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Travel to Peru and discover why this amazing country is now very much at the forefront of the international food scene. Cook with a renowned chef in Lima, browse vibrant local markets and sample traditional cuisine in the Sacred Valley. Besides culinary highlights there are also cultural and scenic delights to explore: take the train to Machu Picchu, experience the magnificent Andean landscape and discover breathtaking Incan archaeological sites.
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Fly direct from London to Lima with British Airways and transfer to the Casa Andina Premium for 2 nights. Optional dinner at one of the city's hottest new restaurants. (N)
In the morning, join chef Penelope Alzamora for a tour of one of Lima's local markets. Meet her favourite stall holders and discover an amazing array of seasonal and local ingredients, some of which will be purchased for the cooking class later today. This is the perfect introduction to the fusion of flavours that is pushing Peru to the forefront of the culinary world. Browse around the stalls piled high with chillies, corn and exotic fruits, and visit the fish stalls overflowing with fresh whole squid and giant swordfish. Stroll around the Barranco district before returning to Penelope's apartment with its beautiful views of the Lima coastline for your cooking lesson. A feast of what you have prepared, including traditional ceviche (a seafood dish), will follow. In the afternoon, take a tour of colonial and modern Lima. Visit the downtown area and the architectural masterpiece of San Francisco monastery. Continue to Miraflores for magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and local beaches. Take an evening tour of the Larco Herrera Museum followed by dinner at Café del Museo. (B, L, D)
Take an early morning flight to Cuzco, then drive to the Sacred Valley and the Pisac local market. Browse around this cornucopia of food items, handicrafts, ponchos and rugs. Later, join a cooking class at a typical restaurant that specialises in organic produce and ancient dishes of the valley. After lunch, visit the organic farm that provides the restaurant with fresh produce and discover more about the staples of the Peruvian diet, including maize and quinoa. Stay overnight at the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley. (B, L)
In the morning discover the secrets of the Incas at Ollantaytambo, originally a massive fortress settlement and an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. The present town follows the original grid system and evidence of the ancient structure still remains. After the tour, board the Vistadome train for a splendid journey to Machu Picchu. A guided tour will take you through the temples and terraces with superb views towards the surrounding peaks and mountains. Overnight at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. Dinner, a real gastronomic experience at the gourmet Andean fusion restaurant of the hotel, is also included. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Alternatively take another opportunity to enjoy a ceviche cooking demonstration at your hotel or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket for a second visit at the time of booking). In the afternoon, return to Cuzco on the Vistadome train service for a 3-night stay at the characterful El Mercado. (B)
Morning introductory tour of Cuzco, a fascinating combination of Incan and colonial architecture. Visit the Temple of the Sun, where the walls were once entirely covered in gold, and the impressive colonial cathedral, located in the Plaza de Armas. In the afternoon, visit the Choco Museum, where you can take a journey through the chocolate-making process and join a chocolate workshop - Peruvian chocolate is some of the finest in the world. This evening, step behind the bar at Museo del Pisco for a special pisco sour tasting. (B)
Day at leisure to explore Cuzco or take an optional visit to the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Perhaps look for Andean handicrafts and silver jewellery in the tiny boutiques and markets, or sip a coca tea in the shady corner of a square. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Lima. Alternatively travel by train to Lake Titicaca for a 2-night extension. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. (B)
Afternoon arrival in the UK.
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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CAP2020: 7 Nights
Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in South America.
Lima lies on the Pacific coast and offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, a...
One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on...
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect place to explore, relax and unwind either...