Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the Sacred Valley.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is as magical as it name suggests; a winding trail of lush, green slopes lining the Urubamba River. Discover everything from colorful markets to fascinating architectural remains.
Travel to Pisac, a lofty Andean village with its native market. On our way to Pisac, you will stop at the Awanakancha centre, where all four Peruvian camelids – llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas – laze in the fields. Weavers from southern Peru exhibit textiles that are spun, dyed and woven using traditional natural products and techniques. This fascinating place also has a shop where you can buy top quality crafts. We arrive in the town of Pisac, renowned for its huge, colorful market. Local Indians have gathered here for centuries to sell their merchandise. The daily handicraft section is famous for its jewellery, textiles and other Peruvian artifacts. We then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. Here we observe temples, residences, altars, channels and caves.
In this wonderful journey, we will stop at La Hacienda Huayocari for a Demonstration of Local Vegetables & Home Style Lunch. Here you will learn, touch and taste some of the main vegetables farmed in this area. You will then learn about the special techniques that Chefs apply to the great variety of natural products including an endless variety of potatoes and other delicious vegetables.
This afternoon we continue to the town of Ollantaytambo,one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Americas. Climb the steep stone steps up to the imposing fortress at the top of the mountain for breathtaking views down the valley, and admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun.
We will transfer you to the train station in order to take the train. Your guide will go with you on the bus up to Machu Picchu. It is 30 minutes by car, once you arrived in Machu Picchu, our tour guide will give you a guided tour of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. You will visit the Inca Terraces, The Agricultural Sector, The Urban Sector etc. Then you will be able to have plenty of time to explore this mysterious city by yourself.
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In the afternoon you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes in order to catch the train to Cusco. When you arrive back in Ollantaytambo or Cusco´s trainstation we will pick you up and bring you to your hotel.
Today you will have a flight to Lima, on your arrival you will be taken to your nice hotel, right after you will enjoy a nice full day tour where you will visit the Larco Museum, the largest and most impressive pre-Columbian art collection in the world.
Located in an 18th century vice-royal mansion, built on an pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century. Its new galleries display the best and most complete collection of gold and silver of Peru together with its famous collection of erotic pottery and then you will have a typical lunch in one of the most famous restaurants in Lima called ¨El Rincon que no conoces¨. Our guide will explain you about the afro-Peruvian cuisine. In the late afternoon you will be taken to a Japanese restaurant for dinner.
Typical Peruvian Food
During the gastronomic tour you will get to learn the Peruvian cuisine and how to make typical dishes. You will visit a Peruvian market where you will find the unique fruits like Chirimoya, Lucuma, Aguaymanto and Pacae. Fruits that you will find in the Andes of Peru.
You will learn how to prepare Pisco Sour! Pisco Sour is a cocktail originated in Lima and was invented by Victor Morris, an American bartender. Morris left the United States to work in Cerro de Pasco, a city in central Peru. He opened Morris´Bar in Lima and his saloon quickly became a popular spot for the Peruvian upper class and English speaking-foreigners.
In Arequipa you get to learn to make Rocoto Relleno. This is a Peruvian dish originated from the city Arequipa. This dish is made by stuffing fried minced beef, boiled egg inside the rocotos and then topped with melted cheese, baked and served. Rocotos means hot peppers and it is one of the most famous dishes of Peru. It is served as one of the top Peruvian cuisines all over the world.
Last but not least; the ceviche! This is a popular seafood dish in the coastal regions. Ceviche is typically made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spices with aji or chili peppers. Additional seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt, and coriander, may also be added. Ceviche originated in Peru.