Gastronomy of Cusco

Vacation Cooking Classes in Perú 12 Days

by / Lunes, 07 Diciembre 2015 / Published in Gastronomy

Destinations: Lima City Tour Cooking Classes Lima, Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Arequipa (lunch in traditional picantería), Cooking Classes and Walking City Tour in Arequipa, Cusco City Tour, Sacred Valley Tour, Machu Picchu.

Vacation Cooking Classes in Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Perú

Peru is considered one of the best dining destinations for its variety, richness and diversity of dishes. With its varied and unique geographic regions, Peru produces a variety of local foods. ILE TOURS has redesigned our exclusive gastronomy program for our foodies to experience the explosion of flavors that only Peruvian Cuisine boasts.

Peru is a country that always surprises since each region, city and town has their own dishes, flavours and food customs entered around what is produced locally.  Rich sea marine delicacies in the north, the super grains of quinoa, kiwicha and maca in the rich fertile valleys and wonderful ceviche in the coastal area.  Even Chinese food gets in own spin in Peru with the wildly popular chifa restaurants everywhere. Peruvian cuisine offers History, Fusion, innovation, variety, customs and especially taste !!

Visit the the best restaurants in Lima, Arequipa, Cusco and the Sacred Valley.  Enjoy cooking classes with professional chefs where you’ll visit the markets first to shop for your ingredients. Prepare a delicious ceviche, stuffed Rococo, logo salted, papa huancaina, cause  and the delicious desserts and drinks. Visit the artesanal vineyards on the desert coast near Ica. Have a gastronomic awakening while touring some of the finest archeological attractions in the world.

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Peruvian Gastronomy Tour Highlights. (12 Days)

  • Day 01: Arrive in Lima
  • Day 02: Lima City Tour (lunch in one of the best restaurants)
  • Day 03: Cooking Classes Lima
  • Day 04: Lima – Paracas (artesanal vineyard tour)
  • Day 05: Paracas – Ballestas.- Islands
  • Day 06: Lima – Arequipa flight (lunch in traditional picantería)
  • Day 07: Arequipa – Cooking Classes and Walking City Tour
  • Day 08: Arequipa – Cusco flight
  • Day 09: Cusco – Cooking Classes – City Tour
  • Day 10: Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Machu Picchu
  • Day 11: Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco
  • Day 12: Cusco – Lima flight
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Day 01: Arrive to Lima

Private airport greeting and transportation to your Miraflores hotel.

Day 02: Lima City Tour (lunch in one of the best restaurants)

Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and in your private car take you to visit the colonial city of Lima and the cathedral, the Gold Museum, the Catacombs of San Francisco, and the Huaca Pucllana ceremonial centre.

Lunch in one of Lima’s best restaurants to taste the different Peruvian dishes and learn a little more about them. At night visit a local delicious traditional anticucho.

Day 03: Cooking Classes Lima

At the scheduled time you will be greeted in your hotel and transferred to your cooking class. Visit the market to buy fresh seasonal produce. Prepare an appetizer (eg, Limeña cauza), entré (ceviche or lomo saltado), dessert (eg. arroz con leche) and drink (Pisco Sour).

Day 04: Lima – Paracas (artesanal vineyard tour)

After breakfast drive south 4 hrs along Lima’s desert coast. On the way visit the different vineyards where you can taste the local vintages of wine and the traditional Peruvian Pisco. Further south arrive to your oceanfront Paracas hotel.

Day 05: Paracas – Ballistas Islands group boat tour

Arrive early to the pier to tour the Ballestas Islands also known as the little Galapagos. Experience the islands, seals, penguins, sea lions, dolphins and 100’s of thousands of birds. This is a 2 hour boat tour. Seafood lunch on the ocean today. In the afternoon return to Lima.
NOTE: If you want to visit the enigmatic Nazca lines add an extra day to the tour!

Day 06: Lima – Arequipa flight (lunch in traditional picantería)

Private transfer and flight to the White City of Arequipa. Private airport greeting and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Lunch or dinner in a typical traditional restaurant featuring delicious local dishes of pork, seafood/shrimp soup, and stuffed hot peppers.

Day 07: Arequipa – Cooking Classes & Walking City Tour

In the morning visit the central market to buy ingredients to prepare today’s lunch and learn of the culinary secrets and techniques of the area and region. Take a private Arequipa walking tour also to visit the convent of Santa Catalina and the museum of the Mummy Juanita
Note: If you wish to visit the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca in Puno add 3 days to the tour!

Day 08: Arequipa – Cusco flight

Private transfer to the Arequipa airport for the short flight to the colonial Imperial City of Cusco. Private transfer to your Cusco hotel. Rest, breathe and acclimate to Cusco’s 11,000 feet.

Day 09: Cusco – Cooking Classes – City Tour

As always our chef is ready and pleased to teach the Cusco Novo Andean cuisine. Visit one of the traditional markets to find a wide variety of local and regional produce including many potatoes (there are more than 3000 varieties) to prepare your late lunch.

In the afternoon, we will start the Cusco City Tour visiting the great construction of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay and the temple of Koricancha

Day 10: Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

After breakfast ride north from Cusco with your guide and driver to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Glaciers rise high above the fertile river valley that still produces much food. The Incas used most of their land for agriculture whether it be flat river beds or terraced mountain sides. Vist the artisan market of Pisac. Enjoy and a delicious Andean buffet lunch along the Urubamba River. Visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a fantastic historic village that still retains its original Inca construction of great architecture. Ingenious spring fed aqueducts still serve the local houses with a water supply for consumption and irrigation of their agriculture. In the afternoon board the train to Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (2 hrs) where you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

Day 11: Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco

Early in the morning meet your guide for your private tour of Machu Picchu. Witness this magnificent architecture, layout, and stunning mountains in harmony with each other. Enjoy 2 hours with your guide then have time to explore or hike on your own. Afternoon train back to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Day 12: Cusco – Lima flight

Private transfer to the Cusco airport for your flights to Lima and home.
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Our services include:

  • Hotels you selected
  • Lima – Arequipa – Lima airfare
  • Lima – Cusco – Lima airfare
  • Tours mentioned
  • Cooking classes according to Itinerary
  • Tasting of Peruvian Cuisine according to Itinerary
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Professional Guides
  • Professional Chefs
  • Ingredients for preparation – Cooking Classes
  • Tourist Tickets
  • Roundtrip train to Machu Picchu
  • Private Transportation
  • All breakfast buffet
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“Peru vacation”

We just returned from an 6 day family vacation in Lima/Cusco and Machu Picchu.  did an excellent job with planning and organizing our custom vacation. We were very pleased with the organization, promptness and attentiveness of our tour coordinator. We enjoyed mountain biking, archaeological sites, hiking, and wonderful dining. I would recommend Iletours and his company highly! 5 stars!

Stephen Therrien and Family - Sophia

“The Best of the Best!!!”

We had the best time in Peru thanks to Mark and the Iletours team. We are quite
picky when it comes to our vacations and don’t settle for less than 5 star quality but they
made excellent recommendations and we stayed in the Best Hotels. The trip was very well
planned and coordinated and they were very patient with us considering the many changes we
made while planning the trip. Mark, our travel advisor, was very helpful and answered all our
questions before and during the trip. I recommend Iletours


“Completely Stress Free!”

I am so glad that we went with Iletours for our memorable trip to Macchu Picchu. From the planning stage to the actual trip, they have been excellent: very responsive to our e-mails during the planning stage and we felt very taken cared of during the actually trip. Our tour guide, Jair, is very knowledgeable and patient with us (especially with the questions of an archaeology and history enthusiast here).

Definitely Definitely recommend that if you want a stress free holiday in the great Machu Picchu, go with Iletours!

Janice Caulfield

“Excellent and Perfect!”

We went out our honeymoon in October and used Iletours to book the whole 6 day trip. Everything went perfect; every private transport was on time, every guide spoke perfect English for our private tours. Mark arranged everything in Cusco and our guide Henry in Cusco/Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu was great! Would with Iletours again when visiting Peru!

Gilbert Barnett and Bernice

“Trip of a Lifetime!”

My husband and I booked our honeymoon to Peru through The Iletours Company. We traveled in October of 2014. Neither of us speak Spanish very well and decided it would be best to book everything through a travel company, which we've never done before. We couldn't be more happy with the service, tour guides, and exceptional planning. Everyone we interacted with was extremely friendly, resourceful, and nice. We traveled to 3 major cities/areas in Peru and all timelines were perfect. We couldn't have had a better trip. Our tour guide throughout Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu, Mark, was excellent. We also went to Lima and Puerto Maldonado. Every city we went to we were always given all the information we needed up front on timelines and our next tours.

We honestly had the trip of a lifetime. I'd highly recommend this company if your traveling to Peru.


“Machupicchu fue increible, recomendable para la familia!”

Nuestro primer viaje con mi familia a Machupicchu fue increíble un lugar mágico e indescriptible imaginar que antepasados de origen americano hayan construido una majestuosa ciudad encima de una montaña, montaña que tan sólo verla es imposible imaginar tan difícil proeza. Gracias por haber organizado mi viaje y brindarme un servicio de calidad con un precio altamente competitivo y bueno. Recomiendo encarecidamente a todo aquel que quiera viajar a Machu Picchu y disfrutar de hermosos paisajes pintorescos de Cuzco contar con los servicios de ILETOURS ya que su personal es muy amable. Gracias Mark!


“Amazing Personalized Service”

Iletours made our trip to Peru an unforgettable experience. They helped us with a personalized itinerary that made the best use of our time there and led us to experiences we would never have found on our own. They made our travel worry free with all the logistics handled seamlessly. The guides were outstanding. We are so glad we chose this company. Worth every penny!

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