Feast on the enticing charcoal-grilled potatoes and crispy meat of ancient civilizations. Dig your toes into sandy beaches as you crunchy into the citrusy lemon-lime flavors of ceviche. Clink your glasses of frothy pisco sour and look out on the mystic Sacred Valley. When you travel to the distant land of Peru, you are sure to be dazzled by the lush landscapes, enthralled with riveting tales of centuries past, and of course, enticed by some of the world's finest cuisine.
Lima – International Arrival and Sunset Dinner Along the Pacific
As you look out the airplane window, your gaze will fall towards the shimmering waters of the Pacific Ocean outstretched below. The warm Peruvian sun glistens over the crashing riptide as colorful birds flock to the jagged cliffs nearby. After landing at Lima's International Airport, you will board your private ground transport to the vibrant downtown.
Soon, you will arrive in the heart of Lima's opulence and prestige as you round the verdant parks along water's edge to the esteemed neighborhood of Miraflores. There, you will settle in at your luxury hotel and enjoy a steeping cup of traditional mate de coca herbal tea.
Then, after a bit of uninterrupted rest, you will venture into the city in the evening to admire the whimsical cobbled streets of the historic district. Shady palm trees at the Plaza de Armas provide the ideal resting place as you marvel at the exquisite colonial architecture of Lima's grand basilica, ornate wooden balconies, and intricate stone fountains. In the evening, you will return to the soothing sounds of crashing waves. An elegant three-course meal awaits you, including Peru's beloved escabeche, a regional favorite of exquisitely marinated chicken and pickled vegetables.
Lima – Private Ceviche Cooking Class
Cusco – Cuy Sampler Event and City Tour
Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sacred Valley – Pisco Tasting and Horseback Riding
Puno/Lake Titicaca – Fresh Lake Trout and Uros Islands
Lima – International Departure
- Stroll through the capital city's verdant public plazas and enjoy a delectable dinner along the Pacific Ocean
- Tour Lima's historic downtown and roll up your sleeves for an invigorating ceviche cooking class alongside a world-renowned chef
- Peruse the kaleidoscopic hues of locally-sourced produce in Cusco's central markets and partake in a cuy sampler event
- Board a luxury train car through the mystical Sacred Valley and ascend to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu
- Gallop on horseback amongst the jagged Andean mountain peaks and indulge in the refreshingly smooth pisco sour
- Step foot on the fascinating floating islands at Lake Titicaca and savor the lake's fresh, crispy trout for dinner
- Take in seaside panoramic views from the prestigious Miraflores neighborhood and barter at artisan shops in the city center
Immerse yourself in the vivacious cultures and traditions of Peru as you sample delectable cuisine from regions across the country. As you savor these gastronomical delights, you will also discover the fascinating cultural heritage and the history of ancient civilizations spanning thousands of years. You will also fall in love with the nation's vast array of scenery: majestic mountain peaks of the looming Andes, breathtaking valleys swooping down below, iridescent coastlines teeming with laid back beachgoers, and of course, the hustle and bustle of life in Peru's capital city.
You will begin your culinary tour alongside your expert guide in the metropolis of Lima. As a group, you will marvel at stoic skyscrapers, then venture to the old city where shady palm trees hide elaborate cathedrals. Cobbled streets and bold facades tell stories of the Spanish conquistadors centuries ago. After a mesmerizing walk along the shimmering shoreline of the Pacific, you will take part in a lively ceviche cooking class with the help of your expert chef. Fall in love with this Peruvian staple as you mix zesty flavors of pepper, fresh seafood, onion, lemon, and lime before biting into your masterful creation.
Next, you and your guide will venture west as you unpack the gilded remnants of the ancient Inca Empire. Early morning, you will hop on a plane to the birthplace of the Inca Empire. Here, in Cusco, you will converse with locals in open-aired markets bursting with color. You can peruse jewelry and hand-painted pottery while biting into the sweet flavors of choclo, an indigenous, thick-kernel corn. Those with an adventurous palate can also partake in a cuy sampler event, a chance to try Peru's most beloved delicacy, grilled guinea pig.
As your journey continues, you will make the arduous yet breathtaking climb to the peak of Machu Picchu, where the vistas are nearly as stunning as the ruins themselves. You will walk side by side with your seasoned guide for a close look at these world-famous relics. In the evening, you will descend to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes for a soothing respite against a lush backdrop of flowers and foliage. Your trip will conclude with a magical two days of exploration and relaxation. First, you can ride horseback through the Sacred Valley and celebrate with a refreshing sip of Peru's national pisco sour drink. Then, you will set out on Lake Titicaca for an exciting cultural tour of the floating Uros Islands. At the end of the day, you can look out on the setting sun as you indulge in an exquisite dinner of fresh lake trout.
$1,997 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.
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