Peru with Gregory Gourdet

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Heart & Soul of Peru

A weeklong celebration of Peru with star chef Gregory Gourdet

August 6 - 12, 2024

One Departure Only | Likely to Sell Out

7 Days, 6 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’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 celebration of Mother Earth and its importance to indigenous Andes communities—to the cycles of life and to everything around us. Yesterday you dined in Peru’s artsy capital at one of the city’s iconic kitchens; today you’re celebrating a millennia of traditions, a tribute to the ingenuity and reverence of Peruvian culture. Old and new have a symbiotic bond here, and you taste it in every bite.

With us in Peru is Gregory Gourdet, Portland’s acclaimed chef and one of the most joyful and wonderful humans we know. This will be Gregory’s fourth (!) Modern Adventure. We are deeply honored to explore the world with Gregory again; he’s been dreaming of immersing himself in the culture and cuisine of Peru for years. Join us for a weeklong celebration of people and place, alongside the Portland-based chef, whose latest restaurant, Kann, was just named the best new restaurant in America by Esquire.

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 Gregory Gourdet.


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


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


Rich Peruvian flavors, colorful food markets, Michelin-star meals and farm-to-table ingredients


Ancient Incan culture, local weavers and chefs, Peru's ancient traditions with Gregory Gourdey

3 Reasons to Travel with Gregory

In 2022 alone, Gregory won a James Beard Award for his cookbook, Everyone's Table, and opened his new restaurant Kann, which was recently named among the top 50 restaurants in America by The New York Times and Esquire. Now—in the midst of one of his busiest and most intense years—he's plotting how to explore his newest passion, the indigenous flavors of Peru.

Hometown Hero

As one of only two Portlanders ever to compete on Top Chef, Gregory wowed the judges on his season’s finale. So much so, they invited him back last season as a Top Chef judge. He’s a guy who likes to dive in and go big.

Will to Succeed

Gregory is an 'ultrarunner' who thrives on the challenge of running a full marathon, and then adding on five extra miles! A self-professed adrenaline junkie, Gregory loves to be put through the wringer and emerge victoriously.

Next Stop: Delicious

Gregory’s family is Haitian. After years of honing his talents at restaurants, he opened up his own spot in Portland in 2022: Kann, a Haitian live fired eatery focused on bringing Haitian cuisine, culture and history to life.

Your Experience

“From the Amazon to Machu Picchu, Peru is a magical place, full of ancient culture, history and wonder.”
Gregory Gourdet

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

“You open your mind to a whole world by meeting people and experiencing the deep history of a place.”
Gregory Gourdet

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 Gregory 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.

Our welcome dinner this evening is nuanced as the city itself. We’ll indulge in Nikkei, a Japanese Peruvian style of cooking that emerged in Lima during the late 19th century and has since evolved into its own original cuisine. Over five courses of dishes like chirashi con choclo and jalea, we’ll raise a toast to the week of discovery ahead.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Chef-led market tour
  • Hands-on cooking with Gregory
  • Welcome dinner
  • Stay at AC Hotel Lima Miraflores

Day 2

Today we move into the Andes! After a quick flight to Cusco, we ride into the Sacred Valley to Chinchero for a weaving demonstration. Alongside local master artisans, we’ll not only learn about the vibrant dyes that define Andean clothing but we’ll be shown how to warp, weave, and even how to execute the ñawi awapa border 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 2 Highlights

  • Flight to Cusco
  • Weaving demonstration
  • 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 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 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.

After ample time to digest and relax, we’ll convene once again 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 3 Highlights

  • Explore Maras salt flats
  • Lunch at MIL Centro
  • Orihuela dining experience
  • 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, 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. 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

Day 5

We’re not done with Machu Picchu yet! We’re up early 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 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 5 Highlights

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

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’ll get to know Cusco— its iconic streets like Hatunrumiyoc, a road lined in stone and draped in vibrant textiles, Coricancha, the spiritual center of the Inca Empire, and of course its renowned Cathedral. We’ll even drive to the nearby Saqsayhuaman, a hillside fortress built by the Inca by stacking enormous stones fit into a perfect, mortar-free puzzle.

Then it’s onto a truly special lunch. We’ll follow Gregory to the outskirts of the city for an unforgettable banquet of food, pisco and music. Seated outdoors in rustic elegance, we’ll be treated to a menu cooked and curated by Gregory—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. As our stomachs start to rumble, we’ll take a table 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 Gregory leads a few toasts to celebrate a truly incredible week.

Day 6 Highlights

  • Walking exploration of Cusco sites
  • Banquet lunch by Gregory
  • Farewell dinner at Map Cafe
  • Stay at Aranwa Cusco

Day 7

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

  • Transfer to Cusco airport

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


Nestled 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


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.

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!
Julia C.
I loved having so many opportunities to explore Peruvian culture and the landscape.
Sue S.

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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?

    Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; internal flight from Lima to Cusco; 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?

    US citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Peru for stays under 90 days. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned departure date. Not a US citizen? Please check with the Peruvian Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

    Please note that your passport information is required shortly after booking to secure an Inca Trail hiking permit. 

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

    For solo travelers, there is a $1,200 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 April 8, 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 April 9, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after June 7, 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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