Experience and learn how to cook the most important dishes of a culture—that has more than 1000 years of legacy—from mixing many techniques and ingredients from many parts of the world. Discover one of the New World’s Seven Wonders—Machu Picchu—and get there by walking through the same path once used by the Incas. A millinery culture, majestic geography and friendly people are the framework of one of the trendiest cuisines in the world.
Peruvian cuisine has recently been considered as one of the top 5 best in the world. Discover this hidden treasure with this program designed especially for you! Here you will discover the Inca culture mixed with the Spanish and many others that arrived to Peru in the last 500 years; the result is a unique blend of traditions that you will experience in food, activities and adventure in every corner. You are the best culinary judge in this tasty adventure. One client recently said she could not believe that Peru was home to such incredible flavors and tastes.
Tour is offered year round (based on availability). Itineraries may change depending on the season.
Upon your arrival, a representative will meet you at Lima airport and take you to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
After breakfast, a representative will meet you at your hotel in Lima and escort you on your market visit and tasting. The local market visit is a great way to experience a little bit of the Peruvian culture in its daily life. Here you can find and taste the best variety of vegetables and fruits in the country, including exotic products from the “Andes” and the “Jungle”.
After the market visit you will be brought to La Red restaurant, a traditional “cevicheria” owned by Peruvian Chef José del Castillo. Here you will have your hands-on Ceviche class, a beautiful journey into this famous Peruvian dish. You will also have the chance to taste it during your lunch there.
After lunch, you will have the afternoon free to rest before your special Nikkei dinner at Maido Restaurant, the best restaurant in Latin America—as per the 2019 Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna—or Hanzo Restaurant by Chef Hajime Kasuga. At the end of the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel for the night.
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up for your Introduction to the Peruvian Cuisine Class at one of the best “huarique” restaurants in town—Kañete—operated by Chef Israel Laura. He will teach you the quintessential basics of Peruvian Cuisine. You will learn how to prepare Peru’s staple dishes, and afterwards you will enjoy a full tasting of these traditional Peruvian dishes.
After lunch you will be picked up at the restaurant and taken on your city tour of Lima. Sites to be visited: Main Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the San Francisco Monastery (including catacombs), old streets with colonial houses, and a great driving tour through the beautiful districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.
Once you conclude your walking city tour, you will then head out to see Lima’s Famous water park, where you will have the chance to have an interactive experience with great waterfalls and a great show of lights and music. This will be a fun and exciting experience. At the end of the visit, you will be taken back to your hotel. Dinner is on your own.
After breakfast at your hotel in Lima, you will be met by a representative and taken directly to the airport, in order to catch your short, one-hour flight to the capital city of the Incas—Cusco. You will be met upon arrival by one of our representatives and transferred to the Sacred Valley. During the trip you will stop in Awanakancha Llama Farm, where you can meet native weavers and see South American camelid species, including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas. You will then reach your hotel in the Sacred Valley where you spend the night.
In the evening, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and provide you with a briefing on your Inca Trail Express.
After breakfast at your hotel in the Sacred Valley you will head to Maras for a quick tour of this colonial city. Then, you will be taken by bus to the top of the salt mines where you will enjoy beautiful scenery.
After the visit you will continue to Urubamba for your Cusquenian Cooking Class, where you will learn about regional ingredients and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal. After lunch you will be transferred back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley, where you spend the night.
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up and transferred to Ollanta Train Station to take the train to 104 km. At this point we start the trek for approximately 3 hours, up to the well-preserved remains of Wiñay Wayna (2900 mts/9,514ft). Here you will have some free time for exploring the ruins with its houses, terraces, towers and local museum.
After this visit, you begin the final leg of the trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu. You will hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), where you will take in an awesome panoramic view of Machu Picchu citadel. The final descent is a quick 30 minutes through the Inti Punku gateway to the citadel. After a quick initial visit, you will be transported by bus back to your hotel in Aguas Calientes, where you will enjoy dinner before ending the day.
After an early breakfast at your Aguas Calientes hotel, you will catch the bus for the short ride to Machu Picchu citadel. You’ll enter the ruins for a breathtaking view of the city. You will enjoy a full tour and have lunch on your own at the end of the visit.
In the afternoon, say farewell to Machu Picchu as you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, and ultimately back on the train to Ollantaytambo. Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo, you will be picked up and taken to your Cusco hotel to get ready to enjoy your tasting menu at Map Café, located in the Museo de Arte Precolombino (Museum of Pre-Inca Art). Specializing in Novoandino cuisine and presenting the use of native ingredients and rescued recipes with innovative dishes, this 7-course tasting-menu dinner will introduce your palate to tastes rarely experienced before.
At the end of the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco for the night.
After breakfast you will set out on a city tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We walk Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and visit both the Spanish cathedral and Inca temple of the sun—Qoricancha.
Next, we set out to visit the ruins above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman (where Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice), Tambomachay (the Temple of the Sacred Waters), and Q´enqo.
At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the restaurant to enjoy a delicious Peruvian-Chinese fusion lunch at Kion Restaurant. After lunch you will be brought to your hotel to pack. You will then be transferred to Cusco Airport for your flight back to Lima. You will stay at the airport Costa del Sol Hotel for a day before heading back home.
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Who is Active Gourmet Holidays?
If you crave the extraordinary, Active Gourmet Holidays is the perfect place to discover your next adventure by offering expertly organized active and cooking school vacations. They provide unforgettable getaways that nourish the senses, refuel the body and replenish the spirit.
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What are the amenities for this trekking and cooking holiday?
All properties are 4-star hotels, superior rooms.
What is the activity level?
You will be hiking on several days of the itinerary (hiking boots are recommended). The activity level ranges from moderate to active.
Tours are 8 nights/8 days and available year-round (Sunday departures). Click Book Now to select your dates!
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Cancellation Policy: For cancellations received more than 60 days prior to departure the penalty is 30% of the total amount. For cancellations received 60 to 30 days prior to departure the penalty is 50% of the total amount. For cancellations received 29 days prior to departure the penalty is 100% of the total amount. Once the week has commenced there will be no refunds on unused portions. Cancellations due to medical reasons can be covered by travel insurance. We strictly adhere to this cancellation policy. We therefore recommend our clients take travel insurance to cover any cancellation. The tour reserves the right to cancel a course, in which case our liability will be limited to refunding all monies paid. Booking fees and payment method fees are non-refundable.
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