Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Locally Hosted

Culinary Peru (11 days)

Ladatco Tours

Lima, Peru To Lima, Peru

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2020


Day 1
Miami, FL United States
Lima, Peru
Westin Costa del Sol None

Afternoon flight south to Lima, arriving in the evening. Meeting upon arrival by your local host and assistance with getting to and checking in at the Westin Costa del Sol.

Day 2
Lima, Peru
Arequipa, Peru
Casa Andina Private Collection Breakfast, Lunch

Your local host will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and help you get to the airport airline departure counters to check-in for your flight to Arequipa. This afternoon you will enjoy a private gastronomy tour of Arequipa. Begin with a visit to a local market where you will be introduced to the variety of meats, vegetable, fruits, spices and other items that are of importance in Peru. You will be accompanied by a chef who will assist int he purchase of the products that are used for the preparation of the dishes in this culinary adventure. Once the shopping is complete, move on to the venue where you will learn more about Peruvian cuisine giving you an overview of the origins of Peruvian food, its influences, products, typical dishes and emerging tends that mark Peru's gastronomy. Prepare one of the many flag dishes of Peru such as ceviche, causa rellena, lomo saltado or roccolo relleno, accompanied by the inevitable Pisco Sour. After a delicious lunch, return your hotel.

Day 3
Arequipa, Peru
Casa Andina Private Collection Breakfast

Morning visit to Arequipa with many quaint old Spanish buildings and churches, most built of "sillar", a pearly white volcanic material almost exclusively used in construction. You'll also visit Santa Catalina Convent, a complete miniature walled colonial town of over two hectares in the middle of Arequipa, where over 450 nuns lived in total seclusion except for their female servants. Today the few remaining nuns have retreated to one section of the convent, allowing visitors to roam a maze of cobblestone streets, flower-decked cloisters and buttressed houses. These have been finely restored and painted in traditional white, browns and blues. You will enjoy a complete visit with a specialized guide. Afternoon at leisure to explore Arequipa on your own.

Day 4
Arequipa, Peru
Cuzco, Peru
Sacred Valley, Peru
Hotel Sol y Luna Breakfast, Dinner

Morning transfer to the airport for early flight to Cuzco. Meeting upon arrival and immediate departure for a scenic 90 minute drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, making a stop at the town of Awanacancha to learn about the llama, alpaca, vicunas and guanacos, how their wool is harvested, natural dying techniques and have a chance to see native weavers from different areas showing their different weaving styles and dress. Then continue on to Pisac and wind uphill to the ruins of Pisac. Our first views are of Karchiacay agricultural area but around the corner and cascading down the mountain are a military area, Q'Allaqas, palaces of the moon and sun, solstice markers, baths and water channels and even further down the Intihatana group of temples and Pisaqa with a fine curving wall. Then drive down the mountain and through the valley to Pisac to visit the colorful Indian market. After your tour continue to your hotel in the valley, the Hotel Sol y Luna for a two night stay. This evening you will enjoy a Chef's Table experience at the Hotel Sol y Luna. An exclusive service attended and addressed personally by the Chef offering all the information about the courses in an environment designed for this purpose within the main kitchen.

Day 5
Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
Hotel Sol y Luna Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will have a "Pachamanca" Culinary Experience. “Pachamanca”, meaning in Quechua “Earth Pot”, is a traditional cooking technique based on stewing using previously heated rocks. Start with a visit to a local market in Urubamba where new smells, colors, textures, sounds and tastes will introduce you to a new cuisine concept. From the marketplace continue to your lunch spot near Ollantaytambo to meet the cooks that will teach you how to prepare a traditional "Pachamanca": lamb, chicken, pork and guinea pig previously macerated with Andean spices, also different sorts of potatoes, corn and Andean aromatic herbs which give a unique flavor to this exotic dish, and cooked by rock heat underground. After helping prepare the ingredients and placing them underground, enjoy a Pachamama ceremony worshiping mother Earth and thanking her for the food you will eat. Then the Pachamanca will be opened and dishes will be served. After lunch return to your hotel

Day 6
Sacred Valley, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning transfer to the train station, a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), where shuttle buses take you on a 20-minute ride up a 2,000 foot serpentine road with spectacular panoramas of the valley. Arrive at the summit and at the entrance to the famed Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Never found by the Spanish Conquistadores and only rediscovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu was a stunning archaeological find. It was the only major Inca site that escaped 400 years of looting and destruction. Machu Picchu is a complete city strategically perched atop a mountain. Sprawled across the mountainside are staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers, fountains and the famous Intihuatana, or "Hitching Post to the Sun", possibly a center-point between cardinal alignments of nearby sacred peaks. Your tour will take you to the major sites and will raise more questions than it will answer. You'll have lunch and time to explore on your own. Overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

Day 7
Machu Picchu, Peru
Cuzco, Peru
Hotel Monasterio Breakfast, Lunch

Morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. Revisit the ruins which open around sunrise. The earlier you visit the ruins, the fewer people you will encounter there. Have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and then take the shuttle down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and explore the colorful bustling town and handicraft market. Afternoon return to Cuzco by Vistadome rail service and transfer to the Hotel Monasterio for two night stay,

Day 8
Cuzco, Peru
Hotel Monasterio Breakfast

Morning visit to Cuzco. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, Cuzco was the capital of the ancient Inca Empire and is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Cuzco was founded around 1100 A.D. and thought to have been a Holy City, a must pilgrimage for any ranking citizen of the empire. You’ll visit the main points of interest in this historic city including the 17th century Qoricancha Temple which, together with Santo Domingo, form perhaps the most vivid illustration in Cuzco of Andean culture’s collision with Western Europe. Continue to the nearby fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman with massive rocks weighing up to 130 tons forming three walls running parallel for 360 meters, with 21 bastions. Also visit the amphitheater of Kenkko (Qenqo); Puka Pukara, possibly an Inca "tambo", and the spring shrine of Tambo Machay, said to have been an Inca bath but more likely a site of a water cult. Afternoon at leisure to explore Cuzco at your own pace.

Day 9
Cuzco, Peru
Hotel Monasterio Breakfast, Lunch

Mid-morning pickup at your hotel and head to Cuzco's food market, where a local chef will brief you about local ingredients. You will have the opportunity to buy them and to interact with local producers and suppliers, a whole experiential sojourn in a traditional Andean market. Then your chef will invite you to his house for a private culinary lesson. Starting with the preparation of the famous Pisco Cour and moving on to some entrees and main courses, you will have the opportunity to interact with the chef and really get the most out of this culinary lesson. Enjoy the lunch you have helped to make and afterwards drive to your hotel.

Day 10
Cuzco, Peru
Lima, Peru
Miraflores Park Hotel Breakfast

Morning transfer to the airport for short flight back to Lima. Meeting and transfer to the Miraflores Park Hotel for overnight. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the main points of interest in Lima, often called "The City o Kings", including the Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral and the Government Palace and San Francisco Convent amount other places of interest in colonial and modern Lima. Then stop at the small but well laid out National Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology with one of the best overviews of ancient Peruvian art and archaeology. This evening dinner reservations have been made for you at Huaca Pucliana, an excellent restaurant specializing in typical Peruvian cuisine and located on the edge of the ruins of the same name, with one of the largest pre-Columbian temples in Lima, dating back to 400 AC and covering some 5 hectares. Transfers will be provided but, in order to give you complete freedom of choice, the cost of dinner is not included. Order as you wish and pay directly to the restaurant.

Day 11
Lima, Peru
Miami, FL United States
None Breakfast

Morning return transfer to the airport for you flight back to the USA>

Tour Features


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  • Culinary Experiences including "Pachamanca"

  • Arequipa

  • Cuzco

  • Sacred Valley of the Incas

  • Machu Picchu

  • Lima

What's Included


  • Hotel accommodations with hotel taxes and service charges

    Meals as indicated, table d'hôte basis

    Transfers as indicated, with English speaking guide

    Luggage handling at airports

    Sightseeing as indicated, with English speaking guide

    Surface and overland travel as indicated

Not Included

  • Air fares

    USA and Foreign airport departure taxes

    Items of a personal nature

    Tips to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys, Lodge personnel

    Meals not specifically indicated as included

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Deposit $1000 per person in order to confirm space.

Second deposit to complete a total deposit of 30% of total cost due upon confirmation of all space.

Full payment due 65 days prior.

Cancellation policy - to be verified for each booking but in general:



Up to 90 days prior departure $ 1000

89 to 61 days prior departure 30% of tour costs

60 to 31 days prior departure 50% of tour costs

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NOTE: No Refunds are made for changes made en route at the discretion of the traveler.

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Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott



Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer


By: Doug

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2018

Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful for us not only enjoying our time in Peru, but understanding this beautiful country full of so much mysterious history.
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel

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By: jim

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2018

Excellent company to work with Very helpful - great contcts
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

Ladatco Tours

By: Karen

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

We had to cancel our Ladatco tour so I cannot comment on anything except the scope of the planned activities and the professionalism and assistance provided us as we had to change our plans and return to the US. The tour activities which were planned covered a broad range of interests -- antiquities, food, art -- in Lima and Cuszo. The Marriott hotel in Lima was first-rate in all respects. The assistance provided to us as we had to cancel the tour and return to the US because of illness was exceptional. We were escorted through check in by a person provided by Ladatco tours who ensured my husband had a wheelchair and an escort that took us through the Lima airport security and right to our gate.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Johnson

Learned a lot

By: Sooty

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2019

We enjoyed he tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and fun!
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano


By: Tina

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2019

Would highly recommend Ladatco Tours. Our trip to Peru turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. Well packaged, interesting locations/sites, wonderful accommodations and exceptional tour guides and drivers with Metropolitan Touring! Private excursions is the way to go!
Travel Advisor:  Janet McLaughlin


By: Kathy S

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2020

Ladatco connected us with Metropolitan Touring, based in Quito. Our land guide, Gabriela, and driver, Carlos, gave us great tours of Quito and Otavalo. We especially enjoyed meeting the indigenous Andean pan flute maker and weaver. The crew of the Isabela II made us feel welcome and comfortable on board. The 3 Galapagos naturalists (Dennis, Nancy and Christopher) were very knowledgeable. It was a treat to learn about the flora and fauna from them.
Travel Advisor:  Carolyn Greenberg

Ladatco was great

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2020

Ladatco made sure our trip was perfect. They were so good that we didn't even know all the behind-the-scenes work they did, but we know they did it because all the hotels were arranged, all the transportation was handled, and all the tours, drivers, and guides were perfect. The main guide assigned to us was very knowledgeable and spent 5 days with us. He was a great asset.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod


By: Lucy

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2020

Rosita is fantastic! This is our third trip using her in S America and she is extremely thorough and detailed on our travel. She is grown to understand what we enjoy during travel and is very helpful and accommodating
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

South American Adventure

By: CherryB

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2020

They were marvelous. We loved the guides and tours arranged in both Iguazu and Buenos Aries. Carlos Barros, our guide in Iguazu, not only introduced us to the history and majesty of the falls but educated us on the flora and fauna of the surrounding rain forest. Elizabeth Georges showed us Buenos Aries from top to bottom in three days and became a friend. Though she was scheduled with another tour group she came by our hotel to see us off on our last day.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Porter