CUSCO COOKING LESSON 6 DAYS / 5 NIGTHS

Code: TCCL
Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights
Departures: Every day, all year round

ITINERARY

DAY 01: Cusco

We will pick you up from Cusco airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the morning free to relax and slowly acclimatize. In the afternoon pick up from your hotel for a city and nearby inca site tour in a group basis. Leaving by vehicle to Sacsayhuaman, a vast fortress built on three platforms overlooking the city of Cusco. From here we continue to Kenko, a site of worship with a large rock carved into the shape of a Puma. The road continues uphill to Pucapucara and Tambomachay, a site with Inca baths. Return to Cusco, and visit the main sites around the Plaza de Armas,the cathedral that containing more than 400 paintings in cusqueña style, Sun Temple of Koricancha inside the Santo Domingo Church. Overnight in Cusco hotel, meals on your own.

DAY 02: Amaru / Pisac

This morning will go to Pisac where we will follow a dirt road that will take us to the community of Amaru, where the locals will welcome us and begin explaining their daily life, traditions and the work that the Association does on behalf of the traditional culture. After a short briefing, we will go into the fields to learn the ancestral agricultural traditions and participate in their daily farming routine. We will start with the “Weaving workshop”, including a short hike through a native forest, where we will collect the plants that we will use to dye our natural fibers. We will also discover the medicinal and culinary properties of some of these plants. The women of the community will show us their ancestral and weaving techniques that are still used today. They will show us diferent type of potatoes that they produce ending with a delicious local lunch. Driving back to the Valley, we will appreciate the great views of the most impressive complex of agricultural terraces of the Sacred Valley, and will visit the village of Pisac and its beautiful traditional market, which has scores of stands that exhibit and sell products. In the afternoon we will return to our Hotel in Urubamba. (B.L.)

DAY 03: Urubamba / Machu Picchu / Sacred valley

Early in the morning, our vehicle pick up to go to Ollantaytambo station for your two hour train ,where you will see the drastic changes from mountain vegatation to cloud forest. On arrival in Aguas Calientes you will board a bus to reach the entrance of Machupicchu. “ magnificence” is the only word to describe the scene and Machupicchu ruins, the “ lost city of the incas. Believed to be an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, it is associated with being theroyal state of Pachacuti, the great Inca who sparked the expansion of the empire. Enjoy a 2 hour guided visit of Machupicchu and after lunch in Santuary lodge restaurant we will continue exploring the ruins and optionally hike to Intipunku ( sun Gate) where the majority of visitors have left the inca site. Afterwards, Lunch is included in Machu Picchu Village.Finally you will board the train( approx. 1.5hrs) back to ollantaytambo.overnigth in sacred valley (B.L.)

DAY 04:Maras & Moray / Chinchero / Cusco

Early departure where we will visit Maras., the site of the remarkable and unusual Salinas, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. This site consists of a huge number of watered terraces that collect salt by evaporation from the saline waters that gush from an underground stream. Built in a similar way to agricultural terraces seen throughout the Andes, the Salinas have been in use since pre-Columbian times. Visually, the shining, salt-encrusted terraces are extraordinary. Nearby Maras the most enigmatic Inca terraces at the site of Moray, a very unique arqueological site in the region, probably used for agricultural experimentation, consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions. In these natural formations, nature has created environmental conditions or microclimates that in modern time people need create in greenhouses or hothouses to get the same results.After that we will go to Piuray lagon, where our cook is preparing a traditional pachamanca,( ground pot) considered a typical disk of the andes. We will enjoy our typical picnic lunch,enjoying the beautiful landscape and lagoon.Chinchero will be the next stop to visit the Inca Ruins, the colonial Church and some weaving centers to witness the making of traditional weaving with natural dyes. Finally we will arrive to Cusco city, check in hotel. (B.PL.)

DAY 05: Local market / organic farm / cooking lessons

Transfer from your hotel to the local market or an organic farm,where we will be able to meet, taste and learn about the different kind of culinary native products from the Peruvian highlands. After that, we will transferred to the house where the gourmet cooking lessons will hed.We will prepare and appetizer, main dish and a dessert,accompanied by a pisco cocktail. Finally we will be transferred to your hotel. Free afternoon to enjoy cusco city. (B.L.)

DAY 06: Cusco / Lima / Out

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima – or any other connecting destination. (B.)

Private service: Combined

IncludedNot IncludedWhat to Take
  • Hotels with breakfast
  • Tours mentioned
  • Entrance fees to cathedral, qoricancha, and archaeological
    sites
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Meals detailed on the itinerary
  • Official guides
  • Standard class hotels in Cusco,Sacred Valley
  • Train ticket round trip from ollantaytambo to
    Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer sacred valley hotel / Ollantaytambo station/
    Cusco Hotel
  • Tourist transportation for all the services
  • Cooking lessons
  • Pachamanca in Piuray lagoon
  • Personalized assistance
  • Meals in the main cities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extras
  • Taxes
  • Tips
  • Laundry services
  • Additional tours
  • Insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Good Walking Shoes
  • Standard clothing used for travelling outdoor worldwide
  • Light Outdoors Gear
  • Rain protection gear, sun protection and insect repellent
  • Warmer clothes especially in the Months of May – July when temperature can vary
    from hot days to freezing nights. In the altitude, layered clothing systems are best
    for Peru’s diversity