Peru with Erik Ramirez

October 7 - 14, 2024 | One Exclusive Departure

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Heart & Soul of Peru

A weeklong celebration of Peru with Erik Ramirez

October 7 - 14, 2024

One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!

8 Days, 7 Nights

Best of Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

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Per person based on double occupancy; includes internal flight from Lima to Cusco

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You’re four courses into a 12-course tasting menu at Mayta, a regular on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, and everything you thought you knew about Peruvian cuisine is now under question. From tender sea bass soaked in leche de tigre to macambo pureé and grilled mamey, each plate is nothing short of a symphony, a love letter to the country’s most ancient ingredients and time-honored traditions. And the best part? This is only day one. Tomorrow, you’ll explore Lima’s colorful markets and whip up ceviche in a hands-on cooking class; later, you’ll scale misty Andean peaks on the iconic Inca Trail and harvest oca and añu root for an unforgettable pachamanca feast. This is Peru like you’ve only ever dreamt about—profound and exquisitely intimate.

Joining us on this adventure is New York’s Erik Ramirez, the award-winning chef and James Beard semifinalist behind Michelin-star Llama Inn and Greenwich Village’s wildly popular Llama San. Erik’s menus are sophisticated and boldly inventive—he’s a pro at reimagining traditional Peruvian staples and has amassed a devout following with his black sea bass ceviche alone. With profound connections and deep familial ties to Peru, Erik is the ultimate guide on this epic journey of culture and cuisine.

If you want to explore the heights of the Andes and experience true local culture and cuisine, this trip is for you. Explore artsy Lima, taste and cook traditional Peruvian cuisine, hike the Inca Trail and experience sunrise over Machu Picchu alongside Erik Ramirez.


The artsy capital of Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, indigenous street food and hip local barrios


Your senses with Andes hikes, in Sacred Valley villages, up into the sheer audaciousness of Machu Picchu


Rich Peruvian flavors, colorful street food, iconic cocktails, and breathtaking farm-to-table meals


Ancient Incan culture, local weavers and chefs, Peru's ancient traditions with Erik Ramirez

3 Reasons to Travel with Erik Ramirez

There’s no other way to put it: Erik Ramirez is a force. The James Beard semifinalist ignited New York’s Peruvian food craze with Llama Inn, his Williamsburg eatery where the menu is straight-up wizardry: think fermented hot sauce and grilled mackerel ceviche that Padma Lakshmi described as a “revelation." Erik’s since opened up two more wildly popular restaurants in Greenwich Village and Madrid, and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

Just Add Ceviche

Both of Erik’s parents hail from Peru and took him on regular trips to their homeland to visit family. It wasn’t until after Erik graduated culinary school, however, that he developed a fascination with Peruvian culture and cuisine. All it took? One “mind-blowing ceviche.”

Beloved by the Stars

Erik’s innovative approach to Peruvian cuisine has earned him a loyal fan base in NYC and beyond. He helped dream up the plant-based menu for the 2021 Met Gala and starred in both the Voltaggio’s Battle of the Brothers and Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation.

Balancing Act

With three restaurants between two different time zones, Erik operates on an otherworldly level of busy. His number one priority? His two sons, Luca and Nico. No matter how busy life gets, Erik and his co-parent partner, Cierra Sweet, always takes them to school in the morning and then back for a home-cooked dinner.

Your Experience

“All the different cultural influences in Peruvian cuisine are what makes it so great.”
Erik Ramirez

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

“My inspiration comes from everywhere—the seasons, ingredients, even just going out for a casual meal.”
Erik Ramirez

Day by Day

Day 1: Lima

Bienvenidos a Peru! We dive right into Lima exploring the city’s art and architecture, sights and sounds, from the lively buzz of Barranco to neocolonial gems like the Presidential Palace. We’ll soak up layers of history and inspiration, with Erik leading the charge—he grew up traveling to Peru as a kid and has a few stories to tell.

This evening is one for the books as we sit back for a bonafide welcome feast at the best restaurant in the world—literally. Not only has Chef Jaime Pesaque’s Mayta earned a spot on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, it also cinched the title of “World’s Best Restaurant” at the World Culinary Awards in 2022 (that’s about as high up as you can go). As we sample and savor a positively exquisite expression of Peruvian cuisine, we’ll raise a toast to the week of discovery ahead.

Day 1: Lima Highlights

  • Arrival transfers
  • Art and architecture tour
  • Dinner at Mayta
  • Stay at AC Hotel Lima

Day 2: Lima

We begin bright and early with an immersive tour of Surquillo market; it’s a kaleidoscope of fresh produce and local crafts and a firsthand look at the ingredients we’ll be eating for the rest of the day.

Armed with stalks of healthy produce and fresh fish, we’ll trade the streets for a private kitchen and participate in a hands-on cooking class. Alongside Erik, we’ll lean deep into Peruvian culinary tradition and try our hand at local classics like ceviche.

Dinner tonight is a little unusual and a whole lot of fun. We’ll zigzag through downtown and partake in a five-stop food tour that is an ode to its Peruvian origin story. Every dish will derive from a specific region of the country; it’s a true feast of the senses and a shining example of biodiversity. After dinner we have tickets to a local soccer match, and then the rest of the evening is yours to embellish… perhaps, at one of Lima’s cozy cocktail lounges for a luxurious nightcap.

Day 2: Lima Highlights

  • Market tour
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Lima food tour
  • Stay at AC Hotel Lima

Day 3: Sacred Valley

Today we move into the Andes! After a short flight to Cusco, we ride into the Sacred Valley to Chinchero for weaving alongside local master artisans. We’ll not only learn about the vibrant dyes that define Andean clothing but also how to warp, weave, and even how to execute the ñawi awapa technique.

Soon after, we’ll meet with the indigenous community, exploring their farms and learning the importance of agriculture and its connection to Pachamama (Mother Earth). We’ll also be invited to harvest our own Andean ingredients—potatoes and oca, añu root and quinoa—for this afternoon’s traditional pachamanca meal. After our bounty is 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.

To cap off this immersive day, we’ll visit the first distillery in the Sacred Valley. Here, a local family draws on centuries of botanical infusion and sugar cane to produce some of the most original and compelling spirits in all of Peru. We’ll tour their operation over a flight of their finest.

Day 3: Sacred Valley Highlights

  • Flight to Cuso
  • Weaving workshop
  • Pachamanca lunch
  • Stay at Hacienda Urubamba

Day 4: Sacred Valley

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 in use 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 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 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.

After ample time to relax, we’ll convene for a truly special dining experience. Not only have we been invited by the Orihuela family to view their private art collection—from ceramic bulls and ancient textiles to Inca weaponry and ceremonial vessels—we’ll also be guests for dinner. It’s certainly a unique atmosphere, and it feels like dining inside a museum.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Highlights

  • Tour of salt flats
  • Lunch at MIL
  • Dinner at Casa Hacienda Orihuela
  • Stay at Hacienda Urubamba

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Today we head to nearby Ollaytaytambo and board a train to Aguas Calientes. We can ride all the way there—or, if you’re up for the adventure, arrive by foot via 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, and we’ll toast to the magic of the moment with Erik and a special bubbly pour. Back at the hotel, we’ll be able to put our feet up and relax in luxury after our long trek, Machu Picchu on our minds for the evening.

Day 5: Machu Picchu Highlights

  • Train to Inca Trail
  • Optional hike to Machu Picchu
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Day 6: Machu Picchu > Cusco

We’re not done with Machu Picchu yet! After a delicious breakfast, 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.

Our lunch unfolds in the shadow of the lost city at Belmond Sanctuary. Look out for exotic butterflies and giant hummingbirds between sumptuous bites of some of the best elevated fusion in the valley.

This afternoon, we’ll train back to Cusco 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 6: Machu Picchu > Cusco Highlights

  • Dawn visit to Machu Picchu
  • Lunch at Belmond Sanctuary
  • Train to Cusco
  • Stay at Aranwa Cusco

Day 7: Cusco

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’ll get to know Cusco and its iconic streets and sights, including nearby Saqsayhuaman, an Inca-built hillside fortress of enormous stones fit into a perfect, mortar-free puzzle. From there, it’s onto a truly special lunch. We’ll head over to the outskirts of the city to roll up our sleeves for a cooking class and pisco sour workshop led by Erik, the ultimate expert in Peruvian food and drink. Afterwards, we’ll tuck into the fruits of our labor over an outdoor banquet that epitomizes rustic elegance, every dish an ode to this epic week of exploration.

We’ll return euphoric and ready to explore Cusco independently until we reconvene for our farewell dinner at the Map Cafe. This is quintessential Cusco cuisine—fresh, sophisticated and unlike anything you’ve tried before. As we dig into some of the best food in Peru, don’t be surprised if Erik leads a few toasts to celebrate a truly incredible week.

Day 7: Cusco Highlights

  • Visit Saqsayhuaman
  • Outdoor cooking with Erik
  • Dinner at Map Cafe
  • Stay at Aranwa Cusco

Day 8: Cusco

Today we say our goodbyes. We’ll freshen up before heading wherever our journeys take us next—home or beyond—with Peru in our hearts forever. Buen viaje!

Day 8: Cusco Highlights

  • Transfer to Cusco airport
  • Flights home

Where We Sleep

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

AC Hotel Lima Miraflores


Tucked snugly against miles of rocky coastline and Larcomar, Lima’s swankiest shopping venue, this sleek urban sanctuary is a symphony of cutting-edge design and vibrant local luxury. Expansive rooms offer birds-eye views of the crashing waves below, while the elegant dining lounge comes fully equipped with a curated spread of just-baked tarts, artisanal prosciutto, and exquisitely aged Manchego each morning.

Hacienda Urubamba

Sacred Valley

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 Hotel

Aguas Calientes

Deep within the cloud forest, stone pathways wind through terraced hills, connecting charming whitewashed casitas to over 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty. Golden-headed quetzals soar overhead as you breathe in the perfumed air of the world’s largest native orchid collection, while unrivaled views of the Vilcanota River await you in Inkaterra’s stately glass dining room.

Aranwa Cusco


Cusco is a dream of storied traditions and unmatched culture, and this historic Cusco estate is no exception. Impeccably restored with sleek Scottish showers and whirlpool tubs, the colonial-style mansion still brims with soulful character and old-world charm. Inside, original oils and 16th-century sculptures bedeck elegant halls, while ancient flavors and hyperlocal ingredients come to life in Aranwa’s courtyard restaurant.

I formed bonds in unexpected ways with so many different people.
Brianna S.
I would do exactly the same trip again!
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I loved having so many opportunities to explore Peruvian culture and the landscape.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs


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  1. What does the price include?

    Seven nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; internal flight from Lima to Cusco; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival and departure airport transfers; 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; 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 Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), where we’ll transfer to Hotel Casa Republica in Lima, Peru. 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 9, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $750 per-person service fee (due to Inca Trail Permits being made at time of booking, an additional $250 fee is applied to our standard $500 cancelation fee). If you cancel on or after June 10, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 8, 2024 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).

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