Culture Xplorers’ Food-Focused Itineraries

Getting ready for the local favorite, pachamanca, in Peru.
Getting ready for the local favorite, pachamanca, in Peru.

In the April issue, I recount my culinary-infused trip through Peru with Culture Xplorers. Here’s a Culture Xplorers tour ideal for foodie clients.

Culture Xplorers will offer two food-focused departures this year (July 23 and Sept.23) of its Roots, Revolutionaries and the Future of Food, a 10-night adventure exploring Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco and La Paz, Bolivia. It’s a trip that goes from Lima’s coastal desert into the heart of the Andes and up to La Paz, uses food as a “catalyst to infuse clients with a deep-rooted sense of place, to engage in active adventures in nature, and to connect with many local people along the way.”

In addition to the company’s “Signature Experiences,” clients enjoy extensive discovery of Cusco and the Sacred Valley and make a “pilgrimage” to the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The last stop is La Paz, where touring includes colorful markets and connecting with young chefs “changing the future of Bolivia’s food culture by leveraging their dedication and their passion for food.”

While private tours are available any time, each of this year’s scheduled tours accommodates a maximum of 10 travelers, and with 5-10 people, the cost is $4,995 pp sharing; with 2-4 people, the price is $5,595 pp. Costs include five-star hotels (brimming with local character), breakfast and lunch daily plus five dinners; and a Lima-based trip leader throughout. Of note: this is a very active tour; participants must be able to walk comfortably and unassisted for up to two hours at a time and three total hours per day at altitudes of 9,000 to 13,000 ft. For more information, call (215) 870-3585; e-mail, or visit