Luxury Peru: Art, Food & Unique Experiences
• Lima • Cuzco • Sacred Valley of the Incas • The Lost City of Machu Picchu
Peru is an ethnic melting pot, filled with a rich Andean past mixed with the influence of the Spanish conquistadors and African, Arab, Asian and European immigrants. This is best experienced through their world-famous cuisine and in the artistic expression of the country. This itinerary blends the must see sights with a range of curated art and history tours and a range of premium dining experiences at some of the best restaurants that the country has to offer.
Day 1: Lima On arrival transfer to your hotel for check in and the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Lima This morning you will enjoy a tour of colonial and modern Lima includes a visit to the impressive pre-Inca adobe pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca. You will also explore the historic heart of the city where the Presidential Palace and impressive colonial buildings surround the main square. Visit the wonderful Santo Domingo Convent which dates back almost to the time of the conquistadors, where you have the opportunity to explore the catacombs.
This afternoon you will visit the Larco Herrera Museum. Enjoy an optional lunch here in the delightful garden restaurant (additional cost applies) and then take a guided tour of the exhibitions. The museum will provide you with an excellent insight into the Inca world you are about to visit.
Your guide can help you choose from a number world class restaurants in Lima to dine at this evening and assist with reservations.
Day 3: Lima This morning enjoy an authentic experience, dining at a local cevicheria. Ceviche is Peru's most famous and well-known dish and you will learn all about the process of how it is prepared and eaten today. You will dine with renowned chef Diego Alcantara who will tell you about the history of ceviche and how Japan has influenced the dish, and many other traditional recipes in Peru. Then you will enjoy a private art tour with the curator of the Art Museum of Lima, known as MALI. What better way to understand 3,000 years of Peruvian history than through 1,200 samples of the country's finest art. The museum, which is housed in an ironwork palace originally built by the same company that created the Eiffel Tower, contains some of the most important artwork in Latin America, with everything from pre-Columbian and Inca ceramics, textiles to modern abstract works.
This evening you will enjoy dinner in a 16th century colonial mansion in Lima, Casa de Aliaga which has passed through an incredible 17 generations of the Aliaga family. You will enjoy a gourmet dinner with one of the current family owners, Wilma Ehni de Aliaga.
The exquisite aesthetics of the mansion, which was built almost 500 years ago, are beautifully preserved. The house was built on top of the former Inca palace, Taulichusco. Marvel at the antique furnishings and artwork that adorn every inch of this enchanting house; a true icon of Lima.
Day 4: Lima> Cuzco > Sacred Valley Today you will fly to Cuzco. On arrival you will be met and driven into the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you will spend 2 nights. Enjoy a gourmet lunch with a scenic view of the Andes and visit to Pablo Seminario's pottery workshop. Pablo is internationally known for his contemporary pottery based on pre-Inca techniques and designs. A visit to his studio is an unforgettable experience, but the highlight is meeting Pablo himself: a talkative, spontaneous artist who has dedicated the last 40 years to his art.
Day 5: Sacred Valley Today's private tour includes several great highlights of the area. The first stop will be Maras, an amazing collection of over 3,000 salt ponds where the local Indians have been extracting this precious commodity since well before Inca times. Continue to the intriguing Inca agricultural experiment at Maras, famous for its impressive circular terracing, a marvel of engineering.
Enjoy lunch at the best restaurant in the Sacred Valley. MIL Centro was opened by Virgilio Martinez, the mastermind behind one of the top 5 restaurants in the world. The restaurant is located above the terraces of Moray and the cuisine is designed to reflect the 8 ecosystems found at the high altitude in the area.
After lunch visit the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo, scene of one of the last great battles between the Inca and the Spanish conquistadors. Return late afternoon to your Sacred Valley hotel. You will enjoy a delicious dinner this evening at the elegant Hacienda Huayoccari, founded in the 17th century by the Lambarri Orihuela family.
This country mansion offers a stunning view of the Urubamba River Valley. Enjoy a walk through the gardens and admire the excellent art collection that is housed in the Hacienda. Dinner will be a memorable experience and food is created with organic fresh produce grown at the estate itself.
Day 6: Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu This morning you will take a scenic 90-minute train journey to the ancient Incan complex of Machu Picchu. On arrival you will have lunch at Tinkuy restaurant at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located at the entrance of the ruins. Then enjoy a private tour of the ruins with your guide.
Undiscovered until 1911, Machu Picchu more than justifies its title as one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. Learn about the history, architecture and lifestyle of the inhabitants as your guide takes you on a full circuit of the site. There will be some free time afterwards for photographs or quiet contemplation before returning to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes for your overnight stay.
Day 7: Machu Picchu > Cuzco There is time this morning for a second entry to Machu Picchu (at additional cost) or to explore the markets of Aguas Calientes. Transfer by train back to Ollantaytambo and visit the nearby weavers village of Chincheros. Here you will meet master weaver Nilda Callanaupa who encouraged the women of Chinchero to create the first women's weaving cooperative in the region, an initiative that changed the course of weaving history.
Initially funded by a grant from National Geographic, without her dedication and vision this ancient tradition - vital to Inca and current social structure of the village - would have been lost. Experience a hands-on step-by-step demonstration of the entire weaving process, from making thread on the drop spindle to dying the yarn with natural plants, warping the back-strap loom, and weaving the intricate designs representative of the Andean world. Visit the ruins of Chinchero and then transfer back to Cuzco.
This evening you will head to the restaurant Baco, a perfect spot to wine and dine on Andean fusion cuisine in an informal environment.
Day 8: Cuzco This morning you will meet local art expert Jeremy Cornejo who will take you on a walking tour of the city. Stroll through the streets, steeped in history and where you can see flawless Incan stonework.
Visit some of the local galleries and museums, followed by the city's impressive cathedral, located in the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cuzco. You will have the privilege to view the Archbishop's Private Collection of the Corpus Christi here.
Enjoy lunch at Green's Organic restaurant, home to dishes created from organic ingredients harvested from the restaurant's garden in the Urubamba Valley and a wide range of craft beers.
You will then have some time at leisure before partaking in a private cooking class. Today you will gain a unique insight into Peru's distinct food, culture, and culinary history. Pay a visit to the colourful San Pedro market and purchase a range of regional ingredients such as red quinoa, purple corn, and yellow aji pepper that you will use as part of your class today. Proceed to a rooftop kitchen, from where you will be able to enjoy a scenic view over Cuzco while cooking and enjoying the meal you have created.
Day 9: Cuzco > Lima Today you will transfer to the airport and fly back to Lima. On arrival check into your hotel and the remainder of the day will be at leisure.
Day 10: Lima This morning enjoy a visit to the bohemian artist district of Barranco, where you will take a walking tour before visiting the stunning bright blue historic residence of Barbosa that houses Las Pallas art gallery, which was founded 27 years ago by the charismatic Welsh immigrant Mari Solari and displays traditional crafts and folk art from the three major regions of Peru: coast, Andes and Amazon.
You will then have some time for lunch (not included), and we recommend you visit the stylish renovated tavern Isolina Taberna Peruana. Founded in 1906 the restaurant offers criollo cuisine, which is home style cooking, inherited from Spanish and African slave immigrants.
Travel to the residential neighbourhood of San Isidro to view one of the world's most exquisite private colonial art collections in the residence of the late Eduardo Barbosa and his wife Silvia Stern.
Silvia and son Aldo will personally guide you through the myriad of Vice-regal masterpieces of their family collection, including painting, sculptures, silverware and art objects that elucidate more than four centuries of Spanish art.
At the end of your tour, transfer back to your hotel for some time at leisure
Day 11: Lima Today you will transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
• Tailor-made tour with VIP English speaking local guides and local art and food experts • Personal meet and greet on arrival • 10 nights of accommodation • Transfers and transport on a private basis • Sightseeing and entrance fees • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners • Flights Lima > Cuzco
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Single pricing is based on a Single room for someone travelling with another.
Single 'travelling alone' price is available on request.
Single pricing is based on a Single room for someone travelling with another. Single 'travelling alone' price is available on request.