Taste of Peru

Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the most diverse in the world and is on par with French, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Thanks to its many influences, from pre-Inca and Inca heritage to Spanish, Basque, African, Cantonese, Japanese and finally Italian, French and British immigration (mainly throughout the 19th century), Peruvian cuisine combines the flavors of four continents, making it an ideal spot for culinary vacations in South America. With the eclectic variety of traditional dishes, the Peruvian culinary arts are in constant evolution and impossible to list in their entirety. Suffice it to mention that along the Peruvian coast alone there are more than two thousand different types of soups, and that there are more than 250 traditional desserts.

Your week-long culinary tour in this amazing country will take place in Lima and Cusco. The history of Lima, the capital of Peru, began with its foundation by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. The city was established on the valley of the Rímac river, and it became the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru. Currently a vast metropolitan city, with around one-third of the Peruvian population living in the metropolitan area, Lima still retains its deep roots in Spanish colonial style and architecture. Strongly influenced by European, Andean, and Asian culture, Lima is a melting pot of cultures due to colonization, immigration, and indigenous influences. Like many other world capitals, Lima is home to prestigious museums and cultural sites, many of which are world renowned.

Situated at 11,151 feet, Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. The name Cusco is derived from the Quechua phrase “qusqu wanka” which means “rock of the owl.” The original Incan city, said to have been founded in the 11th century, was sacked by Pizarro in 1535. There are still remains, however, of the palace of the Incas the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. Today Cusco is the most important tourist destination in Peru and home to one of the newly selected seven wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.

During your Peru cooking school vacation, you will have the unique opportunity to dine in and experience both the traditional city of Lima and the magical capital city of the Inca’s, Cusco. Both cities will offer you a very rich, yet entirely different cultural and gastronomic experience for you to savour. Whether it’s experiencing the richness of Peruvian natural resources in their purest form during a visit to the market in Lima, or feeling the spiritual awakening of seeing the majesty of Machu Picchu, both cities will be sure to leave you with a sense of enlightenment.

Taste of Peru

Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the most diverse in the world and is on par with French, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Thanks to its many influences, from pre-Inca and Inca heritage to Spanish, Basque, African, Cantonese, Japanese and finally Italian, French and British immigration (mainly throughout the 19th century), Peruvian cuisine combines the flavors of four continents, making it an ideal spot for culinary vacations in South America. With the eclectic variety of traditional dishes, the Peruvian culinary arts are in constant evolution and impossible to list in their entirety. Suffice it to mention that along the Peruvian coast alone there are more than two thousand different types of soups, and that there are more than 250 traditional desserts.

Your week-long culinary tour in this amazing country will take place in Lima and Cusco. The history of Lima, the capital of Peru, began with its foundation by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. The city was established on the valley of the Rímac river, and it became the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru. Currently a vast metropolitan city, with around one-third of the Peruvian population living in the metropolitan area, Lima still retains its deep roots in Spanish colonial style and architecture. Strongly influenced by European, Andean, and Asian culture, Lima is a melting pot of cultures due to colonization, immigration, and indigenous influences. Like many other world capitals, Lima is home to prestigious museums and cultural sites, many of which are world renowned.

Situated at 11,151 feet, Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. The name Cusco is derived from the Quechua phrase “qusqu wanka” which means “rock of the owl.” The original Incan city, said to have been founded in the 11th century, was sacked by Pizarro in 1535. There are still remains, however, of the palace of the Incas the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. Today Cusco is the most important tourist destination in Peru and home to one of the newly selected seven wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.

During your Peru cooking school vacation, you will have the unique opportunity to dine in and experience both the traditional city of Lima and the magical capital city of the Inca’s, Cusco. Both cities will offer you a very rich, yet entirely different cultural and gastronomic experience for you to savour. Whether it’s experiencing the richness of Peruvian natural resources in their purest form during a visit to the market in Lima, or feeling the spiritual awakening of seeing the majesty of Machu Picchu, both cities will be sure to leave you with a sense of enlightenment.


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To sum up: the trip was amazing!! My sister and I both appreciated all the details that went into such a complicated itinerary. There were a lot of moving parts and only a few glitches along the way. The hotels in both Lima and Cusco were lovely and the concierge services were wonderful! Our guides in Lima, Adrian and Rosaria were kind, very well informed and fun to be with. We learned so much about the Peruvian people & culture in addition to the wonderful classes. The chefs we met were very enthusiastic and willing to share the tricks of their trade with us. The tasting dinners at Manifiesto, MAP cafe and especially Malabar were just divine. Thanks, too, to all the drivers who waited so patiently for us at all our stops. Our guides in Cusco/Machu Picchu, Juan and Marybel, were also delightful and a wealth of knowledge. Big gold stars to our driver in Cusco who drove us and Juan hundreds of miles around the Sacred Valley, then picked us up for dinner at MAP cafe, stayed to deliver us back to the hotel at 9:30 pm, and then picked us up again at 5:20 am the next morning and was waiting for us at the bus station late that night. He was our hero!!! We were glad that Wendy and her crew in Lima were able to move our start time on Monday, March 24 from 1:00 to 1:30, as our flight in from Cusco was late and we didn't even get to the hotel til 12:45. The only suggestions for making the tour more perfect would be: * Every country has different guidelines regarding tipping. It would be nice to know going in, what was expected/acceptable in restaurants and for our guides/drivers. * The Vistadome train ride was very comfortable, but we didn't know there would be food service, so we brought rolls and hard boiled eggs from the breakfast buffet. * The lunch at Inkaterra was delicious and in a beautiful setting. We weren't sure if Marybel was supposed to join us or not (as Juan had the day before), so it was a little awkward saying farewell to her after she brought us to the restaurant. Maybe you could specify what the protocol for that is. * Both my sister and I agreed that all the cooking classes should be hands-on. If we wanted just a demonstration, we could watch a YouTube video. You can't really learn to make ceviche by watching someone else. You really have to get in there and squeeze some limes! We also loved getting the spiral bound recipe books, aprons and all the wonderful gifts upon arrival. We would definitely recommend The International Kitchen tours to our friends and are already starting to think about our next adventure! The packet was our "bible" that we took with us every step of the way so we could keep track of when and where we were supposed to be on any given day & time. It was comprehensive and invaluable -- especially the contact phone numbers. Karen and her staff were all supportive, knowledgeable and kind, before, during and after the trip. They were in constant contact with the tour leader in Peru and were flexible enough to accommodate on the spot adjustments to our itinerary. Keven C., CA

Trip Details

During your three hands-on cooking classes you will have the luxury of learning about some of Peru’s most diverse and flavorful dishes. Cooking classes are laid back with an emphasis on learning the importance of the ingredients, as well as the methods and traditions of preparing them. They are always great fun and informal.

  • Your first class will include a market visit in Lima, followed by a class featuring staples of Peruvian cuisine
  • Your second class will focus on the famed Peruvian ‘ceviche’ and other seafood dishes
  • In Cusco your class will feature homestyle Cusquenian cuisine and some of the region’s vegetables
  • Enjoy an informal demonstration class for ‘Lonche’ (tea time) on departure day
  • You will also experience a Pisco cocktail class


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