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Foodie Highlights: Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu

Lima, Cusco, Inca Trail, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
9 days / $3,629
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Pursue your passion for travel and fantastic food with our Sacred Valley Highlights and Machu Picchu package that includes dinner at Central, lunch at MIL, and 2 consecutive days at Machu Picchu.
PRESENTED BY VIRGILIO MARTINEZ, WINNER OF THE WORLD'S TOP CHEF AWARD & OUR CULINARY EXPERT

This 9-day tour begins in the gastronomic capital of Peru, Lima. You’ll explore the incredible sites in Lima before dining at the exclusive Central Restaurant, ranked among the top ten restaurants in the world. Explore the stunning Sacred Valley landscapes and historic archaeological sites with tours and an 8-course tasting experience at MIL Restaurant. Perspective enriched and belly full, you will travel by train into the Andean cloud forest for your grand entrance to the “Lost City” of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Make the most of your once in a lifetime experience by exploring Machu Picchu over two captivating days. Explore or hike within the ruins to see it from different a vantage point so that it’s etched into your memory forever before returning to Cusco city and, with new recipes in hand, back home.
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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.



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.



Transfer to the train station and board the train in Ollantaytambo. Disembark at the trailhead at KM 104 where your hiking journey begins. Pass archeological sites and admire stunning Andean landscapes all the way to the mystic Sun Gate into Machu Picchu.

Enjoy your first views of the Inca citadel before taking the short bus ride to Aguas Calientes for the night.



An early morning will reward 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 a mouthwatering lunch before the train journey back to the Sacred Valley. Your driver will be waiting at the station to take you back to your Sacred Valley hotel for some much-deserved rest.



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 breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.

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

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Price per person from:

Luxury Superior Comfort
Double $ 5,669 $ 4,129 $ 3,629
Single $ 9,859 $ 6,539 $ 5,469
  • 8 nights of accommodation in stated hotels.
  • Breakfast at all hotels.
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides.
  • Transfers and entrance fees.
  • Permit for 2-day Inca Trail.
  • 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
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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