Delight your senses with this 8-day gastronomic tour of Peru. Take in the historical and cultural highlights of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Lima while touring and tasting your way through vibrant and varied regional cuisine. Discover some of the world's best produce markets, take an authentic home-cooking lesson, and immerse yourself in a gourmet farm-to-table experience. Against a backdrop of spectacular Andean scenery, you'll enjoy unforgettable meals in diverse venues, from gourmet restaurants to roadside stands and local village homes.


  • Discover Peru's cultural & culinary highlights
  • Learn the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a home-cooking lesson
  • Wander colorful produce & handicraft markets in Pisac, Cusco & Lima
  • Experience the magic of Machu Picchu at sunrise
  • Sample traditional recipes in the Valle de Sur villages

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Cusco! Cusco
Day 2 Moray, Salineras & Ollantaytambo Aguas Calientes
Day 3 Machu Picchu Sacred Valley
Day 4 Pisac, Patabamba & Pachamanca Cusco
Day 5 Full Immersion Peruvian Cooking Day Cusco
Day 6 The South Valley Cusco
Day 7 Lima - Gastronomic Capital of the Americas Lima
Day 8 Departure Day  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco!

Welcome to Cusco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire.
Welcome to Cusco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire

Welcome to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and a natural starting point for any Peru itinerary. You'll be welcomed first with a traditional Peruvian meal at a local restaurant, before meeting your guide for a relaxed afternoon walking tour of Cusco's stunning historic center. Remember to take it easy if you've arrived from sea level—it takes time to adjust to Cusco's 11,200 foot (3,400 m) elevation!

In the evening, head for Magisterio, Cusco's cosmopolitan residential area. Here you'll dine alongside the city's well-heeled local gourmets, then drop in for a craft beer at Zenith—one of the many microbreweries that have sprung up in Cusco in recent years.

Day 2: Moray, Salineras & Ollantaytambo

The terraced salt pools of Salineras.
The terraced salt pools of Salineras

This morning you'll explore Moray—a mysterious amphitheater complex of astounding engineering precision and stern beauty. Afterward, a stroll through rolling farmland with views of the high Andes brings you to Salineras—a remarkable patchwork of pools that still produces salt using Inca technology.

Lunch is an organic, gourmet, farm-to-table experience to remember in gorgeous Ollantaytambo, a perfectly preserved, incredibly charming Inca town with atmospheric cobbled alleyways, sun-drenched plazas, and working Inca waterways.

Later this afternoon, take a short (1.5 hours) train ride to Aguas Calientes, the rainforest-gorge town that's your jumping-off point for Machu Picchu tomorrow.

Day 3: Machu Picchu

Explore Machu Picchu at sunrise.
Explore Machu Picchu at sunrise

A spectacular stone city surrounded by steep, lush mountains: Machu Picchu needs no introduction.  Today you'll discover the grand main citadel, find hidden nooks and crannies, and experience breathtaking views from this mysterious wonder of the 15th-century Inca Empire.  

Rise at sunrise and be rewarded with a guided tour before the crowds arrive. After the magical early morning quiet, there will be plenty more time for your own exploration of the massive site before you take the train back to the Sacred Valley for the night.

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Day 4: Pisac, Patabamba & Pachamanca

Wander Pisac's vast traditional market.
Wander Pisac's vast traditional market

This morning starts with a drive through the stunningly scenic Sacred Valley to Pisac: home of a vast Inca fortress and the largest handicraft market in the region. After plenty of time to explore both, you'll make our way to Patabamba— an isolated farming village with million-dollar views. Here you'll sit down for a special lunch of pachamanca (literally “earth oven” in the Inca language, Quechua)—the celebratory feast of the Incas.

Your local cooks will prepare chicken, lamb, banana, yuca, corn, soft cheese, and various potatoes, all lovingly coated with secret condiments, then buried, cooked in hot earth, and served with uchucuta—a deliciously creamy, spicy sauce.

After lunch, you'll head to Cusco, where you’ll have the afternoon free to wander the winding streets and charming plazas of the Inca capital.

Day 5: Full Immersion Peruvian Cooking Day

Traditional Peruvian tubers are a market staple.
Traditional Peruvian tubers are a market staple

Today you'll spend the day with a local expert chef who specializes in Peru's regional cuisine. Your excursion starts at the Vinocanchón wholesale producer's market on Cusco's outskirts, where you'll help select ingredients from amongst the city's best fresh, locally-grown produce. Afterward, you'll head to the kitchen, roll up your sleeves, and get down to business, preparing a three-course, gourmet feast (along with a jug of pisco sour to wash it down).

Day 6: The South Valley

The big skies and rolling landscapes of the Valle Sur.
The big skies and rolling landscapes of the Valle Sur

Rarely visited by foreign tourists, the Valle Sur is a major food destination for locals. Each village has its own specialty, like chuta (sweet anise bread) in Oropesa, guinea pig in Tipón, and chicharrónes (crispy pork) in Saylla. Today you'll sample each of these delicacies, enjoy a picnic lunch on a lakeshore, and visit a couple of scenic pre-Inca ruins. After a stop in Andahuaylillas—a church so ornate it's known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas—you'll return to Cusco for the evening.

Day 7: Lima - Gastronomic Capital of the Americas

A colorful fruit and vegetable stand in Lima.
A colorful fruit and vegetable stand in Lima

This morning you'll fly to Lima— known as the gastronomic capital of the Americas and one of the best places in the world to eat!

Peruvian food is justly famous for the quality of its ingredients. Your first stop today is a suburban produce market, where elements from the ocean, mountains, and jungle come together in almost overwhelming abundance.

Lunch will be a tour of the best Peruvian coastal cuisine like causa (avocado and seafood layered between mashed potato) and ceviche (the famously delicious marinated raw fish).

Work off lunch with a stroll around Lima's grand colonial center, then head for the picturesque cobbled byways of the historic bohemian neighborhood of Barranco for one last snack of picarones— a sweet, doughnut-like snack made from sweet potato.

Day 8: Departure Day

Bid Lima and Peru farewell this morning.
Bid Lima and Peru farewell this morning

Enjoy your final morning in Peru with a leisurely breakfast to celebrate one last taste of the country's cuisine. Afterward, transfer to the airport to catch your departing flight.


Map of Peru Culinary Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima - 8 Days
Map of Peru Culinary Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima - 8 Days