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Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors

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    What to Expect
    We will pick you up at your hotel at 8:30am and then take a local bus to San Jeronimo which will take about 25 minutes. Here, we will tour the markets where they sell fruits, vegetables, chickens, flowers, and gardening supplies. We will taste fruits and vegetables unique to Peru such as passion fruit, lucma and chirimoya. We will also learn about the ingredients needed to make chicha, a corn beer that has been an important part of Peruvian culture since Inca times. After visiting the local market, we will visit a local chicheria, and taste chicha and see the guinea pigs that live in the kitchens of many locals. 

    We will then return to the city center for lunch (own expense) in a local restaurant and taste traditional Peruvian food. After lunch, we will visit the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, which is a non-profit organization founded to support the long standing tradition of weaving in Peru and to help the locals that produce them. There is a small but excellent museum which will teach us about the history of weaving, and you can also see live demonstrations of weaving and have a chance to purchase beautiful products. 

    Finally, we will walk to the San Pedro market where in addition to fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, they sell things such as frog soup which is reportedly a medication for anemia, and also sheep's head soup which is used to fortify your health. We will also learn about and see medicinal plants that have been around since Inca times and are still in use today.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your Cusco hotel
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Food tasting
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Round-trip shared transfer
    • Entry/Admission - Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
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    We had a wonderful time with Herlin as our guide experiencing Cusco as a local. We went on the bus and to a market outside of the main city of Cusco. Herlin was very patient, since we had our 8 year old with us and helped us buy snacks for our trip to Puno the next day. He
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    Response from valentinspachamamaj, General Manager at Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors
    Responded 22 Sep 2019
    Dear Joanne: Wereally loved that you had a wonderful time with our tour guide Herlin, it is a pleasure for us to give our people the best experience! Thaks a lot!
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    We recently traveled with a group of high school students to Cusco and had a great day with Valentin and his team visiting local markets and getting a taste for local foods and flavors. We happened to be in Cusco on Carnaval and we had a blast running around with them and
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    Response from valentinspachamamaj, Owner at Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors
    Responded 22 Apr 2019
    Dear Costumer, many thanks for your commentary and recommendation. Its good to know that you enjoyed your tour. Our staff is grateful for your review. We hope you have the best memories with us. Best regards!
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    My wife and I had the most fantastic day exploring Cusco with Wilson as our guide. I started my day a little sick from the altitude, but Wilson was kind and patient. As I picked up my pace, Wilson took us to a large and exciting market outside of town where we were the only
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    Response from valentinspachamamaj, Manager at Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors
    Responded 19 Mar 2019
    Dear Friend, Many thanks for your commentary, It is good to know that you had an amazing experience during your tour. Our guide Wilson and all our staff are grateful with your review, because it helps them to continue improving. Best regards, Valentin's Pachamama Journeys.
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