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Food Lover's Guide to Cusco

By Viator, March 2018

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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 of ceviche. 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 is cuy, baked or fried guinea pig and a popular source of protein among indigenous groups. If you’re looking for a crunchy snack, sample chicharróns, Cusco’s version of pork cracklings often served with salsa and hominy. Even your biggest hunger will be satisfied by chiriuchu, a traditional dish made with roasted white corn, guinea pig, chicken, cheese, seaweed, jerky, fish eggs, and a Spanish omelette. A pisco 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.

Tours & Tickets

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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson, Cusco, null
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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 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 $36.00
Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco, Cusco, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

This exclusive tour will take you to a local market in Cusco, then teach you about Peruvian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class in a modern cooking studio, ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.00
Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour, Lima, Cooking Classes
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Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

This 4-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: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting, Lima, Walking Tours
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Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 40 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 $80.00
4-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class at Marcelo Batata Restaurant in Cusco, Cusco, Cooking Classes
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4-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class at Marcelo Batata Restaurant in Cusco

Marcelo Batata Culinary Experince will immerse you into the world of Peruvian gastronomy and is a personalized and participatory class developed in a fun and ...  Read more

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

From USD $90.00
Group Culinary Tour, Cusco, Cooking Classes
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Group Culinary Tour

Our culinary tour consists of an evening exploring the streets of Cusco in order to try some of the city’s best street eats from strategically chosen points ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

From USD $68.00
Fully hands-on High End Peruvian Cooking Class & San Pedro Market Guided Visit, Cusco, Food Tours
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Fully hands-on High End Peruvian Cooking Class & San Pedro Market Guided Visit

Be immersed into a fascinating trip to the San Pedro Market, where you’ll be introduced to a vast variety of local and ancient products, learn about the ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00
Pre-Columbian Art Museum Tour with Dinner, Cusco, Cooking Classes
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Pre-Columbian Art Museum Tour with Dinner

Immerse within the pre-columbian times and enjoy a delicious dinner at the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and its Café Restaurant. Enhance your experience at ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $130.40
Cooking Class Experience in Cusco, Cusco, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Cooking Class Experience in Cusco

Enjoy a traditional cooking class and learn how to prepare a Pisco Sour. Learn the concepts of the Peruvian kitchen, traditional Andean products, taste a ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.95
Peruvian Cooking Class Tour in Cusco, Cusco, Cooking Classes
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Peruvian Cooking Class Tour in Cusco

Peruvian cuisine is famous thanks to its variety of flavors and ingredients. We provide the option of enjoying and learning about the flavors and to become a ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Half-day

From USD $79.00

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