Our 10-Day/9-Night New Year's Eve In Peru Itinerary 

Thursday Dec 26

You will most likely have a late arrival. Once you clear immigration and customs, you will be met by a driver who will transport you to the Hilton Lima Miraflores, located on Lima's Gastronomic Boulevard. There are no activities planned for this day.

Friday Dec 27

We begin this day with breakfast at the hotel.  Try to refrain a bit and wear comfortable shoes as we will walk through Miraflores on our way to Sky Kitchen for a market tour, fruit tasting, and cooking lesson. This will introduce you to some of the basics of Peruvian cuisine in a fun, dynamic, and delicious environment. Once we conclude, we will return to the hotel where you can indulge in a swim on the roof-top pool, rest, do some early souvenir shopping, or explore a bit of the city. In the evening you will dine at Astrid y Gastón (ranked No. 39 in the world by The World's 50 Best Restaurants). You will enjoy the 17-course tasting menu and wine pairing. Gastón Acurio is the chef that put Peru on the culinary map.  This is an experience not to be missed. After dinner, the evening is yours to enjoy on your own. You may head to Barranco and enjoy this bohemian neighborhood, stay in Miraflores at one of the rooftop bars, or try your luck at one of the casinos.

 

Saturday Dec 28

We once again begin with breakfast before we head to tour the city of Lima. You will visit the Museo Larco, Plaza de armas, and take in the amazing architecture, before visiting the catacombs at the Convento de San Francisco. Once we conclude our tour, you will be taken back to Miraflores where you will be free to enjoy and explore this charming city.  You may return to Larcomar for first class shopping, enjoy some of Lima’s best ceviche at Punto Azul, or enjoy a bird’s eye view of the coast with a paragliding experience.  We will be happy to arrange any of these for you. This evening, we head out to dine at OSSO Carnicería y Salumería (ranked No. 12 in Latin America by Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants), a carnicería with a focus on sustainable meats.  After dinner enjoy a night in Lima. There are plenty of options depending on your preferences. 

Sunday Dec 29

We begin this day by checking out of the hotel and having breakfast before we head to the airport. Our short flight to Cuzco will depart early. Please pack an overnight bag for Machu Picchu as the rest of your luggage will be heading to your Cusco hotel. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will head out to tour the Sacred Valley. You will visit the Pisac Market and the Citadel at Pisac where you will enjoy the stunning panoramic views in every direction. You will not be back in Pisac so if you see something you like, buy it. You will enjoy a buffet lunch at Restaurante Tunupa before you board a train and head to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival and after we check in at the Tierra Viva Machu Picchu you will be free to wander this small town. There is a souvenir market where you can find almost anything for your friends back home.  Enjoy the rest of the evening on your own. Have dinner, buy some souvenirs, and go to sleep early.  Be sure to get some rest. The day tomorrow starts extremely early.

Monday Dec 30

Today you awake early. A quick breakfast will prepare you to head up the mountain and see one of the Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu.  You will have an opportunity to visit the ruins of this absolutely magnificent site accompanied by our experienced guide.  You will then have an opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu and take in an even more impressive view of the mountain. After you finish your visit to Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back to Pueblo Machu Picchu. You may have some lunch before you board the train and return to Cuzco and check in at the Hilton Garden Inn Cuso. The hotel is walking distance to the plaza de armas but far enough away that you will be able to sleep once you are done celebrating the New Year. This evening you dine at Pachapapa. If you are looking forward to trying cuy horneado (roasted guinea pig), one of the more discussed local delicacies, this is your chance. Let me know as they need 1 hour notice to prepare it!

 

 

Tuesday Dec 31

We will once again get an early start and visit the Moray Salt Mines. After we return to Cusco, you wall have a satisfying lunch at Uchu Peruvian Steak House. You will then return to our hotel  and have a short rest, you will enjoy your New Year’s Eve Dinner at MAP Café.  You will enjoy a 3-course meal accompanied a glass of wine and celebratory glass of champagne. You will enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the Museo de Arte Precolombino that surrounds this glass-encased restaurant. After dinner, you may stroll down to the main square and enjoy a night of dancing, stop at the Museo del Pisco, and prepare to welcome the New Year in Cuzco with a few thousand of your new friends

 

Wednesday Jan 1

Today will be a day of relative rest. We have only one activity planned and that is a Pachamanca: several meats marinated in local herbs cooked in a pit while you wait and savor the experience.  Chat with your friends, get to know the Cusco team, and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship. After your meal, you are free to enjoy the rest of your day as you see fit. This will be our last night in Cuzco.  You may spend it dancing at one of the many clubs that surround the Plaza de armas, having a quiet drink, or resting. If you are looking for an adventure, we can arrange for other options.

 

Thursday Jan 2

Today we will get a late start and after checking out of our hotel, we will head back to the airport and return to Lima and the Hilton Lima Miraflores.  After we check in, you will have an opportunity to rest a bit before you dine at Maido (ranked No. 7 in the world by The World's 50 Best Restaurants), a Peruvian-Japanese fusion marvel where you will enjoy the Nikkei Experience: a 13 course tasting menu with a wine pairing constructed around each individual course. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish.  Buy whatever souvenirs you might have missed, visit Barranco, or ask for a bar recommendation.

Friday Jan 3

Today you are free to rest, explore other parts of the city, or simply relax having drinks in the rooftop bar of our hotel. In the evening, you will experience Virgilio Martinez’s Central (ranked No. 6 in the world by The World's 50 Best Restaurants). You will enjoy a journey through 17 courses designed to elicit a complete physical response. A poem for the palate.  You will also enjoy a delicately constructed wine pairing that stokes the flavors of the meal.  After dinner, enjoy a walk along the coast, stroll through Barranco, head to the Puente de los suspiros, or head out for a night of drinks with your friends. This is you last night in Peru so make it count. 

 

 

Saturday Jan 4

Today you will check out of the hotel after breakfast and, sadly, our time together must come to an end but not before you have one final meal at Gastón Acurio’s La Mar (ranked No. 15 in Latin America by Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants).  Regarded as the best ceviche restaurant in Lima, La Mar will provide you the opportunity to taste a variety of ceviches and tiraditos. This will serve as your farewell to this experience. Those of you with late departures may enjoy the last few hours in the city by walking along the coast or trying your luck at the casino. Whenever you are ready, a car will be waiting to take you back to Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport. As you head back home, you will carry with you memories of sights, sounds, sensations, smells, and flavors that will serve as a reference point for other experiences. 

 

 

 

 

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