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Peru Superfoods Journey With Manuel Villacorta

From $3,500

Experience the cultural and culinary riches of Peru on this unforgettable journey with native Peruvian and award-winning nutritionist Manuel Villacorta. Let Manuel take you home to Peru where you’ll discover firsthand the power of Peruvian superfoods. Traverse this ancient Inca land from coastal Lima to the magnificent Andes mountains.

Highlights

Visit local markets and farms where you’ll see indigenous produce you’ve probably never seen in stateside grocery stores.

Experience the unique and healthy pleasures of ancient Inca ways of cooking.

Prepare food with traditional Peruvian cooks who will take you beyond the restaurant menu into the culinary soul of the country.

Discover the wonder of Machu Picchu, an ancient and isolated site perched perilously on the steep slopes of the Andes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 2: Explore Lima

Start today with an introduction to Peruvian superfoods at the Mercado de Productores, followed by lunch at one of Manuel’s favorite restaurants.

Walk from San Martin Square to the Plaza Mayor, the central meeting place for colonial residents of Lima.

Stop by Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima – and perhaps in the entire South American continent – built on land granted by Francisco Pizarro.

Finish the day off with a visit to the Monastery of San Francisco, a 17th century church with catacombs. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a library with texts from the pre-Conquest era.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 3: Tour Colonial Cusco

Fly to Cusco.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

After checking in at the hotel, stroll through the Plaza de Armas, once the center of Incan life.

Visit the temple of Qoricancha, the most important sacred structure in the Incan empire, and the colonial cathedral of Santa Domingo, completed in 1654 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 4: Cook Peruvian Superfoods & Visit Ancient Ruins

Shop at a traditional Andean market, where you can sample fruit, nut bread, and emollient and buy food to make lunch for local kids.

Visit Chicuchas Wasi, an alternative school for impoverished girls, and be inspired by director Ruth Uribe’s story.

Cook a healthy meal with the kids to celebrate the power of Peruvian superfoods.

Explore four major archaeological sites, including Sacsayhuamán, Q’enko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Enjoy dinner at the home of a local Cusqueña, who will prepare a traditional home-cooked meal.

Learn how to make a pisco sour, Peru’s national drink.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch with the kids, and dinner

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 5: Experience Farming Life in the Sacred Valley

Venture outside of Cusco to visit a farm, where you’ll learn about Andean camelids, including llamas and alpacas.

Travel to a remote community, where you’ll see farming and weaving demonstrations and then share a traditional meal with community members.

Hike through the stunning landscape of the Sacred Valley to the Pisac ruins and into town.

Enjoy dinner at the best restaurant in Ollantaytambo.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 6: Discover Machu Picchu

Board an early train to Aguas Calientes, a small village at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Spend the day exploring the ruins of this ancient civilization.

About Machu Picchu, Pablo Neruda wrote:

“Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to eternal fusion with the cosmos, there we feel our own fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America. A resting place of butterflies at the epicenter of the great circle of life. One more miracle.”

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 7: Experience the Sacred Valley

Walk through Ollantaytambo’s Old Town. Many residential blocks, each inhabited by several families during the 15th century, are still present.

Visit Salinas de Maras. The Incas diverted water to form thousands of pools where a thin crust of salt remains as the sun evaporates the water.

Stop by Moray. The Incas performed agricultural experiments in these terraced circles.

Enjoy a pachamanca and a blessing to the earth beside a beautiful lake on your way back to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and pachamanca lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 8: Return to Lima

Return to Lima.

Lunch at Sonia’s, a famous and difficult to find local restaurant.

Stroll along the Costa Verde. Enjoy a coffee tasting.

Marvel at the colored lights of Lima’s famous fountains before heading back to the airport for your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Trip Rating

Easy to Moderate

Prices

Prices for 2017

6 to 9 people – $4,400/person

10 to 12 people – $3,500/person

Own room – $500/person

Included In Price

Airport/hotel transfers

Carbon offsets

English speaking guides

Entrance fees for scheduled tours

Hotels – double occupancy

Meals specified in the itinerary

Transportation specified by the itinerary

Excluded From Price

Airfare

Airport taxes

Alcoholic drinks

Baggage costs

Meals not specified by the itinerary

Personal expenses

Tips

Travel insurance (required)

Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

May 5 – 12, 2017

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