Culinary Tour of Peru: Ceviche, Seafood and Pisco Sours | Yampu Tours

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Culinary Tour of Peru: Ceviche, Seafood and Pisco Sours

PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 5845

Private Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy dinner at Cicciolina, a beautiful and upscale restaurant serving Novo Andino Cuisine, representing traditional Andean food, with new presentations.
  • Mingling with the locals at a typical market in Lima, while marveling at all the fruit, vegetables and seafood on display.
  • Mastering the art of preparing local delicacies like ceviche and toasting your skills with a Pisco Sour.
  • Dining at top Peruvian restaurants including Astrid y Gaston, which serves exquisitely crafted meals in Lima.
  • Tucking into lunch with a view over Machu Picchu, having just explored the ancient citadel.
  • Savor a delicious meal at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, overlooking the ancient citadel before a guided tour of the ruins.
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Tour Overview

Embark on a delectable foodie adventure with a culinary tour of Peru!  Allowing time to absorb the country’s flavors thoroughly, travelers will spend 10-days partaking in delicious Peruvian experiences, from shopping for food and vegetables in Lima’s colorful street markets to cooking with a famous chef in the Sacred Valley. With hands-on cooking classes, foodies will learn to make Ceviche (a delectable raw fish dish) and Pisco Sours, the typical cocktail of Peru. With a visit to a real Andean Village, travelers will also fully appreciate how local ingredients are harvested and cooked on this delicious Peru tour for foodies. With an exclusive priority for many top restaurants’ reservations lists, Yampu Tours’ culinary tour of Peru also takes travelers to the best eateries in the country and some local favorites.

Upon arrival to Lima, Yampu travelers will enjoy a private tour of one of the most important cities in South America. After the tour, a scenic lunch will be waiting at a cevicheria in Miraflores facing the Pacific Ocean before partaking in an informative museum tour of choice. The evening in Lima can then be capped off with a stunning dining experience at Huaca Pucllana. For the second day in Lima, travelers will gain insight into how many locals shop for their fresh foods with a tour through the colorful city markets.

Following Lima, visitors will continue to Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu. In Cusco, the tour takes travelers through the city’s beautiful colonial architecture and ancient ruins while allowing time to soak in the Andean flavors at local restaurants. Moving into the Sacred Valley, visitors will experience more of the locals’ day-to-day activities while learning the history of their gastronomy and its important ingredients.

Foodies will then enjoy a culinary class in El Huacatay to learn how to prepare a fusion fare style known as Novo Andio Cuisine. An eclectic combination of cultures from Spain, Africa, China, and Japan, Novo Andio Cuisine truly represents all of those who have contributed to Peru’s history. After the cooking class, the tour continues to the Incan salt mines of Salineras and Mara. The tour then continues through the archaeological complexes of Moray for the perfect example of Incan agriculture.

The tour then comes to an end with a two-day adventure through Peru’s iconic ancient citadel, Machu Picchu. Departing the Urubamba train station aboard the Vistadome train, the changing landscape while passing through the Sacred Valley will build anticipation for the journey’s final league. Once in the town of Aguas Calientes, savor a delicious meal at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, overlooking the ancient citadel before a guided tour of the ruins.

Inclusions
Price per person includes domestic airfare from Lima to Cusco return, hotel accommodation, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, meals as stated in the itinerary, private tours in English including entrance fees. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.

Note:
*Cost includes Vistadome train which provides a personalized immersion of Andean culture with traditional dances and music along the way. This train features panoramic windows, leather seats, new table design as well as heating and air conditioning.

*Deluxe service Hiram Bingham train features an observation wagon with a bar and two dining cars. In addition, this train includes a gourmet brunch on board, exclusive bus return to Machu Picchu, entrance to Machu Picchu as well as a guided tour. Afternoon tea in the Sanctuary Lodge, pre-dinner cocktails and a 4-course, a la carte dinner is also included. Does not operate on Sundays. Upgrades available from Vistadome to Hiram Bingham Deluxe; please add $575 per person.
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Double N/A £$5845 £$7040 £$8438
Single N/A £$9257 £$11517 £$14325

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day
2

City Tour of Lima

This morning, enjoy a private tour of Lima, one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city and admire the beauty of San Martin and other Major squares, the Cathedral and the Government Palace. Also, visit San Francisco Convent, a religious building from the end of the 16th century, and its catacombs. Then take the time to drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. After the tour, enjoy lunch at a typical cevicheria in Miraflores facing the Pacific Ocean.

This afternoon, take some time to visit the Larco Herrera Museum, Archeological Museum, or Gold Museum, depending on one's interests.

This evening, we meet at the hotel to transfer to Huaca Pucllana, the fifth-century pre-Columbian ruins. Here is where one will enjoy a unique experience, dining facing a 1,500-year-old pyramid lit up in the night sky. The restaurant resembles a colonial country house and is run by Chef Marilu Madueno, who combines local ingredients and flavors to create a memorable dinner.

Please note that a tour of the Huaca Pucllana ruins is not included. To include a tour, at an additional cost, please contact a Yampu Travel Consultant.
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Private Half Day Gastronomic Tour of Lima Includes Lunch

After breakfast, visit a local market to see the different types of fresh fish and seafood that have come in from the Pacific Ocean. Leaving the market, continue to Caplina restaurant. This establishment specializes in seafood located in Miraflores. There will be the opportunity to prepare one's own ceviche and Pisco Sours for lunch.

Afterward, head to Barranco, a lovely and antique section of the city, to taste a few of the most popular Peruvian desserts and visit the local library where one can purchase books in English on Peruvian gastronomy.

This evening at leisure, Yampu suggests enjoying dinner at the popular Astrid y Gaston. Located in Miraflores, Astrid y Gaston is hugely popular and serves dishes prepared with local ingredients created with international and traditional flavors.
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Lima- Cusco

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival to Cusco, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
The elevation in Cusco is approximately 3400 meters (11200 feet), so we highly recommend resting as soon as you arrive for a few hours and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, or heavy meals. Please consult with your physician for additional details.
Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins of the old Inca city became the foundation for the Spanish architecture you see today, and many of the stone walls that line the streets were built by the Incas.

After check-in, visit San Blas square and enjoy lunch in a lovely garden appropriately called Greens. If one happens to be lunching here on a Sunday, one will be treated to their famous roasted chicken lunch. After lunch, stroll down to the hotel to have a few hours to rest and acclimate.

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Walking Tour of Cusco

This morning, enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco, where you will visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During your tour today, you have the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market. The Casa Concha museum was recently renovated and houses over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu, recently returned by Yale University. San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where you will receive a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and have an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals selling or purchasing items from the market.


This afternoon there will be time for lunch (lunch not included) before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko, and finally, the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Later in the afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

This afternoon, transfer to the Sacred Valley and check into the hotel.

Note: For more adventurous travelers, Yampu suggests an optional sunset horseback riding tour through the Sacsayhuaman Ruins. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more information. ...read less

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Sacred Valley

Today, get an early start to see the Sacred Valley as few tourists ever do. Drive through the Sacred Valley and enjoy the landscape while passing by small, local villages. Today, the tour begins at a mountain base where one will climb up into a small Andean village named Patabamba at 16,000 feet.

The Peruvian Andes are where the potato originated, and over 3,000 kinds grow in Peru alone. Continuing the trek into Patabamba, the first stop will be to visit a group of women who practice a traditional form of weaving, running their textile business with production goals with costs and profits. Also, visit a local home to see how they live and how to cook an essential part of their diet, potatoes!

This afternoon, head down the mountain and travel toward Pisac to enjoy a box lunch with the locals and spend the afternoon meandering through the popular Pisac Market, an indigenous Indian market.
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7

Culinary Lesson in El Huacatay

Today, transfer to El Huacatay for a culinary lesson on preparing Novo Andino Cuisine, a recent international culinary trend. Novo Andio Cuisine is a fusion cuisine style, first inspired by Bernardo Roca Rey and Don Cucho la Rosa in the early 1990s. The cuisine aims to create a delish eclectic combination of cultures from Spain, Africa, China, and Japan that have all contributed to Peru's culinary history. Chef Pio Vasquez de Velazco is the owner of El Huacatay, one of Urubamba's best restaurants and well known for its Novo Andino menu.

Upon your arrival at Cusco, you will head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to acclimatize. On your way, visit the archaeological vestiges in Maras and Moray. Maras is a surreal view. It is near Moray, and it is an impressive complex for the exploitation of salt mines. Its huge salt deposits were used for trading for other products with other parts of the empire. Moray's archaeological vestiges are composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces, which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research center. The higher external terraces would be at a higher temperature than the inner ones and could simulate the conditions of various ecological strata of the empire.

When the tour is over, you will enjoy your snack and return to Cusco. Lunch at Wayra Ranch. Rich soil, ideal weather, and millenary wisdom have combined to make the Sacred Valley arguably the most fertile in the world. You will become a believer as you indulge in its bounty. Delight yourself with a surprising gastronomic feast led by the prominent Chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis. The Peruvian Paso horse has the smoothest gait in the whole world. Stunning equestrian demonstrations, to the rhythm of marinera music will render the environment favorable for tasting their cuisine's quality.
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8

Machu Picchu

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the train station.

Check-out at the hotel is at 10:00 am. Late check-out may be available directly at the hotel, subject to availability.

You may store your luggage at the hotel until you are ready to leave for the train station. There is a luggage restriction of one small bag (5kg / 11lb) per person on the train to Machu Picchu. We recommend storing your luggage in your hotel in Cusco and only carrying the items you will need for your visit to Machu Picchu. If you stay the night at a hotel in the Sacred Valley, Yampu will organize the luggage transfer of your extra luggage from the Sacred Valley to your Cusco hotel.


The train will take you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, you will board a bus to Machu Picchu and then have a private guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the Cusco Imperial style's polished stone works, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, at the entrance of the ruins, before returning to your hotel at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the town of Aguas Calientes.

Check-in at the hotel is at 1:00 PM. Early check-in may be available directly at the hotel, subject to availability. You may store your luggage at the hotel until the time you can check into your room.
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Machu Picchu; Part II

This morning, be greeted at the hotel for a second visit to the Machu Picchu ruins. Those who are more adventurous can hike Huayna Picchu. This afternoon, have lunch at Cafe Inkaterra and some time at leisure before returning to Cusco in the early evening by the Vistadome Train.

Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to the hotel to check into the room before transferring to Museo de Arte Precolombino. In the museum's courtyard is the MAP Cafe serving a mix of pre-Columbian art and fine cuisine. There is time at leisure where one can order from the cafe serving integrative cuisine with a blend of Modern and Andean tastes.
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Flight Home

This morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima and connect with the international flight home.

This morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima and connect with the international flight home.

Lima, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Sacred Valley, Peru

Places You'll See

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    Lima

    Bursting with architectural history and culture, Lima has an eclectic array of attractions. Visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a religious and artistic staple of the city’s historic center. Take a walk along the cliffs of the Miraflores district, showcasing the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and after, enjoy some shopping at the Larcomar Mall.

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    Cusco

    Once a powerful Incan city, Cusco is filled to the brim with relics of its grand history. Visit the ruins of the ancient Incan Koricancha Temple, where the Church of Santo Domingo now stands atop. Behold the many beautiful, colonial buildings in the Main Square, including the Cathedral and Church of La Compania de Jesus (Society of Christ).

  • Machu Picchu

    Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

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    Sacred Valley

    Situated in the Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley, has become a popular destination. With shopping in its many markets, several hiking routes, and ambitious activities such as rock climbing and river rafting, it appeals to all. Survey significant archeological dig sites, or simply explore the multitude of attractions in leisure.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Lima : Doubletree El Pardo, Lima

Lima : Innside by Meliá Lima Miraflores

Cusco : El Mercado

Cusco : Palacio Manco Capac 

Sacred Valley : Casa Andina Premium, Valle Sagrado

Sacred Valley : Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Machu Picchu : El MaPi

Machu Picchu : Casa del Sol

5 Star Properties

Lima : Hilton Lima Miraflores

Lima : Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima

Cusco : Inkaterra La Casona

Cusco : Palacio del Inka by Libertador, Cusco

Sacred Valley : Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Suite)

Sacred Valley : Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Machu Picchu : Sumaq Hotel

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Luxury Properties

Lima : Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza (Junior Suite City View)

Lima : JW Marriott, Lima

Cusco : Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Cusco : Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Sacred Valley : Rio Sagrado

Sacred Valley : Tambo Del Inka Resort & Spa Valle Sagrado

Machu Picchu : Sanctuary Lodge (standard Room)

Machu Picchu : Sanctuary Lodge (Mountain View With Terrace)

Testimonials

Yolande

Traveled November, 2015

Machu Picchu is just an amazing structure

Our holiday has started off really nicely so far – lovely hotels, good guides and well organized – thanks to you and your team! Machu Picchu is just an amazing structure, and we were pleased that the kids managed to walk the entire lower trail without too much fussing! The guide was thankfully patient, and I think that the attraction of the lamas at the end helped them to incentivise them to get to that point. Boy, the 28 hour journey home was arduous! It’s so wonderful to be home, though. Thank you soooo much again for making the trip so fantastic and memorable. We’d definitely recommend you to our friends who wish to make the sojourn. A few have already expressed their interest.

Kevin R.

Traveled November, 2014

Our whole trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu was fantastic.

I just wanted to drop you a quick note thanking you again for the excellent package you put together for Nancy and myself last week. Our whole trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu was fantastic. Our Machu Picchu tour guide deserves special thanks. She was extremely knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun with her. Were it not for her coaching me, step by step, all the way down the death stairs on Huayna Picchu, I might still be up there looking for a place to live. She really went over and above the call of duty and is a fantastic lady. Thanks for putting together such a great trip for us!

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Ralph

Traveled February, 2015

Going with my son was pretty special because we enjoyed so much together and wanted to see all we could.

A father son trip to Peru. On Cusco: It was fascinating to see the spinning, coloring and weaving process which is a lot more than a person realizes. I bought a baby Alpaca sweater which means it was made from the first shearing which is the softest Alpaca wool and it was extremely reasonable and definitely the real deal. On Machu Picchu: we were shocked of how big this place was It’s truly a mystical place and we had beautiful weather in this rainy season. On the hike to Montana WaynaPicchu: We started climbing at 7:00. The fog was so thick we didn’t know if it would clear. We wandered through several of the lower dwellings overlooking the river and the valley. . . we could imagine what it would have been like to wake up looking out those windows. It’s no wonder this is one of the new 7 wonders of the world.We felt special knowing that only 200 people a day get to see this view and we had perfect weather. We had to crawl through a tunnel and up a wood ladder and then we were on the very top of the mountain scattered with big boulders. It’s a sight we will never forget. After enjoying the view of a lifetime we headed down and it was quite a feat to come down the steep stairways without tripping. That climb will always be one of the highlights for us to remember. Going with my son was pretty special because we enjoyed so much together and wanted to see all we could. I believe we will be going back to Peru in the future.

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