Discover Peru’s culinary scene through Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and more!

Peruvian food and topography go hand in hand. Using what pachamama (mother earth) gave them, the Peruvians have developed a cuisine that combines local and international flavours. And undoubtedly it is the geography of Peru that makes its culinary culture so distinct. With the coast providing an abundance of fresh seafood, the Andean highland supplying a variety of potatoes and the Amazon rainforest delivering delicious seasonal fruits, it's unsurprising that Peru is one of the world's emerging foodie hotspots.


Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Country
Peru
Style
Original
Theme
Food
Code
GGZMC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • It's delicious, diverse and hands-on. You’ll learn the secrets of ceviche, make your own pisco sour, learn a few Andean cooking tips with a foodie in Cusco and eat empanadas straight from the wood-fired ‘horno’

  • Pay a visit to a cacao farm and get involved in the whole process from planting to the final product. Enjoy a farm-cooked dinner & stay overnight on the family's plantation.

  • Indulge in an optional tour and tasting at one of the Sacred Valley's first craft breweries. Whet your whistle with a pint of the fruity local IPA, the citrus tinged American pale ale, the caramel malts of the Ayrampo Roja red ale or the hearty chocolate notes of the imperial porter.

  • Discover the breadth of Peruvian cuisine in all its rich and colourful history, from the rustic ‘pachamanca’ tradition to Lima’s world-class urban street food scene

  • No trip to Peru is complete without seeing Machu Picchu, so you’ll spend a day exploring this magical metropolis of the Incas

  • Staying in a cosy nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps, you'll be immersed in the ambience of the jungle, waking up to the twitter and buzz of exotic birds

  • Local staff and multilingual guides allow you to get the most out of this incredible environment. Pick their brain about the area's flora and fauna as you explore

  • Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Stroll along jungle trails on the lookout for monkeys, parrots, otters and caimans

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.

  • The cacao farm plantation accommodation facilities are basic but comfortable.

  • Although we visit Machu Picchu we do not hike the Inca Trail. We travel by train to Machu Picchu were altitude still may be felt, sitting at 2430m above sea level.

  • The Amazon Jungle can be very hot and humid, so it's important to drink plenty of water and wear light cotton clothing. Make sure you also bring tropical-strength insect repellant.

  • While we will endeavour to cater to dietary requirements where possible, please note that many meals and food activities on Real Food Adventures are set in advance in order to deliver a well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. In many countries, dietary restrictions are uncommon and not well understood. If you have dietary requirements and are concerned about whether this may impact on your ability to participate fully in all food-related activities on this trip, please contact your agent at time of booking for further information. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, you must notify your booking agent prior to departure so it can be determined whether your dietary requirements can be met.

Itinerary

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where this meeting will take place. Afterwards you'll get out and discover the South American foodie hotspot that is Lima. On an afternoon walking tour in the heart of the colonial district you'll see San Martin plaza, visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery and catacombs, then stop past Lima's Central Market. Here you will discover the building blocks of Peruvian cuisine, including mouth-watering fruits, vegetables, meat and fish sourced from all over the country. This walk is also a great taste of Lima's excellent downtown street food scene. Savour a variety of bite-size treats, including 'anticuchos' (grilled beef hearts) and 'papas' (potatoes), 'masamorra' (purple corn), 'arroz con leche' (sweet rice with milk) and 'picarones' (Peruvian doughnuts). Finish up in Lima's main square with the option of dinner downtown or heading back to Miraflores.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lima - Colonial District City & Food Walk
  • Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Remember to agree on a fare with the driver before starting any taxi journey, as taxis do not have meters. Miraflores to downtown costs around 15–20 soles.
Pay a morning visit to the vibrant Chorrillos seafood market, then head to the home of a wonderful cook who will demonstrate the art of preparing mouth-watering ceviche, causa limeña and more. Settle in for lunch around the kitchen table, enjoying these classic staples of Peruvian cuisine and getting a unique insight into local life.

In the afternoon, perhaps wander around Miraflores and head towards Parque del Amor (Love's Park) which has superb views across Lima's beaches. You might also want to visit the excellent National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History. Alternatively, catch a taxi to the Gold Museum or the Larco Museum. The latter is renowned for its ancient pottery collection.

In the early evening, join a walking tour through the bustling beachside district of Barranco, where the streets are lined with traditional casonas (colonial-style houses). This place is home to some of Peru's best nightlife, and you'll pop into a bar that specialises in the national spirit of Peru – pisco. Choose to grab a bite to eat in Barranco or return to Miraflores.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lima - Barranco Walk
  • Lima - Ceviche Cooking Demonstration and Lunch
Optional Activities
  • Lima - Archaeological Museum - PEN15
  • Lima - Gold Museum - PEN35
  • Lima - Larco Herrera Museum - PEN30
  • Lima - Museo de la Nacion - PEN10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Before departing Lima, journey to a pisco distillery outside of the city for an insight into the production of this iconic Peruvian spirit and a tasting at the source. Head to the airport and fly to Cusco (flight approximately 1 hour), arriving mid afternoon. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and discover the town's interesting combination of Spanish and Inca cultures. There are also several impressive Inca ruins within the city to explore. The most easily accessible is Coricancha, which was the Inca empire's richest temple. The evening is free for your own food adventures. You leader will have plenty of suggestions!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Lima - Pisco Distillery Visit and Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Cusco sits at an altitude of (3,450 metres) so it's important to stay hydrated.
Today is your chance to get hands-on in the kitchen. Take a stroll around San Pedro market. Due to Cusco's location at the eastern edge of the Andes, there's ready access to locally grown avocados, potatoes (thousands of different types), quinoa and aji picante (hot chilli), to name a few products grown in the area. Learn about Andean ingredients, then join a passionate local cook to prepare some classic Peruvian dishes which you will enjoy over lunch.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cusco - Andean Cooking Class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Leaving Cusco, travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, this beautiful and fertile valley has long been the lifeblood of the high Andes. Maize crops grow all the way from the riverbank, covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. Along the way, stop in at Maras, one of the largest salt mines in the region, and Moray – a large complex of ruins with beautiful terraces that form a massive amphitheatre. It’s believed that these terraces were an agricultural experiment of the Incas to improve their crop production.

Call in on the Chichubamba community in Urubamba. See the fruit and vegetables they grow, be shown methods for extracting honey and learn about corn beer preparation on a chicheria visit before sitting down to a traditional lunch in a local home.

Our final food stop today is a tour and tasting at one of the Sacred Valley's first craft breweries. Whet your whistle with a pint of the fruity local IPA, the citrus tinged American pale ale, the caramel malts of the Ayrampo Roja red ale or the hearty chocolate notes of the imperial porter.

Arrive in Ollantaytambo, a stunning archaeological site that marks the start of the classic Inca Trail trek. The town itself has been built over an ancient Inca city, which is a beautiful example of Inca urban planning. Take a guided tour of these Inca ruins etched into the cliffs, keeping an eye out for the legendary Temple of the Sun (composed of enormous carved blocks, stone water fountains, Incan stairs and terraces, all surrounded by the misty mountains). This evening is free for your own food adventures.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sacred Valley - Brewery Tour and Tasting
  • Sacred Valley - Moray Incan Archaelogical Site
  • Chichubamba Community Lunch - Sacred Valley
  • Archaelogical Site Visit - Ollantaytambo
Optional Activities
  • Cuzco - Coricancha Temple entrance fee - PEN15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Take a scenic drive over the Abra Malaga pass, taking in views of Veronica Mountain (the third highest in Cusco) along the way. Continue along the winding road into a mystical land of cloud and thick rainforest as you steer into Huayopata. Lunch is included on arrival into Huayopata. The drive roughly stretches for 2-3 hours without stops, travelling at a slow pace which allows you to absorb the natural beauty of the area.

Your first stop takes you to a local cacao plantation. Here, you’ll get a hands-on chance to experience the cacao production cycle – from bean to bar.

Cacao cultivation has been an important part of Central and South American history for centuries. Peruvian cacao often offers notes of cinnamon, dried fruits, floral hints and more subtleties. Decide for yourself, as you taste this coveted food at its source.

After an insightful day of learning about life on the plantation, continue towards a nearby coffee farm where you’ll spend the night. Treat yourself to a dinner made from locally sourced produce before spending the evening in your simple, yet comfortable accommodation, soaking in the surrounding countryside.
Accommodation
  • Farmstay (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The road through Huayopata is turbulent, featuring many winding roads and shifts in altitude. Pre-planning by picking up some motion sickness medication may be a good idea for travellers prone to illness.
Today offers a hands-on insight into the production of one of the world’s favourite drinks – coffee. Wake up and start the day with one of the freshest Peruvian blends you’ll ever drink before taking a guided exploration of the coffee farm.

Peruvian beans make for an excellent drop, bringing together a mellow acidity with a caramel sweetness and sometimes a nutty undertone. The sweet, medium bodied taste has made this strain a huge hit worldwide, and there’s no better place to sample these flavours than here. Experience the production cycle from crop to cup.

After an insightful morning on the plantation, farewell your hosts and drive back to Ollantaytambo. Stretch your legs before a train ride through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. Sitting at the base of Machu Picchu in a picturesque valley, this quaint town takes its name from the numerous hot springs in the area. Settle in to your hotel for a well-earned rest.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rise early for a morning tour of Machu Picchu, one of Peru's real highlights. Catching your first glimpse of the lost city of the Incas through the early morning mist is definitely a memorable moment. The ruins of this ancient (and, until 1911, secret) metropolis are beautifully located, hidden high in the Andes and surrounded by lush cloud, with the river Urubamba running through the gorge far below. Take in the amazing views and the fascinating history of the site as your local guide takes you through some of the 200 buildings, houses and temples. Then board a train back to Ollantaytambo (approximately 90 minutes).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to internal safety policy, Intrepid leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking any tours of Wayna Picchu.
Stop in at the popular Pisac market, famous for a vast array of local handicrafts. Visit a restaurant and taste delicious empanadas hot and fresh, straight from the horno (a wood-fired oven) .

For lunch, take part in an ancient cooking ritual known as 'pachamanca'. This cooking method, which dates back to the time of the Inca empire, sees meats marinaded in spices then placed in a huatia (earth oven) with a selection of root vegetables, cooked slowly over hot stones.

Your adventure comes to an end back in Cusco, where you may share one last pisco sour overlooking the Plaza de Armas. There's an optional farewell dinner this evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pachamanca Experience & Lunch - Sacred Valley
  • Pisac Market & Empanada Tasting - Sacred Valley
  • Maras - Salt Mines Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast farewell your Real Food Adventure Leader. Some of your group may be ending their adventure in Cusco too. The remainder of the day is free for you to further explore bustling Cusco.

Notes: You may want to consider purchasing a Boleto Turistico (tourism ticket) It gains access to the many fascinating museums here such as the Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum (transport & guides not included).
Please speak with your trip leader about this for more details.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will be transferred to Cusco Airport and fly to Puerto Maldonado, (approximately a 1 hour flight). On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your home for the next 2 nights, your Amazon Lodge. During this section of the trip you will have local multilingual Lodge Guides taking care of you. Their will be no group leader with you for the next couple of days.

As you begin the Amazon section of the trip, please note the Amazon section is not food based and is purely an extension for travelers wishing to visit the Amazon after your food adventure. This next section of the trip focuses on nature and wildlife.

Lodge facilities are twin share, basic but comfortable.
Accommodation
  • Jungle Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning is an early start, with breakfast at around 5–5.30 am. Embark on a jungle trek (around 11km round trip). At times the paths can get quite muddy and some people can find the trek a little exhausting, but the adventure is well worth it! Along the way there will be regular stops and you'll encounter magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. Keep an eye out for macaws, monkeys, peccaries, jabirus, otters and any number of butterfly species. The guides can also teach you about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants. Once you reach Cocococha Lake, you'll take a boat ride in search of giant otters. You’ll break for lunch, returning to the lodge. In the afternoon you will head to a 42-metre viewing tower for spectacular views of the jungle. Later on, there’s the option of venturing out into the jungle on a night walk.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Depart the lodge this morning after an early breakfast. You will be transferred from the Lodge to Puerto Maldonado Airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival into Lima, one of our local leaders will be waiting for you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel.  After checking in to the hotel, organise optional dinner plans and the leader can help you with any departure plans for tomorrow.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no planned activities today. Flights can be booked to depart at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private Vehicle, Train, Taxi, Local Bus, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), Farmstay (1 night), Jungle Lodge (2 Nights)

Included activities

  • Lima - Colonial District City & Food Walk
  • Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
  • Lima - Barranco Walk
  • Lima - Ceviche Cooking Demonstration and Lunch
  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Lima - Pisco Distillery Visit and Tasting
  • Cusco - Andean Cooking Class
  • Sacred Valley - Brewery Tour and Tasting
  • Sacred Valley - Moray Incan Archaelogical Site
  • Chichubamba Community Lunch - Sacred Valley
  • Archaelogical Site Visit - Ollantaytambo
  • Pachamanca Experience & Lunch - Sacred Valley
  • Pisac Market & Empanada Tasting - Sacred Valley
  • Maras - Salt Mines Visit

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Important notes

PASSPORT DETAILS:
Domestic airlines require passengers' full passport details to issue their tickets. It is then very important that you provide this information at the time of booking.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is available for this trip however the Plantation Farm Stay and Jungle Lodge is excluded.

INTERNAL FLIGHT:
The airline for the internal flight on this trip is with LATAM or Avianca Airlines. The maximum luggage allowance for this flight is 23kg. Intrepid will not cover the cost of excess luggage if the weight exceeds this limit, it will be at the passenger's own expense.

ITINERARY:
Please note the Amazon section of this trip: Days 10-14 are not food focused. The Amazon section is not food based and is purely an extension for travelers wishing to visit the Amazon after your food adventure, this next section of the trip focuses on nature and wildlife.

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