Almost unknown until recently, Peruvian Cuisine is steadily conquering the palates of the most renowned chefs worldwide. It is truly one of the World's most unique and delicious cuisines.
Ancient Summit, Inc. invites you to experience the gastronomic marvels Peru as well as the magic of its culture. Join us for a magiaal journey through Peru's history, culture and culinary tradition.
This 10 day/9 night Private Tour visits: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This is just a sample itinerary, the luxury tour can be completely customized with individual attention to your ideas and interests.
Day 1 - Welcome to Lima
Today you will be traveling from your home across the equator to the Southern Hemisphere and land in Lima, Peru. Based on a late evening arrival in Lima, you will be met by your English-speaking representative and assisted with the hotel check-in process. The hotel is located on the airport grounds and a good night’s rest is suggested as we are off to Cusco and the Sacred Valley tomorrow morning. Your body needs to be well rested in order to acclimate to the thinner air of the majestic Andes Mountains
Day 2 - Lima - Cusco
After breakfast, your Ancient Summit host will escort you back to the airport and assist with your check-in for your flight over the Andes to the Ancient City of Cusco..
Upon arrival in Cusco, you are welcomed by our team and begin your journey through the Andes, heading directly to the mythical Sacred Valley of the Incas. Today is an easy day as you need to acclimate to the altitude in the Andes.
On this stunning drive to the Valley, you can stop for photos of the breathtaking views along the way. We will point out the different crops and talk about Andean agricultural history as well. Arriving at your hotel, we strongly suggest that you take it easy for the remainder of the day as you are 10,000 feet above sea level. That also means lighter food, easy on your digestion. We will introduce you to Coca Tea* and light lunch as you relax today to prepare for your continued adventure. Today is your special time to acclimate in the Andes. We would suggest you choose something light for dinner.
Day 3 - Cooking class in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
This mornning you will meet a very special Chef at his restaurant in Urubamba and begin your culinary adventure with a first visit to the local market, where we will shop for and learn about native and local ingredients. You will see the variety of fresh ingredients used in NOVO-Andean Cuisine. Back at Chef Ricardo's restaurant, you will prepare lunch as Chef opens up the world of Peruvian cuisine and Novo Andino flavors. All together you will enjoy the fruits of your labor over lunch.
After lunch we will walk around the corner for a visit to the Ceramic Studio of Pablo and Marilu Seminario for a demonstration of ancient Andean ceramic techniques. This evening, we are happy to offer you a mouth watering sampling of “Peruvian Street Food" served safely and hygienically at the lovely hotel grounds. You will also be delighted by a demonstration of the famous Peruvian Caballo de Paso, the National Horse of Peru, and a breed of light pleasure saddle horse known for its smooth ride. Spa services are also available by appointment at your hotel.
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu by train
This morning we drive to the ancient fortress village of Ollantaytambo and board the train for a scenic hour and a half journey to Machu Picchu Town (formerly Aguas Calientes), This town is perfectly positioned for the exploration of breathtaking Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas, now voted one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel, followed by lunch with a menu at a local restaurant in this “quirky” town. You can also visit the Hot Spring (Aguas Calientes). At a designated time, you will meet in the hotel for a kitchen tour and cooking demonstration in their famed Qunuq Restaurant after which, dinner is served in the dining room. You must get a good night’s rest so that we can catch a very early bus up to try and see the sunrise over Machu Picchu!
Day 5 - Explore Machu Picchu
Early this morning and weather permitting you will take the famous zigzag bus route up to the entrance to Machu Picchu with the hopes of viewing the sunrise! At this time your guide will talk about the amazing architecture and mysterious temples; the sophisticated ideas of this highly advanced culture.
Lunch will be served at Sanctuary Lodge, an Orient Express property just outside the entrance gate to Machu Picchu. The Lodge offers a buffet featuring a wide variety of foods from several regions, giving us an opportunity to discuss the vast array of dishes from around Peru.
After lunch you’ll have free time to continue exploring the Lost City of the Incas. Late this afternoon, along with your guide, you will board the return train to Ollantaytambo station where your car is waiting to return you to the Sol y Luna hotel.
Dinner tonight is served at one of the best local restaurants in the Cuzco area, offering beautiful creations such purple corn soup and a fusion menu as well as fresh local dishes.
Day 6 - Sacred Valley of the Incas and Special Home Cooked Meal
This morning, a scenic drive will take you to the market and the archeological site at Pisaq. After the tour, lunch will be served at the home of one of private tour designer Nina Fogelman's dear friends. While you are taking your tour, Aida will be preparing your lunch using seasonal produce from her very own organic garden. Be prepared for a wonderful and satisfying meal.
Aida will welcome you to her lovely country home for an authentic Peruvian lunch. Her husband is a well known Peruvian artist and after lunch, we will have a special opportunity to visit his private studio. We will also visit their Andean organic garden where she will describe how she prepares her indescribably delicious jams and jellies. In the afternoon, we will drive through the Andes towards Cusco. This evening you are free to make your own gastronomic discovery.
Day 7 - Exploring Cusco, the Navel of the World
Today we will start early with a walking tour through the streets of Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America and capital of the Inca Empire, with a stop at the central market. Here you will learn more about typical Andean food products, hearing about all the different variety of local vegetables, grains and meats, as well as intriguing mysticism still active within this culture.
We will visit the Cathedral of Cusco, with its massive stone pillars and elaborate religious works of art, including frescoes and sculptures of the saints, and later Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), which was the main religious center of the Incas dedicated to the Sun cult with some of the most impressive Inca stonework in the city. Atop the temple is the Santo Domingo Convent, built by the Spanish Conquistadors, with its elaborate carvings, paintings and other Spanish colonial works of art. We will also continue to visit more ancient wonders such as Sacsayhuaman, one of the most formidable Inca constructions.
Lunch will be served at the MAP Cafe located on the patio of the impressive Pre-Colombian Art Museum, MAP Café’s Executive Chef has designed a great menu to delight your taste buds. After lunch there will be a guided tour inside the Museum. Now you have free time to explore before meeting to enjoy dinner at a local favorite in the Plaza de Armas.
Day 8 - Pachamanca and Rural Community visit
The Pachamanca has been part of the Peruvian culture dating back to pre-Hispanic times. The name comes from the ancient language – Quechua. “PACHA” means EARTH and “MANCA” means cooking port, which could be translated as “Earth Oven”
Widely used in during Inca times, the Pachamanca is considered part of a ritual. More than just a method of cooking, it is a celebration of fertility and life. Pachamanca is buried under the ground and cooked over hot stones for several hours. Cooking Pachamanca is a way of rendering homage to Pachamama (Mother Earth).Products return to the earth to be cooked and participants will receive it from the earth and feast from it.
Today, we continue to the Chinchero district for a historically ritualistic lunch known as Pachamanca at the family owned country inn, La Casa de Barro. Chef Marita will be delighted to show you this typical way of cooking in direct connection with Mother Earth, and will be the top helper of owners Antonio Zevallos and Luisa Diaz, whom will welcome you to enjoy the sacred Pachamanca ritual feast. (Chinchero is high up on a plateau, around 14,000 feet above sea level, halfway between the Sacred Valley and Cusco)
Now the compassion component of our adventure begins. Full, happy and blessed by the Pachamanca, we have planned a very special experience in an authentic rural community where the villagers still practice their ancient traditions, from the art of weaving, farming, rituals and customs of old. Surrounded by striking natural landscapes and the Apus (mountain spirits) of a beautiful glacial lake, the village is not a tourist stop but an authentic local community and part of a non-profit sustainable projects that our tour designer Nina Fogelman of Ancient Summit, Inc. is dedicated to.
Ancient Summit works side by side with the villagers so that the community may go forth and prosper while maintaining the integrity of their indigenous culture. You will not see tour buses here; instead you will have an opportunity to observe weaving techniques that are some of the oldest in the Americas. (Please ask us about donations)
This afternoon we return to Cusco. This evening, we are invited to a special cocktail event with light hors d’oeuvres and great cocktails at a Hacienda Restaurant above the city center with a spectacular view.
Day 9 - Flight from Cusco - Lima and Private Colonial City Tour
This morning we transfer to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, we will proceed to lunch at the charming Restaurant Senorio de Sulco, known for its traditional Criollo Style meals, typical of Lima. In the afternoon, during your private tour of Lima, you will visit the Lima Cathedral, which is decorated with impressive canvases from the Cusqueñian School and examples of colonial architecture.
We will continue to the main Plaza and the Convent of San Francisco, a seventeenth century architectural complex which includes a church, convent and square. The church facade, painted with an image of the Immaculate Conception was carved in stone and is characterized by Corinthian columns. Its catacombs, a system of underground chambers, house the skeletal remains of part of the population of colonial Lima.
After this we will visit some Residential Districts of Lima to have an idea of how the locals - “Limenos” - live. Lonche is a Peruvian tradition we will explain more in detail and we will stop at the Rosa Nautica on the Pacific Ocean to experience this Peruvian version of High Tea.
The end of the day finds us in Barranco which is considered the Bohemian section of Lima. Get ready for singing and dancing at a lively Peña experience as we prepare to say “hasta luego” tomorrow.
Day 10 - Cooking Class in Lima & Return Flight
This morning we visit a special “Cevicheria” where you have the opportunity to prepare and enjoy this famous Peruvian dish. You are now free to embark on your last minute shopping and enjoyment in the wonderful Miraflores area of Lima. We will be ready to make suggestions if you have time to dine at one of Lima’s world class restaurants before your evening flight. We will transfer you to Lima Airport for your international flight.
We can depart any time depending on your needs.
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Peru, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Minimum 2 people travelling. Maximum group is only suggestion and is customizable for groups or larger families.