Lima Food Tour

Peru

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Lima Food Tour

Peruvian cuisine, has recently become internationally recognized and Peru, has earned its name as the gastronomic epicentre for fusion cuisine. Taking inspiration from pre-Columbian times ingredients like ‘quinua’, Peru’s staple diet and influences from modern cuisine of Japan, China, Italy and Spain, Peruvian cuisine is finally getting the attention it deserves. Advertised with Peruvian superfoods and Peruvian Power Foods, that grow in the Andean regions, it has diversified its cuisine and kitchen. 

Begin in Lima, the Peruvian capital and the heart of the country's burgeoning food scene. Culinary highlights in Lima range from traditional Novoandina (new Andean) to contemporary fusion styles such as Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) and Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian). Learn to make Peru's iconic ceviche (marinated fish) and pisco sour during a private Nikkei cooking class. One evening, enjoy a traditional pachamanca dinner, in which meat, vegetables and other ingredients are covered and cooked in an underground pit. Also, visit Machu Picchu. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 09-DAY LIMA CULINARY ADVENTURE…
And, also visit Cusco, Sacred Valley and the majestic Machu Picchu.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour with enough time in each destination to explore.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and network of experts around the world.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

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Begin in Lima, the cosmopolitan Peruvian capital and the heart of the country's burgeoning food scene. Culinary highlights in Lima range from traditional to contemporary Novoandina (new Andean) and include unique fusion styles such as Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) and Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian).

One day, take a private tasting tour of the city, stopping at a vibrant market and local cafes to sample indigenous produce and local snacks. Learn to make Peru's iconic ceviche (marinated fish) and pisco sour during a private cooking class, and then have lunch at one of Lima’s top restaurants. Also, learn about the origins and influences of Peruvian cuisine during a private lecture by a local specialist. Another day, enjoy a private Nikkei cooking class.

Next, fly to Cusco, and transfer to the lower elevation of the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley) for a two-night stay. During private touring with your own guide and driver, experience the best of the local culture, such as visits to indigenous markets and villages, meetings with renowned local weavers, tours of outstanding archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo and a private cooking class.

Perhaps also visit terraced salt evaporation ponds to learn how this natural resource is harvested by local people. One evening, enjoy a traditional pachamanca dinner, in which meat, vegetables and other ingredients are covered and cooked in an underground pit.

Continue to spectacular Machu Picchu, and spend one night near the ruins. With your expert private guide, explore the site and learn about its fascinating history. Also visit a local tea plantation to learn how tea is grown and processed in the region.

Return to beautiful Cusco aboard the luxurious Hiram Bingham train. Stay at the city's most exclusive luxury hotel, which is set in a colonial-era palace.

Explore this ancient Inca capital with a private guide and walk through Cusco's narrow streets and learn about the city's Inca and Spanish history. In the evenings, enjoy dining reservations at Cusco’s top restaurants. Additional activities can also be arranged, upon request, such as a meeting with a local art expert or an evening cultural performance.

This tour can be further customized based on individual culinary interests.

Getting There

The principal international airlines are Lan and Avianca. There are no direct flights from London but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers.

Prices of flights to Peru from London are fairly consistent around the year, with a slight rise in the summer and over the major holidays. It’s best to avoid buying international air tickets in Peru, where prices are inflated by a high tax. If you’re uncertain of your return date, it will probably still work out cheaper to pay the extra for an open-ended return than to buy a single back from Peru.
 

 
Lima Food Tour Peru

Peru Culinary Experience

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 to 3 – Arrive
Lima Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to your hotel for three-night stay.
We begin our private culinary highlights that range from traditional to contemporary Novoandina (new Andean) and include unique fusion styles such as Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) and Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian).

Nikkei cooking class. Nikkei is the cooking of the Japanese diaspora, who adapted traditional Japanese culinary techniques by creating their interpretation of Japanese dishes with a local twist. Nikkei cooking can be found wherever there is a Japanese migrant community; mostly in Brazil and Peru. But it is in Lima that arguably this style of cooking has reached its highest expression. Later dine at the Micha's Maido Restaurant (Latin America's 11th Best Restaurant 2013).

Next day, learn to make Peru's iconic ceviche (marinated fish) and pisco sour during a private cooking class, and then have lunch at one of Lima’s top restaurants. Also, learn about the origins and influences of Peruvian cuisine during a private lecture by a local specialist.

Our tour also include sightseeing tour with a private guide to see a spectacular pre-Columbian art collection, and browse boutiques for high-quality local goods such as crafts and cooking utensils. Each night, enjoy reservations at Lima's most acclaimed restaurants.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Country Club Lima Hotel (B)

Day 4 & 5 – Transfer & Private Touring
Cusco/ Sacred Valley Next, fly to Cusco, and transfer through the beautiful countryside to the Sacred Valley (Urubamba Valley), a river valley with the high peaks of the Andes towering overhead.

Next day take a private tour with your own guide and driver; experience the best of the local culture, such as visits to indigenous markets and villages, meetings with renowned local weavers, tours of outstanding archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo and a private cooking class.

Perhaps also visit terraced salt evaporation ponds to learn how this natural resource is harvested by local people. One evening, enjoy a traditional pachamanca dinner, in which meat, vegetables and other ingredients are covered and cooked in an underground pit.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (B)

Day 6 – Transfer & Private Touring
Machu Picchu Transfer to the station for Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes and private tour to the spectacular Machu Picchu, and spend one night near the ruins. With your expert private guide, explore the site and learn about its fascinating history. Also visit a local tea plantation to learn how tea is grown and processed in the region.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B)

Day 7 & 8 – Private Touring
Cusco Morning private visit to tea plantation or or option to continue touring of Machu Picchu. Afternoon luxury Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. Meet and greet and private transfer to your hotel for two-night stay.

Take a private tour of Cusco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. This ancient Inca capital is a beautiful mix of indigenous culture and colonial splendour and the most popular tourist attraction in the country. In the evenings, enjoy dining reservations at Cusco’s top restaurants. Additional activities can also be arranged, upon request, such as a meeting with a local art expert or an evening cultural performance.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Palacio Nazarenas (B)

Day 9 – Depart
Lima Private transfer to airport and flight to Lima. Airport assistance to connecting departure flight. (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of South America and a mind-bendingly fascinating history, with archaeological sites to match. Here the Andes attain the height of their glory, building the world's great centres of ancient civilization and their remains fascinate travellers and archaeologists alike.

The city of Cuzco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and once the centre of the Inca Empire, flaunts its glorious legacy, not only in its architecture, ruins and museums but also in the people, who speak the Inca language, Quechua.

Where to go Begin your tour in the sprawling capital city of Peru. It is worth to spend a day or two in Lima, seeing its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Peru is known for its archaeological sites of which Machu Picchu is most famous. But along the coast, there are more fascinating archaeological sites, as well as glorious beaches and charming towns. South of Lima are the bizarre Nasca Lines, the drawings so monumentally huge that some can only be seen from the sky. And the National Reserve of paracas is inhabited by an enormous variety of birds, amongst which are Humboldt Penguins, Flamingoes and Pariguana.

North of Lima lie the great adobe city of Chan Chan and the Valley of the Pyramids. The surfing hangouts of Puerto Chicama and trendy Máncora beach are big draws along this stretch, but almost all of the coastal towns come replete with superb beaches, plentiful nightlife and great food.

For High Mountain trekking and climbing is the town of Huaraz, 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway for visitors to the Callejón de Huaylas, the spectacular range with some of the highest peaks in Peru. The other key attraction here is the remains of the temple complex of Chavín de Huantar, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, to the east of Huaraz.

For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Peruvian Amazon, known as "Amazonia", is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. Jungle treks, lasting from a day to a week or more, are organised from Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, are in the South while the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is in the North.

Finally for Machu Picchu, you will travel to Cuzco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes and palatial ruins in Peru, and by magnificent hiking country. You will visit the Urubamba valley, also called the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas.

When to go January – April: This is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the rains begin to ease and more visitors begin to arrive. This is a good period to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.

May – September: This is the best time to visit Peru, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. This being the high tourist season, most hotels get booked hence it is advisable to book early. More importantly, The Inca Trail that has limited spaces hence those wishing to travel from June onward should book at least six to nine months in advance.

October – December: The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. Water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, but it also makes it easier to explore smaller tributaries.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region) - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office.

If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).

Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get your entry stamp when you arrive in Peru.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.

Customs: British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.

If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.  

For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.  
Visa information source: www.gov.uk