Get a taste of Peruvian culture with this nine-day trip that's a feast for all the senses. Explore fascinating and well-preserved ruins from the ancient Inca Empire, including Pisac, Pumamarca, and Ollantaytambo. See the vibrant capital city of Lima, the ancient streets of Cusco, and the wonders of the Urubamba Valley. And visit Peru's star attraction: the mystical ruins of magnificent Machu Picchu. You'll also taste some of Peru's best food with activities specially geared toward food lovers, including a farm-to-table meal, cooking demonstrations, and a traditional pachamanca lunch.
Taste the best of Peruvian cuisine with special meals and a cooking class
Discover the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu, the Lost Citadel of the Incas
Explore the beautiful Spanish colonial city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Meet your MT Sobek representative at the Lima airport and transfer to your hotel in the upscale Miraflores district of Lima. Explore the neighborhood and enjoy dinner on your own.
After introductions this morning, visit the modern side of Lima during a morning bike tour that starts in Miraflores and routes through the three best "Huariques" (hidden traditional restaurants), stopping for treats along the way. This afternoon meet back with the group for a more traditional Lima city tour. Start at the Plaza de Armas, and see the Presidential Palace, Archbishop's Palace, and Cathedral de Lima. Then, visit the impressive Larco Museum, an incomparable private collection of treasures from ancient Peru. In the evening, gather with the group for a five-course welcome dinner at Malabar Restaurant.
Visit the bohemian district of Barranco, where a renowned Peruvian chef will help you discover Peru's fascinating gastronomy. Visit a local market to find the necessary ingredients for a cooking class. Learn about the history and traditions of Peruvian cuisine, the typical ingredients, and some of the best recipes from Lima. Enjoy a Pisco Sour and some tapas - prepared by you - before enjoying a delicious lunch accompanied by unbeatable views of Lima's coast. Spend the evening at your leisure, with complimentary transportation to the restaurant of your choice in Lima.
Fly to Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the village of Pisac, where impressive Inca ruins extend from a fortress to a temple complex and boast some of the finest Inca stonework in existence. Afterwards, enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at Hacienda Sarapampa, a working farm. Continue to Ollantaytambo, a village that has been inhabited since the Inca era. Stroll the narrow streets that are the same now as when the Incas reigned and visit the imposing fortress. Tonight we recommend a light dinner on own to help adjust to the altitude.
Embark on a full-day exploration of the Urubamba Valley, beginning in Moray with its impressive circular terraces built into the top of a limestone hill. Continue on to colonial village of Maras, where one of the finest salts in the world is extracted. Experience true Andean hospitality in the community of Misminay, where you'll be welcomed into a home for a traditional lunch. Then, join the locals in their daily activities: you might weave fabric using ancient techniques, help out with the crops, or even go for a donkey ride.
After transferring to the train station in Ollantaytambo, ride a classic Vistadome train up the narrowing gorge of the Urubamba River. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, and start your ascent to the lost citadel of Machu Picchu, an unforgettable experience.
Explore the enigmatic ruins-a fascinating complex of houses, terraces, baths, temples, and stairways. Learn about the importance of these structures in the lives of the Incas during a tour. Then return to the hotel, explore the gardens, and enjoy dinner in the Inkaterra's dining room.
Take an optional early-morning hike to climb to the top of Huayna Picchu (8,750') or the Machu Picchu Mountain on the eastern side of the Central Cordillera. This peak shelters another archeological site, the Temple of the Moon, which is connected to Machu Picchu and is a marvel in its own right for the wondrous underground galleries built there. Take the Vistadome back to Ollanta, and enjoy a traditional pachamanca lunch, an Andean technique of cooking meat and vegetables below ground. Then, continue to Cusco, where you will spend the evening at your leisure.
Meet at 11am for a cooking demonstration and lunch at the Map Café, housed in the beautiful courtyard of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum. After lunch, explore Cusco, starting at a Dominican church built on the site of an ancient Inca palace. Continue to the Main Square, where you will visit the Cusco Cathedral. Climb to Sacsayhuamán fortress, then visit the Kenko temple and Puca-Pucara, which may have been a lodging place for the Inca. Gather in the evening for a farewell dinner in one of Cusco's best restaurants.
After a buffet breakfast, say farewell to the city and transfer back to the Cusco airport. Return to Lima to connect with your homeward-bound flight.
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MT Sobek has been crafting unique adventures in Peru for over 40 years, working with the best local guides for immersive cultural experiences.
This unique adventure blends Peru's vibrant culinary scene and unique dining venues with active exploration of ancient sites, from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu.
We have chosen excellent accommodations to ensure that you have a luxurious and relaxing stay from beginning to end.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Cooking classes and demonstrations, expert-guided city walking and bike tours, and cultural exploration of ancient Incan wonders.
A variety of comfortable accommodations, including modern hotels, whitewashed casitas, and an elegant former convent.
Weather in Peru changes rapidly and is varied - rain, sun, wind, clouds. Cloudy skies and rain are common in Cusco and Machu Picchu, while Lima is usually much drier.
You can depart from Cusco at anytime on the last day (Day 9) of your itinerary.
Yes. Peru's fruits and vegetables are delicious and sold throughout the country. To avoid getting sick, we recommend to eat fruits that you have to peel, and cooked vegetables.
You can exchange US currency at banks and exchange houses "casas de cambio", both of which are found in most cities and airports. There are plenty of ATM's. Be sure to inform your bank that you will be using your credit or debit card while in Peru.
You'll taste some of Peru's best food with activities specially geared toward food lovers, including a farm-to-table meal, cooking demonstrations, and a traditional pachamanca lunch.
Yes, we can accommodate most diets, just be sure you let us know in advance.
Peruvian cuisine is gaining popularity. Staple ingredients include potatoes, rice, and spicy Peruvian peppers, as well as meats, seafood, and vegetables. Quinoa is used in everything from salads to pancakes!
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
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