A Culinary Journey through Peru

Voted the World’s Leading Culinary Destination for the last three years, a trip to Peru is a must for any food lover. This Latin American country leads the way in culinary inventiveness, and its cuisine is influential across the world. From the fusion food of Lima to the more traditional fare found in the Amazon Jungle and the Andes, the Peruvians sure know how to cook.

Take cookery lessons on a Cusco rooftop with a renowned chef, eat in Lima’s best restaurants and learn how to whip up a Pisco Sour on this culinary journey around Peru.

Day 1: Arrival into Lima

On arrival into Lima airport, you will be met by a Lightfoot representative and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Day 2: Explore the Peruvian markets and learn to make Pisco Sours and ceviche

Your culinary journey starts with a visit to a typical Peruvian market. Your guide will show you the variety of products that are unique to Peru, as well as how to use some of fruit and vegetables you might not see at home. You will then learn to make Pisco Sours and ceviche at the restaurant Señorio de Sulco, which you can then have for lunch. The owner of the restaurant has written several cookbooks and her love for traditional Peruvian food is evident throughout the restaurant.

In the afternoon see the two sides to Lima – the colonial and the modern. Start by exploring the main square, where you will see the Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima and City Hall, all of which show Lima’s colonial architecture at its best. Modern day Lima can be found in San Isidro and Miraflores.

Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Day 3: Visit the Sacred Valley, Cusco

This morning you will fly to Cusco to visit the Sacred Valley, to learn about the culinary culture and try some delicious cuisine. Cusco is at high altitude so spend the day acclimatising and relaxing at your hotel.

Stay: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 4: Explore Pisac and enjoy some traditional Peruvian entertainment

This morning you will head into the Sacred Valley, starting at Pisac, where Incan and Colonial influences combine to create a stunning place and unique way of life for its inhabitants. It is then onto one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo. Explore the large archaeological complex of that used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions. This is also the place to stop at a chicheria and try chicha, corn beer still made in the same way as it has been for centuries.

Lunch today will be served while you watch a Peruvian Paso Horse Show at Wayra Ranch. A typical Peruvian feast, savour a selection of the best cuts of beef, pork, chicken and rainbow trout, which will be grilled over hot coals and served with locally-grown potatoes, vegetables, delicate sauces and fresh salads.

Stay: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 5: Explore the Sacred Valley

One of the best ways to explore the Sacred Valley is by bike, regardless of whether you are a fearless cyclist or not. Pass through Andean communities, and be rewarded with a picnic in the middle of the mountains or a nice cold beer from the Sacred Valley Brewery.

Stay: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 6: Visit Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World

No visit to Peru would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas as your expert guide takes you around this magical citadel and explains the history. The train journey up there is spectacular as well, with incredible views.

Stay: El Mercado

Day 7: Learn about Cusco's culinary history and cooking lesson

This morning learn all about Cusco’s culinary history with a trip to the market to choose your ingredients for your cooking lesson. This is no ordinary cooking lesson however – your kitchen for the morning is on a rooftop overlooking Cusco. Learn to cook traditional dishes such as red quinoa and yellow aji pepper that are a distinct part of Peru’s culture and heritage.

In the afternoon visit Cusco and its nearby archaeological ruins.

Stay: El Mercado

Day 8: Visit the Inca Temples and the ruins of Wari (Pre-Incan)

Go off the beaten track this morning with a visit to Tipón, which boasts an extensive temple complex and is one of the best examples of Inca stone masonry. The temple includes well-preserved agricultural terraces, baths, irrigation canals and aqueducts that emphasise the Inca’s skillful building technique. The ruins can be reached via a steep one-hour climb up a lovely path, or up a dirt road by car.

You will also have the chance to visit Pikillacta where you will find the ruins of Wari (pre-Incan), and Andahuaylillas, a small village with a church built by the Jesuits in the late 16th Century. The exterior may be plain, however the inside reveals golden alters, murals and paintings.

Stay: El Mercado

Day 9: Departure

You will be met by a Lightfoot representative and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival into Lima Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
Day 2: Explore the Peruvian markets and learn to make Pisco Sours and ceviche Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
Day 3: Visit the Sacred Valley, Cusco Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Day 4: Explore Pisac and enjoy some traditional Peruvian entertainment Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Day 5: Explore the Sacred Valley Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Day 6: Visit Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World El Mercado
Day 7: Learn about Cusco's culinary history and cooking lesson El Mercado
Day 8: Visit the Inca Temples and the ruins of Wari (Pre-Incan) El Mercado
Day 9: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Internal flights
  • Accomodation
  • Excursions
  • Cooking classes
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • Visas / International airfare
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Cusco El Mercado, Cusco