Flavors of Cusco

By Viator, August 2015

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The traditional and modern strike the perfect balance in Cusquenian gastronomy. The Inca inheritance combined with colonial influences and the effects of international tourism have contributed to new creations and seasonings, making Cusquenian cuisine one of the most exquisite and varied in the world. In a city known for its colorful traditions, a great way to further explore Cusquenian culture is to sample its food. Here are some unique dishes you can choose from:


A typical soup, prepared by boiling beef brisket, lamb head, bacon, cabbage, potatoes, moraya, chickpeas, rice, yams, peaches, pears and yuccas. The broth is served separately from the meat and vegetables, which are served on a plate with cabbage leaves.

Stuffed Chili Pepper

Chili pepper stuffed with ground meat, peanut, raisins and peas. They are often topped with whipped eggs and served with fried potatoes.

Cuy (Guinea Pig)

A typical food of the region. The roasted guinea pig is seasoned and adorned with rice and potatoes.

Chuño Cola

A stew of Incan origin, prepared by boiling meat broth, rice, sausage, chickpeas, potatoes and potato starch, then eaten with a wooden spoon.

Kapche Cheese

A soup popular in November and December. It is prepared with green beans, potatoes, milk, eggs, cheese and pepper, and then garnished with onion, garlic and butter and served with rice.

Adobo and Chicharrones

Very common in Cusco, Chicharron is made of pork cooked in its own fat and served with mote or corn, while Adobo is pork marinated with chicha and herbs, cooked in a pot, and usually served with dried macllu potatoes.


Sweet steamed corn muffins wrapped in corn leaves and filled with cinnamon and raisins.


Steamed muffins filled with meat and wrapped in banana and/or corn leaves.


This Peruvian dish, famous around the world, features raw fish marinated in lime and chili. It is said to help with altitude sickness.

Pisco sour

You’ll probably be unable to avoid trying at least one delicious Pisco sour, Peru’s national drink, made with Peruvian pisco as the base liquor, with added Key lime (or lemon) juice, syrup, ice, egg white and Angostura bitters.

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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore the ancient Incan streets of Cusco and then make the perfect pisco sour like a true Peruvian local. Begin your 2.5-hour night walking tour in Plaza de ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.99

Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This 4-hour tour includes a visit to the market and a cooking class perfect for people who love traditional foods and want to make learn to make these dishes ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

This 3.5 hour walking tour will guide you through the colorful stately mansions and churches, as you make your way along the cliffs, while hearing about ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00

Cusco Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson

Let your senses (and a guide) lead you through Cusco’s San Pedro Market to pick up ingredients for an afternoon cooking class with a professional Peruvian ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Overnight Quillabamba Coffee Route Tour from Cusco

Just 3 hours from the Sacred Valley coffee farmers will welcome you in the beautiful mountain jungle to participate in a tour showing you the coffee and cocoa ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $320.00

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