Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Upon arriving in the city of Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city and to our services while en route to the hotel. You will begin your journey across Peru’s culinary landscape with a tasting of various Chilcanos (a Pisco-based cocktail) in one of the finest restaurants in Lima. That night, you will enjoy a delicious dinner featuring traditional dishes at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, located across from the archeological complex that shares the same name. *Offered all days except Sundays.
Day 2: Cooking lessons
After breakfast, you will begin your culinary adventure alongside the renowned Chef Penélope Alzamora. With her, you will visit a typical Peruvian market, which will be an unforgettable delight to your senses. You will see, smell, taste, and experience the infinite variety of textures, colors, aromas, and flavors produced by the bountiful land of Peru. At lunch time, you will go to Penélope’s workshop kitchen to enjoy a delicious Pisco Sour and then begin your class on Peruvian cooking. In the class, you will learn about and then prepare delicious local dishes. Then, you will have the chance to enjoy an exquisite lunch with a wonderful view of the ocean. After your meal, you will return to the hotel. You will have the rest of the day free. Then, at night, you will enjoy a truly spectacular meal featuring the flavors of the Peruvian Amazon at Amaz, the restaurant of the renowned Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. After dinner, you will return to the hotel.
Day 3: Lima city tour
At the scheduled time, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a tour of the city’s main avenues, boulevards, and squares. The tour will begin with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). There, you will explore the square by foot and admire the exteriors of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the Cathedral of Lima and the Municipalidad (City Hall), all examples of Lima’s still-present colonial architectural opulence. Afterwards, you will visit La Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, you will make your way to the Convento de Santo Domingo, a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country. Finally, you will leave behind Lima’s Historical Center and begin your journey through the streets of modern Lima as you head toward the most traditional of the residential zones of the capital: San Isidro and Miraflores. In San Isidro, you will pass through the heart of the city’s financial district and then enjoy a panoramic view of the Huaca Hullamarca Pyramid, an important pre-Inca and Incan ceremonial center and cemetery built out of adobe mud bricks. Soon afterwards, you will travel to the district of Miraflores, a perfect spot to enjoy wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along peculiar streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), witness to untold numbers of past and present romances, and source of inspiration for one of Peru’s great composers, Chabuca Granda. Upon finishing your tour, you will head to the Amor a Mar Restaurant*, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch of exquisite signature dishes, specialized in seafood. After lunch, you will return to the hotel. You will have the rest of the afternoon free. That night, enjoy a superb dinner at the Chifa ROYAL (Peruvian-Chinese fusion).
Day 4: Lima departure
At the scheduled departure time, you will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport or bus station for your return trip.