Three Reasons to Try our Newest Cooking Vacation in Peru
We could not be more excited about our new culinary adventure Peru’s Amazon jungle. Not only for the adventurous traveler, this itinerary includes wonderful accommodations, excursions, and cooking classes. As you travel north from Lima into the rugged Amazon jungle and Andes mountains you discover a land of lost civilizations, stunning natural and ecological beauty, and diverse gastronomy. Take a culinary adventure with us and discover three reasons we think this is the trip of a lifetime.
1) The Lost Civilization of the Chachapoya
The ancient Chachapoya people were known as the warriors of the clouds, and the ruins of their ancient walled fortress of Kuelap is one of the largest archeological sites in the world, and predates Peru’s famed Machu Picchu site. Journey to this mysterious and magical site where you will see the ruins of some 500 round houses looking out onto the Utcubamba Valley. Not exotic enough? Travel the next day to see the Karajia sarcophagi, final resting place of the Chachapoya people, only accessible by hiking or horseback.
2) Ecological Biodiversity
As the largest tropical rainforest in the world, the Amazon is home to more than ten percent of the world’s species of flora and fauna, which you will experience firsthand during your excursions and on a trip to the Huembo ecological reserve. If you are lucky, you might see the famed “colibri dola de espatula” hummingbird. And you will undoubtedly see more amazing natural sites than ever before.
3) Unique Gastronomy
Peru has an amazingly rich gastronomy, partly due to the many colonial influences that have shaped it (Spanish, Basque, Asian, African, and French, to name a few), and partly due to the diversity of its landscape (coast, mountain, and jungle). Your four cooking classes are with four different chefs, giving you a perfect slice of the gastronomic diversity of the region. From the famed seafood “ceviche,” for which Peru is known, to the meat-based “loma saltado” stirfry, from the risotto-like “triggoto” to the biojo-leaf wrapped “avispa juanes,” you will explore culinary delights each day of your journey.
Not enough reasons? Consider also the price! Quite frankly, this is an amazing opportunity to see a gorgeous and remote part of the world, to explore one of the world’s most famous and diverse jungles, to taste Peru’s many delicacies, and to delve into the country’s rich culture, all with the aid of two trusted English-speaking, long-time collaborators of The International Kitchen. And we can confirm it for a minimum of 2 people! This is a trip that could easily cost twice as much, yet we are able to offer this incredible adventure at an incredible price.
Those are just a few of the things that make this an amazing cultural and gastronomic adventure in the Amazon jungle! You can read the full itinerary on our website, or contact us with questions!
By Peg Kern
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