Shrimp and octopus main coarse at restaurant Chorillos District of Lima, Peru

Flavors of Peru: A Culinary Tour to Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu

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Countries Visited

Peru

Places Visited

Lima, Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley, Paracas...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

During your 8-day Peru culinary tour, you will sample the diversity of local cuisine and the historic flavors steeped in heritage spanning the Andes to the Pacific coast. You will discover culinary ingenuity that gave rise to over 250 desserts and 2,000 types of soup. Explore vibrant markets, enjoy magnificent ceviche, and indulge in distinctive barbecue customs and seafood recipes revealing the traditions of delicious Peru.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the grandeur of the Lost City of the Inca Empire on a privately guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Learn the art of pachamanca, a traditional underground barbecue used by the Inca and Andean peoples for festivities
  • Witness the saltpans of Maras, known for producing a large percentage of the salt utilized across Peru in a tradition started by the Inca in the 1400s
  • Delight in a cooking class offering insight into the flavors and methods of creating Peru’s national dish, ceviche
  • Explore the natural wonders of Paracas National Reserve where avifauna and marine life thrive, including seal and penguin colonies
  • Mix flavorful pisco sours under the guidance of a knowledgeable distillery that produces this traditional Peruvian spirit from grapes
  • Wander through the bustling aisles of Cusco’s Central Market with your guide and private chef, eager to shop and create dishes with local Peruvian flavor 

Detailed Description

Go beyond the culinary trend of home to sample the wealth of gastronomical delights in Peru. Your 8-day tour brings food exploration to the forefront, immersing you in a country often overlooked as a gastronomic powerhouse. Traveling goes beyond what you see and includes aromas and tastes, and features the diversity of the coastline, Andean landscape, desert cultures, and Incan descendants. The remarkable journey begins with your arrival in Lima, the capital of Peru. Your private transfer escorts you to a hotel overlooking the shores and walkways of the Miraflores neighborhood.

The remainder of the day is yours to discover the flavors of the city, including the celebrated ceviche. Andean, Spanish, and pre-Incan spices combine with Asian and African flavor profiles blended during the height of global maritime trade in the 19th century. Visit the local markets of Lima and the only museum dedicated to the indigenous culinary arts. Sample ceviche and explore the coastal playground of dolphins, seals, and penguins in Paracas National Park. The gorgeous sandy beaches and turquoise water add a layer of beauty and indulgence to the regional gastronomy.

Visit a local winery that grows grapes for producing pisco, a type of Peruvian brandy. Escape to the traditions of the Andes Mountains, traversing the saltpans at Maras and the wandering the Pisac Market. As a bonus, you will engage with the fascinating history of Machu Picchu on a private tour and have the opportunity to sample the traditional delights of the pachamanca, a subterranean barbecue. Stroll through the aisles of Cusco’s Central Market before partaking in a private cooking class to round out your unforgettable culinary education of Peru’s enchanting and unique tastes. For unique Machu Picchu touring ideas, see the other exclusive Machu Picchu tours that are available on Zicasso.

Starting Price

$1,755 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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