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Travel with Bon Appétit on a Culinary Getaway to Peru

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Bon Appétit invites you on a 9-day, 8-night Culinary Getaway to Peru with sibling chefs Nando and Valerie Chang. Join the Changs on an immersive journey to their childhood home and explore the bold flavors, rich traditions, and breathtaking landscapes that this beautiful country has to offer. Indulge your taste buds as you discover the secrets of pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian cooking technique that involves roasting meats, vegetables, and potatoes in an earth oven. Experience Chifa, the fascinating fusion of Chinese and Peruvian cuisine that combines alluring spices, fresh produce, and bold flavors. Spend an afternoon at the high-elevation hacienda of legendary liquid storyteller, Pepe Moquillaza, who is credited with popularizing the pisco sour internationally and has honed the craft of creating exquisite natural wines. Your journey also features the vibrant colors and sounds of Peru’s thriving local markets, the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu, and the diverse wildlife of Islas Ballestas.

Highlights

  • Join Nando and Valerie Chang, chef-owners of Maty’s, a Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant of 2023, for a journey home to Peru, where you will meet some of their favorite chefs, enjoy the Chinese-Peruvian fusion that fueled their childhood, and learn about traditional agricultural methods that have influenced their work.

  • Immerse yourself in the colorful markets and fascinating traditions of the Andes, including an afternoon tasting Pepe Moquillaza’s unique natural wines, opportunities to prepare a subterranean pachamanca feast, and a boat ride to taste fresh scallops from a sustainable hatchery.

  • Spend a morning meeting members of an Indigenous farming community and learn about the traditional farming methods they use to cultivate and prepare thousands of varieties of potatoes.

  • Visit some of Peru’s most spectacular sites, including Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new seven wonders of the world; and Islas Ballestas, known as the Galápagos of Peru and home to thriving bird and wildlife populations.

Pricing and Details

Read on for the full getaway itinerary. In the meantime, some key information:

  • Dates: September 1–9, 2024

  • Deposit: $1,000 (required upon booking to secure a spot)

  • Price: $9,895 (double occupancy); $11,890 (single occupancy); *Please note: the internal flight between Lima and Cusco will be arranged for the group no later than 3 months before departure and will cost approximately $550.

  • Hotels: Lima’s Miraflores Park (3 nights); Paracas Bay’s Hotel Paracas (1 night); Tambo del Inka, in the Sacred Valley north of Cusco (2 nights); Cusco’s Monasterio (2 nights)

  • To book your trip: Visit here or call 1-877-298-9677

  • Questions?: Reservations@academic-travel.com or 1-877-298-9677

  • Terms and conditions

Itinerary

The Cathedral of Lima anchors the main downtown plaza.

The Cathedral of Lima

The Cathedral of Lima anchors the main downtown plaza.
Photograph by Christian Witkin

Day 1 (Sunday, September 1): Arrival in Lima

  • Independent transfers to the hotel from Jorge Chávez International Airport.*

  • Settle into your centrally located hotel this evening.

*Many US flights arrive late at night

Included Meals: None
Accommodations: Miraflores Park, a Belmond Hotel

Day 2 (Monday, September 2): Snacking Through Surquillo

  • Morning market tour of Surquillo, Lima’s premier local market, to include tastings.

  • Experience an emoliente tea tasting made with roasted barley, medicinal herbal extracts, sugar, and lemon juice in the Barranco district.

  • Enjoy a group lunch at a local anticuchería (“El Tío Mario”), featuring anticuchos—small pieces of meat marinated in spicy ají pepper sauce, skewered on a stick, and grilled over hot coals—and picarones, squash-and-sweet-potato doughnuts with solidified molasses.

  • Afternoon and evening at leisure to explore Lima on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Tastings, Lunch
Accommodations: Miraflores Park, a Belmond Hotel

Day 3 (Tuesday, September 3): Liquid Storytelling

  • Depart early for a 4-hour scenic coastal drive.

  • Spend an afternoon with José “Pepe” Moquillaza, a producer, promoter, and passionate researcher of pisco whose unique wines explore new terroirs between the Peruvian coast and the Andes mountains. Moquillaza is the supplier of renowned Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, recognized in 2015 as the world’s best restaurant, a purveyor of natural Peruvian wines, and a friend of Nando Chang’s.

  • Transfer (one hour) to Paracas Bay and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Tastings, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort

Islas Ballestas

Islas Ballestas, Paracas, Peru

Islas Ballestas

Day 4 (Wednesday, September 4): Scallops on the Water and Chifa With the Changs

  • Start the day with a boat tour of Islas Ballestas, affectionately known as the Galápagos of Peru. The 2-hour journey includes opportunities to see sea lions, Humboldt penguins, and an array of migratory birds, along with the Candelabra of the Andes, a mysterious geoglyph that stands watch over the Ica coastline.

  • Your day at sea continues with a sustainable scallops experience in Paracas National Reserve, to include opportunities to collect the shells, a discussion about the life cycle of scallops, and a tasting of freshly harvested scallops.

  • Travel along the coast to Lima (approximately 3.5 hours).

  • Join your hosts for Peruvian-Chinese fusion at one of their favorite restaurants, Chifa Chung Yion.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Scallop Tastings, Dinner
Accommodations: Miraflores Park, a Belmond Hotel

Day 5 (Thursday, September 5): Weaving History

  • Transfer as a group to Jorge Chávez Airport for a short (1.5-hour) flight to Cusco.*

  • Journey through the stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Visit a textile center where weavers from 12 communities in southern Peru demonstrate spinning, dyeing, and weaving techniques used in traditional Andean clothing. Learn about the South American camelids whose fleece is used in these products.

  • Continue to Hacienda Sarapampa for lunch, where you will learn about the traditions associated with the production of Cusco giant white corn.

  • Arrive at your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

*Internal flights are not included in the tour price but will be arranged for the group no later than 3 months before departure

Day 6 (Friday, September 6): Honoring Mother Earth

  • Spend the morning at Patacancha, a farming community relying on Indigenous traditions in the Peruvian Andes, 15,000 feet above sea level. Tour the community’s terraced farms, known as “andenes,” and learn about the traditional methods for cultivating nearly 4,000 varieties of potatoes. Pay tribute to Pachamama (Mother Earth) as you learn about traditional farming methods and participate in a hands-on experience preparing a huatia, or earthen oven. Then sample the potatoes cooked underground and prepared with homemade chili.

  • Return to your hotel for a traditional Pachamanca feast, a cooking ritual that honors Mother Earth, to include a variety of meats, tubers, and vegetables cooked on hot stones buried underground.

  • Depart for Ollantaytambo, one of the region’s most impressive Inca fortresses. Ascend the terraced steps for an unparalleled view of the soaring Sun Temple.

  • Enjoy a tour and tasting at Destilería Andina, a distillery producing cañazo from fermented locally grown sugarcane.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Cañazo tasting
Accommodations: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Machu Picchu, the iconic Inca citadel, stands nearly 8,000 feet above sea level.

Machu Picchu Peru

Machu Picchu, the iconic Inca citadel, stands nearly 8,000 feet above sea level.

Day 7 (Saturday, September 7): Machu Picchu, Unveiling an Ancient Wonder

  • Board the Vistadome train (1.5 hours) to Machu Picchu.

  • Take a private tour of Machu Picchu, the iconic Inca citadel standing nearly 8,000 feet above sea level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest.

  • Retreat to the Sanctuary Lodge, a Belmond Hotel, for lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant.

  • Return by Vistadome train to your hotel in Cusco.*

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Monasterio, a Belmond Hotel

*Travelers can upgrade to the Hiram Bingham, a Belmond train on return for an additional cost. This elevated experience includes dining and live entertainment on the train, and cocktails and canapés at Sanctuary Lodge before boarding.

Day 8 (Sunday, September 8): Cuisine and Culture in Cusco

  • Begin your day with a guided tour of Cusco’s central market, located near the Plaza de Armas.

  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration of fresh ceviche, a signature Peruvian dish of raw fish marinated in citrus juice.

  • Gather in the afternoon for a walking tour with your local guide through the cobbled streets, to include the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple, a Dominican church and convent built on the foundation of the Koricancha, an Incan temple devoted to the worship of the sun.

  • Celebrate your journey with a festive 5-course tasting menu at the MAP Café inside the Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel

Day 9 (Monday, September 9): Departure

  • Return to the airport for your internal flight back to Lima and onward to the United States.

Included Meals: Breakfast.


About Your Hotels

Cusco's Monasterio hotel

Cusco's Belmond Monasterio Hotel, Peru

Cusco's Monasterio hotel

Miraflores Park (3 nights) is a 5-star urban oasis with breathtaking ocean views and spacious, elegantly designed suites in one of Lima’s most fashionable neighborhoods.

Hotel Paracas (1 night) is a luxurious coastal retreat on the stunning shores of the Paracas Bay National Reserve near the Ballestas Islands. The property features two swimming pools, a bar-lounge, and luxury spa.

Tambo del Inka (2 nights) is a 5-star sustainable hotel combining luxury and nature alongside the Urubamba River in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Rooms offer dramatic views of the Andes Mountains and the property features a full-service spa, indoor-outdoor pool, and a restaurant offering innovative Andean cuisine using fresh organic ingredients grown in the on-site garden.

Monasterio (2 nights) is a historic (1592) monastery that seamlessly blends Andean mystique with modern luxury. The property features stunning Baroque architecture, a lounge, spa, and garden set around a central courtyard in Cusco’s lively city center.


About Your Expert Guides

Valerie Chang at Maty's

Val Chang at Maty's

Valerie Chang at Maty's
Photograph by Jonah Rosenberg
Nando Chang prepping at Itamae

Nando Chang at Itamae

Nando Chang prepping at Itamae
Photograph by Isa Zapata

Chefs Nando Chang & Valerie Chang Cumpa grew up in Chiclayo, Peru, and moved to the United States when they were 12 and 10 years old, respectively, where they spent their childhood watching father Papa Fernando cook. The Chang’s cooking style developed as they explored their connection with the food of their birthplace. In 2018, Val, Nando, and their father, Fernando, opened Itamae in the Miami Design District food hall. The following year the team opened a fast-casual offshoot concept, B-Side, inside popular Food Hall 1-800-LUCKY.

In 2020, Itamae graduated into a stand-alone space in the Design District’s Palm Court. In 2021, Itamae made The New York Times’ prestigious Restaurant List, and in 2022 the restaurant was honored with a Michelin Bib Gourmand on the guide’s inaugural Miami list. In March 2023, Val opened Maty’s, named after her grandmother, in Miami’s Midtown neighborhood. The menu at Maty’s offers a modern take on comida criolla, the traditional Peruvian food of the Chang’s upbringing.

Maty’s was named among Bon Appetit’s 24 Best New Restaurants and also earned a place on The New York Times’ Restaurant List, with Val and Nando being the first siblings to be named together to Food & Wine magazine’s coveted Best New Chefs Class of 2023. Itamae is currently transitioning locations and will be reopening as a tasting counter next to Maty’s in the spring of 2024.


Pricing

Deposit: $1,000
Single Occupancy: $11,890
Double Occupancy: $9,895

*The internal flight between Lima and Cusco is not included in the tour price but will be arranged for the group. An estimated cost of $550 will be added to the preliminary invoice at booking, and the final cost will be updated no later than 3 months before departure.

Reserve your spot by calling 1-877-298-9677 or booking online. For more information, contact reservations@academic-travel.com. For terms and conditions, please see here.

Originally Appeared on Bon Appétit