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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 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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Make the perfect Pisco Sour: Private Experience in Cusco

Make the perfect Pisco Sour: Private Experience in Cusco

Discover the architectural majesty of Cusco and sample Peru’s tantalizing national drink during a 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 spirit of Pisco. Taste it and prepare your own Pisco Sour the most famous Peruvian cocktail. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size