Flavors of Peru

By Viator, October 2015

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Peruvian cuisine is typically South American, but with some surprises! Alongside indigenous and Spanish fare, you’ll find influences from China, Italy, Africa and Japan.

Based on the staples of corn, potatoes and beans, Peruvian food is generally highly spiced, though with chili served as a condiment you can usually control the heat. Other common ingredients include rice, wheat, maize, tomatoes, quinoa, kiwicha and peppers.

Street and market food is a highlight, and Western meals like pizza and pasta are served alongside grilled chicken and meat.

The first of those culinary surprises is cuy, or guinea pig. The cute furry creatures we keep as pets at home are served skinned and grilled in Peru, and of course taste a little like chicken.

Other more challenging dishes include a plateful of cow brains or grilled alpaca meat. Seafood ceviche is popular, marinated in lemon juice and considered something of an aphrodisiac.

Ceviche dishes are very popular in coastal regions of Peru. In Lima, you’ll also find cheese or meat empanadas, chicken with rice, ham rolls called butifarras and, as you’d expect, Lima bean salads. Northern areas might serve goat stew or pork soup, while the cuisine of the mountainous Andes regions remains based on maize and potatoes, just as it has for centuries.

Guinea pigs tend to be fried rather than grilled in the Andes, and the stuffed peppers (roccoto relleno) served here can be very hot, so beware. Festive dishes like pork are cooked on an underground bed of heated stones. In jungle areas, avoid eating bush meat and endangered critters like dolphins, tortoise eggs and monkey.

Sweets are Spanish-inspired, like alfajores pastries, nougat, fruity ice cream called lucuma, rice pudding, pumpkin fritters and milk puddings.

The national drink is the famous pisco sour, made from egg white, sugar, lemon or lime juice and brandy. In the tropical heat though, there’s nothing better than a locally brewed cooling beer.

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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 $39.99

Lima Bar Crawl Including Drinks and Food Tastings

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Get a taste of Lima’s downtown on this evening walking tour. You’ll visit small bars and street vendors abuzz with locals to sample typical Peruvian dishes and ...  Read more

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

From USD $49.99

Lima Market Tour, Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Take a guided market tour, watch a cooking demonstration and discover the signature tastes of Peru: fish ceviche and the pisco sour cocktail. You'll visit a ...  Read more

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

From USD $146.99

Culinary and Historical Tour of Lima

Enjoy a full-day tour of Lima in which you'll get to learn about Peruvian gastronomy, popular art and the history of Lima. You will visit  a local market ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $170.00

Lima Cooking Class with a Local Family

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Instead of dining out again, prepare and savor a home-cooked meal during your stay in Lima. On this 4-hour guided cooking class tour, discover the unique ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.99

Half-Day Lima Culinary Tour

Calling all food-lovers! On this half-day culinary tour in Lima, learn about and sample delicious Peruvian cuisine. With your guide, explore a colorful fruit ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $315.99

Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson

Enjoy a morning or afternoon ceviche and pisco sour class in Miraflores, Lima where you'll learn to make this delicious dish and traditional drink ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.80

Lima ChocoMuseo: Truffles Workshop

Learn how to make your own truffles during a 2-hour workshop at the ChocoMuseo in Lima. This is a hands-on activity permitting you to participate in every step ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00

Peruvian Basics: Pisco Tasting, Cocktail Lesson and Ceviche Lesson

If you don't have much time in Lima but still want the local foodie experience, try this one-hour Pisco tasting, cocktail lesson and ceviche class. Learn the ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Pachamanca Cultural Experience in Lima

Enjoy a unique and cultural experience as you take part in Pachamanca (PAGUAPU) which is a celebration and Andean ritual in which people offer something ...  Read more

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

From USD $171.00

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