town of Ollantaytambo, the charming El Albergue Hotel has established its own organic farm using environmentally friendly farming techniques to grow a variety of vegetables including potatoes, corn and quinoa to sustainably supply the hotel.

Pachamanca Lunch at El Albergue Hotel and Farm

Day 5 - The Sacred Valley

Ollantaytambo Town and Fortress

Guided Visit to Ollantaytambo Town & Fortress - Visit to the fabulous town of Ollantaytambo and its ruins.

Ollantaytambo Ceremonial Ruins

First Class Train - Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes - Inca Rail's First Class Train offers oversized, leather seats, panoramic windows with anti-impact UV protection and freshly prepared meals to make the journey to Machu Picchu an enjoyable part of the experience. Upon your arrival in the village of Aguas Calientes, you will board a shuttle bus for a winding uphill journey to your final destination - Machu Picchu.

Inca Rail's First Class Train - Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Relaxing on Inca Rail's First Class Train

Two Days at Machu Picchu with expert guide - Magnificence is the only word to describe the scene as you gaze upon the ruins of Machu Picchu for the first time. "The Lost City of the Incas" is a man made marvel that has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. Then check in to the Sanctuary Lodge, right next to the ruins.

Machu Picchu

2 Nights at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge - This is the only accommodation located adjacent to the Machu Picchu archaeological site. The lodge offers guests a unique opportunity to access the ruins in the early morning when it first opens and later in the evening when it closes, avoiding the crowds of other visitors and viewing the magnificence of the area in a more intimate setting.

Day 6 - Machu Picchu

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge adjacent to Machu Picchu Citadel

Second Day at Machu Picchu - Enjoy an activity filled day at the ruins. There are a variety of excursions available.

Hike to the Inca Bridge - This is a nice 40 minute round trip walk. It starts from the site itself and takes you on a narrow Inca road amidst lush vegetation to a stone Inca bridge. (Easy)

Hike to Inti Punku or "Sun Gate" - Inti Punku is the original Gateway into Machu Picchu when approaching the site along the Inca Trail. Inti Punku is the first point in the Inca Trail where the ruins of Machu Picchu are visisble. The views of the site and surrounding landscape are superb. (Moderate)

Hike up to Huayna Picchu - Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. This hike is strenous and is only recommended for people who are not afraid of heights and who have a good fitness level as a fair amount of climbing is required. There are fabulous views of Machu Picchu from the top. You may also visit the Moon Temple, which is close by. This adds an extra hour to the excursion. (Rigorous)

Hike up to Machu Picchu Mountain - The hike starts at the site itself. It is strenuous and steep and takes you up to 3050 meters (10,007 feet.) (Rigorous)

Overnight at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Day 7

Morning at leisure - Enjoy your morning at leisure, relaxing at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards take a shuttle bus to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to the Sacred Valley.

Vistadome Train - Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo - As the name implies, the Vistadome train features spectacular panoramic windows to make the most of the incredible scenic views during the amazing journey. The ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 1 and 1/2 hours.

Vistadome Train designed for maximum viewing of the stunning scenery.

Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to Cusco - You will be met upon your arrival at the Ollantaytambo Train Station and travel by private car to your Cusco accomodations.

4 Nights at Belmond Monasterio Hotel Cusco - The Monasterio is one of the most important Colonial buildings in Cusco, and many say the most beautiful hotel in Peru.

Belmond Monasterio Hotel Cusco

Day 8 - Cusco

In and Around Cusco - Cusco is without a doubt the most beautiful town in Peru and arguably in South America. It was considered the navel of the earth and was the capital of Tahuantinsuyo (the Inca Empire), an empire that at its peak, stretched northwards to the south of Colombia, southwards to northern Chile and Argentina, and eastwards across the Andes to the Amazon basin.

Koricancha - the Inca "Sun Temple."

Afternoon at Leisure - Explore your surroundings on your own or relax at the Hotel Monasterio.

Day 9

Cusco Cooking Class

Cusco Cookery Class - A 4 hour culinary experience led by a master Peruvian Chef. Peru is one of the top culinary destinations in the world, so for foodie travelers this is a great opportunity to learn more about Peruvian gastronomy. The focus of this private interactive cooking class is on the fusion of culinary traditions from the diverse cultures that coexist in Peru and the Andes, with a generous dash of modern creativity and imagination.

Suggested Experience in Cusco - Choco Loco - 2.5 hour workshop with expert Peruvian Chocolatiers. Cacao has been cultivated in the Americas for thousands of years and today you will learn to make chocolate treats with a hands on bean to bar workshop at Cusco's ChocoMuseu.

Discovering the origins of chocolate at the ChocoMuseu

Day 10

Day at Leisure - Enjoy your day at leisure exploring Cusco on your own or relax at the Hotel Monasterio.

Suggested experience in Cusco - Tipón and Andahuaylillas - Head southeast from Cusco to Tipón, a seldom visited Inca ruin complex consisting of a vast walled enclosure with complex Inca canals, water works and baths, some of which are still functioning. The location is superb, with stunning views of the mountains and valley. Along the way, you will visit Andahuaylillas, a small town surrounded by mountains. Here you will wonder at the beautiful San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church, commonly referred to as the "Sistine Chapel of America" and known for its splendid murals and original, fully restored organ.

San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church and the Inca ruins of Tipon

Day 11

Flight from Cusco to Lima to Iquitos

Aria Amazon Cruise - 4 Day / 3 Night program

Aria Amazon Cruise

Boarding - In the early evening you will board and from then on enjoy the Aria Amazon's atmosphere of understated luxury. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure to a place visited by only a few of the most experienced world travelers.

Welcome Dinner - Sit down, relax and sample some fine South American wine and enjoy the truly world class cuisine created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino whose restaurant, Malabar is one of the best in Lima. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck under the stars before retiring.

Dining on the Aria Amazon Cruise
Aria Amazon Suite all with panoramic views

Overnight Aria Suite - Though most of your time will be spent out exploring the rainforest, when you do retire to your room, you can rest in the sitting area or freshen up in your private bathroom with rain shower. During leisure hours you can enjoy the indoor bar, the lounges, outdoor Jacuzzi, dining room, observation deck, workout facilities and boutique.

Day 12

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Sunrise Over the River and Breakfast - Rise early to catch your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon River as you watch the sun rise over this green world filled with wonderful wildlife. This initial contact with Amazonia is only a small sampling of what the rest of your journey will hold. Yanaycu Pucate River - You will start today's adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of the Aria's state of the art skiffs. Kayak, canoe and swim in these unspoiled black waters, keeping your eyes peeled for the Amazon's legendary pink dolphins. Lunch and Lecture - After lunch, enjoy a lecture in the lounge by our naturalist guides. Village Visit along Marañon River - We will travel by boat to a community located along the Marañon River, where you will meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and learn about their traditions and folklore. Cocktail & Dinner - After dinner you can focus the hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Day 13

Samiria River Expedition - This morning you will set off by skiffs for an excursion along the Samiria River with optional fishing - use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species. As you fish, trained naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants. Jungle Walk - After lunch, venture out for a thrilling jungle walk across suspended bridges deep into the high Amazon rainforest. Upon returning in the evening, enjoy the jungle symphony and extraordinary star gazing on local boats along the "enchanted lake." Crew presentation and dinner - This evening before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crew members whom you may not have met, working "behind the scenes" to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon.

Day 14

Nauta Town - This morning you will visit the local market with your guides who can identify the day's catch by the fishermen of Amazonia and region's exotic fruits. Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. Disembarkation & Manatee Rescue Center - Before we head for the airport, we will take you to visit the Manatee Rescue Center where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have seized from local people, including fishermen.

Transfer and Assistance in Iquitos Airport - En route to the airport you will also visit San Juan craft market. Lunch will be provided depending on the exact departure flight time which may vary. Your guides will help you with check-in and take flight from Iquitos to Lima where you will connect with your international flight back home.

Return home with many wonderful memories of your journey throughout Peru!

Please contact Jill Siegel at South American Escapes for a detailed custom designed itinerary.

phone: (973) 783-2277

Email: Jill@SouthAmericanEscapes.com

Jill Siegel is an award winning Travel Specialist who has been wowing her clients with her creative approach to travel planning for over 25 years. With her extensive network of key connections throughout South America, Jill has been able to create extraordinary custom designed journeys that many of her clients have described as “once in a lifetime.” For the past 10 years, she has been recognized and included on the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s “Top Travel Specialists List.”

Jill Siegel - 10 Year's on the Top Travel Specialist List 2008 - 2018

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