Located in the heart of South America, Peru has been a fabled destination as the cradle of Andean civilization and its unique biodiversity. Unsurprisingly, Peru´s rich cultural and natural heritage has translated into an exciting, delicious and ever creative cuisine that is attracting the curious attention of the world.

Experience an exciting ten-day journey through Lima and Cusco, in the heart of Peru. Meet the people, who are shaping the future of Peruvian cuisine today, and visit the places that ignited the passion for this ancient great civilization.

Upon arrival to Lima, meet your host, a Peruvian gourmand and Pisco connoisseur, and who´s led trips in Peru for some of the most discerning travelers over the past 20 years. Your host will introduce you to world renowned figures such as Gastón Acurio at Astrid & Gastón, No. 39 in the World´s 50 Best List, ambassador and pioneer of the Peruvian cuisine diffusion worldwide. Chocolatier extraordinaire and co-owner of Astrid & Gastón, Astrid Gutsche will let us enjoy some of the finest chocolate made with native Peruvian cacao. Mitsuharu Tsumura and his Nikkei style at Maido, No.7 in the World´s 50 Best List. And of course, Virgilio Martínez at his recently relocated and widely acclaimed Central, No.6 in the World´s 50 Best List.

Pisco, a fine Peruvian spirit distilled from grapes is something not to be missed. Enjoy its distinctive flavor and versatility with sommelier Lucero Villagarcía and bartender Roberto Meléndez. Historical Lima and the Larco Herrera Museum are a must when visiting the capital city of Peru. You will also have the opportunity to visit the art district of Lima, Barranco to experience the contemporary side of this eclectic and ebullient city.

Crossing the Andes, you will arrive at Cusco, ancient capital city of the Inka Empire. 37 miles from the historical city of Cusco, is the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, where you will find your retreat in the middle of the mountains, at Tambo Del Inka Luxury Collection, a delightful modern property with the best spa in the country. At only five miles away, overlooking the impressive Inka farm center remains of Moray is MIL, a rural take on sophisticated Andean cuisine by Virgilio Martínez. MIL is also home to Mater Iniciativa, Virgilio´s think tank and source of inspiration for his brilliant culinary proposals.

The best way to embark on a journey to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Inkas is definitely aboard the Hiram Bingham luxury train by Belmond. You will visit the fabled citadel and enjoy its incredible architecture surrounded by breathtaking scenery and nature.

Upon return from Machu Picchu, indulge at acclaimed Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. From here, you will explore the beautiful historical center of the Inka capital city.

Memorable Moments

History, Culture and Art

Magnificent Meals

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 – Lima – Arrival Day
Day 2 – Lima – Colonial Art & Architecture of Historic Center
Day 3 – Lima – Culinary Tour: Ceviche Master Class;
Day 4 – Sacred Valley – Archaeological Sites & Traditional Weavings;
Day 5 – Sacred Valley –Ollantaytambo, Moray and Maras Salt Terraces at Maras;
Day 6 – Machu Picchu – Hiram Bingham Train & Comprehensive Tour;
Day 7 – Cusco – San Pedro Food Market & Historic Tour;
Day 8 – Cusco – Puno – On board “Belmond Andean Explorer” Train to Arequipa;
Day 9 – Lake Titicaca – Boat Ride to Uros Islands & Sunrise at Lake Titicaca
Day 10 – Lake Lagunillas & Sumbay Caves - Return to Lima.


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Full Itinerary

Evening meet and greet at Jorge Chavez International Airport at Callao, near Lima. Transfer by private transportation to Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Following breakfast, wander down colonial alleyways and past grand plazas on this tour of the top architectural and historical sites in Lima. From the depths of the catacombs at the UNESCO-listed San Francisco Convent to the extensive antiques collection at the top-rated Larco Museum, this tour will introduce you to the city’s best-kept attractions within a single day. Enjoy a private Pisco tasting with Lucero Villagarcía, Pisco mixology class with Roberto Meléndez.
In the evening, visit Miraflores district and dine at renowned “Maido restaurant” for an introduction to Peruvian Nikkei cuisine by Mitsuharu Tsumura.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodations: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Get hands-on experience preparing some of Peru’s most iconic dishes and shopping at a local market during this Lima cooking class. First stop by the market to pick out fresh meat and produce, discovering the incredible diversity of ingredients in Peruvian cuisine. Then head to the kitchen choosing to prepare a choice of fish, chicken, beef or vegetarian dish like ‘Ceviche’ or ‘Lomo Saltado,’ learning the necessary steps in fun, relaxed atmosphere.
In the afternoon, visit Mario Testino Museum to see works by the iconic fashion photographer. Browse art from independent artists at Dédalo Arts & Crafts market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Belmond Hotel

Transfer to Jorge Chavez International Airport for flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley. En route to your hotel, visit Sacsayhuaman archaeological site and Awanacancha South American Camelids Center. Enjoy a local Peruvian lunch at Hacienda Huayoccari and visit Pre-Columbian, Incan and Colonial private collection museum. After Lunch, explore the vibrant textiles of Peru’s Sacred Valley. This fabulous day will end with Andean music and dinner at Tambo Del Inka Luxury Collection.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Hacienda Huoayoccari.
Accommodation: Tambo Del Inka Luxury Collection.

Visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest occupied settlement in the Americas. The site shows how the Incas inhabited and functioned in their cities making it a fascinating place to explore. There is a fortress at the top of the hill which is particularly interesting to investigate for the techniques used in its construction.
Visit of two of the most interesting and unique Inca archaeological sites in Peru: Maras, an open system of terraces that has been used for centuries to harvest salt from a stream of mineral rich water that comes from within the mountain; and the “green houses” of the Incas in Moray with an impressive deep amphitheater like terrace swirling around in agriculture beauty.
Dine at Virgilio’s newly opened Mil Restaurant in this one-of-a-kind experience that really has to be tasted to be believed. Set on the edge of the ruins at Moray, 11,500 feet above sea level, is a new restaurant from Virgilio Martinez, MIL. It’s eight-step menu, paired with infusions prepared in house such as sun-dried cacao nib tea, showcases strictly regional ingredients.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tambo Del Inka Luxury Collection.

Early in the morning, transfer to the train station to board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train up to Mach Picchu. As you glide through the Andes, sample artisanal delights during brunch on board. Explore the breathtaking citadel with an expert guided tour and have time for self-exploration. Afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary lodge and transfer to Machu Picchu train station. Indulgence is key as you enjoy a decadent dinner with delicious regional wines. Arrival at Poroy Station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.

You will have time to walk through historical districts with cobble stone streets, see fine examples of colonial architecture, visit the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, Qoricancha Sun Temple, San Blas art district and San Pedro food market where the locals shop.
After you have explored some of the remarkable sites in and around Cusco, though, head to MAP Museum to get a better understanding of Inca history and customs. The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art – MAP Cusco is a unique experience that transports the visitor 3000 years to the past to learn about the mythical creative spirit of the women and men who gave rise to the Inca Empire. Return to your hotel before a special farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.

Embark on the ultimate Peruvian journey from Cusco to Arequipa in style, visiting charming Puno and the majestic Lake Titicaca.
In a luxurious cabin, begin your trip southeast towards Puno.
Savor your lunch on board and after, disembark to visit Raqch’i. Once an important control point for the Incas, it is today a fascinating archaeological site brimming with history. Return to the train and soak up the sensational sunset over La Raya Mountain range before dinner on board. Continue your journey to Lake Titicaca where it will stable for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Cabin at Andean Explorer –Belmond.

Today’s tour explores the eclectic beauty and rich diversity of life on Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and home to many islands. First, you’ll take a traditional boat ride out to Uros islands, stunning man-made lands carefully created from woven reeds that are constantly being replenished. Continue on to Taquile island, a beautiful island with a way of live barely touched by time. Enjoy a private lunch on Collata Beach, with demonstrations from traditional dancers and artesans. Enjoy afternoon tea at the station before departing on to Arequipa. Later, anticipate a final delicious dinner, before retiring to your cabin for a restful night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Cabin at Andean Explorer –Belmond.

Enjoy breakfast before setting off on an early morning excursion to the mesmerizing rugged scenery of Lake Lagunillas. Afterwards, visit Sumbay Caves, home to fascinating cave paintings that estimated to be almost 8,000 years old. Return to the train for lunch as the train continues to Arequipa. Here we bid farewell as you disembark, either for a panoramic city tour or your transfer to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Trip Extension
You may choose to leave the train early at Cañahuas and continue on to explore Colca Canyon. A sweeping area of breathtaking beauty and one of the world’s deepest canyons, you’ll spot countless example of Inca and Pre-Inca architecture alongside alpacas, eagles and them mighty Andean condor.

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Currently, proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test is required to enter Peru that is no more than 72 hours old after being issued and before boarding the plane. Given the fluidity of the situation, updated entry requirements will be provided 30 days prior to travel.

A passport valid for six months is required to enter and depart Peru. Tourists must also provide evidence of return or onward travel. Citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile may enter the country with their national identity document. Check with your nearest Peru Consulate to determine entry requirements.

A current yellow fever vaccination is a must ( you will be required to show it to the Health Ministry representatives); CDC recommends anti-malarial vaccine when visiting Peru. All travelers should visit either a travel health clinic or their personal physician 4-8 weeks before departure.

Peru is a year-round travel destination. But the best time of the year to travel to Peru is during dry season ( May to October) with daytime temperatures of 18-25º C / 65-77º F. Rainy season runs from December to March, with daytime temperatures of 20-26º C / 68-79º F. The highest chance of rain is usually in late January and February.

You can never predict altitude sickness; you may not even get it. Physical fitness, age, and gender have no bearing on whether you will get altitude sickness. Symptoms usually develop within the first day at altitude (when reaching heights above 2,500 m/8,000 ft above sea level). Since Cusco is at an elevation of 3400m (11,154ft above sea level) we head to Urubamba first, because the lower altitude makes a huge difference to prevent altitude sickness and acclimate.

To prevent acute mountain sickness, we start our journey in the Sacred Valley, which, by nature, is lower in elevation than the surrounding mountains. This will help minimize the unpleasant effects of altitude sickness. On your first day in the Sacred Valley, we take things easy, drink plenty of fluids and we don’t plan any strenuous treks until you’ve acclimatized.

Tour rates do not include international flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately, and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. Alternatively, we can help you arrange these flights.

Once I book my trip, what information and materials will I receive?

Those who want to have an immersive experience with the culture and lifestyle of Peru. Typically, we have couples and friends who come along for a unique, relaxing and exhilarating experience together. We will have culinary artists who want a close-up look at the origins of Peruvian food and want to meet renown Peruvian chefs to see firsthand how traditional Peruvian food is made.

After you sign up for a trip with us, you will receive several pre-trip mailings with specific information about your destination and journey. Besides, you will be able to download our app and have your own password. You will have access to your itinerary, real-time flight alerts and relevant information to help you prepare for your trip.

Included meals are mentioned in the itinerary. In major cities where there is a wide variety of restaurants, we usually do not include meals, to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Special diets should be requested on the Ideas South America booking form.

We work very closely with our guests to accommodate any dietary requirements that they may have. During the planning process, we provide a pre-tour form which we ask guests to complete for our chefs to plan meals accordingly.

Given Peru’s diverse geography, you’re likely to experience different climates whatever time of year you travel. We strongly recommend brining layers which makes it easier to deal with changing temperatures, especially in the Andes. Once you book your trip with us, we provide detailed packing lists and updated useful information.

Phone and internet coverage is quite good in cities and even some rural areas, including Machu Picchu – though there is no phone coverage on the train ride to Machu Picchu. Most foreign smartphones work in the region if you have an international calling and data plan. If your phone is unlocked you can buy a local SIM card that will work for use while traveling.

Yes. You are required to have full travel insurance cover. We strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance policy that also includes trip cancellation and other travel mishaps (e.g. flight cancellations or delays, trip interruption, theft or loss of luggage and personal effects).

If you are planning to travel during high season (mid-December through end of February) we recommend to book your trip 12-15 months in advance. Most people book their December vacations a year in advance, and so should you. If you are planning to travel during mid-season you can start booking 8-6 months in advance.

For tours of groups of 8 or more, a discount is available, depending on the tour. Please contact for more information.