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TASTES OF PERU

Lima/ Sacred Valley/ Machu Picchu/ Cusco

Our 8 Day ´Tastes of Peru´ is a package that takes advantage of Peru´s Gastronomy boom. You will begin your trip in Peru´s capital Lima which is host to 3 restaurants in the World´s top 50 list. On this tour you will pick your own produce, learn to cook your own Peruvian dishes, and feast your way around Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Daily Departures: We have departures leaving everyday for this package. Please note that if you would like to dine at some of Lima´s top restaurants, reservations are essential months in advance. Enquire today and one of our Travel Specialists will be in touch.
9 DAY ITINERARY

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Arrival into Peru´s Capital, Lima
Upon arrival into Lima´s International Airport you will be greeted by our staff holding a sign with your "last name" on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Miraflores where you will check in to your hotel and enjoy some free time to rest and relax. You will stay at the Dazzler Hotel which is a modern 4 star hotel with one of the best location in Miraflores.

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Breakfast at your hotel. 

Introduction to Lima
Today you will be picked up by your guide for the ultimate experience of Lima. We will start our tour by visiting the Plaza De Armas which includes a 16th Century Cathedral, fountains and grand colonial buildings. The perfect introduction to Old Lima. Then we will visit Casa Aliaga Mansion built in 1535 and known for it´s architectural grandeur and history. 

Larco Museum
We will then visit the Larco Museum which is highly regarded as one of the best Pre-Columbian museums in the world. The Larco Museum has been named one of the Worlds Best Museums by Trip Advisor´s Traveller´s Choice Awards. This museum has many different displays that offer visitors a journey through the beauty and history of Peru´s ancient cultures. Meanwhile the warehouse contains an impressive amount of ceramic pieces that depict faces, objects, fruits, birds, and many other aspects of day-to-day life in ancient Peru. 

Recommendation
Lima has 3 restaurants ranked in the World´s top 50. They include Central, Maido and Astrid y Gaston. There are many other excellent restaurants. Speak to one of our Travel Specialists and we will make some recommendations and make a reservation. 

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Breakfast at your hotel. 

Lima Gourmet Culinary Experience
In the morning you will be picked up for a Gourmet culinary experience. You will enjoy 5 stops spread between 3 districts (Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro) that includes a visit to an organic Peruvian coffee roaster, a fruit tasting at a local market, you will enjoy a Pisco tasting, hands on cocktail and ceviche class with a professional chef and end the day with a gourmet lunch and dessert at one of Lima´s most esteemed restaurants "Huaca Pucclana" which is conveniently situated right next to the Pre-Incan ruins with the same name. After your lunch you will be transferred back to your hotel. 

Recommendation
Lima has 3 restaurants ranked in the World´s top 50. They include Central, Maido and Astrid y Gaston. There are many other excellent restaurants. Speak to one of our Travel Specialists and we will make some recommendations and make a reservation. 

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Breakfast at your hotel. At the designated time you will be picked up and transferred to the airport in Lima for your flight to Cusco. 

Flight from Lima to Cusco
Upon arrival into Cusco you will be met by our staff and you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You can optionally visit Awanakancha enroute, this is an exhibition center of textiles and Andean camelids. It is considered a living museum and here you can see Andean camelids, learn about the process of shearing and spinning wool to the final product of high quality garments. Afterwards you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley the 5 Star Sol y Luna. Where you will enjoy the pristine and tranquil surrounds of this amazing hotel that captures the spirit of the Sacred Valley. There are many activities on offer at this hotel, an excellent restaurant and a very inviting swimming pool. 

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Breakfast at your hotel. 

Maras & Moray
In the morning we will begin our tour in Moray, where the view is impressive thanks to colossal concentric terraces simulating a large amphitheater. It´s usefulness: recreate 20 different types of micro climates, measurements which ensured the agricultural production of the empire. We will continue to Maras, the famous and ancient salt mines of the colonial era. The contrast of its white wells with the green valley is impressive. 

Taster Menu Lunch
To compliment your experience of Moray & Maras you will enjoy a Tasting Menu lunch at MIL (located next to Moray) which is owned by Virgilio Martinez, the owner of Central in Lima which is ranked the fifth best restaurant in the world. Here you will enjoy 8 courses, each dish reflects the 8 eco systems found at this altitude. Each ingredient, the design, architecture and materials come together to provide the diner with an experience that connects with the Andean cosmovison and the traditions of the communities in the region. After this experience you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley where you will overnight.    

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Breakfast at your hotel. 

Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
You will be picked up and we will travel to the fortress of Ollantaytambo. The second most impressive archaeological complex you will visit on this trip. Ollantaytambo was a strategic military, religious and agricultural centre.  A large fortress and typical example of urban planning during the Inca empire. 

Traditional Pachamanca Lunch
We will then make our way to the El Albergue Hotel for a Pachamanca Lunch which is a traditional Peruvian meal cooked underneath the ground with hot stones to create a natural hot oven. After lunch you will walk with your guide to the train station in Ollantaytambo where you will take a train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival your guide will escort you to your hotel the Inkaterra El Mapi and will assist you with your check in. Dinner is included at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

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Tour of Machu Picchu
Breakfast at your hotel. We recommend rising early and going up to Machu Picchu at sunrise, that is when the magic happens. You will have 4 hours to explore this incredible World Wonder including a 2 ½ hour guided tour with our local expert private guide. By noon you will have worked yourself up an appetite. We have included a delicious buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. After lunch you will take the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will aboard a scenic train ride back to Cusco where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel the 4 star El Mercado. 

*If you would like to extend your visit of Machu Picchu ask one of our Travel Specialists. You may be interested in hiking up to Hyuana Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. These hikes are subject to availability. Enquire for more information. 

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Breakfast at your hotel in Cusco. 

City Tour of Cusco
In the morning your tour of Cusco will begin with a visit of Koricancha Temple, one of the most important buildings in the city where the Inca civilization would worship the Sun God, it was later converted into a convent by the Spanish. Then you will visit the Cusco Cathedral, built between 1560 and 1664. Then finally the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, residence of artists and craftsmen. Discover its streets, between bars, shops and art galleries. After your tour you will be dropped off at your hotel. 

Pisco Tasting
With our sommelier at the Republica Del Pisco Restaurant, you can try a selection of the best Piscos, served in half ounce shots. After your Pisco Tasting you will have the evening free to enjoy at your leisure. Ask one of our Travel Specialists for some restaurants recommendations. 

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Breakfast at your hotel. At the designated time you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight from Cusco to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima you will connect for your flight departing homeward bound. 

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INCLUSIONS & DETAILS

Accommodation

- 3 nights in Lima at the Dazzler Hotel (4 Star) 
- 2 nights in the Sacred Valley at the Sol y Luna (5 Star) 
- 1 night in Aguas Calientes at the Inkaterra El Mapi (3.5 Star)
- 2 nights in Cusco at the El Mercado (4 Star) 

We have handpicked the following hotels. These hotels offer a good mixture of good value for money and maximizing your experience. We can always customize hotels around you, your preferences and budget. Please ask one of our Travel Specialists for more information. See more information regarding the hotels below. 

The Dazzler hotel in Lima is located in the heart of the Miraflores district, and across the road from the Embassy of Brazil. Close to some of the best restaurants in Lima and to the shopping district too. The famous Miraflores Malecón is only 4 blocks away. This hotel is perfectly located for people who want to get out and explore the surroundings! A new hotel with modern comforts. This is our favourite hotel to use in Lima, most of our guests stay here. Very good value. 

Room Features
King Size or Twin Beds, Locks with magnetic card, Safe, LCD 39" with Cable TV, Telephone, Bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer, Bathroom Kit included, Coffee maker with complimentary stay Kit, Baggage holder, Minibar, Large closets, Wi-Fi, Bright Environments, Ergonomic office chair, 323 ft, Dock Station multi platform, Soundproof Windows, Telephone, Ergonomic armchair, Work Table and Chair

Services
Free Wi Fi, Gym, Fitness Center, Sauna, Heated Pool At Terrace, Restaurant, Bar, Buffet Breakfast included

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A luxurious retreat with plenty of character. Staying here you will experience the rich culture of the Sacred Valley. This hotel is the most family friendly of all the hotels in the Sacred Valley offering, adventure activities, wellness, cultural, and gastronomy experiences for all guests. The activities here on offer are endless, whether you are into Horse riding, Mountain biking, Yoga, or your interested in a pottery class there are so many things to choose from, the best hotel in the Sacred Valley for those wanting to explore the Sacred Valley and spend more than just one evening. This hotel offers the complete Sacred Valley experience.

Room Features
King size bed, Room Service, Complimentary WI-FI, Laundry Service, Facilities, Marble-tiled bathroom, Temperature heating, Private terrace, Peruvian Pima cotton bed linen, Toiletries, Lush gardens, Telephone, Safe Box, Coffee table books, Bathrobes and slippers, Duvets 

Rooms Available
Superior Casitas, Deluxe Casita, Premium Casita. (Enquire for more information) 

Services
Reception, Spectacular Surrounds, Suana, Gym, Daily Yoga Classes, Wi-Fi, Room Service, Laundry Service, Killawasi Restaurant, Wayra Restaurant, Wine Cellar, Chef´s Table Course Meals, Pizza Night, Pachamanca Traditional Underground Cooking, The Lounge Bar, Spa Packages, Adventure activities: Horse back riding, Kayaking, Quad Biking, Mountain Bike Riding, Breakfast included
 

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This is our preferred hotel in Aguas Calientes. Over the years we have sent nearly all our guests to this hotel. A great value for money hotel. Smart, contemporary and cozy, amidst the hustle and bustle of Aguas Calientes. Relax in a pleasant and wholesome ambience. Inkaterra is one of Peru´s top hotel chains. Lofty ceilings, panoramic windows allows natural light to filter between tall eucalyptus dried branches, creating an ambience of order and wellbeing. Dinner at the restaurant is included when you stay at El Mapi. 

Room Features
20 sq.m, Panoramic windows, Blackout curtains, Twin/king size beds,  100% cotton sheets, Duvet covers, Hypoallergenic pillows, Tight-focus reading light, Cotton bath robes, Hair dryers, Natural herbal amenities, Direct TV, Safe-box, Telephone, Bedside table, Armchair, Reading lamp, Full size mirror. Also available here are Suite rooms. Enquire for more information. 

Services
Welcome signature lemongrass lemonade, A complimentary Pisco Sour, Nutritious buffet breakfast, A la carte dinner, reception assistance between train station and hotel, Personalized wake-up calls, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, DirecTv, Oxygen upon request

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Located right in the heart of Cusco. A new addition to the 4 star range in Cusco, it´s our choice of best 4 star in Cusco. Modern, trendy and chic. Warm Peruvian hospitality and attention to detail. Eye catching design and exceptional customer service. Ideal for the traveller looking for somewhere inspirational to stay, trend setters, hipsters and young professionals. Treat yourself to a massage at the relaxation centre. The feedback we get from our clients who stay here is always exceptional. 

Room Features
King sized beds, or twin rooms with 2 double beds, Shower, Heater, Snack Basket, Coffee maker, Hair dryer, Bath amenities, In-Room Safe, Phone, Smart TV 32" with Sat.Tv, Clock radio, Internet Wifi Wired High-Speed, 24/7 hour reception and security, Daily Housekeeping Included, Private Bathroom, Daily World Newspapers, Laundry service available, Medical assistance upon request. Also available here is the Junior Suite, a room we recommend as it includes an open fire place that creates a cozy atmosphere. 

Services
Restaurant, Bar, Massage and Relaxation Centre, Wifi, Business Centre, Reception, Breakfast included

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Transfers & Transportation

- Transfer from airport to Lima hotel (Roundtrip) 
- Transfer airport in Cusco to Sacred Valley 
- Inca Rail Voyager Train Ollantaytambo/ Aguas Calientes
- Inca Rail 360 Train Aguas Calientes/ Cusco
- Roundtrip Shuttle to Machu Picchu 
- Transfer from Train station to Cusco hotel 
- Transfer from Cusco hotel to the airport  

Experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar. The only train in Peru with an entertainment app on board which will allow you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilization. Enjoy an appetizing selection of cold and warm drinks, prepared using fruit juices and Andean herbs, and delicious gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley. The small details really do matter, picking the right time train is really important. When returning to Cusco from Aguas Calientes, we recommend a train departing Aguas Calientes around 4pm. This way you will get to enjoy the views during daylight while also getting back to Cusco by dinner time. 

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Tours

All tours are with a professional English speaking guide. All entrance tickets are included 

- Lima City Tour & Larco Museum
- Gourmet Gastronomy Tour 
- Maras & Moray Tour
- Tasting Menu at MIL Restaurant 
- Tour of Ollantaytambo 
- Pachamanca Experience 
- Tour of Machu Picchu (Private guide) 
- Cusco City Tour & Pisco Tasting 

Meals

- All breakfasts at all hotels
- Lunch at Huaca Pucclana
- Tasting Menu at MIL in Moray 
- Pachamanca Lunch at El Albergue
- Dinner at hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge 
- Pisco Tasting in Cusco

A Peruvian Gastronomy institution. Quite a traditional atmosphere with good old fashion white table cloth service. Dining at Huaca Pucllana is quite a special and unique experience when visiting Peru as it´s right next to the ruins of Huaca Pucllana, which is a very impressive Pre-Incan ruin located right in the middle of Lima´s modern and affluent business district, San Isidro. It´s magic at night time when the ruins are all lit up, which makes for a romantic atmosphere. The cuisine at Huaca Pucllana stands out for it´s devotion to using local products of the best quality. On the menu here you can find dishes such as Goat Cheese and Fig Salad with Palm and Gooseberry Crust, Lamb Shanks with Loche & Pumpkin Risotto and Roasted Baby Goat with Lima bean Tacu-Tacu. 

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Virgilio Martinez, the mastermind behind the world´s #5 best restaurant in the world Central, opened MIL in the Sacred Valley in February 2018. It is completely unique to anything else offered in the area, and one could easily say that it is the best restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Offering an innovative 8-course tasting menu at lunch, I would highly recommend any self-proclaimed foodie take time to dine here during a trip to Peru. The restaurant has a simple and clean architecture, and is built right above the circular Inca terraces of Moray. It is a spectacular setting, un-disrupted by the adobe building thanks to its natural design. 


Something that makes MIL even more unique than just its one of a kind tasting menu, is the experience that comes with dining here. Each of the 8 courses at MIL reflect the 8 ecosystems found at the high altitude (3,600m / 11,800ft) that the restaurant sits at. Virgilio, the creator, has been experimenting in his connected lab with cooking at this altitude, and working extremely closely with 3 nearby indigenous communities to learn from their knowledge of techniques for farming, growing, and cooking at altitude. When you dine at the restaurant, you also get to tour the on-site food labs and learn about the work with the communities.


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Pachamanca is a traditional Peruvian dish common in the central Andean region. The word "Pachamanca" comes from the Quechua language with "Pacha" meaning earth and "manka" meaning pot. This tradition dates to before the Spanish conquest in 1532 and was a form of ritual to celebrate life and fertility and to thank "pacha mama" or mother earth for providing food. When you arrive at the El Albergue you will be given a warm reception and you will be taken to the farm where the stones have already been heated. The heated stones are placed in a fire pit and then meat (chicken, lamb and pork) is placed directly on top of the stones along with potatoes and sweet potatoes. This is all covered with more heated rocks plus a layer of fresh herbs and fava beans from the garden. The mound is then covered in a cotton fabric to keep the dirt out followed by a thick layer of earth. When finished the oven looks like a mound of earth. While you are waiting for your food to cook, you will be taken on a tour of the organic farm that provides %90 of the ingredients for the Pachamanca. After 20 minutes what will emerge from the underground oven is crispy golden tender meat and well cooked potatoes. This will be accompanied with a fresh salad picked from the garden. Everything is perfectly set up in a family style setting with long outdoor tables surrounded by the stunning mountains and great views of the Ollantaytambo ruins. The El Albergue offers the best traditional Pachamanca experience in this region. 

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We offer this buffet lunch experience for all our guests visiting Machu Picchu. After a very early start and exploring the ruins all morning you will have worked yourself up an appetite. The only restaurant located up at Machu Picchu Citadel and offering an excellent spread at the buffet its the best way to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch after your visit to Machu Picchu. There are 2 large self-serve counters that include a selection of appetizers, 4 main courses, and several dessert options. Bread, salads and pasta side dishes are also on offer. Coffee, herbal teas and soft drinks are also available at a smaller drinks stand to the rear. With few quality choices available in the town of Aguas Calientes below and being time constrained to catch your train this is the very best choice. 

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One of the best bars in Cusco, serving up a variety of Piscos, which is the National cocktail of Peru. Here they offer Chilcanos, Pisco Sours, Maracuya Sours with Ricoto, Mangos Sours and many other delicious cocktails accompanied with amazing food. In the evening lots of excellent live music. A lively atmosphere and the best place in Cusco to visit for those wanting to try Peru´s National Drink, some cocktails and a fun night out.

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Domestic flights
- Lima to Cusco (Roundtrip)
Approx. price (US$80 - $150)
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