Peru is one of the most recognized countries in terms of culinary and gastronomic issues thanks to its wide variety of fresh ingredients and an ever-increasing number of world-renowned chefs. It has been recognized as the culinary capital of South America. While Lima occupies great attention in terms of gastronomic issues, the entire country is deserving of this recognition. Each area has its own and traditional dishes. In the Cusco sector, you will be able to notice a wide variety of Andean and indigenous ingredients; thanks to this, it is becoming the second most important culinary destination in Peru. And here you can find from practical cooking classes to traditional street food tours. For this reason, together with Cusco Peru Travel, we will try to teach you the best culinary experiences in Cusco, so that you can enjoy our cuisine and learn how to do it at home.
BEST 6 CULINARY EXPERIENCES IN CUSCO
- LEARN TO COOK ANDEAN PACHAMANCA LIKE A LOCAL
- KNOW THE HISTORY OF CACAO IN PERU
- LEARN THE ART OF MAKING CEVICHE
- EXPLORE THE BEST STREET FOOD IN CUSCO
- TRY THE CUY ROASTED ON FIRE
- KNOW OTHER TRADITIONAL DISHES
LEARN TO COOK ANDEAN PACHAMANCA LIKE A LOCAL
Pachamanca is one of the most traditional foods to try in different restaurants in Cusco Peru. Those who prepare it usually do it in festive situations and it is composed of meat (alpaca) and numerous potatoes of all kinds cooked under hot stones. It has been a popular dish in rural and Andean communities for centuries. Even some locals proclaim that it is a pre-Inca meal. In the Ausangate and Sacred Valley regions, they still practice this tradition.
This dish is usually best prepared in the dry season. Some Peruvian cooking classes take apprentices to certain farms in Cusco to prepare this dish. You can learn to cook Pachamanca like a local, from its construction to turn on the stone oven to cook the alpaca meat. This is considered one of the best culinary experiences in Cusco.
KNOW THE HISTORY OF CACAO IN PERU
One of the best things to do in Cusco is to prepare your Chocolate Cusqueño. Most of the cacao farms are located a few hours from Cusco. The Chocolate Museum (ChocoMuseo) offers the best classes of 40 and 90 minutes for you to take advantage of and learn about the history of Cacao in Peru and at the same time prepare your chocolate. You can prepare, shape, and decorate your chocolate with some different flavors.
LEARN THE ART OF MAKING CEVICHE
Without a doubt, Ceviche is one of the most dominated and traditional dishes of Peruvians. Peru is the country of Ceviche and this is one of the best foods in Peru. It is a common belief that Ceviche originates from Peru due to its large amount of seafood fishing. The fish is prepared by marinating it with lime, coriander, and chili juice. This dish is much more famous in the “City of Kings” due to the great variety of fresh fish that you find when you are on the coast, although Cusco also has its recipe for a delicious trout ceviche, one of the best in the world. And if you are looking for a culinary experience in Cusco, you can try The Ceviche Experience: here you can be in a class of up to two hours where you can prepare your ceviche while having a Pisco Sour on a colonial terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas. You can prepare a trout ceviche like a professional. What are you waiting for?
EXPLORE THE BEST STREET FOOD IN CUSCO
Not only in restaurants or dining rooms you will be able to taste the typical flavors of Cusco. Within its streets, you can also enjoy unique and different flavors. The largest culinary delights, such as Anticucho, sugar-coated churros, tamales, corn with cheese, stuffed rocotos, and other delicacies, are offered in the narrow streets of the Imperial City. The best culinary experience in Cusco is in its streets. You will find street vendors everywhere, but if you are looking for a specific place with this type of food, you can always go to the largest Cusco market, San Pedro.
TRY CUY ROASTED ON FIRE
If you have planned to visit Peru, you cannot miss this typical dish in the Andean country. Cuy is a guinea pig that is prepared fried or roasted. It was and still is one of its most popular dishes in Peru. If you are thinking of visiting most of the tourist attractions in Cusco, at the end of your tour, it is recommended that you recharge your energy with this delicious dish. Despite its not always so attractive appearance, it is an extremely delicious dish and full of unique flavors.
KNOW OTHER TRADITIONAL DISHES
Within the many luxury Peru tours, you can see that there are many typical dishes in addition to Ceviche, Lomo Saltado, and others of great renown. To name a few we can recommend you try:
- Olluquito con charqui
- Quinoa Atamalada
- Chicken soup
- Corn with cheese
These are just a few examples, but we hope they have opened your hunger for you to give them a chance. Peruvian cuisine is not only delicious but also very healthy and with many benefits.
“LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD”
We hope, together with Cusco Peru Travel, that this article whets your appetite to try new experiences. Cusco and the Andean country is a great start for you to start new recipes and new cultures. Remember that to organize any of these experiences, you just have to contact our advisors. We’ll be waiting for you!
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