Save $125CAD Per Couple - Peru Culinary Tour

    Save $125CAD Per Couple When Booked 4-Months in Advance | 12-Days | Lima to Lima | Offer expires February 28, 2022

    Save $125CAD Per Couple - Peru Culinary Tour with Tourcan Vacations

    Price: On request basis

    Savings: Save $125CAD Per Couple if booked 4-months in advance

    Valid: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

    Photo: Couple onboard Belmond Hiram Bingham Train

    The ideal destination for the food connoisseur and culture enthusiast! Our gourmet journey of Peru will introduce you to its history, culture and the ultimate in fusion cuisine. Visiting Lima, Cusco, The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Included in this journey are culinary experiences at top restaurants,  cooking demonstrations, visits to local markets, an Andean School of Cuisine and excursions to mystical and historical sites.

    Visiting: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

    Highlights:

    Lima - Belmond Miraflores Park

    • Lima City Tour and Larco Museum 
    • Lunch at Amaz Restaurant
    • Dinner at Astrid y Gaston
    • Gastronomy Experience at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant
    • Dinner at Central Restaurant
    • Pachacamac Temples and Peruvian Paso Horse Show with lunch
    • Dinner at Maido Restaurant

    Sacred Valley - Sol y Luna 

    • Visit Awana Kancha, the living museum of the Andes
    • Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex
    • Moray Terraces and Maras Salt Pools
    • Cooking Lesson at Tawa Restaurant
    • 7-Steps tasting dinner with pairing wine at La Cava at Sol y Luna Hotel

    Machu Picchu - Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

    • Belmond Hiram Bingham Train with brunch & dinner
    • Machu Picchu excursion  
    • Tasting Dinner at Sumaq

    Cusco - JW Marriott Cusco

    • San Pedro Market Visit 
    • Lunch at Greens Organic
    • Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins
    • Dinner at MAP Café 
    • Dinner at Kion Restaurant 

    Included:

    • Private transfers as per itinerary 
    • Luxury accommodation as per itinerary or similar
    • Private Tours and excursions including all entrance fees as per itinerary
    • Meals as per itinerary 
    • Hiram Bingham train tickets to & from Machu Picchu
    • Service of English speaking guide for all tours and excursions 
    • Baggage handling at airports and at hotels

    Not Included:

    • All air tickets and related fees
    • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
    • International & domestic airfare and taxes
    • Meals not included
    • Second entrance fee to revisit Machu Picchu
    • Optional sightseeing
    • Insurance
    • Items of personal nature like baggage porterage at airports/hotels, gratuities, tips, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary 

    Photo: Views of Machu Picchu

    Itinerary:

    Day 1: Lima - Arrive

    On arrival at Lima airport, you will be met by a Tourcan Vacations representative, holding a paging board with your name on it. You will be assisted with your luggage then transferred to the hotel for check-in. 

    Overnight: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, City View Junior Suite          

    Day 2: Lima City Tour and Larco Museum

    njoy breakfast at the hotel then depart on a half day tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including the world famous Larco Museum - This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Continue to the Larco Museum, founded in 1926, it displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. 

    After the tour enjoy lunch at Amaz Restaurant: The Amazon is one of the areas with the greatest diversity and biological wealth on the planet. Much of its pantry has not been promoted in a sustained manner in contemporary cuisine worldwide. ÁmaZ was born with the purpose of bringing to the world the gastronomy, culture and supplies of the Amazon region with a contemporary approach that seeks to spread and preserve our pantry.

    Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.  This evening we shall enjoy dinner at Astrid y Gaston: Each season Astrid & Gastón surprises its regulars with novelties in addition to the classical and notable dishes on its menu. Haute cuisine, great service and outstanding creativity characterise its style, which blends original ingredients, delicious innovations and aromas reminiscent of Peru's fine gastronomy. A contemporary classic always popular because of the originality of each of Gaston's creations, Astrid's exquisite desserts and an extraordinary combination of flavours, ingredients and customs that make it unique.  Return to the hotel.

    Overnight: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, City View Junior Suite

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

    Day 3: Lima - Gastronomy Experience

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then it’s off to our Gastronomy Experience. This is the ultimate food. It includes exclusive restaurants, trendy districts, top must-see attractions and hands-on activities. Enjoy five stops spread between three districts that include a visit to an organic, Peruvian coffee roastery, and a fruit tasting and tour at a traditional market.  Have fun with a pisco tasting, hands-on cocktail and cebiche class with a chef and follow with a gourmet lunch amid views of pre-Incan ruins. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening we shall enjoy dinner at Central Restaurant. Conscious of the lack of connection, we want to humbly take on the great challenge of getting to know and, in some cases, getting to know again this beautiful country replete with unique ingredients, landscapes, culture, tradition, and history, but above all those that live there and tell about them. Our collaborative team works hard to create links, and tries to make visible those elements that in daily life not everyone can see. The expedition we undertake has no destination or end, but centers on the constant movement in the observation and the respect of the temporality and the seasonality that Earth dictates.

    Overnight: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, City View Junior Suite

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Photo: Caballo de Paso Horse Show

    Day 4: Lima - Pachacamac Temples and Peruvian Paso Horse Show

    After breakfast, you will be driven along the Pan-American Highway with its views across the beautiful Pacific beaches will take you years back.  Visit to the pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac considered by many to be the most important archaeological site near Lima. Four hundred years before the Incas, the Ishmay culture developed a major ceremonial center, featuring streets, dozens of temples fitted with ramps and the Painted Temple.

    After lunch watch a delightful demonstration of the skills of the Peruvian Paso horse, a unique member of the horse kingdom. “Caballo de Paso” known worldwide for their smooth gaited movements and unusual spirit. No other horse combines strength, intelligence and beauty as perfectly as the Peruvian Paso Horse. The particular characteristic of the Paso Horse is precisely the reason for its name: the sublime charm of its typical step. As it walks, its front legs step very high and forward while the hooves sway to the sides in a graceful and synchronized movement. 

    Return to the hotel and freshen up. This evening we shall enjoy dinner at Maido Restaurant. Life is movement. Nothing is static or absolute. No one is. We are in a state of constant flux, just like the Earth, the tides, bacteria, light, the blood in our bodies, colors, seeds. Like family trees, cuisines are constantly being redefined, their identities enriched by an intense intercultural exchange which has formed the basis of all civilization ever since humans shared their first sounds, products, ideas, and customs. Fusion cuisine is just that: cooking, an inclusive word that perfectly encompasses it all. The fireplace is where bloodlines merge, where people come to sing, individual and group histories are forged, life gestates. The fireplace is where dialogue is fostered, the elements meet, opposites attract. Thus was born Peruvian Nikkei cuisine: from a complex history called Peru; and another, equally complex, far-off and foreign history called Japan that merged to live in harmony and create the third reality: Nikkei Cuisine.

    Overnight: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, City View Junior Suite

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

    Day 5: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley (Flight Not Included)

    Check out of the hotel after breakfast and you are transferred to Lima airport. Check in then board a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. 

    On arrival you will be met by another representative and then transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley visiting Awana Kancha enroute.  Visit Awana Kancha, the living museum of the Andes

    This Living Museum of the Andes showcase the South American Camelidos such as llamas, vicuñas, guanacos and alpacas in their native environment. You will also enjoy a spinning and weaving demonstration of ancient techniques on how to make clothing from the wool fibers of these animals. You can also see native flowers and some agricultural terraces from the Inca times.   This evening enjoy dinner at La Cava (wine cellar) at Sol y Luna Hotel  

    Peruvian haute cuisine meets Old and New World wines in our singular wine cellar. Spanish red walls surround the antique dining table for up to fourteen, set with hand-embroidered linens, custom china, formal silverware and an array of roses from our gardens. After horseback riding, exploring Machu Picchu or relaxing by the pool, an evening in this subterranean sanctuary ends the day on the most sophisticated epicurean note, with a bespoke menu of seasonal dishes prepared by Executive Chef Nacho Selis and paired with wines curated by our in-house Sommelier.

    Overnight: Sol y Luna Hotel, Deluxe Casita  

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

    Photo: Sol y Luna the Sacred Valley

    Day 6: Sacred Valley - Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex

    Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby then depart for a Full Day excursion visiting Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress. 

    Enjoy a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where a unique Indian Market takes place daily. The variety of products offered is overwhelming, from pottery with reproductions of archaeological pieces, to all kinds of textiles, jewelry and Peruvian handicrafts. During your visit to this bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the artisans and indigenous traders. Grab the items you like, you will hardly see the same one again.  Lunch is served at Hacienda Huayoccari - The most noticeable aspect of the house is its sensational setting, dominating the Urubamba valley in the midst of the highland crags and vegetation through which the river flows. Above it, on the very mountain top within sight of heaven are two lakes, which seem to seethe on a rainy night. With magnificent views of the Urubamba River, the Casa-Hacienda has the magical ability to make us forget the reality of life. Today’s lunch will be a remarkable event.  Afternoon visit to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. 

    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight: Sol y Luna Hotel, Deluxe Casita  

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 7: Sacred Valley - Moray Terraces and Maras Salt Pools

    Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby then travel through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on your way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters).  Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.  

    After the tour, enjoy lunch and Cooking Lesson at Tawa Restaurant. In Yucay, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley, Tawa Restaurant offers an exclusive gastronomic experience with excellent service in a warm and natural environment. Enjoy contemporary and traditional cuisine and make yourself at home in one of the best restaurants in the region. 

    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight: Sol y Luna Hotel, Deluxe Casita  

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch  

    Day 8: Machu Picchu Excursion - Belmond Hiram Bingham Train

    Note: Operates daily except the last Sunday of the month.     

    Check out of the hotel after breakfast and meet your transfer representative in the hotel lobby for the transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to board the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu. Enjoy brunch on board the train.

    On arrival at Machu Picchu station (Formerly known as Aguas Calientes) hotel porters will take your overnight bag to the hotel.

    Walk to the bus station and board a 25minute bus from Machu Picchu Pueblo town up to the entrance of the Machu Picchu ruins. Enter the ruins and start your guided tour.

    Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, the "Lost City of the Incas," was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here.   This evening enjoy a tasting Dinner at Sumaq. Our chefs Carlos Pardo Figueroa and Ribelino Alegría are great connoisseurs of the flavors that are hidden by the Apus (mountains); they have rescued many of the fruits of the land that had been forgotten by the Peruvian tables for centuries. Thanks to their work promoting crops in high Andean communities located at more than 12,139 feets and to the researching of new products that are fused with contemporary culinary techniques, they’ve given birth to our new tasting menu, Flavors of the Andes: Apucc Mikhuna (which in Quechua means the food that the mountains bring us).

    From the Andes to your table... The tasting Menu, Flavors of the Andes: Apucc Mikhuna, revels in an exquisite and rich list of native ingredients that have originality and history. It is a high level gastronomic trip in which more than 35 ingredients coming from sustainable communities located within 50 kilometers surrounding our hotel merge together.

    Overnight: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Sumaq Deluxe room

    Meals: Breakfast, brunch & Dinner 

    Photo: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

    Day 9: Machu Picchu - Cusco

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then check out. 

    Early this evening walk to the train station to check-in then board the Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. Your train ride includes a four-course dinner and cocktails on board the train.

    The train representatives will transfer you to the Cusco Hotel upon arrival. 

    Overnight: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, Classic Inka room

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

    Day 10: Cusco Market

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

    Join us for a colorful and informative stroll from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas to the city’s vibrant San Pedro Market where we will help you discover more about local crafts and Andean super foods!

    We begin our tour at Faces of Cusco in the historical Plaza de Armas for a short ‘meet and greet’ and introduction the city. As we make our way to the San Pedro Market from the Plaza, we’ll stop at some of our favorite city sites for photos and a bit of interesting local history. Upon arrival the San Pedro Market, one of the city’s most bustling and colorful food and crafts markets, you´ll get to meet the very best of the market’s endless stands and vendors. Designed to feel like an informal visit with local friend, this walking tour promises to be both fun and informative.

    Smell the scents and taste the flavors of local Peru during this unforgettable and unique tour!  Enjoy lunch at Greens Organic. The first restaurant of truly organic food in Cusco. Greens Organic offers an excellent selection of dishes and specialties prepared with organic ingredients of the best quality, which are cultivated through traditional methods and without the intervention of chemicals. Conveniently located a step away from the Plaza de Armas, in a second floor. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.  This evening we shall enjoy dinner at MAP Café. In the middle of the manorial and ample patio of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art of the city of Cusco, MAP Café is a singular restaurant that surprises through its contemporary proposal that has character and boldness, and which deliciously incorporates the most extraordinary ingredients of the region. The menu includes tasty classics of the Peruvian cuisine, prepared with a very personal touch, as well as original dishes and desserts.

    Overnight: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, Classic Inka room

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins

    This morning meet the guide in the hotel lobby then depart on a half day tour of Cusco city and its nearby ruins.

    Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture. 

    Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. 

    This evening we shall enjoy dinner at Kion Restaurant. Cantonese cuisine came from China to Peru together with a wave of Chinese immigrants. Ever since the founding of the first Peruvian-Chinese restaurant—or chifa, as they are known locally—in the early 20th century, this cuisine has gained ground and conquered palates throughout Peru, with its personality and warmth making it a favorite among Peruvians and visitors alike. The unending mix of sweet and savory tastes, different textures, and the freshness and flavor contributed by Peruvian cuisine make this a unique culinary proposition, designed to be enjoyed and shared with a close group of friends and family. The KION experience is a journey through Chinese culture in Peru and the transformations it has undergone, making it a delicious culinary attraction for the entire world.

    Overnight: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, Classic Inka room

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 12: Cusco - Lima - Home (Flights Not Included)

    Check out of the hotel and you are transferred to the airport to board the flight to Lima and your connecting onward flight. 

    Arrive home with great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima, the snowcapped roaring Andean mountains and lush valleys, and the zig-zag road to the overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu, the amazing legacy the Incas.

    Meals: Breakfast

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