Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Lima and Cusco, Peru -
 7 nights
Available year round

Peru has become a new and popular culinary destination as featured in Newsweek, NY Times, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast and more. This tour mixes a taste of native, “criolla” and traditional food with the trendy fusion through hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and tasting menus. All of this is wrapped up within a framework of history and culture that explains every part of the tour and helps our guests understand the origin of all these great tastes. A Taste of Peru for Foodies has the best balance for someone with some experience or just the love for food.


The tour starts in Lima, where you will visit a local market to discover the exotic products Peru has and then you will learn how to make Ceviche - the Peruvian fish delicacy. You will also spend a morning learning the basics of Peruvian cooking with the most representative chefs in town. Dining highlights include a Tasting Menu at the well-known Astrid & Gaston Casa Moreyra restaurant and the opportunity to learn how to make exotic fruit Pisco Sour Martinis.  



Three nights are spent in Cusco. Tour members will also have a guided tour of Cusco; travel by rail to Machu Picchu; and spend a day in the Sacred Valley with visits to Inca fortresses and country markets. There's another culinary highlight: a Cusquenian lunch highlighting potatoes and regional vegetables (of which Peru has hundreds of varieties) and Hands on cooking class plus tour to the local market with Chef Pio Vasquez from El Huacatay Restaurant. At your return to Lima, You will finish your discovery with a Nikkei dinner: a mixture of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines.




SAMPLE ITINERARY (Availabilities may change depending on season)


Day One 




Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will meet you at Lima airport and take you to your hotel for a well-deserved rest. 


Welcome to Peru!




Day Two 




After breakfast at your hotel in Lima, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel 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 a traditional “cevicheria” for your hands-on Ceviche class, a beautiful journey into this famous Peruvian dish. You will also have the chance to try it during your lunch.


After lunch, you will have the afternoon free to rest before your special dinner at La Huaca Restaurant, proud to maintain Peruvian flavors as a base for its cuisine, interpreting them according to the classic cooking techniques as well as the contemporary styles. This restaurant satisfies the demands of the most exquisite tastes. At the end of the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel for the night.    


Day Three 




After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up for your Introduction to the Peruvian Cuisine Class. One of our chefs 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.


At the end of the visit, you will be taken back to your hotel to get ready for your Pisco Tasting experience, led by the well-known bartender Thalia Talavera at the hottest spots in Barranco, Sibaris Restaurant. After your class, enjoy a delicious dinner.


Day Four 




After breakfast at your hotel in Lima, you will be met by one of our representatives 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 your hotel.


AAfter a little rest 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 taken to your 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 5-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 for the night. 


Day Five 




After breakfast you will be transferred to Poroy station to catch the early train to the town of Aguas Calientes and we will then continue by bus to the Machu Picchu citadel. This day you will enjoy a full tour of the lost city and have a delicious gourmet lunch. In the afternoon we say farewell to Machu Picchu as we take the train to reach Poroy station, where transportation will be waiting for you to bring you back to your Cusco’s hotel to spend the night.  


Day Six 




After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to your Cusquenian Cooking Class at El Huacatay restaurant, where you will learn about regional ingredients, visit local market and you have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal.


After lunch we will be heading deeper in the Sacred Valley for your tour of the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco. After some time to rest, you will be taken to have dinner at Cicciolina Restaurant, to enjoy a great gastronomic experience. At the end of the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel for the night.    


Day Seven 




After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Cusco airport to catch your flight back to Lima. Once you arrive in Lima, you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel.


In the evening, you will once again be met at your hotel, and taken to Astrid & Gaston for a special and exclusive “Tasting Menu”. This is a 9-course tasting menu dinner specially prepared by Gaston Acurio, arguably Peru’s most famous chef and restaurateur. You will taste traditional dishes presented into a creative and new form.


At the end of the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel for the night.  


Day Eight 




After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to famous culinary spots in the city for your grocery shopping tour, during which you will have the opportunity to buy Peruvian ingredients, recipes books and other souvenirs. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to your hotel in order to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to rest.


In the evening you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to your farewell Nikkei dinner at Hanzo Restaurant in San Isidro district, one of the best Nikkei restaurants in Peru. You will experience the Japanese and Asian influences in the Peruvian Cuisine. At the end of the dinner you will be taken to Lima Airport to catch your flight back home. 


*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season


*Restaurants may vary





A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. (Please inquire for larger groups).


(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)






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Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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