Peru with Jose Salazar
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The ultimate cultural & culinary adventure in Peru with chef Jose Salazar
April 13 -19, 2024
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7 Days, 6 Nights
Best of Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
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You’re standing in dense jungle canopy at the footsteps of Chachabamba, gatehouse to a lost city in the clouds. You can’t see where the steps go, only what they’re made of: ancient, tiny stones, laid out centuries ago up a misty Andean peak and into the sheer audaciousness of Machu Picchu. Suddenly, the sprawling 15th-century city stands before you, hemmed in by forest-clad mountains. During the past few days, you’ve experienced traditional Sacred Valley panchamaca meals and some of the world’s best dining in Lima. Tomorrow, you’ll walk the storied streets of Cusco. Yet right now, it’s just you up in the clouds, witnessing the impossible city of Machu Picchu. And it’s magic.
With us in Peru is Jose Salazar, a Food and Wine Best Chef and one of Cincinnati’s most respected culinary personalities. His restaurants—Salazar, Mita’s, Goose & Elder—are acclaimed spots for “New American” cuisine combining the traditions and flavors of Latin America. Jose is a native of Colombia, however it’s Peru that has captured his heart and culinary soul. Together we’ll eat, walk, trek, bar-hop, and cook Peruvian cuisine with local chefs—and have so much fun doing it.
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, get hands-on with traditional Peruvian cuisine, hike the Inca Trail and experience sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is a true adventure of cuisine and culture.
The artsy capital of Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, indigenous street food and hip local barrios
Rich Peruvian flavors, colorful food markets and farm-to-table ingredients
Ancient Incan culture, local weavers and chefs, Peru's ancient cultures and traditions
Your senses with Andes hikes, in Sacred Valley villages, up into the eye-popping ruins of Machu Picchu
3 Reasons Why We Love Jose Salazar
Jose speaks of Peruvian cuisine in colors and feelings. And he’s just as ready to anchor his recipes in history and research from Peru. You won’t just taste the beautiful peppers, fresh seafood, the potatoes and legumes — you’ll understand how elevation, coastlines, and cultures influence every bite.
Magic of Peru
Jose has pored over the recipes, history, and cultural literature of Peru with a passion. For him, stepping foot in the Sacred Valley, cooking in Lima, and experiencing the best street foods is like watching a black-and-white TV suddenly turn to color.
Jose has worked alongside culinary heavy hitters, including Thomas Keller, who helped Jose cement his cooking philosophies. Today, his Cincinnati restaurants are the places to go for innovative fare from the multi-award-winning chef.
Playing the Long Game
Jose has put in the long hours and long weeks as a chef. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s what spawned his “New American” food – think tapas, seafood, and more — in a way that educates as much as it satisfies.
AC Hotel Lima MirafloresLima
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.
Aranwa Sacred ValleySacred Valley
Tucked away in the countryside between Cusco and Machu Picchu, this elegant hideaway is the perfect basecamp to explore the wonders of the Sacred Valley. Expect stunning starlit nights and unmatched hospitality.
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.
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.
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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
Per person based on double occupancy; includes internal flight from Lima to Cusco
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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 AC Hotel Lima Miraflores 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?
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.
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 December 15, 2023 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 December 16, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after February 13, 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 or medical emergency, or cases of the trip being not operating (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).