Adventure to Cuisine: Access Trips Shifts Emphasis
PHOTO: Cuzco native in traditional dress. (Photo by David Cogswell)
Access Trips, which defines itself as an adventure operator specializing in immersive trips, is now carving out a niche for itself as a culinary operator in exotic destinations. The company characterizes itself as “the first culinary tour operator focused exclusively on immersive, insider travel to exotic destinations.”
Access Trips launched an eight-day culinary tour of Cuba last June and is now following it with a new nine-day culinary tour of Peru.
The entire tour industry is moving deeper into a culinary focus, and though Access Trips had focused more in the adventure aspect of its trips, it drifted into an increased focus on culinary experiences as it saw the public respond more to its culinary tours than anything else it offered.
A recent Vietnamese tour offered by Access traveled from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south creating intimate personal experiences along the way with locals from a variety of backgrounds, including residents of tiny villages in the countryside, urban sophisticates in the cosmopolitan cities, vendors at street markets, chefs, artists and descendants of Vietnam’s royal family.
The guests were given lessons on how to cook Vietnamese cuisine and opportunities to immerse themselves in local culture through person-to-person interactions with locals, as well as the chance to meet some celebrity chefs.
As the company has built its culinary tour infrastructure and established relationships with chefs and restaurants, it became a natural movement to define the company as culinary tour operator of exotic destinations.
The Peru tour covers the basic itinerary of destinations that Americans want to see in Peru: Lima, the capital city; Cuzco, the mountaintop city of the Inca Empire and Spanish colony; the Sacred Valley and of course Machu Picchu, the mysterious abandoned city on a mountaintop.
But although these are the standard places included on most introductory tours of Peru, the Access Trips version of the itinerary will focus hard on the food aspects of each destination.
The trip is priced from $3,490 per person and requires the additional purchase of some air passages while in the country to complete the itinerary.
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