Millenary Palates

A 8 day trip to Peru 
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We believe that discover and try the typical food of the country that is becoming known, is a key point in any trip. But we know that there are people who go beyond, people seeking to live a full dining experience. Therefore, we have carefully designed our Culinary Tours to include exclusive experiences that show the best of our cuisine and traditions.

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Lima - Cusco

Departure Dates 

2012 Special Departure: December 22

2013 Fixed Departures:
February 13
March 21
May 3
July 1
September 4
November 6
December 21

Group Size: Minimum 4 passengers

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1

Lima - Introduction to Peruvian Cuisine by an Expert

Arrival in the City of Kings, Lima, capital of Peru, located on the Pacific coast. (Lima is also considered the gastronomic capital of America, with its variety, freshness, creativity and flavor characteristics that are rapidly gaining popularity worldwide.

Transfer to the Country Club Lima Hotel a five star luxury property, located in San Isidro, commercial and residential district of Lima, one of the most exclusive. (The Country Hotel, was built in 1927 and completely renovated in 1998, is now considered a National Monument).

Dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado, who has been open to visitors seeking luxury and exclusiveness for your trip to Peru. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the aristocratic classes of Lima began to move out of downtown districts like San Isidro and Miraflores, which was one of the first residential districts established during that time. After enjoying Pisco Sours, you will be guided on a tour of the historic house. Then enjoy a delicious Peruvian typical homemade dinner, all this in the company of one of the Garcia Alvarado family members.

Meals : Dinner
Accommodation : Country Club
Altitude : 144 m.a.s.l. / 472 ft.
Average Temperature : 22°C / 72°F

Day 2

LIMA Markets - Visit the Colonial City - Modern Fusion of the Coast - Seafood Festival - Experience with signature Amazon Cuisine

Start your day exploring the attractive markets where you will learn all the variety of supplies in regions of the Peruvian territory, Costa, Sierra and Selva. Know the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by the Government Palace and the Cathedral, and the Convent of San Francisco, which dates from the seventeenth century and an extensive and exciting tour of the Catacombs. Enjoy the beautiful and traditional colonial buildings over 200 years old, built upon an exquisite architecture. Then enjoy the most authentic and exclusive Ceviche from Barranco’s Amoramar. Then, visit the Magic Water Circuit, one of the attractions of our city. Unique in its kind in Latin America and awarded with a Guinness Record, this circuit offers thirteen impressive fountains that combine movement, lights, sounds and images. An amazing show that will be followed by a dinner with the menu of one of the great chefs of Peru: Pedro Miguel Scchiafiano, who will take you on a tour of the Amazon flavor with its unique fusion cuisine, full of flavors and unique textures.

Meals : Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Activity of the Day : Visit Local Markets, City tour & Magical Water Park (Private - 8 hours)
Accommodation : Country Club
Altitude : 144 m.a.s.l. / 472 ft.
Average Temperature : 22°C / 72°F

Day 3

Lima - Larco Museum, Vision of the Peruvian History and Culture.
Creole Cuisine accompanied by presentation of Trained Horses and Gourmet Cuisine.

Start the day by visiting the Larco Museum, founded in 1926 with an interesting collection of pre-Hispanic life. The museum also has the largest sample of pre Colonial art in the world. This collection focuses on the refined ceramics of the Moche Dynasty and the people who lived along the northern coast of Peru between 200 and 700 B.C. In the museum, you can learn a lot about religion, agriculture, transportation, dances and music of this culture through their crafts.
At twenty five minutes from Lima at Km 25 of the Panamericana Sur highway, lies the traditional Hacienda, a place full of mysticism, culture and tradition, related to agriculture, livestock breeding and especially trained horses, one of our national symbols.

Exhibition of Peruvian trained horses, a noble animal of unique features in the world. Creole food lunch provided by the family that owns the Hacienda. This fine animal, unique in its breed, is characterized by the elegance of its walk, a walk that is almost as elegant as a dance.

Then return to the hotel, to have a moment of rest, before leaving early in the morning on a flight to Cusco. Previously, dinner will be at the restaurant Astrid & Gaston, in the exclusive district of Miraflores.

Meals : Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Activity of the Day : Visit The Larco Museum & Exhibition of Peruvian Horses (Private - 5 hours)
Accommodation : Country Club
Altitude : 144 m.a.s.l. / 472 ft.
Average Temperature : 22°C / 72°F

Day 4

LIMA - CUSCO / INCANS SACRED VALLEY
Novoandina Cuisine

After breakfast, the journey will continue with a 55 minute flight to the south of Peru, starting from Lima across the Andes. At over 3000 meters above sea level, lays the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Incan cultures. Cusco, the capital of the Incan civilization, was declared by UNESCO in 1983 as a World Heritage Site. Cusco, in the ancient Quechua language which until today is spoken in the city, like the Spanish means "navel of the world" was preponderant during the era of the Incas; it was the center that connected all south America, from southern Colombia to northern Argentina.

After arrival in the city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley we’ll transfer you to Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection Hotel. Exactly in the heart of the mystical Sacred Valley, this elegant and exclusive Resort-Spa will offer a unique tourism experience and adventure, along with a varied and innovative cuisine. The journey to this beautiful resort located 45 minutes from Cusco will be in an exclusive vehicle through the beautiful valley. This resort has 128 rooms, a luxurious spa, two pools, a restaurant, bar, conference rooms and an exclusive own train station, from which you will embark on a spectacular journey on the sixth day, heading to Machu Picchu.

The welcome lunch will be in the traditional Huayocari Hacienda, where you can watch cooking methods and ingredients that have contributed to the growth of Peruvian cuisine. This experience will allow you to get an idea of how the Incas were preparing their food, and you will know the stories behind many traditional dishes. Learn about sustainable agricultural practices that have endured for generations, and the combination of healthy ingredients, natural and full of flavors that are found in the high Andes.

You will also have the chance to try Chicha and see how the process of preparation of this drink. Chicha is a fermented drink whose main base is corn, like beer, which was an important part in many festivals and rituals besides being used commonly. This drink is still part of the local tradition.

The next stop will be the ancestral community and town of Ollantaytambo, with its streets created during the time of the Incas. Ollantaytambo Sanctuary is one of the most important architectural complexes of Peru, as it contains religious, astronomical, administrative, urban and agricultural structures. You will see several buildings, including the Temple of the Sun, or the Royal Hall Mañaracay and Incahuatana.

After this tour, you will return to the hotel. Dinner will be at Hacienda Sol y Luna.

Meals : Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Activity of the Day : Sacred Valley & Ollantaytambo Fortress (Private - 8 hours)
Accommodation : Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection
Altitude : 2,800 m.a.s.l. / 9,187 ft.
Average Temperature : 16°C / 61°F

Day 5

Chinchero Market - Cooking Class | Novoandina

Chinchero visit and learn more about the Incas. Located at 28 km. Cusco, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Chinchero was originally a place where local and surrounding communities did exchanges with their products. Here, visit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, an organization committed to the conservation of the area's textile traditions. In addition, you will meet weavers displaying their crafts and learn about the history and process on one of the most popular forms of art in Peru.

Later, head to The Huacatay, the intimate restaurant of Chef Pio Vasquez, which held our first interactive cooking class. With studies in Peru and experience in Spain and Germany, the chef Vasquez has managed to bring and merge the different culinary tastes and techniques to your kitchen, and he will teach us how to prepare one of the signature dishes of Peru, as the Causa with Prawns and Potatoes with Huancaína Sauce, before coming to this class, go to a local market to get the ingredients to be used.

Then the tour will continue through the spectacular archaeological site of Moray, an amazing and very special Incan construction, which consists mainly of huge circular terraces, which have been constructed so that each can be found at a different temperature, such that the platforms between the highest and the lowest are at a difference of more than 10 ° C. Moray was an Incan experimental center, in which different foods were grown in various microclimates demonstrating the incredible level of knowledge of the Incas.

That night, enjoy a Novoandina dinner, accompanied with a very traditional and authentic musical presentation from a community located in the Sacred Valley, where they represent the agricultural calendar of the Incas.

Meals : Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Activity of the Day : Visit Chinchero, Cooking Class Novoandina & Moray (Private - 8 hours)
Accommodation : Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection
Altitude : 2,800 m.a.s.l. / 9,187 ft.
Average Temperature : 16°C / 61°F

Day 6

Sacred Valley / Spectacular Journey in Train to Machu Picchu | Three regions of excellent gourmet cuisine

After breakfast, you will go to the train station to board the Hiram Bingham Orient Express Luxury Train, which will reach Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site. This archaeological site was hidden for centuries, until it came to light during the early 1900s, by Hiram Bingham.
It is impossible to describe in words, because when one is faced with the citadel, is absolutely wonderful, it is a challenge to the imagination. A challenge to engineering, because this huge building is located between the mountains that gives an end to the Andes and a start to the jungle of the Peruvian Amazon.

The Hiram Bingham Train

The luxurious Hiram Bingham train, named in honor of who rediscovered the Inca citadel for the world, is the most luxurious and comfortable way of transportation from Cusco to Machu Picchu. A warm interior and elegant 1920’s decor, the ride that we take on this train is an unforgettable experience in itself.

For many visitors, a trip to Machu Picchu is a unique experience in their lives. The trip on the Hiram Bingham adds even more magic to this unforgettable adventure.

Along the way, you can see the Rio Urubamba that goes to Machu Picchu and continues its way to the Amazon. This river also feeds channels in Incan times, which still carry water from the mountains to the baths used by Incan priests. As a visitor, you can have the honor of feeling the waters that flow from these channels to the Incan sacred world.

Already in Machu Picchu, a guide will take you around the citadel and he will inform you all about the history of this enigmatic and impressive place.

Lunch will be at the restaurant Qunuq where you will try a wide variety of flavors and aromas that will make you enjoy the best of traditional recipes from these regions of Peru, in an exclusive menu.

After fascinating exploration of the citadel of Machu Picchu, we will turn to the city of Cusco with a spectacular train journey on the Hiram Bingham, which is transformed for an unforgettable evening and onboard entertainment. It will serve cocktails and a gourmet dinner. Then you will be translated to your hotel.

Meals : Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Activity of the Day : Tour of Machu Picchu (Regular - 4 hours)
Accommodation : JW Marriot
Altitude : 1,500 to 3,500 m.a.s.l.
Average Temperature : 21°C / 70°F

Day 7

Cusco | Gourmet Cuisine

Visiting the Incan and Spanish historical monuments, such as the Plaza Mayor, known in Incan times as Huacaypata, site of many key events in the history of Cusco. Also visit the Cathedral, originally built on top where the old temple Sunturwasi once stood.

The ride will continue to the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, a Spanish construction belonging to the Dominican order, built on Inca temple of Koricancha (or Temple of the Sun). Koricancha, was the largest religious temple of the Incas dedicated to the worship of the sun, the walls of this temple, according to the chroniclers of the time, were lined with gold.

Lunch will be at the restaurant Limo, strategically located in the main square of Cusco. A restaurant that perfectly blends the best of modern cuisine with the flavors originating in the Andes. In the afternoon, free time to relax and stroll through the beautiful streets of Cusco.
Last night in Cusco free at leisure.

Meals : Breakfast - Lunch
Activity of the Day : Tour of Cusco & Surrounding Monuments (Private - 3 hours)
Accommodation : JW Marriot
Altitude : 3,399 m.a.s.l. / 11,152 ft.
Average Temperature : 16°C / 61°F

Day 8

Cusco - Lima - International Connections | Northern Route - Night of flavors

Departure from Cusco to Lima. Arrival to Lima and transfer to Restaurant Fiesta, for a farewell lunch. After lunch, visit the Barranco district, center of bohemian life and art in Lima. In Barranco you’ll visit one of the galleries, where a group of artisans will display their skills. And you will discover from jewelry to lamps and leatherwork and more than a thousand local artists.

Finally, be transported to the airport for the return flight. Extension programs are available to those who wish to extend their stay.

Meals : Breakfast - Lunch
Activity of the Day : Visit Barranco District (Private - 2 hours)
Altitude : 144 m.a.s.l. / 472 ft.

Price

Price 

Price starting from: US$ 4045.00
Single Supplement: US$ 1326.00

Included:
• Talented artists in the elaboration of products.
• Gastronomic experiences with well-known chefs and barmen.
• Spicy, sweet, and subtle gastronomic variety of dining experiences and venues, including chef's tables, temple restaurants, private dining, private homes (with local families).
• Behind-the-scenes colonial haciendas, food workshops.
• Visits to the best specialty markets, gourmet shops, and other food sources.
• Shopping for cooking utensils, then learning how to use them.
• One glass of wine during lunch or dinner.
• Pisco tasting classes.
• Alcoholic beverages as part of a class or demonstration.
• Renowned restaurants and private family house.
• Private touring of the cultural highlights of each region, with an emphasis on local culinary specialties and traditions.
• Specialist Local guides and driver.
• Comprehensive private cultural sightseeing.
• Specialist Peruvian culinary chef tour guide.
• Accommodation in hotels as indicated in itinerary.
• All tours and cultural visits as indicated with English speaking guide.
• All meals and tasting as specified in itinerary.
• All cooking demonstration, Hands-on classes and lectures.
• Local land transportation.
• Train tickets Cusco-Machu Picchu-Cusco, Hiram Bingham Orient express class.
• The world's best hotels.

Not Included:
• International airfare.
• Passport fees, international departure taxes and fees, excess baggage charges.
• Items of a personal nature, such as gratuities, special diets.
• Extra Alcoholic beverages
• Laundry and ironing services.
• Any charges in excess of those covered by this travel program.