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Foodie Highlights: Historical Peru

Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nazca, Cusco, Lima & Machu Picchu
13 days / $4,859
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Discover the country’s most intriguing places from the Nazca Lines to Machu Picchu as you revel in gourmet cuisine and learn about Peruvian ingredients. Our Historical Peru package is the perfect itinerary if you’re searching for a travel experience full of world-class culinary experiences, stories full of mystery, history, and impressive human accomplishments.
PRESENTED BY VIRGILIO MARTINEZ, WINNER OF THE WORLD'S TOP CHEF AWARD & OUR CULINARY EXPERT

Add some zest to a typical Machu Picchu tour by flying over the Nazca Lines, dining at Central Restaurant, ranked among the top ten restaurants in the world, and venturing into Colca Canyon. You’ll explore the white stone architecture and local-cuisine of Arequipa, indulge in an 8-course tasting menu at MIL in the Sacred Valley, and discover Machu Picchu with your expert private guide.
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Our Inca Expert Travel representative will greet you upon arrival at the Lima airport. Your private transfer will bring you to your confirmed luxury Lima hotel. Here you’ll be briefed about your trip and provided with everything needed for your upcoming journey.

Use your first day to rejuvenate yourself by resting or enjoying hotel spa services. If arriving early to Lima, take a scenic walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco for views of Lima’s gorgeous coastline, or dine at one of the many gourmet restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.



Start your morning with a gourmet breakfast at your luxury hotel, before visiting the Historic Center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After lunch at one of the top restaurants in Lima, resume your afternoon with a walking tour around the artsy Barranco district. Learn about its history as you gaze at colonial mansions, taste Peruvian flavors, and immerse yourself in its sounds and smells.

Finally, enjoy an epic 11-course tasting menu at Central, one of the top 10 restaurants in the world.



This morning you’ll transfer aboard a comfortable first-class bus to the town of Pisco. Watch the coastal landscapes roll by before arriving at the Pisco airport. Store your luggage here, then board a small aircraft for a thrilling flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.

Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to your Paracas hotel to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. We recommend you relax by the pool and take in the stunning sunset over Paracas Bay.



Ballestas Islands is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the Earth and today you will embark on a 2-hour boat tour to experience it for yourself. Hear the roars of sea lions and witness teeming colonies of seabirds as they dive into the waters and soar above you. You may even spot dolphins and Humboldt penguins.

After the tour, enjoy the bus ride back to your Lima hotel for one last dinner in the capital city.



Fly to Arequipa where you’ll meet our representative to transfer you to your hotel. After some free time, your guide will meet you back at your hotel for a private tour of Arequipa’s highlights. Take a closer look at the mestizo baroque architecture, visit the San Ignacio Chapel, the imposing Basilica Cathedral, and the mini city of Santa Catalina Monastery. Then you’ll drive to a lookout point for views of the elegant Arequipa city framed by Misti Volcano.



The 3-hour drive from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon passes through the extraordinary landscapes of the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca. Pristine landscapes dotted with animals grazing makes for fantastic photography opportunities. Before the descent, you’ll reach Patapampa Pass at a staggering elevation of 16,109 feet (4,910 meters).

Stop in Chivay village for lunch, visit Calera Hot Springs, and continue to your lodge for a relaxing night. After sunset, we recommend you peer up at the starlit skies untouched by light pollution.



Your guide will meet you early this morning, the choice time to view condors, and bring you to Mirador Cruz del Condor where you’ll gaze in awe at the size of the condors gliding on thermal drifts over the gaping canyon below.

Return to Chivay for lunch and then begin the 3 hour drive back to your Arequipa hotel.



Upon arrival in Cusco, you’ll be met by an Inca Expert representative who will brief you about your trip. Your private driver will then take you through the cobblestone streets of Cusco on the way to the nearby Sacred Valley. As you leave the city, admire the landscapes roll full of lush fields and distant snow-capped mountains.

You’ll have time to stop for an appetizing lunch before visiting the spectacular Maras salt mines. These ancient pools on terraced mountainsides collect natural saltwater that crystallizes and can be harvested. Take in the spectacular views and purchase some of this natural salt at a local market near the site.



After enjoying breakfast at your Sacred Valley hotel, your tour guide will meet you and bring you to the breathtaking Ollantaytambo fortress. Learn about its history and take in the views before being taken to MIL restaurant. Winner of the world’s top chef award Virgilio Martinez created this restaurant to explore Andean ingredients and bring you a delicious food experience with incomparable views: the Incan ruin of Moray.

Enjoy your 8-course lunch at MIL included in your tour package, and then explore this enigmatic site with your expert tour guide.

After a private transfer back to your Sacred Valley hotel, relax and take it easy with spa services or star gazing.



An early morning rewards you with a momentous day of exploring the “lost city of the Incas”. Your private tour guide will take you through the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu, discussing the mystery and skill of its construction as you absorb the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin.

Return to Aguas Calientes for the train journey back to Cusco where your driver will be waiting at the station to take you to your hotel for some much deserved rest.

Upgrade options:
Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for views over the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu.



After a sublime breakfast with spectacular views of the Andes Mountains, you’ll visit the Pisac ruins with time to visit the famous Pisac Market as you learn about its history and importance. After you’ve had your fill of shopping, your journey continues on to Cusco. After lunch, you’ll visit the Cusco Cathedral and the most important temple of the Inca Empire: Coricancha. Indulge in the flavors and sites of the bustling San Pedro Market where your guide will point out the locally-grown fruits and vegetables, some new and some familiar. Next, head into the San Blas neighborhood to watch artisans at work and purchase some unique Peruvian souvenirs.



Enjoy Peruvian ingredients alongside American breakfast classics at your luxury hotel. Today in Cusco you’ll visit the Inca ruins of Q’enqo and Sacasyhuamán which overlook the city. Explore these enigmatic sites with your private guide who will point out important details and little-known facts about these fascinating sites. You’ll be dropped off at your luxury Cusco hotel after your tour.

Your Inca Expert Travel Advisor will be glad to share personalized restaurant recommendations and tips for how to spend your free time.



Enjoy a final delectable breakfast at your luxury Cusco hotel. Our Inca Expert representative will meet you in time to transfer you to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s world wonders.

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Price per person from:

Luxury Superior Comfort
Double $ 6,879 $ 5,689 $ 4,859
Single $ 10,579 $ 8,999 $ 7,539
  • 10 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • Nazca Lines overflight
  • Dinner at Central with 14-course tasting menu. Beverages not included
  • Lunch at MIL with 8-course tasting menu. Beverages not included
  • Vistadome Trains: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
  • Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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