The Food Trip - 13 days of Peru Food Paradise
Available from $3575US per person this trip departs on August the 3rd, August the 7th with the world famous Mistura food festival and also September the 28th. Join us for some food fun.
Not just a trip for dedicated foodies, this is a trip for anyone who enjoys eating! It’s similar to our Classic trip, with plenty of time exploring Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Lake Titicaca, but replaces the physically active Inca Trail options with food-focused days. On these, we tour the world's most diverse produce markets, take a cooking lesson, and eat where the locals do. Throughout the trip we sample Peru’s cuisine in every setting from back-street stalls to world-famous fusion restaurants.
The Food Trip - 13 days of Peru Food Paradise
Day 1. Lima Food tour day 1
No Peruvian food tour could start anywhere else – Lima is one of the most passionately ‘foodie’ cities on the planet. We’ll get straight into it today with a lunch that showcases coastal Peruvian cuisine – spicy, seafood-based ceviche is Peru’s most famous national dish, and we’ll sample it at one of Lima’s best ceviche specialist restaurants. In the afternoon we’ll check out the sights of central Lima – historic plazas, churches and gorgeous colonial buildings – before dinner at a peña (traditional theatre restaurant), where we’ll start to realise that Peru’s costume and dance cultures are just as rich and diverse as its gastronomic tradition!
Day 2. Lima History and Gastronomy
This morning we’ll find out where Peruvian food comes from at the Mercado de Magdalena, the massive produce markets where everyone from top chefs to corner shops source their raw materials. One of the reasons Peruvian cuisine is so glorious is the diversity of produce – from sea, coast, mountains and jungle – and this market is where it all comes together.
Later we’ll visit the Larco museum in Pueblo Libre - best known for its collection of ancient erotic ceramics, it’s a great introduction to Peru’s pre-conquest history. In the evening we’ll head for el Circuito Magica de Agua (the magic water circuit – quite indescribable), then enjoy Peru’s most popular dish for dinner - pollo a la brasa: tasty, tender chicken roasted on a spit over firewood.
Day 3. To Cusco and Peruvian Highland Cuisine
A short flight (not included in trip price – ask us for help organising this) over the Andes brings us to Cusco (3,300 metres), the capital of the Inca empire and one of the most beautiful towns on Earth. This afternoon we’ll take a tour of the markets, plazas, winding cobbled streets and historic (Spanish colonial facades on Inca and even pre-Inca foundations) buildings of the center, or feel free to rest in the hotel to help you adjust to the altitude.
Dinner tonight will be an introduction to highland Peruvian cuisine – with an international fusion twist!
Day 4. Machu Picchu and Gastronomy
We’ll take an early morning train so we can all spend the day exploring the words-fail-me glory that is Machu Picchu – one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. We’ll have a guided tour (a good one, with no numbers on sticks, we promise), and we’re here all day so there’s plenty of time to explore on our own or climb for breathtaking views up one or more stunning nearby peaks: Huayna Picchu, Putucusi or Machu Picchu mountain itself.
|Accommodation||Family hostal in Machu Picchu town|
Day 5. Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Today’s first stop is Ollantaytambo, a perfectly preserved Inca town with atmospheric cobbled alleyways, sun-drenched plazas and a spectacular, llama-shaped ruin. A short drive through the Sacred Valley (we’ll spend more time stopping to take photos of the incredible scenery than actually driving!) brings us to the noted fusion restaurant where we’ll have lunch.
We’ll spend the afternoon in Pisac, another tiny, cobbled Inca village which is home to the largest handicraft market in the region and a huge Inca fortress. We’ll explore both and then reward ourselves with street snacks like choclo con queso (corn and cheese) and the wood-fired empanadas that are the local specialty.
Day 6. Free day in Cusco
There are things to do in Cusco to suit every mood and personality: churches, museums, and art galleries; adventure activities like rafting and horse riding, and organised tours. This is also the perfect day to just wander around and enjoy the spectacular mountain views, traditionally dressed locals, excellent cafes and charming architecture that characterise the historic centre of Cusco.
Day 7. Cooking Class in Cusco
This morning we'll head out to San Jerónimo, on Cusco's outskirts, to shop for ingredients for tonight’s feast at the Vinocanchon producer’s market and enjoy a relaxing lunch in a garden restaurant. You may then want to take a siesta and loosen your belt, as we’ll be spending the evening cooking and eating a traditional Peruvian meal!
Day 8. The Cusco Southern valley
The Valle Sur, little visited by foreign tourists, is full of quirky sights and a popular weekend dining destination for Cusqueños. In the morning we’ll visit artesanal ovens in Oropesa, Peru’s official bread capital, and have our futures read in coca leaves or guinea pig entrails by wizards in Huasao. We’ll dine on duck in Lucre, followed by a visit to the best cake and ice-cream shop in the region. In the afternoon we’ll check out the incredibly ornate church of Andahuaylillas, whose interior is so ornate that it’s known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas. We’ll spend the night in the homes of our friends in Raqchi.
Day 9. High altitude Hot Springs
First thing today we’ll thoroughly explore Raqchi’s ruin. The enormous adobe Templo de Wiracocacha was one of the main temples of the Inca empire, and this was one of the most important staging posts in the Inca’s extensive road network, so it’s a big site with all sorts of buildings, ceremonial, administrative, religious and residential.
Then we’ll head off into the Altiplano towards Lake Titicaca. Along the way we’ll stop at the Marangani natural hot springs, one of the most surreal stops on our entire trip and a popular local hangout. Steaming sulfurous streams link five pools against a background of sweeping plains and snowcapped peaks: it’s a sight and sensation you won’t soon forget.
The afternoon brings us to Lampa. In colonial days a thriving metropolis, it’s now a forgotten gem where llamas wander through the main square, past pink stone buildings and the most amazing church we’ve ever had the privilege to visit. Among many other marvels, it houses a collection of hundreds of skulls and skeletons, artistically arranged in a marble crypt – it just has to be seen to be believed.
Day 10. Post modern food in Puno
Today we’re headed for Puno, a hectic port town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We’ll spend the afternoon soaking up some culture – such as the Museo Carlos Dreyer, which hosts one of Peru’s best archaeological collections, and the Steamship SS Yavari, which was brought in pieces by llama from Lima in 1862. Puno is also great for wandering, with several scenic lookouts, bustling markets, cool cafés for people watching, and plenty of shopping. This evening we’ll enjoy the benefits of civilisation with a fabulous dinner – Puno is home to a couple of first-rate novo-andino restaurants, and tonight we’ll enjoy cutting-edge fusion treats like greek-style alpaca and smoked trout in vodka sauce.
Day 11. Lake Titicaca
This morning we take to the waters of Lake Titicaca. Our first, brief stop is the very interesting but extremely touristic Uros Islands – the famous floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca. On Amantani Island we’ll head home with our homestay hosts them for a lunch including sopa de quinua (quinua and vegetable soup. You’ll want the recipe for this simple highland Peruvian dish – it’s so tasty it seems to be more than the sum of its parts). In the afternoon we’ll take on the locals in a game of soccer (which we will inevitably lose), and hike to the top of the island for what may be the most beautiful sunset you’ll ever see.
Day 12. Taquile and back to the banks of Lake Titicaca
After breakfast a short cruise across Lake Titicaca brings us to scenic Taquile Island. Here we’ll explore winding island paths across rolling green hills and through idyllic villages, and enjoy stunning views across the lake to the snow-capped peaks of Bolivia to the east. Taquile is the most famous textile centre in the Andes and we’ll learn about colourful, storytelling weavings, before enjoying a lunch of fresh-caught trout in the island’s co-operative restaurant. In the afternoon we return to Puno for a memorable dinner to mark our last night together.
Day 13. FInal day return to Lima
We’ll get you to Juliaca airport in time for your flight out. If you’re staying on in Puno, we’re delighted to help out with suggestions and assistance for the rest of your time here.
- All meals and food supplied
- Drinking water at meals
- All accommodation and activities specified in itinerary
- Transfer to Juliaca airport if taken on last day of trip
- Full Boleto Turistico de Cusco
- Internal and International flights
- Coca leaf reading at Huasao (a few soles)
- Alcoholic or other beverages
- Activities not specified in itinerary
- Transport to start of trip