The best of Peru’s regional specialities. Visits to foodie hotspots like the Choco Museum in Cusco and local produce markets. Dinner on board one of the world’s most elegant trains. 'Foodie Tour Peru' definitely offers your palate a feast. But it’s sensational in other ways too.
After the Mistura Food Fair in Lima you’ll experience the historic architecture and Andean setting of Cusco. You’ll visit the Sacred Valley, the weird circular terraces at Moray and the astonishing ruins of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco aboard the opulent Hiram Bingham train.
You’ll be met at Lima Airport and taken to your luxury hotel in the heart of vivacious Lima city. The following day you’re invited to Mistura, the biggest and most prestigious food fair in Latin America. You’ll be able to taste the local and regional specialities of Peru and sample the best produce from the country’s cooks, bakers, farmers, confectionary creators, manufacturers, cookery schools and pisco producers.
You can also try the traditional cuisine of China, Japan, Arabia, Europe and Africa. A feast for your palate. In the evening you’ll dine at Huaca Pucllana – one of the world’s most surprising restaurants, set in a 1500 year old adobe pyramid. On your final day in Lima you can visit the market at the heart of Mistura and try dishes cooked with ingredients from the coast, the rainforest and the Andean region – slow-cooked pachamanca is not to be missed – before returning to your hotel for an evening banquet.
Stay: Three nights in a city view junior suite at the Miraflores Park Hotel.
Today you fly off to the ancient city of Cusco where you’ll immerse yourself in its history and its food. You’ll be guided around the Choco Museum and learn the secrets of creating Peruvian cacao and coffee, as well as the irresistible local chocolate. After breakfast the next day it’s time to work up an appetite with a spot of sightseeing.
You’ll visit the Inca’s Temple of the Sun, dating back to the 15th century, later converted into the Santo Domingo Convent by the conquering Spaniards. Then the cathedral in the picturesque main square, with its gold and silver artefacts and extensive collection of paintings awaits you. Your visit to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress is followed by cookery lessons and a full dinner at the award-winning Limo Restaurant.
Stay: Two nights in a patio suite at La Casona Inkaterra.
From Cusco you travel to the Sacred Valley where your first stop will be Pisac Market selling a cornucopia of alpaca textiles, paintings, musical instruments, carved artefacts, jewellery and Inca souvenirs. You may see local Indian chiefs from neighbouring communities and people in traditional dress, before enjoying a magnificent lunch at the Sacred Valley’s renowned Wayra Ranch.
Then you head for the old Inca citadel of Ollantaytambo for some more cultural sightseeing. The following day you’ll take in the impressive salt mine complex at Maras and strange concentric circle formations at Moray – reputedly an ancient agricultural research centre – before lunching at the famous Orihuela Hacienda.
Stay: Two nights in a superior casita at Sol y Luna.
A delightful scenic Vistadome train ride from Ollantaytambo Station whisks you through gorgeous countryside to Aguas Calinetes or ‘Machu Picchu Pueblo’. A craft market and tempting restaurants greet you at the station, whilst a short transfer takes you to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – the masterpiece of engineering that is the World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. After visiting this mighty citadel, you can opt to explore the Sun Gate, Wayna Picchu and the Inca Bridge.
Stay: One night in a superior room at the Inkaterra Hotel.
Machu Picchu – Cusco
After breakfast you’ll have the whole morning to revel in your surroundings, before taking a Hiram Bingham train journey – with a superb dinner served in an atmosphere of 19th century opulence – to Poroy Station. Arriving back in Cusco you’ll be met and taken to your hotel for a final evening in this fascinating and ancient city.
Stay: One night in a patio suite at La Casona Inkaterra
Cusco – Lima – Home
During the morning a guide will collect you from the hotel and take you to Cusco Airport for your plane to Lima, where you’ll meet your connecting flight home.