Culinary Journey into the Amazon

Traveling north from Lima into the Amazonas and the Andes, travelers will discover a remote, rugged, and stunning part of Peru in a cloud forest, which is not nearly as well known as the destinations in the south. But with its ancient roots in Andean culture and archaeological sites older than even Machu Picchu, there’s a magic to this part of South America that has the makings of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Over the centuries the region and gastronomy of the Amazonas and San Martin has been impacted by the likes of the Spanish, Italians, Germans, Polish, Armenians, and Chinese, just to name a few influences.

On your journey into subtropical northern Peru, you’ll experience the immense biodiversity of the region, as well as discover the lost civilization of the Chachapoya, known as “warriors of the clouds,” who were tall and fair skinned. Much of what is known about the Chachapoya comes from its conquerors, first the Incans, and later the Spanish. But amazingly, even though Kuelap was built between 500 and 800 AD, the walled fortress can still be seen today.

Your week-long culinary journey begins with a night in the metropolitan city of Lima. From there, you’ll head north into Tarapoto, also known as the “city of palms,” a thriving busy city. It’s also considered the last connection to “civilization.” Then it’s time to unplug and continue northward to the city of Moyobamba, situated at an altitude of 860 meters, or 2,820 feet. The tropical region was once an Inca settlement and later a commercial center; today it’s the hub of the agricultural area, and is known for its production of rice, sugarcane, and cotton, as well as alcohol and wine.

Continue north to Lamud, a magical city situated in a small valley. It’s the perfect place from which to visit the remote ancient and cultural sites, such as the unique sarcophagi of Karajia, a place only possible to visit by hiking or by horseback (take your pick!) All other transfers will be made in comfortable cars and mini-vans. Along the way, you’ll have English-speaking escorts — long-time collaborators of The International Kitchen — and stay in a variety of charming 3-star hotels as well as a hostel; all of which will prove a comfortable base for your exploration of this vibrant and beautiful tropical region that words alone cannot do justice. (Please note: you’ll be in the magical cloud forest of the Amazonas, not in the Amazon jungle).

Culinary Journey into the Amazon

Traveling north from Lima into the Amazonas and the Andes, travelers will discover a remote, rugged, and stunning part of Peru in a cloud forest, which is not nearly as well known as the destinations in the south. But with its ancient roots in Andean culture and archaeological sites older than even Machu Picchu, there’s a magic to this part of South America that has the makings of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Over the centuries the region and gastronomy of the Amazonas and San Martin has been impacted by the likes of the Spanish, Italians, Germans, Polish, Armenians, and Chinese, just to name a few influences.

On your journey into subtropical northern Peru, you’ll experience the immense biodiversity of the region, as well as discover the lost civilization of the Chachapoya, known as “warriors of the clouds,” who were tall and fair skinned. Much of what is known about the Chachapoya comes from its conquerors, first the Incans, and later the Spanish. But amazingly, even though Kuelap was built between 500 and 800 AD, the walled fortress can still be seen today.

Your week-long culinary journey begins with a night in the metropolitan city of Lima. From there, you’ll head north into Tarapoto, also known as the “city of palms,” a thriving busy city. It’s also considered the last connection to “civilization.” Then it’s time to unplug and continue northward to the city of Moyobamba, situated at an altitude of 860 meters, or 2,820 feet. The tropical region was once an Inca settlement and later a commercial center; today it’s the hub of the agricultural area, and is known for its production of rice, sugarcane, and cotton, as well as alcohol and wine.

Continue north to Lamud, a magical city situated in a small valley. It’s the perfect place from which to visit the remote ancient and cultural sites, such as the unique sarcophagi of Karajia, a place only possible to visit by hiking or by horseback (take your pick!) All other transfers will be made in comfortable cars and mini-vans. Along the way, you’ll have English-speaking escorts — long-time collaborators of The International Kitchen — and stay in a variety of charming 3-star hotels as well as a hostel; all of which will prove a comfortable base for your exploration of this vibrant and beautiful tropical region that words alone cannot do justice. (Please note: you’ll be in the magical cloud forest of the Amazonas, not in the Amazon jungle).


Trip Details

Along with all these cultural discoveries, travelers will also partake in a variety of culinary-related highlights, from a lesson involving medicinal plants from the Amazonas, a cocktails class, an introduction to the cacao production in the area, and of course hands-on cooking classes with a variety of chefs who will introduce you to the dishes of the region.

  • Your first class takes place in Lima under the guidance of Chef Jose, a native to Peru who also spent some time in the USA and who studied at Le Cordon Blue in Peru. When not teaching cooking classes, he’s often cooking with his family, especially on Sundays when the whole family gets together.
  • The second cooking course is led by Chef Paul, of your accommodations in Moyobamba. The son of a French man and a Peruvian woman, his cooking style spans cultures, and he’ll share some fusion-style recipes, such as trigotto (think risotto but made with trigo, a wheat) and arroz con pato (rice with duck).
  • Next head to the kitchen of Chef Paul, who heads a modern and lively restaurant in the Amazon.
  • And last but certainly not least, discover the regional specialty of juane avispa with two local women, who have worked at Yacumama for more than two decades. The recipe is one that has been passed down for generations, and the origins of the word come from ‘juan’ as it was a dish that was prepared during the Fiesta de San Juan, one of the biggest fiestas in Peru.
    Through the wide variety of cooking classes, you’ll discover the immense and unique flavors of northern Peru.


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