"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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 4 - Exploring 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.
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.
Day 5 - The Sacred Valley
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Afternoon at Leisure - Explore your surroundings on your own or relax at the Hotel Monasterio.
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.
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.