“Peru is a land of plenty with diverse regions of Amazon, Pacific Coast and Andean highlands. The range of existing cultures is like a perfect mixing pot, which has in turn given the country a wealth of exquisite and tremendously varied gastronomy.“
Each region and city of Peru boasts its own famous and regional dish with unique flavors, colors and textures. For example, the highlands of Peru offer over 4,000 different types of potatoes of all shapes, colors and sizes! The Pacific Coast is able to conjure up the most amazing seafood dishes like the ever-popular ceviche where reviews tout nothing but greatness, stating that it could possibly be considered the best dish in the world. When all is said and done, the existing traditions of days gone by from even the furthest reaches of the country have bound together to make Peru a living, breathing, gastronomical paradise with infinite possibilities. This custom-made itinerary was made just for you and others looking to taste the experience of Peru.
Experience the colonial and modern areas of Lima passing outstanding monuments and historical sites like the Government Palace, the Cathedral and 17th century San Francisco Convent. Another highlight of Lima is the Larco Herrera Museum, constructed above what was once a pre-Columbian pyramid. You’ll have a guided gastronomic tour of the capital, sampling the city’s most famous dishes. The first stop is Chez Wong where you’ll enjoy an award-winning ceviche declared to be “the best dish in the world” by The Guardian in 2014. Continuing to the Miraflores district, lomo saltado and a Peruvian stir fry awaits you at Panchita or Tanta, both described as the perfect homage to Peruvian street food. The third stop on this flavorful route is Tio Mario. Here, you can try picarones for dessert or antichuchos, grilled meats cooked slowly on skewers. Finally, you arrive at the Ayahuasca Bar, for tasty cocktails.
Today you will have a transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival, you will meet your transfer to the Sacred Valley where en route you will visit Awanacancha, a textile complex known for their incredible weaving. At the site you’ll see both llamas and alpacas and experience an activity with the locals as they show you their skills passed down by centuries of practice. Afterwards you’ll continue to Urubamba to your selected hotel. (Private services).
Today you have a full day planned to explore the entire Sacred Valley of the Incas. With your private transportation you begin your first visit at Maras. This is a salt production center that has been providing salt to the area since Inca times. Not far from Maras is Moray, here you’ll see where the Inca built circular terraces to create microclimates suitable for farming various crops that grew in different regions, all together in the same place. After lunch in a local restaurant you’ll continue north to Ollantaytambo and visit a military fortress built during Inca rule and where the Inca won a battle against the Spanish. Towards the end of today’s activities, you will visit a local market in the small village of Pisac. It’s a unique experience where you’ll be surrounded by the locals who gather here to sell their handmade works, a true image of intricate and amazing craftsmanship. You will then be transferred to your selected hotel in Urubamba.
After beginning your day with a delicious breakfast you’ll be picked up for a transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station. You’ll depart by the Vistadome Valley train making your way to the enchanting site of Machu Picchu where you’ll discover the lost city. The train will stop at the foothills of the mountains in a small town called Aguas Calientes. You’ll then be provided transportation to the entrance of the Machu Picchu where your guided tour begins. Upon entering be prepared as the sight may take your breath away once you realize just how big and incredible this Incan fortress really is. Soak in the moments of this amazing engineering masterpiece of an ancient world so long ago.
Machu Picchu is also thought to be a place for astronomical observation. You can decide for yourself as you explore the ruins of the temples, palaces, living quarters and many terraces, leaving you bewildered on how the Inca were capable of such a feat.
You’ll have lunch after the visit in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge restaurant and stay the night in Aguas Calientes.
Experience the magic of Lake Titicaca visiting the islands of Uros and Taquile. The island of Uros is home to a close-knit community on a man-made island. The Uros people live interwoven with the “Totora” reed, growing in the shallows of the lake. With this they’ve built their homes, boats and island. This way of living is a tradition since before the Inca Empire. It is not a way of life, but a work of art leaving an impression for a lifetime.
You’ll also visit the island of Taquile. The community is one of the most peaceful, they live in perfect harmony with their environment. They direct their own tourism with no influence from the mainland. They wear their traditional dress and maintain a strong sense of pride and individuality, making the visit all the more interesting. You’ll have lunch here and return to Puno after.
After check out from the hotel you will have a second opportunity to explore Machu Picchu, this time without a guide, allowing you to visit the parts of the site that interest you most or get more pictures of. In the afternoon you will return via the Vistadome train that will take you to the Poroy station nearby Cusco. A transfer will be waiting to take you to your selected hotel in Cusco.
Sofia was great! I was worried about a wire transfer, but it all worked well. She was very helpful throughout the process and very responsive to emails. We had some issues with the boat, but Sofia stepped in and ensured everything went smoothly.
My travel agent Sofia was very helpful in providing information and answering my various questions promptly. While we communicated exclusively through email and text, I found her professional, personable, and knowledgeable. She even provided me with a cell number to call her if needed, but it was needed because everything went so well. I also appreciated the phone call from Maria upon arrival at my hotel in Quito to make sure I arrived okay and to reconfirm my appointment the following day with Pablo. He was a great help in assisting me with processing migration documents to enter the Galapagos Islands. This service saved me almost an hour of wait/processing time. That was an amicable extra service provided. I will be contacting Sofia when I start planning my next trip.