• Fresh vegetables at market, Peru

    Fresh vegetables at market, Peru

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  • Make Chicha morada, a Peruvian drink, in a cooking class

    Make Chicha morada, a Peruvian drink, in a cooking class

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Cookery classes in Cusco

Take a morning cookery class in Cusco and pick up some Peruvian culinary skills.

Learn Peruvian cooking: from market to table

Peruvian cuisine is not really a well-known cooking style, and one of its most memorable dishes may linger in the memory for the wrong reasons - roast guinea pig! However there are some very tasty dishes for which Peru can be rightly proud.

If you have a half day to spare whilst in Cusco, you could learn to cook an authentic Peruvian meal, and enjoy learning new skills in the process.

  • Shop for produce at the market
  • Make a typical Peruvian drink such as a pisco sour
  • Help prepare starter and main dishes
  • Sit and enjoy the lunch you have prepared
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Learn how to make Pisco sours, Peru © JS

What to expect

You will first be taken shopping by a local English-speaking cook, browsing amongst the market stalls with the local people to buy ingredients. Food shopping the Andean way is an interactive experience! Then, back at the cook's house you make a start, preparing a pisco sour, starters and main courses. This is hands-on rather than a demonstration, and you will be shown what to do at each stage. By the end, together you'll have produced a tasty lunch to share, washed down with a glass of wine.

Where to go

The cooking experience takes place in Cusco, visiting a local food market and preparing a meal in a Cusqueno house.

When to go

This cookery experience runs year round and on all days of the week. If you have a spare morning in Cusco, we can arrange it.

How to do it

You don’t need any particular skills for this trip, just a willingness to be involved, as you’ll be expected to get stuck in rather than watch from the sidelines, which makes it much more fun! You’ll also have the satisfaction of having produced a delicious plate of food! You’ll be collected from your hotel in the morning and taken back again after your lunch, and the whole experience will take about 4-5 hours.