Peru with Neal Fraser

One Departure Only | May 10 - 16, 2022

Discover Peru

A cultural and culinary adventure to savor with Chef Neal Fraser

May 10 - 16, 2022

One departure only with Chef Neal Fraser

7 Day, 6 Nights

Best of Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Price from

$5,700

Per person
Based on double occupancy

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+1 (855) 219-8018

You’re walking through a sprawling, verdant amphitheater once used by the Inca. Nearby, beautifully anomalous salt ponds forged by tectonic plates millennia ago form a patchwork field. Both are examples of ancient ingenuity still preserved today and influencing modern ideas. Then, you’re at a Michelin-starred restaurant eating a world-class meal sourced from the same surroundings. It’s 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.

Your traveling companion is acclaimed Los Angeles chef Neal Fraser. Neal’s been a fine-dining champion in LA for three decades, racking up awards and making foodies’ hearts flutter. His restaurant and event spaces, Redbird and Vibiana, have become downtown dining staples for locals and visitors looking to be wowed. A former trip leader himself, Neal is excited to tour Peru with some adventurous—and hungry—people. 

If your ideal trip is diving deep into regional flavors and soaring high with mesmerizing hikes, come to Peru. We’ll cook with local chefs, learn about Peruvian cuisine and its connection to the land and gain a new respect for ancient ways of living. This is a true celebration of age-old Incan traditions flourishing in the 21st century.

Taste

Authentically Peruvian flavors at colorful food markets, Michelin-starred meals, and traditionally roasted barbecues

Explore

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

Connect

With ancient Incan culture, local weavers and chefs, Peru's ancient cultures and traditions

Ignite

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

3 Reasons to Travel with Neal Fraser

For over 30 years, Neal Fraser has been one of LA’s culinary heroes. If he could shout from the rooftops how much he loves his city’s food scene, he would. And he could, at the top of his cathedral-turned-restaurant-and-event space, Redbird and Vibiana. Named to Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurant List, Neal’s also appeared on Top Chef Masters, Hell’s Kitchen and won Iron Chef America, Knife Fight and Beat Bobby Flay.

Pure Fun

Whether it’s fooling acclaimed California food writers with a meal made from McDonald’s ingredients, serving 675 pounds of meat at a beefsteak blowout party or cooking with hemp, Neal likes to think big and make a statement.

The Main Event

In a former Catholic cathedral and rectory in Downtown LA, Neal’s restaurant, Redbird shares the limelight with Vibiana, his lauded event space. The architectural gem of a building is the perfect backdrop for the type of comfort, dynamism and warmth that brings an evening to life.

Ready to Explore

A former semi-pro cyclist, Neal’s also lead bicycle tours in Vietnam and participates in Chef’s Cycle, an annual event in support of No Kid Hungry. He’s an energetic host, a guide and all-around great travel buddy. We can’t wait to hit the streets and trails with him.

Your Experience

“I love the culinary heritage of Peru.”
Neal Fraser

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

“There are a lot of really exciting things to eat in Peru. I always think it’s fun to find and try something I’ve never heard of.”
Neal Fraser

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 Neal 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

Lima markets tour

Chef-led cooking experience

Street art and neighborhood tour

Stay at Hotel Casa Republica

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

Visit indigenous Huayllafara community

Harvest our own Andean farm-to-table lunch

Stay at Inkaterra 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

Visit Maras salt flats & Moray ruins

Eight-course dining experience at MIL Centro

Stay at Inkaterra 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 from Ollaytaytambo to Aguas Clientes

Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

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

Visit Machu Picchu

Relax and explore Aguas Calientes

Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

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

Transfer to Cusco

Lunch at local favorite Pachapapa

Walking exploration of Cusco sites

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

Airport transfer

Thank you.

Where We Sleep

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

Casa Republica

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.

Book Peru with Neal Fraser

Number of Travelers

$5,700

Per person
Based on double occupancy

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  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 Casa Republica in Lima, Peru. The closest airport is the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). Our adventure ends in Cusco, Peru. The closest airport is the Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12:30pm 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. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—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. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before January 10, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after January 11, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after March 11, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. Due to Inca Trail Permits being made at time of booking, an additional $250 fee is applied to all cancellations. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

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