Peru with Neal Fraser
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A cultural and culinary adventure to savor with Chef Neal Fraser
May 10 - 16, 2022
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7 Day, 6 Nights
Best of Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
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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. Now, you’re dining at a Michelin-star kitchen savoring 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 L.A. 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.
True Peruvian flavors at food markets, Michelin-starred kitchens and traditional Andes celebrations
The artsy capital of Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, indigenous street food and hip local barrios
With ancient Incan culture, local weavers and chefs, Peru's ancient cultures and traditions
Your inner adventurer with 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.
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.
Whether it’s serving 675 pounds of meat at a beefsteak blowout party or cooking with hemp, Neal likes to think big, have fun 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.
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.
JW Marriott El Convento CuscoCusco
Far from your typical Marriott, this hotel is housed in a restored 16th-century convent in the heart of Cusco—it features two exhibition halls with ancient Peruvian artifacts and is an absolutely lovely place to unwind at the end of our adventure.
People Love Modern Adventure’s Peru
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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.
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 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.
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 $1,000 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.
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 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).