Sweet corn, ceviche, and alpaca steaks — this is just a sample of the tasty food that you'll find in Peru. Gastronomy tours expose you to the culinary fabric of Peru. Each region has a unique flavor and cooking style, so the experience you have will depend on where you are. Take cooking classes in Lima and come home with a few new recipes. Wander through the produce markets in Cusco or reserve a table at the hottest restaurant in Arequipa (literally, since the food here is notoriously spicy). These tours will leave you licking your fingers and asking for more.
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Central is an unmissable part of the itinerary, with its tasting menu travelling from 25 metres below to 4,200 metres above sea level. Central made its debut on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2013 at No.50 and has since rocketed to No.4. Chef Virgílio Martínez’s star has been rising rapidly for the last few years, coinciding with Lima’s ascent to become one of the world’s leading foodie destinations.
2 hrsFrom $235
Javier Wong is a master in preparing sole ceviche and considered by many people as the best chef in cebiches. He is self-taught, temperamental and whose cuisine is considered cult. It is recommendable only to foodies. His restaurant has been visited by politicians, mayors, presidents and personalities mainly from Peru. Javier Wong is considered a chef, master of the sole and the octopus and with his creativity in chopping and mixing ingredients achieves the most delicious dishes.
2 hrsFrom $121
This tour of Peruvian culinary excellence will introduce you to a new dimension of sustainable cuisine. On this culinary tasting tour Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will show you how he makes award-winning dishes with ingredients from the Peruvian Amazon.
5 hrsFrom $281
N° 7 as Best Latin Americas's 50 Best Restaurants in 2017. The story began in 1994. Upon finishing their culinary studies in Paris, Gastón Acurio and Astrid Gutsche founded their eponymous restaurant in a small house in the district of Miraflores. At first, the restaurant was quite French, as it was dictated by the global trend. Over time, it became decidedly Peruvian. As Gaston has described "we embraced our culture and flavors, experimenting with local ingredients and recipes with one goal in mind, to promote our cuisine around the world."
3 hrsFrom $110
There’s dining in a high-rise, then there’s dining on top of the world. MIL Centro Restaurant lets you touch the sky in Peru. Sample delicious dishes crafted from ingredients that were practically grown in Heaven…or at least really high up. Head 11,706 feet above sea level where mountains, clouds, and fine cuisine collide.
2 hrsFrom $282
Gaston Acurio is widely credited with putting Peruvian food on the map. His cooking style elevates Andean cooking styles to haute cuisine. He opened his first restaurant in Lima in 1994, and since then has opened restaurants all over the world and has published several books on Peruvian cooking.
2 hrsFrom $57
Experience distinctly Peruvian food and drink at the Quierolo Vineyard lunch and wine pairing. You'll have the benefit of a sommelier tour guide's expert insight into the production and flavor of locally grown wine and pisco brandy.
4 hrsFrom $89
This Lima food tour reveals the other side of the city. Taste delicious Peruvian dishes under the stars while gazing out at the best views in Lima. Learn about Peruvian culture in a dynamic way. Sit back, relax and let us take care of you.
5 hrsFrom $158
On the Cusco Culinary Experience tour, a Peruvian chef will show you how to make some of Peru’s best-known dishes. Choose between a 9 a.m. lunch class and a 3 p.m. dinner class. Both classes include an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert. You’ll also get two traditional drinks . All of the instructions are easy enough for beginner chefs.
4 hrsFrom $71
Spend some time with one of Lima’s local chefs and learn how to make Peruvian cuisine and cocktails. Shop for your meal’s ingredients at the local market — choosing the freshest, most colorful ingredients. Let her graciously welcome you into her home as she teaches you how to prepare authentic Peruvian cuisine and cocktails. The best part? You will learn this dishes in a hands-on manner; that way, you’ll be able to recreate them at home and conjure up memories of Peru in your own kitchen, whenever the mood strikes you.
4 hrsFrom $94
Venture out at night to explore what the Spanish referred to as the “City of Kings.” On this nighttime tour, see the pale colonial buildings of historic Lima lit up in stark relief against the night sky. Once you’ve had your fill of colonial splendor, switch gears and experience the culture of provincial Peru with dinner and a show. The evening’s entertainment includes lively folk dances, and a buffet that showcases the best of local dishes.
4 hrsFrom $70
This romantic place is Manco Capac Palace which is a hotel built on what used to be a XIX century Peruvian republican mansion. Built on the foundations of Manco Capac’s original Palace, this sumptuous house is surrounded by authentic Inca platforms and located behind the San Cristobal Church. Part of the palace wall is still standing and only a few meters away from the hotel.
2 hrsFrom $62
From the bountiful forests and coasts of the Mediterranean to the Andean woodlands and the magical lakes and mighty rivers of our highlands, Incanto is like an Italian traveler who has fallen in love with Peru, merging his culture with our customs, our ingredients, and our special way of life.
2 hrsFrom $27
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