We will visit the first two weeks of May--our first time in Peru.
We are discussing the itinerary with Peru for Less because of the many great comments people have made about that company.
But we'd also like any advice that the local experts & frequent visitors would like to share before we confirm our plans.
We will of course visit Cusco, Sacred Valley & MP. It seems like the guided tours will greatly enhance our visits there. However, if there is some "hidden gem" of an experience you'd like to suggest, we'd appreciate knowing it!
We are also very interested in soaking up the urban experience of Lima, and are thinking of spending as much as 5 or 6 nights there--is that too many?
We are foodies and I've noticed the Best Restaurants list on TA. Is that list still up to date? Are there any other restaurants you might recommend, hot new places to dine? In Lima do people tend to dine early or late? Is is possible for tourists like us to learn to prepare food in the Peruvian manner?
We love traditional & contemporary Andean music as well as jazz, and wonder where the best places are to experience that.
Also my wife is a textile artist, and we know there are great traditional weavers in Peru. Any recommendations for galleries that specialize in this and centers where it's possible to observe the craftspeople at work?
We love antiquities AND modern art, and wonder which are the best museums to visit.
Thanks for any ideas you wish to share!