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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.

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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 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 18 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
Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting, Lima, Cooking Classes
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Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 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
Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour, Lima, Cooking Classes
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Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 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
4-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class at Marcelo Batata Restaurant in Cusco, Cusco, Walking Tours
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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
Fully hands-on High End Peruvian Cooking Class & San Pedro Market Guided Visit, Cusco, Cooking ... 
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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
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
Pisco Tasting Tour, Cusco, Food Tours
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Pisco Tasting Tour

More than just a Pisco tasting, this is a journey into the realm of Peru's national liquor with different Pisco varieties to try and cocktails to learn to ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hrs

From USD $30.00
Exclusive Private Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class, Cusco, Cooking Classes
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Exclusive Private Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This exclusive, private tour will take you to explore San Pedro Market and then learn about Peruvian cuisine during a cooking experience in a modern cooking ...  Read more

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

From USD $150.00
Half-Day Tour of Cusco Including Visits to Oropesa, Saylla and Tipon, Cusco, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Half-Day Tour of Cusco Including Visits to Oropesa, Saylla and Tipon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience this traditional and typical Cusco's culinary tour visitng the most important towns like Oropesa very well know as the bakery town in Peru where we ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.00

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