Peru – Cuisine and Culture

In  the  footsteps  of  the  Incas        

Peru has it all, Lonely Planet tells us. ..’Mystical archeological sites, Amazonian rainforest, the world’s highest tropical mountains and an endless desert coastline…..Diverse and welcoming peoples, even varied wildlife.

They omitted to mention Peru’s cuisine – the finest in South America!  Our Peru tour is for normal travellers in good health. It is not a challenging ‘adventure tour’.

These notes need to be read in conjunction with the World Expeditions Program.

Day 1: Saturday 13 September

Lima (Peru): Travellers arrive on various flights from Australia and elsewhere. There will be time for a welcome drink and introduction before most of us seek an early night. Hotel Atton, Lima

 

Day 2: Sunday 14 September

Lima: Today provides an introduction to some of Lima’s highlights. The Casa Aliaga historic residence enclosed within the heart of Lima provides a window into centuries of gracious living. We then depart for the Mistura Festival – the most successful culinary festival in South America. Peru’s rich biodiversity and vast culinary wealth are showcased at Mistura. There are sections dedicated to chocolate (Choco Expo Perú), bread (El Mundo del Pan), quinoa (Mundo Quinua), and coffee (Mundo del Café). About 350 producers from all regions – the coast, sierra, and jungle attend, with more than 50 restaurants, 70 trucks and about 16 rustic kitchens. Gastronomic, music and cultural presentations should be great fun and very filling.

Next stop by special arrangement is the private Amano Museum with its famed ceramics and textiles, arranged chronologically to illustrate the development of weaving throughout Peru’d pre-Columbian cultures. Finally, we depart for the Larco Hererra Museum – one of the finest Pre-Colombian museums in South America where we will dine at its beautiful restaurant. Hotel Atton, Lima

 

Day 3: Monday 15 September

The Andes: We have an early start for our flight to Cusco, former capital of the mighty Inca Empire. We are there met by our guide and immediately board our coach and travel down to the Sacred Valley where we can relax in a lush green garden with regional food. We depart on the Vistadome train to take us through the Andes and Inca settlements to Aguas Calientes, the last hillside village close to Machu Picchu.BD The Inka Trail

– One Day Option The Incas were second only to the Romans for their superb stone roads which connected their Empire-from Colombia in the north␣to Chile in the south. Roads extended over some 25- 30,000 kms in total. The Inca Trail, commencing in the Sacred Valley and culminating at Machu Picchu, has spectacular mountain landscapes, suspension bridges, dramatic terracing and major archeological sites. It is the best preserved remnant of the Inca roads and one of the world’s most significant walks. We do not have the necessary 4-5 days to walk the Inca Trail, but keen and fit walkers, may alight from our train at the 104km stage and wlk the last day’s trek of approximately 10km. This should take some 5-8 hours depending on our walking pace. The trail includes many up and down sections, some uneven stony surfaces and is at an altitude of about 2,700m maximum which means you may experience some symptoms and you require a good level of fitness. You will walk over the very stones the Inca warriors trod for some 700 years! The Trail ends in a steep climb up to the Inca Sun Gate from which the most astonishing view unfolds of Machu Picchu below! It is an incomparable moment which we can share with the Incas␣for whom these mountains meant everything.

We hope to meet the rest of the party at this point. They will have completed their journey long before. You will need a special Inca permit for this walk which has limited places and you should apply as soon as possible. The cost of this optional walk (for permit and guide) is $130. This evening we settle in for a beautiful meal to celebrate our arrival at one of our very favourite hotels – the Inketerra Pueblo, Aguas Calientes BD

 

Days 4-5 Tuesday and Wednesday 16-17 September

Aguas Calientes: We devote these days to touring Machu Picchu, nature walks and feeding the endangered Spectacle Bears who are part of the hotel’s recovery plan. And you may choose to relax in the hot springs! Our program will vary depending on the changing weather. For those who do not suffer from vertigo, there is the option of climbing Huayna Picchu, that very steep mountain behind Machu Picchu. Note – a permit in advance costing US$12.00 is required. Inketerra Pueblo, Aguas CalientesBD (2)

 

Day 6 Thursday 18 September

Sacred Valley: There will be time for one last visit to Machu Picchu perhaps, prior to our departure back on the vistadome. We return to the Sacred Valley and to the magnificent Ollantaytambo – the great citadel where the Incas had their only victory over the marauding Spanish forces. We visit the village with its superbly preserved stone streets and houses and may visit the work of one of Peru’s most famous potters. Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo Hotel B

 

Day 7 Friday 19 September

Sacred Valley: We then journey back to Cusco making various stops and detours to visit domestic weavers, villages, salt pools and the ancient Moray complex. The landscapes for this journey are often through unspoilt valleys with majestic mountains providing a magnificent backdrop. We arrive in Cusco and to the – Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel BL

 

Day 8 Saturday 20 September

Cusco: This former capital of the Inca Empire – largest of the Pre-Columbian civilisations – and in most respects, as sophisticated and organised as those of Europe. The Incas had a nobility, armies, bureaucracy and religion but without horses, armour and modern weapons, were no match for the ruthless, exploitative Spanish who relentlessly pursued power, gold and silver and offered little more than Christianity as a palliative for the conquered. Cusco has a range of colourful plazas, markets, churches, Inca museums and sites, shopping areas, restaurants and other places of special interest to keep us occupied today. In the evening, we will dine at the historic Monasterio Hotel (former Inca Amaru Qhala’s Palace) and relax with opera singers for company. BD

 

Day 9 Sunday 21 September

Today may be treated as a free day to relax, shop etc. or it can be occupied with tours with our guides as we wish. There is much to see with key Inca sites, superb Inca buildings constructed with local stone, museums, Spanish churches and other places of special interest. Shopping expeditions for knitwear, silver and precious stones are also very successful. B

 

Day 10 Monday 22 September

We depart for Santiago, Chile (via Lima), in preparation for the South American ‘Gardens Tour’ to Chile, Argentina and Brazil, or to return home. B

Colombia's gardens and culture

Our Colombia Tour Program will be provided to travellers in more detail but in brief:-

4-8 Sept – Bogota area

Includes a downtown walking tour of historic precinct including the fabulous Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), Fernando Botero Museum, Candelaria Artists Colony, various private properties and gardens, Bogota Botanic Gardens, at least one of Diana Wiesner’s contemporary landscape projects in addition to the Casa Bolivar and the rehabilitation project at the Monserrate Mountain which dominates the capital. Butterfly enclosure, Quindio B.G.

 

10-12 Sept

Cartagena

We have three nights for enjoying the Old Town at Cartagena – a wonderful Spanish architectural legacy and a fascinating old port in which to relax. Undulating rich soils in the La Zona Cafetera

 

13 Sept

Tour concludes.

Transfers to Lima, Peru for those continuing in South America on the ALC Peru Tour from 13-22 September 2014.

Colombia’s gardens and culture

Our Colombia Tour Program will be provided to travellers in more detail but in brief:-

4-8 Sept – Bogota area

Includes a downtown walking tour of historic precinct including the fabulous Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), Fernando Botero Museum, Candelaria Artists Colony, various private properties and gardens, Bogota Botanic Gardens, at least one of Diana Wiesner’s contemporary landscape projects in addition to the Casa Bolivar and the rehabilitation project at the Monserrate Mountain which dominates the capital. Butterfly enclosure, Quindio B.G.

 

10-12 Sept

Cartagena

We have three nights for enjoying the Old Town at Cartagena – a wonderful Spanish architectural legacy and a fascinating old port in which to relax. Undulating rich soils in the La Zona Cafetera

 

13 Sept

Tour concludes.

Transfers to Lima, Peru for those continuing in South America on the ALC Peru Tour from 13-22 September 2014.

Gardens of Paradise & Cultural Tour of South America

In Chile, leading designer Juan Grimm guides us to country and city gardens, hacienda gardens, and his own brilliant retreat overlooking the Pacific. We visit the bohemian port of Valparaiso, the idyllic seaside village of Zapallar, the gracious, historic Santa Rita Vineyard Estancia, and glimpse the Chilean soul through writers like Pablo Neruda and Isabelle Allende.

In Rio de Janeiro we visit gardens of Roberto Burle Marx − perhaps the finest twentieth century landscape designer − who often teamed with brilliant architect Oscar Niemeyer. Both were profoundly affected by the power and beauty of Brazil and voluptuous landforms of Rio de Janeiro.

Over six days in magical Rio we experience vibrant Brazilian flora and Marx’s brilliant civic designs − such as Copacabana Beach’s swirling mosaic promenade. We see his cubist garden designs ‘painted with plants’ in his treasured hill station gardens of Teresópolis and Petrópolis, and in his own Sitio – a unique garden-studio-nursery complex. (Garden of Wonders). As well as historic and contemporary gardens, you may be interested in visiting a vibrant favella.

We leave sensuous Rio for one of the great natural wonders of the world − the spectacular Iguazu Falls set amidst tropical landscapes. In Buenos Aires, ‘Paris of the South’, we tour parks of Palermo, Puerto Madero (the rejuvenated port), colourful streets of San Telmo and La Boca, and jostle through antique markets. We see galleries of Latin American art, and ponder national icon Eva Peron at her museum, and her mausoleum in the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

We’ll relish Latin American cuisine and marvellous wines in historic cafes and restaurants; we’ll visit galleries and the famed Teatro Colon Opera House; we’ll be moved by pulsating samba music of Rio, and a night of riveting tango. We travel in luxury coaches and relax in marvellous 4−5 star hotels.

What makes this tour extraordinary is visiting some of the finest gardens in South America, including 18 privately owned. We talk with designers, and owners, and absorb their worlds. During special presentations from designers and experts we contemplate art, literature, politics and national identity.

This tour follows on from other ALC tours to Colombia (4-13 September 2014) and Peru (13-22 September 2014)

Gardens of Paradise & Cultural Tour of South America

In Chile, leading designer Juan Grimm guides us to country and city gardens, hacienda gardens, and his own brilliant retreat overlooking the Pacific. We visit the bohemian port of Valparaiso, the idyllic seaside village of Zapallar, the gracious, historic Santa Rita Vineyard Estancia, and glimpse the Chilean soul through writers like Pablo Neruda and Isabelle Allende.

In Rio de Janeiro we visit gardens of Roberto Burle Marx − perhaps the finest twentieth century landscape designer − who often teamed with brilliant architect Oscar Niemeyer. Both were profoundly affected by the power and beauty of Brazil and voluptuous landforms of Rio de Janeiro.

Over six days in magical Rio we experience vibrant Brazilian flora and Marx’s brilliant civic designs − such as Copacabana Beach’s swirling mosaic promenade. We see his cubist garden designs ‘painted with plants’ in his treasured hill station gardens of Teresópolis and Petrópolis, and in his own Sitio – a unique garden-studio-nursery complex. (Garden of Wonders). As well as historic and contemporary gardens, you may be interested in visiting a vibrant favella.

We leave sensuous Rio for one of the great natural wonders of the world − the spectacular Iguazu Falls set amidst tropical landscapes. In Buenos Aires, ‘Paris of the South’, we tour parks of Palermo, Puerto Madero (the rejuvenated port), colourful streets of San Telmo and La Boca, and jostle through antique markets. We see galleries of Latin American art, and ponder national icon Eva Peron at her museum, and her mausoleum in the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

We’ll relish Latin American cuisine and marvellous wines in historic cafes and restaurants; we’ll visit galleries and the famed Teatro Colon Opera House; we’ll be moved by pulsating samba music of Rio, and a night of riveting tango. We travel in luxury coaches and relax in marvellous 4−5 star hotels.

What makes this tour extraordinary is visiting some of the finest gardens in South America, including 18 privately owned. We talk with designers, and owners, and absorb their worlds. During special presentations from designers and experts we contemplate art, literature, politics and national identity.

This tour follows on from other ALC tours to Colombia (4-13 September 2014) and Peru (13-22 September 2014)