In the world of food, only a few countries come to mind on the forefront of culinary adaptation and inventiveness; one of those is Peru. Along with culinary leaders like Denmark, Peru has seen a revolution emerge from its homespun cultures and kitchens over the last several years. Multi-ethnic approaches to Peruvian food have developed as part of the country’s identity and have allowed an influx of culinary interest from around the world. We are all watching while their food theory continues to evolve and are thrilled to be along for their culinary ride.
At Access Trips, Peru is our newest and most exciting culinary tour. Our guests have begun filing in to get their chance to taste-test a country whose cuisine is only matched by its vibrant cultures, a place where the immigration and migration story of its people has helped shape the future of its food. Japanese, Chinese and African migrant workers and slaves, though arriving under darker than desired circumstances, have shifted the culture of the kitchens that make up vibrant cities like Lima. Here, under metropolitan lights, these cultures have in fact emerged as part of the Peruvian story. Many of the world’s heritage food staples may have originated in Peru, but it’s their adaptation into pioneering cuisines, like Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian cuisine), that have reintroduced them to the world.
Culinary Tour Peru
Our culinary tours give our guests access to the most intimate experiences possible in Peru, connecting them to local food and culture like no other tour company does. First on our tour, we savor insider access to the Lima culinary scene, teaching our guests the secret to the perfect ceviche with local expert chefs, sip Peru’s world-class Andean coffee fresh from the highlands, and sample variations of Pisco, the national spirit. As if those aren’t enough to pique your hunger, we also take a tour of the kitchen at one of Peru’s top Chifa (Peruvian-Chinese) restaurants followed by an exclusive tasting menu designed just for us. And of course, our guests dine at one of the world’s top 50 restaurants, where Nikkei cuisine embraces the harmonious balance between Peruvian food ingredients and Japanese culinary techniques.
After exploring the worldly coastal city of Lima, our team ventures to Cusco, the vibrant historic capital of the Inca Empire high in the Andes Mountains. You’ll visit local markets, quinoa farms, and even the Maras salt ponds used since the Inca period. Then, experience a private Pachamanca celebration and learn to cook an Andean feast in an oven built from earth and stone.
We’ll discover the legacy of Spanish colonialism and explore Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo and Moray, where micro-climates empowered the Incas to conduct agricultural experiments using concentric terraces built into natural depressions – the root of all Peruvian heritage foods.
Sacred Machu Picchu
Travel to Peru would not be complete without a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to one of the true wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. Exploring the sacred and majestic ruins at Machu Picchu is a highlight of our tour, nestled on a ridge surrounded by sacred peaks, is the perfect way to end this bucket list trip.
While the cultural highlights of this trip are worth their own weight in gold, it is the food of Peru that is anchoring a whole new generation of visitors. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience first-hand a food revolution tied to the past and present, and encompassing a cultural melting pot on the cusp.