Chef Hector Santiago Leads Fans On A "gastro Trek"

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Chef Hector Santiago has had a strong impact on the Latin American community in Atlanta. Dining at the chef's restaurant, Pura Vida Tapas & Bar, which he owns with his wife Leslie Santiago, offers fans a taste of Latin cuisine. The second in a series of culinary tourism trips, the Santiagos will lead a Gastro Trek to Peru from September 4 - September 12. The group will explore the land of the Incas and the ins and outs of Peruvian culture, cooking, drinking and eating.

The Gastro Trek is an unforgettable culinary experience, featuring ancient and modern, rural and urban customs and foods. Chef Santiago and English-speaking guides will lead trekkers through local markets, accompany them to a family hacienda, and introduce them to local food artisans. The trek begins in Lima, recently named the gastronomic capital of South America, then on to Cusco to taste and learn about Novo Andina cuisine. Guests will participate in a Panchamanca cooking class in the Sacred Valley, and trek to Machu Picchu. Guests will dine in many of Peru's finest restaurants and experience the Mistura Gastronomic Festival, an annual Peruvian food festival.

A trip extension to Arequipa is also available, lasting August 31 until September 4. The Gastro Trek with Hector Santiago gives guests a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the culinary world of Latin America. Join one of Atlanta's most renowned chefs on this food & culture-centric adventure. Guests are promised days of gorgeous sites and sensational dining. To view the trip itinerary, visit For pricing and more information or questions, Tammy Zacks of Travel by Design at 404.467.0980.

Life is always great at Pura Vida Tapas & Bar! The restaurant brings fresh, bold and passionate food to the Atlanta area. Located in the eclectic Poncey-Highlands neighborhood, the restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Hector Santiago and his wife, Leslie Santiago. Pura Vida Tapas & Bar is located at 656 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. For reservations or more information, please call 404.870.9797 or visit


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