Lima Cooking Class with a Local Family

Lima district, Peru
15 reviewsfrom 66 EUR
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4 hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Concludes at local family home in the Chorrillos district of Lima at approximately 7:30pm
Tour departs from a central meeting point in the Miraflores neighborhood in Lima. Exact address will be printed on your voucher.
Meet your guide in Miraflores, an upscale district in Lima, and kick off your afternoon tour at a local market hall for a feast of the senses. As you explore the stalls, indulge your impulses to purchase and sample what tempts you along the way. Over 300 types of pimiento chile, or chili peppers, are used in Peruvian cuisine. Your guide points out peppers of various colors and shapes, like aji limo, aji mirasol and aji panca, and explains how each is used to season soups, rice dishes and sauces. Among the vibrant displays of all kinds of produce, discover native Andean fruits, like the green scaly-skinned cherimoya, which tastes simialr to a pineapple.Next, board a city bus with your guide to Chorrillos, a residential neighborhood in southern Lima far from the tourist trail. Follow your guide to a private home where a family will share recipes handed down for generations. In the kitchen, you receive hands-on instruction on various cooking methods and learn the secrets behind traditional recipes. Prepare a classic ceviche, Peru’s national dish, made with fish caught that day and an enticing mix of limes, onions, coriander and a few other key ingredients. Then stir up some chichi morada, a sweet and refreshing beverage made from purple corn, believed to have healing properties. Also on the menu is causa limeña, a popular summer dish made with potatoes, chilis and lime, to accompany your ceviche. Round out your lesson by shaking up a pisco sour using an original recipe by the family.When the food is ready to be served, sit down for the delicious fare and conversation in the warm, relaxed ambiance of the family home. With your appetite sated, bid your hostess a fond farewell and make your way back to the starting point on your own.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking. This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.. Small-group tour limited to 12 people. NOTE: Due to Peruvian tax regulations, you must bring your original passport and Andean immigration card to the tour. If you do not have these, you will be charged a tax of USD 15.
Latest Reviews
  • 5John C Schatte S

    A most enjoyable experience! Paula's Urban Adventures cooking class was one of our Lima highlights! She is a most gracious host and her Mother is a Cooking Angel! We not only came home with some very good recipes, we brought back beautiful memories, and a new found joy for Peruvian people and food! Paula shared her knowledge of local fruits/foods at a mercado and how they were used that was awesome! She was fun and her Mother was very patient and ensured we not only understood the processes, but the meanings of certain techniques as well. A MUST DO in Lima! Thanks Paula, Mom, and Jorge' - awesome!

  • 5Paul C

    We really enjoyed the food during our 2 weeks in Peru and participating in a hands-on Lima Home Cooked tour/cooking class to learn the secrets of how to make some of the great Peruvian dishes we loved was something else, an experience I would recommend to all. Paula meet us and took us around to a local market to see the fresh foods that we were going to use and then we travelled like a local on the Lima bus system to Paula's mothers' home were all the food preparation was done, ready for us to start creating some wonder dishes and great memories. After learning many home cooked secrets we sat down and enjoyed the dishes we had just created while sipping Pisco sours. Paula and her mother were not only fantastic cooks but excellent hosts. At the end of the evening Paula arranged transport to get us safely back to our hotel. It was an excellent afternoon and evening and capped off a great time in Peru. Thanks Paula and her mum!

  • 5Pokil W

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Paul and her mother in their home. After quite a few restaurant cerviches and causas, it was VERY refreshing to experience home-cooked and self-made cerviche and causa see attached photo of causa based on long-time family recipes. Because we had Paula with us, we bought several types of strange looking fruits from the market to try after dinner. Taking the mass transit with Paul was interesting - we would not have take the freeway bus on our own otherwise.

  • 4Work

    Paula and her mom were amazing hosts and I had a lot of fun in the class! However, for the price it is really expensive and on top of the price we had to pay for transport back from the class to miraflores. The price should be much lower.

  • 5Kathleen M

    The Lima cooking class was a lot of fun, and a great way to get to know the people and cuisine of Peru. Paula and her mom were wonderful. We made a potato dish, followed by ceviche and pisco sours. All easy to make and delicious. A truly unforgettable evening.

  • 5Tommie E

    One of the best experiences we had in Lima! It was just the two of us and one other person. Our guide spoke fluent English and took us to a market that you could tell was not frequented by tourists love!. Our guide's mother ran the cooking class and was such a kind soul. I still remember things we made there they sent us a copy of the recipes too and wouldn't trade this experience for anything.

  • 5Andrea B

    Had a great afternoon with Paula and her mum Mechita!

  • 5Celeste B

    This was our favorite tour that we went on during our 31 day South American Princess cruise. We booked this tour with some trepidation due to the fact that we had never been in the country nor did we speak the language. We were met on time at the designated meeting spot by Paula who was so sweet, friendly and informative that we felt immediately at ease. We walked to a market where the locals shop and browsed the massive amount of fresh everything while Paula bought some things and we tasted a few samples. Paula then took us to the bus stop where we hopped on very interesting with the locals for the ride to Paula's families' beautiful and spotless home. There in the brightly colored open air kitchen we were taught how to cook, hands on, some delicious local dishes with the best ingredients. Everything was so much fun and comfortable, they were the perfect hostesses while also making us feel at home. We also loved learning how to make Pisco Sours after dinner. We felt absolutely safe everywhere we went with her. We laughed so much and had such a good time we didn't want to leave. When it was time to go she just called us an Uber who came in a new car and brought us safely back to our cruises meeting point. She emailed us recipes for everything we made. I would highly recommend this evening for everyone.

  • 5Bob F

    Excellent tour! The visit to the market was great, especially seeing and learning about local ingredients and foods. Then meeting a local family and doing the class in their home was just outstanding! Our guide Paula shared so much about Peruvian culture, food and Pisco. And introduced us to a wonderful family. Strongly recommend this tour to experience the real Lima!

  • 5Jacqueline D

    Great experience. Both our guide and host were so friendly and was a highlight of our trip.

  • 5Penelope I

    This was a great activity to expand our experience of Lima. Paula and her mother were very good hosts and it was good to enjoy cooking in the intimacy of their home after a visit to the local market. A treat and a privilege not to be missed.

  • 5Sue S

    Excellent tour and well worth doing.

  • 5Daniel N

    Wonderful experience, Paula and her mother are wonderful hosts. A great hands on cooking school. I would highly recommend this tour.

  • 5Meagan T

    I can and #39;t recommend this tour enough. It gives you an insight into real life in Lima, and the hostesses were just delightful. They were so generous, the class was great, if you like cooking and understanding local life, you should definitely do this your.

  • 5Chefman

    We absolutely enjoyed our experience at the Cusco Culinary Institute. Our Chef, Ingrid, picked us up at our hotel and we walked to the San Pedro Market where we got a great tour of this massive indoor market. We then walked to the Cusco Culinary Institute to partake in a fruit tasting of many Peruvian fruits. After making a variety of Pisco Sours, we cooked a three course Peruvian/Asian fusion meal under the tutelage of Ingred. We had our meal, that was quite delicious, then were delighted with our dessert of Frozen Cheese, a typical Arequipan dish. Thank you Ingrid for a delightful day.

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