Q: What exactly is included in this package?
A: A lot! Our itinerary includes:
Tasting Menu and Drink Pairing at Maido and Virgilio Martinez's Mil*.
Cooking lesson and lunch at Sky Kitchen.
Lunch at La Mar*
9 nights Lodging including all Hotel Staff gratuities:
5 nights at the Hilton Lima Miraflores
3 nights at the JW Marriott el Convento Cusco**
1 nights at the Tierra Viva Machu Picchu
All of our packages include
Domestic airfare to and from Cuzco and Transfer to and from Lima's international airport.
1-day Machu Picchu entrance, Train to and from Machu Picchu, Bus up and down Machu Picchu, Guide in Machu Picchu, and all tour gratuities.
Tour of Casa de Gastronomía peruana and Museo Larco, Market tour and fruit tasting, and Tour of Sacred Valley.
24-hour in-country concierge service.
*Meals at Mil, OSSO, and La Mar are only included in our 10-day package.
**Our New Year's Eve package includes the Hilton Garden Inn Cusco in place of this property
Q: I am vegetarian/vegan. Is this tour right for me?
A: If you are vegetarian, almost all of the tasting menus have vegetarian options available. The exception is OSSO. On this evening we will be happy to make a reservation for you at an alternate restaurant that can cater to your needs.
If you are vegan, please contact us so we can know precisely your dietary restrictions and we can communicate with the restaurants and provide you with an informed response.
Q: How much money do I need to bring with me?
A: This is a difficult question to answer given that everyone's spending habits are different. You will note, however, that some meals are not covered. On average you can expect to pay between $5 and $15 for lunch and between $20 and $30 for dinner, depending on where you choose to eat. You will also need money for snacks, souvenirs, bottled water, and nightlife.
Additionally, Peru produces some fine luxury items such as jewelry and baby alpaca clothing but it is best to purchase these items using credit or debit cards. In order to assure that what you are buying is in fact baby alpaca, it is best to purchase these items in places like Larcomar in Lima or around the Plaza de armas in Cuzco.
Q: How do I get to Lima, Peru?
A: Lima, Peru is easily accessible and served by the major U.S.-based airlines. Those with direct flights to Lima are:
Direct flights from Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), and Dallas (DFW).
Direct flights from Atlanta (ATL).
Direct flights from Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
Direct flights from Houston (IAH) and Newark (EWR).
Q: What is Mandatory Travel Medical and Evacuation Insurance and how do I get it?
A: Travel medical insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, protects you in case you require medical treatment while abroad or in the unlikely case you require evacuation. This is a mandatory coverage for this experience. We also encourage you to purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection. This will protect you in the event that you are unable to attend our trip due to illness, injury, or other unforeseen circumstances. You may purchase insurance from any of the following providers:
Q: What is the currency in Peru?
A: The local currency in Peru is the Sol (PEN). There is no need to exchange currency at the airport. You may withdraw cash in local currency at any of the many ATM's in Miraflores. Alternatively, you may either withdraw funds in U.S. currency or bring cash and exchange it in Lima or Cuzco. Current exchange rate is between 3.1 and 3.2 Soles per USD.
Q: Do I need a Visa to visit Peru?
A: Yes. However, there is no need to apply for it. Visas are issued at point of entry and there is no charge for U.S. citizens. Please consult the Embassy of Peru Website for more information:
Q: What activity level is required for this tour?
A: Minimal. All of our ground transportation will be on private car or bus and all of the tours can be done at a walking pace. We will take a bus to Machu Picchu and once at the site, there is a fair amount of walking up and down steps. Those that choose to climb Wayna Picchu will require a higher activity level.
If you have a disability, we must stress that neither Cusco nor Machu Picchu are ADA compliant. However, our hotels in Lima and Cusco both offer accessible rooms. For more information, please read Frommer's Tips for Travelers with Disabilities in Peru and contact us with any questions.
Q: Is Peru safe?
A: Yes. Peru is safe. Lima is much like any major city in the world. If you take basic precautions, you will maximize your safety during this tour. Cuzco and Machu Picchu are major tourist destinations with a visible police presence and crime is minimal. We will be traveling in a group thus further minimizing what is already a relatively low risk.
Q: What are your payment and cancellation policies?
A: The policies are as follows.
$500.00 per person will secure your place on our tour. Remaining balance may be paid in installments or in full.
50% of total balance will be due 60 days before departure with the remaining balance due 30 days before departure.
Deposits and Payments may be made via Credit Card or Debit Card, wire transfer, or through a cashier’s check made to: Peru Culinary Journeys, 526 N. St. Cloud St., #523, Allentown PA 18104.
Initial Deposit is non-refundable.
Should you need to cancel, please do so no later than 30 days before departure. Should you need to cancel after that time, only recoverable expenses will be refunded.