Abercrombie & Kent reports that Latin America has quickly risen the ranks of culinary talent to become one of the world’s gourmet hotspots after a record four regional restaurants made it into the top 10 at the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, unveiling essential destinations for the travelling gourmand.
With so many new restaurants to explore, perennial experts in luxury food and wine travel, A&K has curated a smorgasbord of immersive experiences for a deep dive into Latin America’s culinary DNA. Your client’s can explore a foodie’s paradise with these hand-crafted menu of luxury travel ideas.
A&K’s journeys are packed with Insider Access experiences that take travellers into award-winning restaurants, secret eateries, homes, kitchens, markets and farms to experience exclusive gastronomic adventures. Here, they’ll learn to cook and meet passionate local chefs and sommeliers in Latin America’s most delicious epicurean meccas, and travel off-the-beaten-path to sample local flavours and fare in the region’s most breathtaking landscapes.
Abercrombie & Kent has been delivering luxury Tailor-Made Journeys to Latin America for over twenty years. With 7 wholly owned offices throughout the region, and one of the largest network of luxury travel experts in the world, A&K weave in hand-crafted culinary experiences to suit every traveller.
Here’s a taste of A&K’s most immersive foodie experiences in Latin America.
Savour a bike and tapas tour through the capital of Lima, immersed in Peruvian street food. Pedal through ocean-side Miraflores, charming San Isidro, and bohemian Barranco, discovering why Lima is one of the world’s best foodie hotspots. Along the way, learn the importance of chocolate production in Amazon communities, then sample cervices at La Mar, the brainchild of Peruvian culinary godfather Gastón Acurio. Pair tasters with a pisco sour for the full Limeño experience before cruising to a fresh produce market to chat to friendly vendors. Spend the evening at a bistro in Barranco for a chef-led cooking class, before feasting.
8-days Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley — A Luxury Small Group Journey (2023) from $10,060 pp
A feast of wonder awaits on this Luxury Small Group Journey to astonishing heavy-weight Peru. Uncover the enduring heritage of the Incas, as you interact with the rural people of the Sacred Valley and explore extraordinary Machu Picchu. Sample Peruvian cuisine at a Chef’s Table experience to understand its cultural impact on the world and enjoy an exclusive A&K street food tour. Be treated to a captivating private performance by an Andean musician, mingle with the villagers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and gain an intimate understanding of their ancestral weaving and farming techniques, before partaking in a magical Pachamama ceremony. Enjoy a private lecture on Machu Picchu with a renowned scholar and discover the magnificent ruins with an A&K expert guide — all the while staying in the region’s most luxurious hand-picked hotels.
Saddle up for a stirring horseback adventure and delectable open-fire asado (Argentine BBQ) with passionate sommelier Jeff Mausbach, riding from Mendoza to the heart of the Andes. You’ll meander through the breathtaking Uco Valley, winding around the Cordón del Plata, climbing to a height of 2,800 metres, with stunning views over the snow-clad mountain range. Stop along the way for traditional ‘mate’ tea, before tucking into a hearty and mouth-watering asado cooked on an open fire and expertly paired with Jeff’s best drops. Breathe in the toasty aromas as you observe the cooking process with a glass of malbec in hand.
13-days Treasures of Argentina from $12,095 pp
Discover a wonderful world of contrasts in mighty Argentina. Be swept away by live music and tango in Buenos Aires and venture into the roaring Garganta del Diablo canyon in thundering Iguazú Falls. Sample the diverse wines and gastronomy of Argentina’s renowned Mendoza winelands, with visits to three vineyards and exclusive tastings with your own sommelier. Explore the otherworldly landscapes of high-altitude Purmamarca, a tiny village at the Hill of Seven Colours, before hiking alongside llamas through some of Argentina’s most dramatic mountain scenery. Wild, raw and always surprising: this is the true Argentina.
Savour an exclusive invitation into the food and wine studio of renowned Chef Pilar Rodríguez, a hidden oasis among the vines of Viu Manent Winery. This Chilean cooking class sees you delving into contemporary Chilean flavours and getting creative in the kitchen under the direction of your expert chef. Learn all about Pilar’s successful career and break bread with one of the country’s most vibrant personalities, before dining on your shared creations. Pair the whole experience with the most delicious vinos from the surrounding vineyard. This is without a doubt, a must for any foodie at heart.
11-days Wonders of Chile from $13,250 pp
Perfectly positioned between the ocean and the Andes, Chile flaunts natural wonders on an epic scale, with vast salt lakes, shooting geysers, lunar flats and breathtaking fjords. Hike to the world-renowned Gray Glacier in the Torres del Paine. Saddle up for a horse-riding adventure through Cerro Guido Estancia with jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Paine Massif. Hear Chilean stories of the sky on a stargazing odyssey before feasting your eyes on the Tatio Geysers in the Atacama Desert. And uncover history, art and gastronomy in vibrant Santiago. This immersive Chilean adventure is truly unforgettable.
Take a tantalising journey back through time on an exclusive Chef’s Table experience with renowned Brazilian chef Fabio Tavera — for an altogether different experience at thundering Iguazú Falls. Fabio Tavera is the former head chef of the Belmond Das Cataratas, and creator of rustic and inviting culinary school Casa do Chef. Savour a 6-course meal, expertly paired with Brazilian wines, that pays homage to the indigenous Brazilians, Africans and Europeans that forged Brazil’s flavours over 500 years of history. Delight in each exquisite dish as Fabio regales you with the anthropological legacy of every ingredient, in an Insider Access experience that is every epicurean’s dream. And if you’re lucky, he may even play the flute!
9-days Flavours & Rhythms of Brazil from $7,695 pp
Brazil is one of the world’s most captivating nations, bursting with unstoppable rhythms, delectable cuisine, legendary wildlife and infectious energy. Discover a city where music and dance are as vital to life as air, in magical Rio. Feel the spray on your skin as you stand at the thundering, steaming cauldron of 275 waterfalls at Iguassu Falls. Cruise on a scenic motorboat into the roaring Garganta del Diablo canyon. Spend an evening immersed in Bahian heritage at the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre, as you witness an explosion of drums, music and capoeira. Learn to drink like a local with a curated tasting of cachaça in Salvador, then, head to a local eatery where you discover how to prepare Bahia’s iconic seafood dish, moqueca.
Ecuador is the new rising star of South America’s gastronomy scene. Experience a chocolate and art immersion like no other at To’Ak, the eccentric abode of the late Oswaldo Guayasamín, one of Latin America’s most celebrated artists. First enjoy a private tour of Guayasamín’s home and all of its most intimate chambers, guided by an art curator. Next, indulge in a private chocolate tasting in Guayasamín’s private wine cellar. Akin to a wine tasting, you’ll be guided through a comprehensive tasting of raw and roasted cacao beans with the most luxurious and elaborate dark chocolate in the world; for something even more indulgent, pair this with the very best in Latin American wine.
12-days Ecuador Adventure from $12,395 pp
Discover a treasure trove of natural and cultural wonders in Ecuador, on South America’s Pacific coast. Spend a day in the life of Quito, Ecuador’s enchanting and captivating capital, strolling through the cobblestone plazas. Wander through nature’s playground in the rainforest of Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve and stay awhile in the Andes meeting villagers in markets and workshops, before delighting in the traditional life of a hacienda. Marvel at the snow-covered peak of the impressive and towering Volcano Cotopaxi, before visiting the old colonial city of Cuenca, built on the site of a former Inca settlement. There’s a whole world to explore in these Andean peaks.