A Gastronomic Tour of Peru
Lima & the Amazon
- 7 nights
- from $9200
Boasting world-class restaurants and a flourishing gastronomic scene, Lima is an exciting city for foodies, with fine dining restaurants galore. Combine a city break with a cruise on Aria Amazon which serves up delectable treats accompanied by fine wines.
At a Glance
Experience the best of Peru's flourishing gastronomic scene on this week-long itinerary
Stay in luxurious accommodation both in Lima and in the Amazon
Enjoy a four-night Amazon cruise on board the Aria, a beautiful ship offering fine-dining and fantastic wildlife spotting excursions
A relaxing and indulgent trip, ideal for a second-time visit to Peru
Possible to travel at any time of year making it easy to avoid the peak travel period in Peru
Add on time to visit other highlights such as Machu Picchu or the Colca Canyon
The ultimate foodie trip to Peru, this week-long itinerary takes in the gastronomic heart and lively capital, Lima, before flying up to the northern Amazon to enjoy a cruise on the ultra-luxurious Aria Amazon. Serving fine dining cuisine in between adventures in the rainforest, this is the perfect way to indulge and explore this incredibly diverse country at the same time.
Begin your journey in Lima, Peru's capital city and a veritable foodie paradise. Stay at the beautiful Hotel B in one of Lima's most affluent districts and in the midst of some of the city's best restaurants and bars. A selection of international and Peruvian cuisine can be found everywhere, with fine dining restaurants giving contemporary twists to local dishes and constantly upping their game to keep up with one another in the cool stakes. Be sure to tuck into fresh ceviche and sip on Pisco sours to familiarise yourself with the local flavors.
From Lima, take a short flight up to Iquitos in Peru's northern Amazon region. Here you will board the Aria Amazon, an exquisite cruise ship which offers fantastic excursions into the rainforest and luxurious accommodation on board. Meals are a fine dining affair and are comparable to dining in one of Lima's best restaurants, with an excellent wine list to boot. Rooms and suites on board boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows to better enjoy the views of the forest as you glide past, while those who prefer to enjoy the fresh air can head up to the upper deck lounge or bar area for similarly spectacular views. Each day, embark on up to three excursions, searching for the region's unique wildlife such as caiman, turtles, kingfishers and piranhas. Kayaking, swimming, fishing and all terrain biking can also be enjoyed amidst these spectacular surroundings, encountering more wildlife and local communities.
For those who wish to see even more of this diverse country, add on time in Cuzco to visit the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu or head to the southern border to explore the mirror-like waters of Lake Titicaca.
Location & Directions
Lima & the Amazon
Begin in Lima, Peru's gastronomic heart and capital city. Barranco district where you will stay boasts a wealth of world-class restaurants and a few days will allow you to sample the best of the best. Then, fly up to Iquitos in the Amazon for a cruise on board the uber-luxurious Aria Amazon which serves fine-dining cuisine and accompanying wines throughout your journey.
When to go
Lima’s weather is very temperate due to its proximity to the equator. Winters in Lima can be quite grey as a result of the humid climate. Through most of winter Lima is covered in a layer of clouds and a light drizzle, or ‘garúa’; average temperatures are around 15°C.
The Aria Amazon operates year-round, and every voyage is uniquely appealing, based on the changing seasons. During the wetter season from December to May, the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the 'drier' season from June to November, the river recedes and beautiful sandy river beaches form. In a typical year, the Amazon experiences 200 rainy days, which means that there will be days of heavy rain even in the Amazon’s low water season.