Pisco: Spirit of Peru, Elixir of Life

There’s a certain appreciation and recognition of Pisco’s allure among those of us who have come to love it. There’s a camaraderie of wink-wink insider-ism and boastfulness that we have the world as our oyster and this bequeaths a VIP status. Well, we haven’t taken years of sommelier courses nor spent decades distilling or toiling in the soils. We just have certain friendships and relationships that give us access to those in the know…and a pride in discovering this unique drink.

This unique Pisco Peru Tour is a further expression at broadening our original intent with Museo del Pisco. While we enjoy sharing our favorite spirit with tourists, travelers and locals in our three locations in Peru, Pisco is still poorly understood. My hope is that during this experience you can glean a glimpse of insider’s Pisco. What it is that makes this spirit significantly distinct from so many other wonderful drinks. And of course, it’s relevance in the cuisine conversation taking place the world over, about Peru’s place in the gastronomic circles from New York City to London, to Berlin and beyond.

From Adam Weintraub
Tour Leader & Co-Founder of Museo del Pisco

Detailed Itinerary: 03/17/2018



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Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Introduction to Peruvian Cuisine with Chef Penelope Alzamora
      • Arrival in Lima, private transfer to the Barranco District.
      • Meet acclaimed chef and culinary guide Penelope Alzamora at a local market to hand-select a medley of fresh ingredients to be used during a private Pisco-making and cooking demonstration at her private ocean view condo. After lunch, take a stroll along the seaside parks and explore a few of Penelope’s favorite nearby shops and art galleries.
      • For dinner, discover the magic of Peruvian cuisine at Las Brujas de Cachiche, an atmospheric bar and restaurant known for its enchanting medley of Peruvian specialties cooked to perfection. Afterwards, learn regional twists on the Pisco sour at the in-house Huaringas Bar.
      • Return via private transfer to your hotel after dinner for overnight at an exclusive guest house owned by Victor Delfín, one of Peru’s most famous sculptors and artists.
Overnight: Second Home Guesthouse

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Day 2: Lima City Tour

Peruvian Photography, Pre-Inca History, and the Origins of Pisco
      • After breakfast, learn about famous Peruvian photographer Mario Testino at the MATE Museum, gaining expert insights from tour leader Adam Weintraub who sides as a photography guide in Peru.
      • Private transfer to Museo Larco, a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art with chronological galleries that shed light on more than 10,000 years of Peruvian history.
      • Traditional Limeño lunch alongside locals at the historic Antigua Taberna Queirolo.
      • This afternoon, visit a historic mansion dating back sixteen generations to 1535 when the land was gifted to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of conquistador Francisco Pizarro’s followers. The historic Casa Aliaga has been inhabited by the same family ever since and is recognized as the oldest continually inhabited house in the Americas.
      • Later, follow the path of former celebrities to the famous Hotel Bolivar on Plaza San Martín. Here, you may taste the famous “Pisco Catedral” and learn the history behind this famous cocktail.
      • Enjoy an evening of Pisco tasting and tapas at the new Museo del Pisco with owner Adam Weintraub and one of his expert sommeliers (“Pisqueros”).
      • Private transfer to your hotel in Barranco after dinner for overnight at Second Home.
Overnight: Second Home Guesthouse

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Day 3: Lima to Ica

PanAmerican Highway to Ica’s Winegrowing Region, Meet the Famous Family of Pisqueros at the Tres Generaciones Distillery
      • After breakfast, head south on the PanAmerican Highway to our first bodega, Sarcay de Azpitia, for a primer on Pisco tasting and the process.
      • Next, continue south for a late morning visit to the Tres Generaciones Pisco distillery. Founding Matriarch Doña Juanita and her family – three generations – have been producing Pisco since 1856 and are regionally renowned Pisco pioneers. The humble infrastructure has changed little over the years, using basic tools, huarango wood and manual labor to create a unique distillate. Here, we’ll get a full tour of how a traditional process of Pisco making occurs and sample some of their fine product!
      • After lunch, proceed to your luxury retreat on the famous Queirolo family winery for Pisco tasting, dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Viñas Queirolo Wine Lodge

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Day 4: Nazca Lines & Pisco Tour

Optional Nazca Lines Overflight, Visit Pisco Portón’s Distillery and Sample Master Distiller Johnny Schuler’s Personal Favorite Piscos
      • After breakfast, you may join fellow guests on for a full aerial tour of the Nazca Lines from Ica. Your expert pilots will fly in a strategic path so that every passenger will be able to witness the most famous designs including anthropomorphic creations such as a fish, a whale, and a monkey, as well as the mysterious hominid-like biomorph known as the astronaut. The Pilot and Co-Pilot will announce, and explain, the name of every biomorph included in the Nazca Lines.
      • This afternoon, visit Hacienda La Caravedo, the distillery for Pisco Portón and the oldest in all of Peru dating back to 1856. On this VIP Pisco tour, you will learn the history of Pisco dating back to it’s origins in Peru, gain first-hand insight into the entire production process, and sample some of master distiller Johnny Schuler’s personal favorites.
      • Enjoy lunch on the back verandah of the historic bodega overlooking the stable and the Andes Mountains rising majestically above the Ica Valley.
      • Return to your Peruvian wine retreat for dinner and drinks on the verandah.
Overnight: Viñas Queirolo Wine Lodge

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Day 5: Huacachina Oasis & Wine Tour

Optional Dune Buggy Rides at Huacachina, Fine Peruvian Wines and a Traditional Paso Horse Show at the Oldest Bodega in South America
      • After breakfast, visit the Huacachina Oasis for an optional morning of dune buggy rides in the sand dunes that surround this historic watering hotel and desert village.
      • Later this morning, proceed to the Hacienda Tacama winery, visually one of the most beautiful wineries in Peru dating back to the 16th century. Hacienda Tacama grows 23 distinct varieties of grapes, 18 of which are used for alcohol production and eight for Pisco. You will sample Tacama’s premium red and white wines including the award-winning Tacama Doña Ana 2014, Don Manuel Tanat 2015, and other unique vinos grown and aged in-house.
      • Lunch and traditional Peruvian Paso horse demonstration at the restaurant of the hacienda.
      • Private transfer to our hotel in Paracas to enjoy the incredible pools and admire a beautiful sunset over the Pacific (perhaps arranging a Spa treatment if you so desire)
      • Drinks at the in-house Zarcillo Lounge after dinner and overnight at Hotel Paracas.
Overnight: Hotel Paracas

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Day 6: Tour Islas Ballestas, Onward to Lima

Tour Islas Ballestas and the Paracas Marine Reserve, Visit Bodega Tabernero, Amazonian Cocktails at áMaz
      • Morning visit to Islas Ballestas in the Paracas Marine Reserve—an isolated archipelago and wildlife sanctuary that is often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru.
      • Tiraditos and ‘cebiche‘ for lunch at a local-favorite restaurant in Paracas.
      • On the way back to Lima, stop in Chincha to visit Bodega Tabernero and learn about the technical components involved in producing great Pisco from Peru’s largest producer.
      • Dinner at ámaZ, a creative Amazonian fine dining experience presented by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino with wonderful rainforest cocktails (made with Pisco, of course!).
      • Private transfer to your “hotelito” in Miraflores for overnight.
Overnight: Atemporal

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Day 7: Pisco Peru Tour Ends, Optional Machu Picchu Extension

Transfer to Lima Airport for Connecting Flight, Pisco Peru Tour Ends
      • After breakfast, private transfer to the airport for international return flight (or domestic flight to Cusco if you choose to partake in the optional Machu Picchu Tour Extension).