Discover Peru’s culinary scene from Lima to Cuzco

Peruvian food and topography go hand in hand to create a truly outstanding national icon. Using what pachamama (mother earth) gave them, the cuisine of Peru incorporates iconic local ingredients with traditional techniques to stand-out in the South American food scene. It is the geography of Peru that makes its cuisine so distinct compared to the rest of South America. With its coast providing an abundance of fresh seafood, the Andean highland supplying a variety of potatoes and the Amazon rainforest delivering delicious seasonal fruits, Peru is an exciting region to go on a foodie adventure.

Lima, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
171kg pp per trip


  • Learn to prepare ceviche in a cooking class held at a Lima fish market
  • Sample traditional Andean delicacies in the Sacred Valley
  • See how the famed drink Pisco is made at a local bodega
  • Journey to the ancient site of Machu Picchu
  • Tuck into a traditional pachamanca feast


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Make your acquaintance with Peru’s culinary-minded capital on a guided afternoon walking tour through the city’s colonial centre. Snack on tasty street food like antichucho (meat skewers) and picarones (doughnuts) while seeing the sights. Visit a pisco bodega the next day and see how this famous local drink is made before checking out an important archaeological site. Tonight, bohemian Barranco is on the cards with the choice to go on a bar hop to taste pisco and the city’s revered cocktails.
See a different side of Lima at the fish market in Chorillo, meeting local fishmongers and then attending a cooking class in a market restaurant to learn the art of preparing ceviche. Then swap fish for fruit at the Surquillo market to discover the exotic fruits on offer in Peru. Fly to Cuzco in the afternoon, where a guided walk around San Pedro market and a workshop at the chocolate museum is a sweet way to see the day out. In the evening, the options in Cuzco are endless – perhaps check out the city’s coolest bars or endless restaurant options.
Travel to the Sacred Valley and stop at the Pisac market to check out the delightful handicrafts that flood the stalls here. Sample freshly made empanadas hot from an authentic horno (clay oven) before stopping in Chichubamba to learn about the local community here – this is also your opportunity to try traditional cuy (roasted guinea pig). Finish up in the incredible Ollantaytambo, a town built atop the ruins of an ancient Incan city.
Take a guided visit to the Incan ruins in Ollantaymbo, including the impressive Temple of the Sun, surrounded by the sacred mountains, then learn some local cooking tips in a class at Rupa Wasi Tree House, visiting the market to choose the freshest produce to cook with.
Set out for one of the highlights of travelling to Peru – a morning viewing of magnificent Machu Picchu.
Drive back to Cuzco, stopping off en route at the salt mines of Maras and the stunning Moray ruins. Enjoy a final feast, using the ancian Incan cooking technique of pachamanca - the slow-roasting of meat and vegetables in an oven created beneath the earth. Perhaps toast the end to this Real Food Adventure with one last pisco sour.
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8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Train
Hotel (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Chocolate Museum Experience - Cuzco
  • Cooking Class - Rupa Wasi Tree House
  • Lima - Colonial District City & Food Walk
  • Lima - Pachacamac Archeological Site
  • Lima - Pisco Distillery Visit and Tasting
  • Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour
  • Salt Mines Visit - Maras


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Real Food Adventure - Peru , September 2015

Real Food Adventure - Peru , September 2015