Peru with Evan & Sarah Rich

Immerse yourself in the culture and flavors of Peru with chefs Evan and Sarah Rich, hike the Inca Trail, experience sunrise over Machu Picchu

Adventure of a Lifetime

The cultural and culinary best of Peru with Chefs Even & Sarah Rich

October 21 - 27, 2022

Reserve your spot - one exclusive departure

7 Days, 6 Nights

Best of Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

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$6,000

Per person, based on double occupancy. Includes internal flight from Lima to Cusco.

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You’ve harvested your own ingredients like Andean locals have for centuries. Your bounty of fresh potatoes, oca and beans simmers with succulent charred meats in a pit barbecue. Beside you, a villager explains this flavorful celebration of Mother Earth and its importance to indigenous Andes communities—to the cycles of life and to everything around us. And now, you’re connected to it all.

Traveling with you are award-winning chefs Evan and Sarah Rich. They’re the owners and culinary inspiration behind San Francisco’s iconic Rich Table. Sure, they’ve earned a coveted Michelin star and James Beard Award nomination—but at heart, Sarah and Evan are community-minded hosts inviting you to come in, have some nationally acclaimed food and stay awhile. No matter what table Evan and Sarah are at, they bring culinary enlightenment and inspiration.

If you want to jump into local flavors and explore the heights of the Andes, this trip is for you. We’ll explore artsy Lima, taste and cook traditional Peruvian cuisine, hike the Inca Trail and experience sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is an adventure of food and culture with Evan and Sarah, celebrating a land where the Inca’s age-old traditions flourish in the 21st century. You won’t forget it.

Peru of Your Dreams

Explore & Celebrate

Explore the artsy capital of Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, indigenous street food and hip local barrios. Celebrate ancient Incan culture, local weavers and chefs, Peru's ancient traditions.

Hiking Adventure

Hike sections of the Inca Trail and the Sacred Valley, and lace up those boots for a full-day trek up, up and up into the sheer audaciousness of Machu Picchu.

Culinary Inspiration

Evan and Sarah Rich are the husband-and-wife owners of Rich Table and RT Rotisserie. They’ve earned a Michelin Star, and plenty of fans in San Francisco and beyond. Now they’re on the hunt for culinary inspiration in Peru.

Your Peru Experience

“We’re going to eat at wonderful restaurants. Cook some vegetables in the Andes. Go to Machu Picchu. There are so many amazing things on this trip.” –Sarah Rich

“I think Peruvian cuisine is really exciting because it’s not influenced by European styles. It’s always interesting to see different perspectives on how to bring food together.” –Even Rich

Modern Adventure is a proud Certified B Corp, and a certified Climate Neutral Business. We believe travel can be a force for good, and that how we travel matters. We exist to offer singular travel experiences and to create a community who value going deeper.

Day by Day

Day 1

Bienvenidos a Peru! Because Lima’s become a global culinary hotspot, we begin by exploring the city markets to take in its colors, sounds and smells. Then it’s a hands-on cooking class to try making our own Peruvian classics for lunch, where Evan and Sarah will collaborate with a local chef. Satiated and enlightened, we head out on foot to tour the surrounding Barranco neighborhood. It’s a laid-back Bohemian scene where surfers sip artisan coffee and colorful street art adorns building sides.

For our welcome dinner this evening, we’ll dine at one of the world’s Top 50 restaurants: Astrid y Gastón. Chef Gastón Acurio’s restaurant is a reflection of Peru’s natural bounty, with beautiful dishes paying homage to the people and land. Pair it with a creative cocktail or a pick from their sprawling wine list. It’ll serve as the perfect backdrop to kick off our adventure!

Day 1 Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking with Evan & Sarah
  • Barranco street food tour
  • Dinner at Astrid y Gastón
  • Stay at Hotel Casa Republica in Lima

Day 2

Today we move into the Andes! After a quick flight to Cusco, we ride into the Sacred Valley to reach Lamay to visit the indigenous Huayllafara community. Their local experts will lead us through their farms where they’ll teach us the importance of agriculture and its connection to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Here, we’ll be invited to harvest our own Andean ingredients like potatoes, oca, anu, trawl, quinoa and beans to use in this afternoon’s traditional meal, pachamanca. Our bounty will be placed in a pit barbecue where hot stones will cook everything to charred and caramelized perfection. We’ll feast like locals—casual, fun, authentic, delicious.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Flight to Cusco, transfer to Sacred Valley
  • Traditional pachamanca lunch
  • Stay at Hacienda Urubamba

Day 3

We’re getting deeper into the roots of one of the greatest empires in history. We start at Maras salt flats, a vast landscape of salt-evaporation ponds used since pre-Incan times. Nearby, we’ll see the circular terraces of Moray, an amphitheater of agriculture with its own prehistoric irrigation system. Our host is from famed MIL Centro restaurant, owned by rockstar Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez. They’ll share how these deep-rooted Incan traditions influence and inspire their modern cuisine. But we won’t just talk about it—we’ll experience it first-hand. At MIL Centro in Maras, we’ll be treated to an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind meal. It’s a storybook—actually, more like an encyclopedia—with eight courses, each representing an ecosystem of elevation used in their authentic, intense and fiercely local cooking.

Day 3 Highlights

  • Explore Maras salt flats & terraces of Moray 
  • Lunch at MIL Centro
  • Stay at Hacienda Urubamba

Day 4

Today we head to nearby Ollaytaytambo and board a train to Aguas Calientes. We can ride all the way there—or venture on an awe-inspiring, 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) hike on the Inca Trail! We pass over suspension bridges, through jungle and by amazing archaeological sites like Chachabamba and Winaywayna before reaching the last climb: up steep, narrow stone steps that lead to our first look at Machu Picchu, spilling down almost impossibly over a mountainside. Walking through the Sun Gate, Intipunku, is the absolute best way to see this marvel for the first time. After a long trek, we’ll be able to put our feet up and relax in luxury at the hotel, Machu Picchu on our minds for the evening.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Train to Inca Trail
  • Hike Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Stay at Machu Picchu Pueblo in Aguas Calientes

Day 5

We’re not done with Machu Picchu yet! After a delicious breakfast and leisurely morning, we’ll head back to see the clouds lift to reveal the scale and sheer audacity of a ridge-top site built between towering peaks. We’ll dive deeper on a spellbinding walk through ruin-filled terraces and ancient terrain. This afternoon, we head back to Aguas Calientes to shop or take advantage of our beautiful hotel—whether that’s enjoying the spa, soaking in the pools or wandering the well-kept gardens and cozy reading rooms to relax with a drink.

Day 5 Highlights

  • Sunrise visit to Machu Picchu
  • Stay at Machu Picchu Pueblo in Aguas Calientes

Day 6

We’ve been busy explorers, so today is a leisurely introduction to Cusco, ancient capital of the Incan empire. Here, sleek and modern eateries fit neatly into weathered Spanish-colonial buildings, while locals in indigenous clothing sell traditional crafts and produce. It’s a lively place, where past and present lives in harmony (except for when a llama holds up traffic).

We reach lunch right away at Pachapapa, a local favorite, colorfully decorated and serving plates lovingly stacked with local ingredients. Full in Cusco flavor, we’ll walk the streets of surrounding San Blas and down the famed Hatunrumiyoc, a street lined in stone and draped in vibrant textiles. Then it’s a walk through Incan history right in the city. We’ll visit Coricancha, spiritual center of the Inca Empire, and Cusco Cathedral before finishing in Plaza de Armas, the town square situated around a glorious fountain statue of Incan emperor Pachacuti. Tonight we’ll cheers pisco sours at a farewell dinner with the group, celebrating our adventure together!

Day 6 Highlights

  • Lunch at Pachapapa
  • Walking exploration of Cusco sites
  • Farewell dinner & drinks
  • Stay at El Mercado in Cusco

Day 7

For our last day together, we’ll drive to the nearby Saqsayhuaman, a hillside fortress built by the Inca by stacking enormous stones fit into a perfect, mortar-free puzzle. To return to Cusco, we follow Quechua-speaking locals walking from mountain villages to city markets on the fabled Qhapaq Ñan network of Incan roads. We’ll freshen up before heading wherever our journeys take us next—home or beyond—with Peru in our hearts forever. Buen viaje!

Day 7 Highlights

  • Visit Saqsayhuaman
  • Walk famed Incan roads to Cusco
  • Fly home or continue your adventure

Where We Sleep

Our accommodations reflect the beauty and grace of Peru, setting the tone for our week of inspired exploration.

Casa República

Lima

A meticulously preserved mansion from the 1920s—all columns and finials and grandeur—this 22-room retreat is on a quiet Lima street and gives you a real sense of place. Nowhere more so than the rooftop bar. Order up a round of pisco sours at sunset, then take in the views of the beautiful bohemian sprawl that is Lima’s Barranco neighborhood.

Hacienda Urubamba

Urubamba

Tucked away in the countryside between Cusco and Machu Picchu, this five-star hacienda-style getaway is the perfect waypost for our journey. Serenity abounds throughout the 100-acre property’s open spaces, 10-acre “earth-to-table” plantation where you can pick your own produce, local and traditional style and modern comforts. This is Sacred Valley living.

Machu Picchu Pueblo

Aguas Calientes

Enter this luxurious Aguas Calientes hotel by bridge, which makes it feels like stepping into a different world. The hacienda-style hotel is set in lush rainforest vegetation, with brightly colored birds hovering over pools and through the winding nature trails you can explore. After a hard day’s walk, the spa and eucalyptus-infused steam hut will restore all your powers.

El Mercado

Cusco

You’ll be happy setting up at this one-time, colonial-era Cusco market turned boutique B&B. The 32 traditional rooms with beam ceilings boast a chic makeover, and overlook the hotel's central terrace. Filled with artesanías (handicrafts) and comfy lounges around pit fires, it’s the perfect place to stay warm, with a drink or two, on those chilly nights.

I formed bonds in unexpected ways with so many different people.
Brianna S.
I would do exactly the same trip again!
Julia C.
I loved having so many opportunities to explore Peruvian culture and the landscape.
Sue S.

Questions?

We have answers! Read our FAQs below. Or text or call us at +1 (855) 219-8018 to speak with a Modern Adventure trip specialist.

  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins at the Hotel Casa Republica in Lima, Peru. The closest airport is the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). We recommend arriving one day in advance of our trip start to ensure you're at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends in Cusco, Peru. The closest airport is the Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ). Your flight home or to onward travel should be scheduled to depart at 2:30pm or later from here.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    Citizens from the United States as well as most Western European countries do not require a visa to travel to Peru. For most travelers you will need a valid passport. It is recommended for your passport to be valid at least six months after your travel is planned. Please check with the Peru Embassy or Consulate for detailed information and full requirements.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $1,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  7. Who is leading this trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They're an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.

  8. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most 'Cancel For Any Reason' policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

  9. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before June 23, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $750 per-person service fee (due to Inca Trail Permits being made at time of booking, and additional $250 fee is applied to our standard $500 cancelation fee). If you cancel on or after June 24, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 22, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).