Private Lima: Home-Cooked tour

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Private Lima: Home-Cooked tour
from USD $91.30
Instead of dining out again, prepare and savor a home-cooked meal during your stay in Lima. On this 4-hour guided cooking class tour, discover the unique spices of Peruvian cuisine at a bustling local market in Miraflores. Then take a city bus to a family home in a tourist-free neighborhood and take pleasure in whipping up Lima-fare favorites like ceviche, ‘chichi morada’ and ‘causa limeña.’ With a pisco sour in hand, settle in for a warm family meal. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a memorable experience.
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In Brief

Miraflores, Peru
4 hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Important InfoInfo
Learn more about Peruvians (and Peruvian food!) with a home cooked Lima food tour that will teach you to prepare traditional recipes handed down over generations. Even if you’re a novice in the kitchen, we’ll have you whipping up a classic ceviche in no time.

This Lima food tour takes you to a local family home in Chorrillos (south of Barranco and Miraflores). But before you go, you’ll stop at a local market to discover some Peruvian treasures (yes, we mean food — the best kind of treasures!). Explore a huge variety of fruits, vegetables, and fiery spices, and maybe make a purchase or two. From aji limo to aji mirasol and aji panca to cumin, plus the wonderful fresh limes, chirimoya, and lucuma fruits, this place really is a feast for your senses.

Next, you’ll travel like a local and take a city bus to Chorrillos in the south corner of Lima, a residential neighbourhood free from touristy traps. Your Lima food tour takes you to the house of a local family, where the star is Doña Mechita, a caring Peruvian mother and the best cook in her family. She’ll share her family recipes and traditions with you in her home, and you’ll learn about culinary practices that reflect generations of local women.

You’ll learn to prepare a classic ceviche, Peru’s national dish, made with fresh fish caught that day and a yummy mix of limes, onions, coriander, and a few other secret ingredients. You’ll also try a surprisingly good Maracuya drink. Never heard of it? This passion fruit drink is typical of Lima and is one of the most consumed beverages by limeños. Doña Mechita will also teach you to prepare a delicious causa limeña made with potatoes, chilies, and lime to accompany your ceviche. And to round it all out, you’ll enjoy a pisco sour, with a demonstration on how to make them just right using an original recipe just for you.

For Peruvians, sharing cuisine represents more than just eating — it represents knowledge, tradition, home life, and, of course, fun. So fancy learning how Peruvians cook? There’s no place like home to start.


  • Professional guide
  • Cooking class
  • One Causa limeña
  • One Ceviche
  • One Maracuya drink & one pisco sour cocktail
  • Lcal transportation from Miraflores to Chorrillos


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

3:30 PM

Departure Point

Cl. Lima 345, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Returns To

Lima, Peru

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NOTE: Due to Peruvian tax regulations, you must bring your original passport and Andean immigration card along with you on the tour. If you do not have these, you will be charged a tax of USD 15.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate as same as adults. 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: By joining this tour you are heping to preserve traditional Peruvian recipes going back four generations. In addition, the supplies that we use come directly from local producers at regional markets.
  • Your tour is also helping to support the small businesses and food stakeholders involved in keeping traditional Peruvian cuisine alive.
  • By joining this tour you are also supporting the local mother and daughter who teach the cooking class. By teaching the class, they are able to improve the economy of their family, giving them the opportunity to empower themselves as women.

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.93 out of 5 based on the last 15 recent reviews

Excellent tour and well worth doing.
• Submitted 04 Apr 2018
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.
• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
Had a great afternoon with Paula and her mum Mechita!
• Submitted 24 Oct 2017
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.
• Submitted 17 Jul 2017
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!
• Submitted 01 Jul 2017
Wonderful experience, Paula and her mother are wonderful hosts. A great hands on cooking school. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 14 Feb 2017
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.
• Submitted 17 Jan 2017
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.
• Submitted 17 Jan 2017
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.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2016
I can'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.
• Submitted 25 May 2016
Great experience. Both our guide and host were so friendly and was a highlight of our trip.
• Submitted 06 Jul 2015
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.
• Submitted 10 Jun 2015
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!
• Submitted 28 May 2015
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!
• Submitted 18 May 2015
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.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2018