From Farm to Table: Exploring Peru's Rich Gastronomic & Agricultural Heritage


Duration 9 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Gastronomy & Agriculture


From Farm to Table: Exploring Peru's Rich Gastronomic and Agricultural Heritage

Peru II

In this unique experience, students explore Peru's culinary and agricultural traditions, from Lima's markets to the Sacred Valley. The program delves into the cultural importance of food and agriculture in ancient and modern societies. Visits to historic ruins, organic farms and markets deepen student’s understanding of the relationships between food, culture, and the environment. Join us on this transformative journey to gain insights into the vital role of food in our lives and in the world.

“From the Amazon rainforest to the Pacific coast, Peru's biodiversity mirrors the diversity of its cultures.“


“A mosaic of cultural treasures, passionately preserved by communities through dance, cuisine, and stories.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Upon arrival in Lima, students check in and rest. In the afternoon, a walking tour explores Lima's historic center, including the vibrant Mercado de Surquillo, showcasing Peruvian cuisine ingredients. Evening dinner at a local restaurant immerses students in Peru's culinary traditions.

Day 2

After breakfast, students visit Virgilio Martinez's Central restaurant, exploring Mater Iniciativa's research center on Peru's biodiversity and culinary traditions. In the afternoon, students explore Barranco, known for its bohemian atmosphere and art community, exploring galleries, cafes and shops.

Day 3

Students take a flight to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. In the afternoon, they will visit the San Pedro Market, a bustling marketplace. Here, they will learn about the different types of Andean grains, vegetables, and herbs used in Peruvian cuisine and sample local dishes.

Day 4

Students tour the Sacred Valley, visiting Pisac's Inca ruins and exploring a local artisan market highlighting Andean textiles' natural dyes and fibers. In the afternoon, the journey continues to Ollantaytambo, with a visit to the chocolate museum to understand its significance in Inca cuisine.

Day 5

Students visit Ollantaytambo, an Inca fortress with military, religious, and agricultural significance. They also participate in a traditional Andean feast, Pachamanca, cooking meat and vegetables in an underground oven with hot stones. Later, they travel to Aguascalientes by train and stay overnight.

Day 6

Students explore Machu Pichu with a guide detailing its history, architecture, religious significance, and engineering feats. They learn about the Incas' knowledge of astronomy and remarkable agricultural techniques, like cultivating crops on the site's slopes. they return to Ollantaytambo by train.

Day 7

Students explore Moray's ruins, where the Incas conducted agricultural experiments in terraced circular depressions. They then visit Maras' salt mines followed by an organic farm introduction to Andean superfoods. In Chinchero, they explore Andean textiles before returning to Cusco.

Day 8

After breakfast, students visit the San Pedro market to buy local ingredients, participating in a cooking workshop with a local chef where they prepare their own dishes. In the afternoon, they have free time to explore Cusco. The day concludes with a closure activity and a farewell dinner.

Day 9

After breakfast, students are transferred to the airport. They leave with a deep appreciation of Peru's rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and unique culinary traditions. This program will enrich their understanding of ancient civilizations and their relevance to our modern world.

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Lenses of Inquiry


Food & Culture

Students explore the role of food in Peru's cultural identity. They investigate diverse culinary traditions, native ingredients and ancient techniques. Visits to markets, restaurants and cooking workshops deepen their understanding of the complex relationship between food and culture in Peru.


Significance of Incan civilization

Students explore the rich history and cultural significance of the Inca civilization. They visit impressive Inca ruins and learn about the Incas' knowledge of astronomy, architecture, and agriculture. What can we learn from ancient civilizations, how have their legacies influenced our modern world?


Sustainability & Agricultural Practices

Students learn about environmental sustainability and agricultural practices that allowed the Incas to cultivate crops in steep terrains, discover Andean superfoods, and explore the traditional methods of salt extraction in Maras. how can we apply these lessons to modern-day farming?


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