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Cusco: Wealth of the Andes

Cusco: Wealth of the Andes

$2642 / per person
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Itinerary summary:

Day 1:

You will arrive at Lima and check in your hotel.

Day 2:

You will get to know the artsy district of Callao: a place where many cultures merge. You will find colonial forts, European-style squares, urban art, and excellent seafood. Then, you will try traditional Peruvian dishes through an innovative tasting menu, and end the day with a luxurious Nikkei dinner.

Day 3:

You will visit the local market to taste and learn about our exotic fruits and other unique Peruvian products. Lunch will be a very local experience in which you will taste the flavors of the coast, highlands, and rainforest of Peru, all in one place!

Day 4:

You will visit the San Pedro Market to know and taste incredible Andean ingredients. Then, you will learn local cooking techniques in a participatory class near the Plaza de Armas with a professional chef.

Day 5:

You will be part of an exclusive tasting of a wine made of Oca, a native tuber. This exotic wine is the product of an agricultural engineer’s hard work who belongs to the fourth generation of local farmers. Lunch will be an unparalleled experiential tourism experience. You will share the life of a family in the community of Misminay and then take a walk with them to enjoy the wonderful views of the terraces of Moray. The day will end with an intimate dinner with the community and a night of glamping in beautiful tents.

Day 6:

You will taste the roots of Andean culture through an ancient lunch prepared in an underground stone oven and enjoy activities such as paddle boarding or kayaking in a beautiful lagoon. Then, you will witness the unearthing of the food and enjoy lunch surrounded by nature and stunning views.

Day 7:

This morning, you will explore Ollantaytambo, an important Inca archaeological center, on a privately guided tour. Afterward, you will head to Yanahuara to visit a traditional Cusco home, where you will learn how some Andean vegetables are grown and will be able to participate in the daily tasks of a family-owned small farm. You will also share a delicious lunch with organic ingredients harvested directly from the farm. Before returning to the hotel, you will stop at a traditional “chichería” to taste the Chicha de Jora (maize beer) and learn about its importance in the Andean culture and the preparation techniques.

Day 8:

You will start this day by visiting the town and ruins of Pisac. There, you will discover its incredible history and stroll through its beautiful square and the picturesque Andean handicraft market. To top off this journey, Maria del Pilar and Joseph, agricultural producers, will welcome you to their beautiful colonial hacienda. You will enjoy a unique afternoon learning first-hand about the giant white corn of the Sacred Valley, its production, and the hacienda’s life. You will be amazed by a 4-course lunch based on corn and other local ingredients.

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5 days, 4 nights
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Tour Plan

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Day 1:

Arrival to Lima

You will be transferred to your private apartment
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Day 2:

Artistic district

This day is dedicated to discovering Callao: a place where many cultures merge. This part of the city, home to Peru's main port and airport, is packed with history. Here you will find colonial forts, European-style plazas, urban art, and excellent seafood. The visit will start at La Punta: a traditional beach town located on a small peninsula near the airport. You will also visit the city's artistic part: Callao Monumental, the main point of street art and murals decor that holds new avant-garde art galleries along with classic marine food restaurants.

Tasting Callao

For lunch, you can choose between an haute cuisine restaurant located next to the port that offers a breathtaking view of the quay cranes or try different interpretations of traditional Peruvian flavors through a tasting menu in a friendly restaurant in the heart of Callao Monumental.

Nikkei dinner

The day will end with a dinner at Osaka, awarded as the 4th best restaurant in Peru. In this experience, specially designed for PWS travelers, the selected dishes will make you discover the most delicious flavors of Nikkei culture, surrounded by an architecture that perfectly combines Peruvian and Japanese motifs in a luxurious environment.
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Day 3:

Discovering native foods

You can open this day by taking a walk through one of the best open-air markets in Lima or visiting a bio-market where you will taste native products and street food from the area.

Peruvian flavors*

For lunch, you will discover the different flavors from the Peruvian coast, highlands, and rainforest. Learn how to cook a delicious ceviche and prepare Pisco Sour, our flag drink, all in one place! You will enjoy this immersive experience with a local host from Peru Well Served.

Lima-Cusco flight

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight to the city of Cusco.
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Day 4:

Local market

The journey begins with a visit to Cusco's gastronomy center, the San Pedro Market, to taste and learn about authentic Andean ingredients such as tamales, guinea pig, pork rinds, cheeses, and local bread.

Andean cooking workshop

Then, you will learn Andean cooking techniques in a participatory class near the Plaza de Armas: a 4-course menu with a professional chef.

City tour

In the afternoon, you will do a walking city tour accompanied by a local guide.
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Day 5:

Oca wine tasting

Then, you will learn about the work of a brilliant agricultural engineer, belonging to a family of local farmers, who decided to turn his tubers into the new star of Peruvian gastronomy. He devised a way to enhance the Oca, a tuber rich in antioxidants and natural sugar, and turn it into an alcoholic drink that we are sure you will love.

Experiential tourism & Glamping in Misminay

For lunch, you will arrive in the community of Misminay, located in the surroundings of Moray, and have an afternoon with a local family. After settling in some beautiful luxury tents to spend the night glamping, you will be able to share different activities with the community such as the elaboration of adobe and corn chicha, fishing in the lagoon, identification and collection. of medicinal plants, carved in stone and wood, among others. An immersive experience of total experiential tourism.

Maras y Moray

Accompanied by your host family, you will hike to the impressive salt mines of Maras and Moray's terraces. Then, you will have the afternoon to rest and enjoy the incredible views.

Dinner with the community

To close the day, you will spend an unforgettable night sharing an intimate dinner with your host family of the Misminay community.
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Day 6:

Pachamanca in Piuray

After breakfast in Misminay, you will go to an impressive lagoon, where you will have an experience that will allow you to taste the roots of the Andean culture: an ancient lunch prepared in an underground stone oven. While the land does its work and the food cooks, you can enjoy outdoor activities, such as paddle boarding or kayaking, in the beautiful lagoon. Then, you will witness the unearthing of the food and enjoy a lunch surrounded by nature and stunning views. This pachamanca is prepared by cooks from the community, who have merged their culinary tradition with professional chefs' knowledge over time —the perfect ingredients for an unbeatable experience.
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Day 7:

Ollantaytambo

This morning, you will get to know Ollantaytambo in depth. A local guide will accompany you through the paths of this important archaeological, religious and cultural center of the Inca Empire.

Farm to Table

Afterward, you will go to Yanahuara to visit Valentin's farm. It is a traditional Cusco home where you will learn how certain Andean products are grown, and you will even be able to participate in the tasks of his family that lives from agriculture in Cusco. Then, you will share a delicious lunch with organic ingredients directly from his farm.

Chichería

Before returning to the hotel, you will stop at a traditional chichería to taste Chicha de Jora and learn about the preparation techniques and the importance of this drink for Andean families.
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Day 8:

Pisac

On this journey's last day, you will visit the ruins of Pisac to discover its unbelievable history and then stroll through the town's beautiful plaza and Andean handicraft market.

Sarapampa hacienda

To top off this journey, Maria del Pilar and Joseph, third-generation giant white corn producers, will welcome you to their beautiful colonial hacienda. Together with them, you will enjoy a unique afternoon learning first-hand about the giant white corn of the Sacred Valley (the only one in the world with a designation of origin!), its production, and the hacienda's life. You will be amazed by a 4-course lunch based on corn and other local ingredients. At the proper time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
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