Peru with Gregory Gourdet
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Heart & Soul of Peru
A weeklong celebration of Peru with star chef Gregory Gourdet
March 29 - April 4, 2023
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7 Day, 6 Nights
Best of Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, 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 a Michelin-star kitchen; 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 is Gregory’s third (!) 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, and of a land where the Inca’s age-old traditions still flourish in the 21st century.
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
Gregory’s true break-out was becoming a finalist on Top Chef. Since then he’s published a cookbook, been showered with awards and praise locally and nationally, returned as a judge to Top Chef and—in the midst of one of his busiest and most intense years—plotting how to explore his newest passion—the indigenous flavors of Peru.
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, Gregory’s next endeavor is opening his own spot in Portland: a wood-fired, globally influenced concept focused on bringing iconic Haitian favorites to life. We can’t wait.
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.
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 PuebloAguas 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.
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.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before November 29, 2022 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 November 30, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after January 28, 2023 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).