Peru is home to colorful dishes inspired by the country’s diverse geography and rich ethnic make-up.
In recent years, Peru has established itself as more than a destination known only for its history and archaeology. It has emerged as one of the most exciting culinary destinations in South America, crowned by some as the “Gastronomic Capital” of the continent.
It is unsurprising that it is an emerging culinary powerhouse given the country’s variety in geographic landscapes, each home to its own myriad of natural ingredients. From the abundant and delicious seafood of the coast, the thousands of types of potatoes in the highlands, to the unique fruits and chilies of the Amazon, there is no shortage of inspiration from which chefs and cooks can source. Throughout its history, Peru’s flavors, ingredients and cooking styles have also been influenced by the Spanish, Chinese, African, and Japanese, and combined with its native bounty, have shaped the country’s interesting culinary landscape.
During your trip, experience traditional cooking methods such as pachamanca and enjoy innovative, high-end dining in world-renowned restaurants, perfectly exemplifying Sapore’s “best of both worlds” philosophy. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget to include a visit to the incredible Machu Picchu!
Day 1 — Arrival
Arrival in Lima. Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Welcome dinner.
Day 2 — Lima
Half-day culinary excursion followed by an afternoon of flexible city touring. Evening cocktail experience and Amazonian dinner.
Day 3 — Lima
Morning market visit and cooking class. Afternoon at leisure. Late night Afro-Peruvian experience.
Day 4 — Lima to Sacred Valley
Private transfer to Lima airport. Flight to Cusco. Afternoon touring en route to hotel in the Sacred Valley for 2 nights.
Day 5 — Sacred Valley
Full-day cultural and culinary tour with private guide and driver. Evening at leisure.
Day 6 — Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Train to Machu Picchu. Private tour of the site with expert guide. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Machu Picchu.
Day 7 — Machu Picchu to Cusco
Morning visit to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to Cusco for 2 nights. Evening at leisure.
Day 8 — Cusco
Morning cooking class. Afternoon city tour with private guide. Evening at leisure.
Day 9 — Cusco to Lima
Private transfer to airport for flight to Lima for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner.
Day 10 — Departure
Private transfer to airport for international departure.
Pisco and wine experiences in southern Peru.
Fine dining in Lima
Lima’s food scene is one not to be missed. Several of the capital’s top restaurants are consistently featured in San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants list, one of which has recently climbed to No. 4 in the world. We’ll curate the perfect restaurant line-up, secure reservations, and when possible, arrange for you to meet with the masterminds behind some of the world’s best dining experiences.
Visit to Machu Picchu
This man-made marvel is the main destination on most travelers’ trips to Peru, and for good reason. Situated high on a mountain ridge at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, the magnificent ruins are the symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive and powerful empires in Latin American history, the Incas!
Lima Food Tour
Sample some of the flavors that have helped put Peru on the world food map. Visit a market brimming with local ingredients, some of which you likely have never seen before, and stop at a traditional bodega in one of Lima’s quiet residential neighborhoods for some popular classics such as causita and pulpo al olivo. Enjoy a pick-me-up, Peruvian coffee in a café in Barranco, the artsy and bohemian district of Lima, and snack on some sweet treats like picarones or suspiros.
When it comes to the national liquor, Peruvians are fiercely proud – and for good reason! Distilled from grapes into a high-proof spirit, pisco has been produced in Peru for over 500 years and is growing significantly more popular here in the States. With the help of some of Lima’s top bartenders, sample a selection of the finest piscos and try to pick out the highly distinctive characteristics of each grape varietal used.
Lima Market Tour & Cooking Demo
This hands-on experience gets everyone involved! With your private chef, search for local and seasonal ingredients from a nearby market and help prepare some Peruvian classics in the chef’s beautiful home overlooking the Pacific. Enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch and gain insight about life in Peru from a local’s perspective.
Amazonian Dining Experience
The Amazon Rainforest is the country’s largest and most biodiverse region. Sample some of the intriguing indigenous ingredients in one of Lima’s most exciting and innovative restaurants. Start the evening off with cocktails featuring Amazonian fruits like camu camu, carambola, and tumbo, and finish with an exceptional and memorable meal showcasing some of the other exotic ingredients the rainforest has to offer.
Sacred Valley Pachamanca
Peru’s Sacred Valley, with its milder temperatures and lower elevation, was a major agricultural hub for the Incas and continues to serve as a “bread basket” for Cusco and other parts of the country today. And what better way to experience this fertile land than having a meal sourced directly from one of its organic farms. See first-hand how to prepare a traditional Pachamanca, a meal consisting of meats, potatoes, and vegetables cooked with wood-fired stones. As your meal cooks in this earth oven, tour the farm and learn about different produce growing in the area. Afterwards, unearth your meal and sit down for a delicious al fresco lunch.
One of the best ways to truly get a feel for the soul of a city is through its nightlife. Following some pisco sours in one of Barranco’s many hip bars, head over to a nearby traditional peña, a popular meeting place and musical venue to enjoy drinks, some snacks and dance the night away to live criolla music, a traditional style of Peruvian music with African, European, and Andean influences.
The nation’s capital, a sprawling city perched on the coast of the Pacific with over 8 million people, may be a bit chaotic at times, but is rich in history, art, and especially gastronomy!