Peru food holiday & The Amazon

“Enjoy a mouthwatering exploration of a South American gourmet mecca, where food markets and tropical plantations mingle with Andean peaks and Inca ruins.”


Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley | Ollantaytambo | Cacao and coffee farms | Urubamba Valley and Aguas Calientes | Scenic train rides | Home cooking experiences | Local food markets | Machu Picchu | Optional Amazon extension

Description of Peru food holiday & The Amazon

A strong bond with pachamama (Mother Earth) underpins Peru's recent rise to global culinary stardom. This tour takes you into the heart of the geography and culture which makes Peruvian cuisine so distinct – a beach-fringed seafood-full coast, breathtaking Andean highlands woven with Inca memories, fertile Amazon rainforest full of seasonal fruits.

Begin with an exploration of the historic and culinary charms of the capital Lima, whose fabulous museums, beach neighbourhoods and colonial quarter complement a fantastic food scene. Delve colourful produce markets, grab a taste of street food treats – from anticuchos (grilled beef hearts) to picarones (Peruvian doughnuts) – and enjoy enjoy home-cooked lunch with a local chef.

You'll also visit a distillery for the national spirit pisco en route to Cusco – a cobblestoned historic jewel blending Spanish and Inca influences, including impressive Inca ruins such as the dazzling Coricancha temple. Then discover dazzling new varieties of avocado and potato (there are literally thousands of different types) in a local food market, before learning how to cook some typical Andean home cooking with a Cusco gourmand.

Travelling on through the Sacred Valley - Wilcamayo to the Incas – discover the culinary side of a beautiful and fertile beacon of the high Andes, where terraces of maize contrast with salt mines, Inca ruins – plus one of Peru's finest craft breweries!

Arriving in Ollantaytambo, this ancient Inca city serves up a dramatic location with unforgettable ruins such as legendary Temple of the Sun. After journeying on through rich rainforest, you'll get some hands-on time at a cacao plantation to learn about the production cycle of chocolate from bean to bar – as well as discovering the cultural impact of this magical crop. Then compare one magical bean with another during a stay on a local coffee farm.

Enjoy a train ride through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes, a charming town that combines a superb valley location at the base of Machu Picchu with soothing hot springs – perfect to lull you into a wonderful sleep before rising early for an unforgettable tour of the legendary hilltop Inca ruins of Machu Picchu itself.

Heading back by train to Ollantaytambo, you'll get a chance to taste delicious empanadas hot and fresh from the horno (wood-fired oven) before lunch based on an ancient cooking-in-earth technique where spiced meat meets hot stones.

When the foodie part of the tour ends, there is an option to extend the trip to visit the Amazon, where focus switches to nature and wildlife. Take a guided trek through lush forest to spot macaws, monkeys, peccaries and jabirus, as well as discovering the medicinal properties and practical uses of myriad plants. Then take a boat ride on an Amazonian lake to look for giant otters, before climbing an observation tower for a breathtaking overview of this iconic landscape.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this at the forefront of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.
On this tour, on day 1 everyone will receive a flyer created by our Responsible Business team. The flyer educates on the responsible way of travelling in South America, such as using reusable bottles rather than buying single use plastic bottles, recycle where possible, say no to plastic water bottles and plastic bags and carry your own instead as well as avoid purchasing turtleshell products as the creatures are hunted for their shells to make souvenirs.
During this trip we only use locally owned hotels that have integrated sustainability into their business. For example, all hotels on our tour encourage guests to have shorter showers and reuse the towels.
We promote small group travelling, therefore maximum group size is 12. However, our average group size on this trip is 8-10 people. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects.

The Impacts of this Trip

Peru’s food adventure will take you on a tantalising journey of spices, sampling a fusion of foods from the coast, jungle and the Andes to unique Peruvian recipes. This tour gives our travellers a real insight into the history and culture of Peru and encourages involvement with the traditions and daily life of local people. We visit a local fish market where generations of families have fished, sold and prepared the daily catch. Buy freshly caught [that morning] fish before taking it over to one of the local stallholders where they will demonstrate the art of making ceviche. Also sample a selection of other seafood dishes cooked upon request and try some freshly cooked bread, prepared and cooked in the traditional horno oven.
Our travellers make unique connections with the locals so we introduce them to Celia and learn all about making Chicha, a fermented corn drink, before playing a game of Sapo. We also visit with a local family and wonder through their market gardens (which grow corn, quinoa and herbs) before sitting down to a home cooked feast of ‘Cuy’ (Guinea Pig).
Our local Group Leaders are passionate about their culture and want to share their tales with you. They take you to meet small local producers in the Sacred Valley who will show you how cacao seed is cultivated and then harvested and taste the finished product – chocolate. Our travellers prepare a Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian dish where stones are heated over a fire and then placed in hole with potatoes, sweet potatoes, meat, corn and broad beans [to name a few ingredients], which are then covered with palm leaves and sealed with earth and grass. After a couple of hours, the ‘oven’ is opened up and the aromas that emit from the oven will have your taste buds tingling.
As a company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. As we visit the Sacred Valley frequently, we have set up the Living Heart organisation which is a non-profit project that helps the Andean women and children of the Sacred Valley area with education, conservation, nutrition and health programs.


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