When you think of Peru – what comes to mind first? Machu Picchu sitting high in the Andes Mountains? Lima, its capital city? The rainforest?
How about good old food? Yup – Peru has been awarded for seven years in a row as the best culinary destination in the world! And – I am working with a company that can help me arrange the perfect Peruvian culinary tour tailored just to you!
That’s right. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Alexia Harten from Peru Well Served – Gastronomic Journeys and uncover all of the opportunities there are to eat your way around the country! Although gastronomic experiences are the basis of Peru Well Served - they don’t stop there - they are also travel consultants specializing in making sure you get the most out of your visit to the country.
Fasten your seat belts because today we are travelling to Peru with Alexia as our guide!
Philosophy: At Peru Well Served they strongly believe that the best way to get to know the country and its culture is through gastronomy. And they have a saying there - in Peru we eat well served - which is how they came up with the company name. Their goal is to design customized itineraries for visitors in search of cultural immersion and that they do! They run their business based on three main concepts – or philosophies if you will – as explained below.
Destinations: Peru is divided into three regions – the coast, the highlands and the rainforest. Each of these distinct regions is what makes the country so rich in ingredients – as each produces different supplies for its gastronomy.
Sightseeing and Activities: There is plenty to do to help you work off all of that food you are going to consume on this trip! Experiences such as the Inca Trail, bike adventures, visits to museums, beach breaks, the unforgettable Machu Picchu and more abound. All of Peru’s Well Served gastronomic journeys include such experiences, as they make sure to combine the adventures and tourist activities that everyone wants to experience in Peru – tailored to your requests.
For instance – you can go on the basic Machu Picchu tour which means you would take the train to Aguas Calientes then transfer to a bus that will take you up to the archeological site. Here you will tour for approximately two hours before taking the bus back down and grabbing a train back to where you are staying. For the more adventurous you can see Machu Picchu by participating in a four-day trek along the Inca trail where you will have amazing views and camp put under the stars. Alexia also noted that Peru Well Served has an expert partner that they use to escort these excursions and they are totally safe. And finally – if you want some adventure but not quite that much - there is a one-day express trek along the Inca Trail but instead of camping you will sleep in Aguas Calientes. Note – As for the gastronomic experience at Machu Picchu eating is actually prohibited at the site – but they would arrange for you to eat in town or provide you with a boxed lunch to eat once you’ve come back down.
You can also add a visit to the Rainforest to your itinerary – which is truly an experience I feel everyone should have. And Alexia pointed out that there are a lot of great lodges near the rainforests that basically work similar to all-inclusives – meaning all the meals are included and you can plan your tours and activities right there when you arrive.
Responsible Travel: Alexia proudly advised that although it is now more important than ever – responsible travel has been a part of their company since the very beginning. Peru Well Served actually has three main action points that comprise this initiative.
Type of Traveler: Definitely a variety – families, multi-generational, singles, groups – you name it – if they love to eat and look at beautiful scenery – Peru is for them!
Updated COVID-19 Information: As of this writing you must comply with isolation for 14 days in the hotel / lodging / inn of your organized trip reservation. When entering Peru, you must deliver the Affidavit of Health of the Migration Traveler, with the address of the hotel / lodge / inn where you will stay, as well as your contact telephone number.
For the CDC’s most up to date information on COVID-19 click here. And for the most up to date entry requirements for Peru click here.
Needless to say – Peru hits all four of the pillars of my business – wellness, learning, gastronomy and travelling to off the beaten path areas. It is an exotic nation with an old country feel – and truly brings out one’s inner explorer. There’s so much to see do and experience and Peru Well Served is just one of the fantastic tour operators we partner with to help you see the Peru you want to see!
I am going to leave you with a sentiment Alexia and I discussed prior to our chat: “Luxury isn’t what you can buy with your money but rather access to local experiences you can’t buy.”
For more details on things to see and do, where to stay, it’s price points and more - contact your Travel Guru! Oh, and if you need a payment plan to fund your travel adventure – we got those too!
During the shutdown of Covid19, Loulu Lima began interviewing many tourism boards, destination management companies and suppliers whom BHGH works with in the curation of your itineraries.
Here you will find the videos as well as written summary of each. Summaries are transcribed by Carole A. Peck.
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