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A Taste of Peru

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 02-05-2023

Peruvian gastronomy is at the forefront of culinary experiences throughout the world. With 2 restaurants in the top-ten restaurants in the world, it´s no wonder that Peruvian food is one of the most sought-out cuisines! Enjoy a hands-on experience preparing some of Peru’s most iconic dishes and shopping at a local market during this 4-hour Lima cooking class. The first stop is at the local market to pick out fresh meat and vegetables, discovering the incredible diversity of ingredients typical of Peruvian cuisine.


Peruvian cuisine is famous for its use of natural ingredients. On your Peru vacation packages, discover how the country´s ecosystems contribute to Peru's rich culinary heritage. Peruvian cuisine blends traditional cooking methods with modern innovation to create unforgettable dishes to sample.

Lima Market Produce


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 a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Your cooking excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport (for most areas of Lima), a professional chef instructor, and snacks and you can choose if you want to prepare either lunch or dinner, depending on your time. Find out more about our Taste of Peru tour here.


The culinary heritage of Peru uses traditional cooking methods such as  Pachamanca.  Discover the vibrant flavors created using local ingredients such as ají peppers, quinoa, and 4000 varieties of potatoes. Combined with modern-day cooking techniques and this rich source of fresh ingredients, food will be a joy on your Peru tour packages.

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What to Expect

If you are ready for a unique culinary adventure in Peru, join us on a journey to the local market where you will discover the wide variety of Peruvian products and ingredients. With the guidance of our expert chefs, you'll learn the techniques and secrets of Peruvian gastronomy in our kitchen, where you'll prepare and enjoy an authentic Peruvian dish that will tantalize your taste buds. But that's not all! You'll also get to taste some of the most peculiar Peruvian fruits. Peruvian food is growing in popularity, and this is your chance to see what makes it so special.


Ceviche uses raw fish which is marinated in lime juice, spiced with ají peppers, and enhanced with red onions and coriander. The national dish of Peru offers a zesty culinary experience that is a must-try on any Peru adventure packages.

Peruvian Coastal Cuisine


After your hotel pickup, you will enjoy a visit to a market and a cooking class perfect for introducing you to the best dishes in Peruvian cuisine. You will be in a relaxed atmosphere with no dull demos and a great hands-on approach. You will first head to the local market to experience the authentic atmosphere where the main ingredients for the food you'll cook are sold. To cook, you will use ceramic pots the same as the ancestors did so you keep all the flavors as natural and authentic as possible.


Peru’s rich culinary past includes the use of traditional clay pots. These pots are still used in gastronomy today, especially in traditional cuisine.  These pots are used in any cooking class in Cusco and are known for their excellent heat retention. They enhance the natural flavors of the food and are integral to several traditional  Peruvian cooking methods, such as Pachamanca.

Traditional Ceramic Pots


The experience

Choose from the following dishes:



As a starter, you will cook our Peruvian National dish called "Ceviche" the most popular dish among Peruvians. It is made of small size pieces of fish marinated raw in fresh aromatic lime juice tender onions, and boiled sweet potatoes mixed with or without Andean hot chilis. 


On a cooking class in Lima, Peru, you can learn how to prepare traditional Peruvian dishes from all over the country. You can learn specific dishes like ceviche and pisco sours, Peru´s national fare!



Causa rellena

The class will start with the sculptural potato salad called Causa. Two layers of chilled, smashed yellow potatoes surround a filling — in many cases, vegetables, seafood, or chicken. Causa is best described as a potato-layered tower of yumminess with a variety of different fillings. The top and bottom are composed of mashed potato mixed with lime juice and aji amarillo (Peruvian yellow pepper), and a filling consisting of, well, virtually anything. Commonly the middle will be tuna, lobster, crab, octopus, shrimp, avocado, or chicken. The history of causa is hotly debated. Some believe it goes back as far as the Incas. Quite possible, given the enormous diversity of diet that characterized Inca culture. Others claim it was a product of the Spanish colonial era in Peru, especially during the conflict with Chile in the 1880s.


Peruvian Causa Rellena is a traditional dish made with seasoned mashed potatoes, avocado, and a variety of fillings. These usually include chicken, tuna, or vegetables. Causa will be served at most of the restaurants you will visit on your Peru Machu Picchu trip.

Causa Rellena

Lomo Saltado

This beef stir-fry with vegetables is one of Peru's traditional dishes and, therefore, a typical restaurant menu option. The main ingredients included beef, onion, tomato, carrots, scallions, microgreens, and flowers to make it look pretty. Considered one of Peru's most loved dishes, Lomo Saltado is considered a "must-have" when traveling to Peru.  In this class, you'll learn about the fascinating history of Peru and China, and their culinary combination, known as "Chifa." Chifa is a cooking practice that uses the abundance of Peruvian ingredients with Chinese influence, and a tradition that dates back to the 1920s.  This important storyline of your class will be understood best as you taste your final dish.


When you visit Peru Lomo saltado is probably the most popular dish on the menu! In the Andes or on the coast, you can enjoy thes strips of beef fried up with onions tomoatoes and french fries all over Peru!

Lomo Saltado


Pisco Sours


In Peru, the Pihttps://valenciatravelcusco.com/12-day-classic-perusco Sour rules. The cocktail is super simple with just 4 easy ingredients (pisco, lime juice, syrup, and egg white), but serves as a welcome reprieve from light lagers.  With so few ingredients, pisco sours may be hard to mess up, but they’re also hard to get just right. It seems the trick to a perfect pisco sour is a drink that’s not too sweet, not too tart, not too eggy, and of course, very alcoholic. Learn how to prepare the perfect Pisco Sour during your trip to Peru


A Pisco Sour making class on your Peru culture tour is a fantastic way to dive into the country's rich culinary traditions. Whether you're in Lima or Cusco, these classes provide an enjoyable and educational experience that will leave you with a deeper understanding of Peruvian culture.

Pisco Sours


Learn more about Peru´s fascinating culinary diversity with a hands-on cooking tour and local market experience, to absorb yourself in Peruvian culture in the most delicious of ways, Ask us here for more information about this Lima gastronomic tour.