Spend time between Lima, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu learning from culinary masters. You will make ceviche, or chopped fish with lime juice and spices, and cook pachamanca, or a meat dish, in an earthen oven—all while benefiting local artisans and organic farmers. American Jim Kane leads Culture Xplorers, which aims for a total immersion experience that includes studying under some of Lima’s finest modern chefs, witnessing millennia-old weaving techniques in the Sacred Valley, and bargaining for cocoa in Cuzco.
Trip Tip: Hit the Stairmaster before you head out. While the walking is not extreme, the altitude makes it feel like a marathon at times.
Luxury Level: Accommodations include the four-star Sol y Luna bungalows in the Sacred Valley and the Casa Andina Private Collection, a colonial mansion in Cuzco.
Key Culinary/Athropological Immersion: Culture Xplorers; 866-877-2507; culturexplorers.com; 11-day trips from $2,280 per person.