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Anthony Bourdain once famously said, "I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable,” and we couldn’t agree more.
To experience another culture fully, it’s about much more than the sights and sounds. It’s about the people you meet, the friendships you cultivate, the memories you create together, and the food you taste—which within its recipes, is filled with a history of spices, herbs, and a way of eating that is intrinsically unique to that culture. Culinary tours happen to be one of Valencia Travel Cusco’s most popular, and for good reason: a culture’s cuisine completes the quadrant that Anthony Bourdain spoke about. It helps to connect us with the landscapes from whence the food came, with the people that it has nourished for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and it speaks volumes about the foreign culture we are lucky enough to find ourselves in.
When the pandemic is over, we’ll all have the opportunity to start eating better in many forms. We’ll have the chance to eat cleaner, healthier, and to take care of our bodies with real nutrition that allows us to feel our best both physically and mentally, but we’ll also have the chance to start eating better when it comes to how and why we choose to eat. We’ll become more adventurous and try foreign dishes we have never seen or heard of before, or probably even be able to pronounce properly. We’ll have the chance to participate in eating traditions, where feasts are the life of the party and the main reason for bringing families and friends together. We will, after all this time in lockdown, have the chance experience the great joy of gastronomy with more conscious thought and foresight, opening ourselves up to new and exciting flavours both savoury and sweet that in their own special way, unlock a door and allow us to peep into another culture.
Valencia Travel Cusco offers a range of tours centred around trying different Peruvian cuisines, learning how to cook them, and understanding the history behind how they came about and what they mean in today’s society—from celebrations to Sunday barbeques, from traditional cuisine to modern twists, to travel through Peru’s tastebuds it to truly understand its culture in a delicious way.