PERU: Dining & Discovery

Summer or Fall, 2017 (10 days, 9 nights)

Peru will forever be equated with the Inca civilization that flourished in the 15th and early 16th centuries.  During the empire’s zenith, the Incas cultivated four times the amount of arable land as Peruvians do today and made remarkable – and mysterious – accomplishments in architecture, such as Sacsayhuaman and Machu Picchu.  That all changed when the Spanish invaded Peru in 1531.  Without that event, though, there would be no french fries or sweet potato pie.  (In the Andes region alone there are 3,000 varieties of potato.)

Today, Peruvian cuisine is a rich fusion of different cultural influences – hence one of the world’s most distinguished.  It incorporates unique and flavorful ingredients stemming from its three distinct geographic regions: the coast, the Andes and the Amazon Jungle.  Over the last decade, this regional and multi-cultural gastronomy has been earning it many accolades.

On this remarkable journey, observe the country’s greatest Inca ruins and remnants of its Spanish colonial past.  Along the way enjoy wonderful culinary experiences that complement your visit and give you tremendous insight into Peru’s traditions and current way of life.

*Please note that if booking independent travel as a self-drive, some culinary elements of the tour may change.

Delicious Highlights will include

  • Wander through a typical Peruvian market in Lima
  • Experience a cooking class followed by three-course lunch
  • Visit to Inca ruins for a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining experience, starting with a famous Pisco Sour cocktail
  • Lunch at an authentic Peruvian hacienda for a traditional country style lunch and paso horse show
  • Enjoy a unique Amazonian dinner at one of Lima’s top restaurants.
  • Lunch at the famed Larco Museum Cafe, offering an enchanting ambience and great cuisine. Time afterward for an optional visit to Choco-Museum (and a “bean-to-bar” experience!)
  • Enchanting dinner at a seafood restaurant situated on a gorgeous historic pier directly overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
  • Experience a unique Andean dinner in a traditional, quaint and casual restaurant tucked away in a small street in Urumbamba
  • Take part in a unique cooking class at monastary-like hacienda that also has a museum with ancient and contemporary art
  • Enjoy an a la carte lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge restaurant – the only hotel next to Machu Picchu
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime dinner aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham train as you travel through the Andes
  • Morning tour of the San Pedro Market in Cusco
  • Lunch at cafe in the Bohemian San Blas neighborhood of Cusco; cooked in clay pots over wood fired stoves and ovens.
  • Dinner at the cafe in the Museum of Pre Columbian Art; a gem in the heart of Cusco
  • Lunch at El Parador de Moray, a unique restaurant located on the site of ancient agricultural terraces where the Inca grew seeds for farming

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Embark on a panoramic sightseeing tour of colonial Lima
  • Visit to the Larco Herrera Museum
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley and the archeological site of Pisac
  • Take the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes
  • Explore amazing Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas” during an early morning tour
  • Journey aboard the premier Hiram Bingham train
  • City tour of Cusco and the archeological complex of the Citadel of Sacsayhuaman where we can observe the incomparable stonework of the Incas
  • See a weaving demonstration of Chinchero textiles
  • Experience a Pachamama mother earth offering ceremony

Included in your tour is:

  • Eight-day tour by luxury coach
  • Two journeys by train (One on the Hiram Bingham and one on the VistaDome)
  • Internal air
  • Breakfast daily
  • 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Four nights at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima
  • Two nights at Belmond Rio Sagrado, Urubamba, Sacred Valley
  • One night at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes
  • Two nights at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

Day 1
Arrive Lima, Peru. Welcome to Peru, land of the Incas. You will be met by a Global Gourmands representative and transferred directly to the hotel. Evening at leisure.

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

Day 2:
Today your culinary adventure begins at a typical Peruvian market. There you will be able to appreciate a wide variety of Peruvian products and produce.  Enjoy and taste exotic fruits.  Be amazed by a huge variety of fish and seafood as the Peruvian coast of the Pacific Ocean is considered one of the richest in the world. After your visit to the market, you will learn to prepare a few of Peru’s flagship dishes.  Dinner tonight will be at a restaurant overlooking an impressive pre-Inca archeological site.

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

Day 3:

This morning you’ll enjoy a half-day city tour of Lima. After the tour, we will go to a hacienda to enjoy a traditional Peruvian country-style lunch and a paso horse show.  Afternoon at leisure.  Dinner tonight will introduce you to a contemporary look at the Amazon region’s culinary offering.

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

Day 4:
Morning tour of the Larco Museum, which houses the finest collection of gold and silver ornaments from ancient Peru.  Lunch will be at the Larco Museum Cafe and the afternoon will be free for shopping or a visit to a Choco-Museum.  Tonight’s dinner will be at a restaurant situated on a gorgeous historic pier overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

Day 5:
This morning we will take an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco and then drive on to the Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel at Urubamba, an hour-and-a-half from Cusco.  The afternoon will be free to acclimate to the altitude and enjoy the hotel.  Dinner tonight is at a quaint and casual Andean restaurant in Urubamba.   

Belmond Rio Sagrado, Urubamba

Day 6:
This is a day at leisure to relax and soak up the beauty of the Sacred Valley.  Enjoy the resort’s spa or go for a bike ride along the river.  Other activities like horseback riding and river rafting can be arranged with the hotel concierge.   

Belmond Rio Sagrado, Urubamba

Day 7:
This morning we tour the Sacred Valley and visit the archeological site of Pisac. Afterwards, there will a cooking class and lunch at the peaceful Hacienda Huayoccari, a beautifully restored hacienda, which also houses an impressive collection of ancient and modern art.  Afterwards, we will be transferred to Ollantaytambo Station to take the Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu.  We’ll be staying at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.  Dinner will be at the hotel.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes

Day 8:
We are up very early today for an early morning tour of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.  After the tour there will be time to explore on your own and to admire the amazing panoramic and iconic views. Enjoy a la carte lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge – the only hotel next to Machu Picchu. From there we leave on the luxury Hiram Bingham train where we will enjoy a delicious four-course, Andean-inspired dinner on board. After arriving in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

Day 9:
This morning we’ll have a city tour of Cusco with a visit the archeological complex of the Walls of Sacsayhuaman.  Afterwards, we’ll visit the San Pedro Market to enjoy a taste of local delicacies and time to shop.  Lunch will be in the Bohemian San Blas area, enjoying well-prepared Peruvian classics cooked over a wood fire in clay pots.  Afternoon at leisure.  Dinner tonight will be at a cafe in the courtyard of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

Day 10:
This morning we will visit the textile town of Chinchero. Later we will take part in a pachamama offering ceremony. The ceremony is an offering of small amounts of native Andean seeds, grains and fruits together with cocoa leaves.  At our farewell lunch at a restaurant situated in an ancient agricultural laboratory and observatory which dates back to pre-Hispanic times.  Later in the afternoon, we will drive back to Cusco for the flight back to Lima and your international flight home.

INCHICAPI SOUP

This inchicapi soup is a tasty, creamy soup originating in the Amazonic area.  It’s commonly served as an appetizer.  Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
1 cup toasted peanuts
9 oz cornflour
2 peeled, minced garlic cloves
1 small onion
1/2  cup cilantro
1 lb cooked yucca (manioc or cassava may also be used)
salt & pepper to taste (and

INSTRUCTIONS

Brown onions and chicken and then cook in a large pot in 12 cups of water.  Blend peanuts, cornflour, cilantro leaves, garlic and onion with 1/2 cup of cooking broth.  Add the blended mixture to the chicken and bring to a boil.  Stir occasionally and add more water if needed. When soup is almost ready, add the diced, cooked yucca and mix

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Starting from $5,290  per person (land and internal air – group of 12)    

Return airfare from Chicago around $625.

Cost for independent travel upon request.                                                                                       

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