Peru is as complex as its most intricate and exquisite weavings. Festivals mark ancient rites, the urban vanguard fuels innovation and nature bestows splendid diversity. Journey through the Sacred Valley to explore the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, discovering the last remnants of the Andean and Incan cultures of Peru, and marveling at the immensity of stone-built Sacsayhuaman.
Arrive in Lima this evening and transfer to your hotel, located in the city’s exclusive residential district of Miraflores. Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, this “City of Kings” is a blend of colonial structures, pre-Colombian sites and modern conveniences. It’s also one of the world’s premier culinary cities, with a cuisine that reflects its people’s varied origins and traditions.
Discover Lima, its history and flavors with top local chefs, visiting a market to learn about the unique food products of the Land of the Incas. Next, join in a Peruvian cooking experience, and savor the delicious dishes you have cooked, sharing them family style. After lunch, discover Peru’s capital, visiting Plaza de Armas, birthplace of the city, and the beautiful Cathedral, built in the 16th century. Continue your journey to the bohemian Barranco neighborhood and discover the essence of the Limeños lifestyle. Meet a local chef who takes you to his or her favorite places, where you are invited to sample some of the iconic dishes and spirits of Peru, an interactive Chef ’s Table experience exclusive to A&K.
Fly to Cusco, located more than 11,000 feet above sea level. Stop for lunch in the central square, and then, take part in a photography workshop, learning pointers from a professional, before proceeding to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, visit Awana Kancha, a center where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred, and learn about the valuable fibers created from their coats. Continue to your awe-inspiring accommodation, designed to blend in with, and provide an advantageous view of, Sacred Valley landscapes.
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