Artisans of Leisure has recently launched an exciting Culinary Tour of Peru that they claim is “a new, food-focused private tour that immerses sophisticated travelers in Peru’s culinary and cultural traditions.” The tour offers luxury travelers a chance to taste the history and culture of regions like Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco.
“Peru is one of the most exciting culinary destinations in South America, and our new tour showcases the country’s wonderful culinary traditions and latest culinary innovations, from ceviche and pachamanca to creative contemporary cuisine by renowned chefs such as Gaston Acurio,” said Artisans of Leisure founder and CEO Ashley Isaacs Ganz. “Our in-house Peru and culinary travel experts have used their deep expertise to create a flavor-filled tour that’s packed with culinary experiences. It’s sure to appeal to foodies and cultural travelers alike.”
So what can travelers expect?
• A private lecture on the history of Peruvian cuisine by a prominent local culinary historian
• Learning about the history of chocolate and cacao in Peru during a private chocolate-making workshop in Cusco
• Visiting tea plantations near Machu Picchu
• Experiencing a private pachamanca dinner in the Sacred Valley. This traditional celebratory dish features ingredients such as chicken, lamb, alpaca, sweet potatoes, peppers and green beans cooked in a pit under hot stones.
• A tasting of pisco and a private, hands-on lesson in making a pisco sour, a favorite Peruvian cocktail
• A private lesson in making ceviche (marinated raw fish)
• A private cooking class to learn to make traditional Peruvian dishes such as lomo saltado (beef stir fry), causa (mashed potatoes layered with shrimp, avocado or other ingredients), and a sweet quinoa dessert at a top restaurant in the fertile Sacred Valley
• Private tours of Peru’s best traditional markets to taste native Peruvian fruits and vegetables and learn about ancient grains and thousands of potato varieties
• A private culinary and tasting tour in Lima, including a visit to the city’s most cutting-edge culinary destinations
• A private cooking lesson focusing on Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) cuisine
• Going behind the scenes at top Peruvian kitchens
• A visit to scenic salt evaporation ponds where food-grade salt has been harvested for generations
• A gourmet lunch at a private traditional hacienda
• Reservations at Lima’s top restaurants, such as Central, Amaz and Huaca Pucllana
Tourists will be treated to the best that Peru has to offer including a journey on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train and accommodation at Peru’s best luxury hotels, including Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco. You can also get private cooking lessons customized to all ability levels and touring can be tailored to individual interests and requirements. Artisans of Leisure will also customize the tour to accommodate most dietary restrictions.
The luxurious and delicious journey promises not be cheap though, with a price tag of $11,055 per person based on double occupancy. However, when you’re used to the best in life, money is certainly no object!