Lima Gourmet tours are experiences in Peru born out of the desire to allow visitors to immerse themselves in the country’s unique history and culture in an engaging way. What better way than to create a long-lasting set of sensory memories you can evoke with the flavors, aromas, and style of a destination? The combination of food, tradition, and local knowledge is what we seek to include in our own travel itineraries, so we dreamed of sharing that same type of journey with like-minded travelers, specifically for trips to Peru.
When our Lima Gourmet food tour first launched in 2010, the average stay in Lima was just under one day. It was largely considered a necessary layover on the way to Machu Picchu or the Amazon jungle. Some would opt for a brief city tour of the historic center when arriving to Lima, while others would spend a few hours wandering around shopping at the seaside mall in Miraflores, Larcomar. Finally, a handful of adventurous travelers would depart from the typical tourist circuit and fit in a meal after researching Peruvian cuisine. We believed Lima had so much more to offer and merited more time for discovery. It seems our wanderlust-motivated friends agreed because now the average stay in the city is three days. So, over twelve years ago, we sat down to brainstorm what our perfect tour of Lima would look like and what we could prioritize to invite guests to venture beyond Peru’s main tourist attractions.
No Lima, Peru trip would be complete without trying the country’s flagship dish, cebiche, and cocktail, the pisco sour. But you can go to any one of a thousand restaurants in Peru and order them. We yearned to take guests a step further and get hands-on by incorporating the secrets to preparing these culinary rockstars through demonstrations and classes with seasoned local chefs and bartenders.
Anyone can follow a recipe, but the genuine wow factor is in the ingredients. We thought, why not go even further by visiting a market and getting familiar with the products and their origins? Lima has 43 independent districts, each with its own neighborhood market. The best ambassadors for Peruvian culture and flavor are the vendors themselves, as they show off their ripest picks and juicy gems. The activity adds a layer of complexity and flavor to the overall experience that enriches the visit tremendously.
Another factor we were intent on weaving into the day was the urban playground the city offers as a seaside backdrop to the route. Although it can take hours to make the trek from one side of town to the other, we thought it was necessary to spread our Peruvian food tour throughout different Lima neighborhoods. To understand Peruvian culture, guests can get a feel by setting their eyes on the eclectic architectural legacy present in the capital’s streets. Pre-Columbian and pre-Incan temples and relics can be found nestled between buildings representing Peru’s republican period or designs that reflect the fever for adding a European flair. From ancient to modern, the visual timeline available in Lima’s landscape mustn’t be overlooked as an integral part of its history.
To bring the concept of our first Lima food tour to life, we decided that there were a few things we would never compromise, the authenticity and quality of the experience. Tourism has evolved immensely over the last decade, with guests opting for boutique offerings that preserve the essence of a destination while providing elevated service. We believe that spending time curating an experience that highlights the creme de la creme of what a place offers is one of the best ways to create a positive first impression that leaves a lasting impact. This preference to be pampered is true to what we look for while traveling and the heart of what we want to offer our guests. After hours of research and putting together an itinerary, all of the time and sacrifices to explore a new culture, we want it to be a special moment that defines how visitors feel and connect with Peru.
If you’re interested in booking our original Lima Gourmet food tour, you can visit the page for more details and reserve, or check out our other experiences in Lima if you’re ready to commit to a great time. If you want to know more about us as a company and how we started, visit the Lima Gourmet About Us page for the backstory. And if you need help deciding what to do while in Lima, feel free to reach out, and we’ll give you a hand.
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Things to do in Lima that make people fall in love with the city - that's precisely what we're after. We're Lucas and Sam, a Peruvian-American couple who have run the top tour in Lima for the past 10 years. It’s no coincidence that the best activities in Lima have to do with Peru’s amazing cuisine. This Kansas City girl and Lima native have lived all over the world in their corporate past lives but they traded in the daily grind for sharing their love of good food, showing off the city’s secrets and meeting awesome people along the way.
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