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Food Lover's Guide to Cusco

Food Lover's Guide to Cusco

Cusquenian gastronomy strikes the perfect balance of traditional and modern. The Inca inheritance combined with colonial influences and the effects of international tourism make Cusco’s cuisine one of the most exquisite and varied in the world. Here are some dishes and experiences not to be missed when in Cusco.

Must-Try Dishes

When most people think of Peruvian food, they immediately think ofceviche. The raw fish dish is said to help with altitude sickness—perfect for travelers en route to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Another dish famous throughout Peru and the Andes iscuy***, baked or fried guinea pig and a popular source of protein among indigenous groups. If you’re looking for a crunchy snack, samplechicharróns*, Cusco’s version of pork cracklings often served with salsa and hominy. Even your biggest hunger will be satisfied bychiriuchu***, a traditional dish made with roasted white corn, guinea pig, chicken, cheese, seaweed, jerky, fish eggs, and a Spanish omelette. Apisco sour*, Peru’s national drink, is perfect for washing down your traditional Peruvian meal.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Hit the pavement to sample some of the city’s best street eats and local dishes on a culinary walking tour.

  • Polish up your Peruvian cuisine cooking skills with a local market visit and hands-on cooking class in a modern cooking studio or restaurant kitchen.

  • Become an expert of pisco, Peru’s most popular spirit, during an immersive pisco-tasting tour.

  • Sample some pisco drinks from a local bar before learning to mix your own pisco sour.

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Overnight Quillabamba Coffee Route Tour from CuscoOvernight Tours

Overnight Quillabamba Coffee Route Tour from Cusco

Discover the daily lives of coffee farmers near Peru’s Sacred Valley during this overnight trip including a local homestay. Step off the Cusco tourist trail as you visit the village of Quillabamba and learn about its Cocla Cooperative, a group of local fair-trade, organic, coffee growers. You’ll see a demonstration of their harvesting and toasting methods, and taste the finished product. You’ll also visit some local cocoa plantations, and stop for a swim at a waterfall, before spending the night with a local coffee farming family. Your coffee-themed excursion also features round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle, breakfast, lunch and dinner, overnight accommodation and a guide.
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Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit TastingHalf-day Tours

Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting

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Get hands-on experience preparing some of Peru’s most iconic dishes and shopping at a local market during this Lima cooking class. First stop by the market to pick out fresh meat and produce, discovering the incredible diversity of ingredients in Peruvian cuisine. Then head to the kitchen choosing to prepare a choice of fish, chicken, beef or vegetarian dish like ‘Ceviche’ or ‘Lomo Saltado,’ learning the necessary steps in fun, relaxed atmosphere. Your cooking excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport (for most areas of Lima), professional chef instructor, snacks and either lunch or dinner.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Food & Art: Lima Colors and Flavors Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Food & Art: Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

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Experience a more authentic, less-touristy side of Lima during this half-day walking tour through the city’s Chorillos and Barranco neighborhoods. Observe the hum of activity in ‘fish town,’ a section of Chorillos that hosts a fish market and a cast of local fishermen, before heading to the nearby cliffs to sample some local snacks. Continue to the increasingly trendy Barranco area to admire colorful mansions and hip art galleries.
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  • 4 hours
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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour LessonPrivate and Luxury

Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

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Discover the architectural majesty of Cusco and sample Peru’s tantalizing national drink during a night walking tour of the city. Marvel at Cusco’s charming colonial buildings and impressive historical monuments; absorb the bohemian ambience of San Blas Square; and immerse yourself in the convivial vibrancy of a local bar to sample the legendary drink of Pisco. Select your favorite Pisco flavor then combine it with fruity juices and tangy mixers to create your perfect cocktail. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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