Local Gastronomy

One of the keys to world-class experiential travel is to get a taste of the local cuisine, and for that reason we have sought out some of the most unique culinary experiences in Peru.

These local gastronomy experiences represent the entire spectrum of culinary possibilities, ranging from high-end restaurants on private haciendas to local eateries that would make Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern froth at the mouth.

Gastronomic Tours

For those who are truly intrigued, we recommend a gastronomic tour. In Lima, which is widely regarded as the culinary capital of Peru, we can set up thematic Peruvian gastronomy tours, perhaps basing your culinary experience on chifas and other international-Peruvian fusion food or maybe concentrating on all things seafood-related.

In the Sacred Valley, we line you up with a local foodie for a gastronomic tour of the Sacred Valley in which you learn about the native products, irrigation systems, agricultural calendar, and everything that goes into Andean food from start to finish. We allow you to meet local cooks in their kitchen, who will teach you about the theory and practice of Novoandina cuisine as they prepare signature dishes before your eyes.

Luxury Culinary Experiences

Organizing exclusive luxury culinary experiences in Peru is one of our specialties. We provide thorough recommendations for restaurants to try on your free time and infuse your curated Peru itinerary with exclusive culinary experiences that are beyond the reach of the ordinary visitor. We let the head chef at Cusco’s finest restaurant orchestrate a privately catered luxury picnic on the shores of a remote Andean lake. In the former Inca Capital of Cusco, we serve you a four-course luxury meal in a former mansion decorated with Peruvian gold.

Cooking Demonstrations

Cooking demonstrations are yet another one of our signature local gastronomy experiences in Peru. These culinary experiences are very personalized, giving you a first-hand glimpse into the culinary treasures of Peru. In Lima, we can line you up with expert chef Penelope Alzamora for a hands-on introduction to Peruvian cuisine at a private cooking demonstration at her home. We can also teach you the art of preparing ceviche in one of Lima’s best cevicherías.

In the Andes, we introduce you to indigenous cooking techniques such as the huatia and the pachamanca. These unique cooking demonstrations illustrate how the locals have made use of underground, earthen pots to prepare Andean delicacies in the absence of an oven. To read more about this ancient cooking technique see Pachamanca in the Sacred Valley.

Quintas, Chifas, and Anticucherías

Those who travel with style are well aware that many of the culinary treasures lie in the local restaurants. While the 5-star hotels and upscale, more Americanized restaurants may be nice, the true soul of Peru’s culinary scene can be found in the quintas, chifas, anticucherías, and other local joints where you get an authentic taste for how Peruvians eat.

In Cusco, we introduce you to tastiest and most traditional quintas, which are traditional open-air Peruvian restaurants that are open for lunch and serve hearty portions of local Andean delicacies. Here you can join local Cuzqueños to feast on traditional foods such as chicharrones (fried pork and cabbage), trucho del horno (oven-baked rainbow trout), lechón (suckling pig), and cüy chactado (deep-fried guinea pig). We can line you up with the best quintas in Cusco, eateries that are profoundly traditional and are an integral part of Cusco’s food scene.

In Lima, we take you to the tastiest chifas in town. The word “chifa” refers to Chinese-Peruvian fusion cuisine that emerged when Chinese immigrants began to arrive in Peru in the late 19th and early 20th century. These immigrants substituted former Asian ingredients with what was available in Peru, making for distinctive flavors that have become a defining component of Peruvian cuisine.

In addition to quintas and chifas, we can also point you towards some of the best street food experiences and anticucherías in Peru. The Peruvian equivalent to the Mediterranean shish kebab, anticuchos feature sliced pieces of grilled skewer meat lathered in vinegar and spices.  Quechua for “cut stew meat,” anticuchos are immensely popular in Peru. We expose your taste buds to the top anticucherías in Peru and provide you the opportunity to learn about this traditional colonial dish from some of the best cucheras—chefs of anticuchos—in all of the Andes.

Our Favorite Local Gastronomy Experiences

  • Luxury Picnic at Huaypo Lake
  • Private Cooking Lessons with Peruvian Chef Penelope Alzamora
  • Lunch or Dinner at the Huaca Pucllana Archaeological Site
  • Lunch at a Private Peruvian Hacienda and Art Museum in the Sacred Valley