Cusco Workshops & classes

Our most recommended Cusco Workshops & classes

Chocolate Workshop: from Bean to Bar

1. Chocolate Workshop: from Bean to Bar

Learn how to make your very own chocolate during this interactive tour of the chocolate workshop and museum. Learn of the chocolate making process from bean to bar and everything in-between. Understand the history behind the famous cacao beans, and why Cusco makes some of the finest chocolate around the world. Learn how to make chocolate from the professional guides, and then enjoy making your own in no time! When you make your chocolate, you will learn of the 4 processes involved which includes: roasting the cacao beans, removing cacao husk, grinding the cacao nibs on a metate with a mano (the same way the Aztecs did), and refining the cacao paste in a melangeur. You will create delicious hot chocolates and your own chocolate bar, with your choice of ingredients. You can take home all of your handmade chocolates unless, of course, you have already eaten them!

Cusco: Chocolate Making Workshop

2. Cusco: Chocolate Making Workshop

Indulge in a chocolate-making workshop at the ChocoMuseo. Discover the origin of chocolate and its history, learn about the chocolate-making process, and leave with your very own cocoa creation. Get ready to play chocolatier as you're handed your chef's hat and apron on arrival at the workshop. Learn the fascinating journey a cocoa bean takes, from how it's grown and harvested, to how it gets turned into chocolate. Roast and grind cocoa beans and choose between milk or white chocolate and a number of delicious toppings to create your very own irresistible treat. You'll also have the opportunity to prepare and try a cocoa tea or hot chocolate.

Cusco: 3-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class

3. Cusco: 3-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class

There is no better way to get to know a country than through its food. On this exciting 3-hour cookery course you will visit a local market to discover the range of ingredients available in Peru, and then return to the kitchen to cook up a 3-course meal. Peru has an enviable reputation for cuisine and you will be in the company of an expert instructor as you learn to prepare one of 3 menus. Each includes an entrée, main and dessert, along with a cocktail drink to accompany. Menu 1 includes Pisco sour or fruit juice, potatoes with Huancaína sauce, typical rice with chicken, and chocolate fondue. With menu 2 you will learn to prepare a Pisco sour or fruit juice, cook corn soup, salted beef with French fries and a chocolate fondue. Menu 3 features soltero de habas, aji de gallina with rice and chocolate fondue – and of course a Pisco sour or fruit juice! After all the hard work you have put into your Peruvian masterpieces, sit down and enjoy the cuisine in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Cusco: Peruvian Cooking Class & Market Tour

4. Cusco: Peruvian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Start the experience with a walk of approximately 1 hour through the San Pedro market, where you will learn more about the local fruits and ingredients that you will use later. Return to the restaurant and learn about Peru's most famous drink, the Pisco Sour. Receive a complete explanation and tasting of pisco grapes and their different qualities. After a toast, the cooking class begins led by an expert chef, with extensive experience in traditional Peruvian cuisine. Participate in an informative and entertaining class, choosing to make any of the following dishes that include an appetizer of Ceviche and Chilcano soup, the main course of Lomo Saltado or Ají de Gallina. After this gastronomic adventure, enjoy the delicious dishes you have created and try your delicious Pisco. The entire tour lasts between 3-4 hours.

Cusco: Truffles and Filled Chocolate Making Workshop

5. Cusco: Truffles and Filled Chocolate Making Workshop

Learn how to craft and make beautiful chocolate truffles and filled chocolate treats during a 90-minute workshop at a fun and friendly location in central Cusco. Just 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armes (Central Square), the workshop will take you through the process of preparing flavored ganache. You will learn how to temper chocolate, and how to prepare chocolate coats. Then, using chocolate sourced from the best local cacao beans, make and decorate 6 different truffles and 6 filled chocolates according to your preferences. The cooks will ensure you get maximum personal attention throughout, and help you master this delicious dish every step of the way. And at the end you will be able to take your delicious handmade chocolates home, to share with and impress your family and friends.

Cusco: Traditional Cooking Class at Marcelo Batata

6. Cusco: Traditional Cooking Class at Marcelo Batata

The culinary experience in Marcelo Batata shares precisely this with its guests, offering a true participative, entertaining and personalized immersion in Peruvian cuisine in a professional environment designed exclusively for cooking classes. The afternoon starts with a tasting of different varieties of Pisco to wet the appetite and continues with an introduction to the local culinary culture where the chef shares knowledge of history, biodiversity, and geography. Continue with the participatory preparation of ´alpaca Lomo Saltado´ or ´Ceviche´. The chefs will also prepare Neo-Andean, Creole, and contemporary dishes to taste during the afternoon. At the end of the class, each participant enjoys the delicious lunch prepared by themselves. All in all, a delightful culinary experience and an opportunity to learn more about Peru through gastronomy.

Cusco or Arequipa: Volunteering Work

7. Cusco or Arequipa: Volunteering Work

Contribute your skills and time by becoming a volunteer in Peru. Benefit from accommodation with a local family, undergo personal growth as you learn about another culture, and build friendships with people all over the world. Choose a project which excites you, with options including childcare, teaching English, or working in an animal shelter. Volunteer to help the environment, or work in a dog's shelter. Grow as a person as you give something back in a unique and new environment. Learn about a different culture during your placement. Make friends from across the world as you immerse yourself in Peruvian life as you stay with a local family. Feel the satisfaction of helping the community as you develop your inter-cultural skills. Develop your specialist skills by organiying extra acitivites according to your interests. Teach recreational activities like yoga, sports, or arts and crafts. Work with children to build-up their confidence and self-esteem. Facilitate play or teach them dancing, painting, or singing.

Cusco: Private Spanish Classes and Optional Homestay

8. Cusco: Private Spanish Classes and Optional Homestay

Our One to One private classes great opportunity to get the most out of your Spanish we offer personalized classes for students seeking for more specific learning or fast learning for travelling. This course is perfect for students that want to prepare for the Dele exam, the only exam for Spanish language that is accepted by the Spanish government. The classes are tailored on your needs; teachers will guide you through the learning process and on your first day will make a list of your interest and try to accomplish them on your time of classes. You may take part in extracurricular activities such as visit to museums, churches, art galleries, market and important places in Cusco. It’s also a way to learn something more about the Latin American culture and society in addition to your Spanish classes. In this course you will learn more about the complex socio-cultural reality of the region by studying the geography, history, art, traditions, and customs as well as the political, economic and social issues. Course topics Listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and activities Classes will be schedule for mornings or afternoon. Morning classes from 09am to13hs Afternoon classes from 14hs to 18hs

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What people are saying about Cusco

Our Peru trip was physically challenging and action-packed, and I am so glad that I booked this one relaxing activity to close out the vacation! Our instructor was very knowledgeable and welcoming. We really enjoyed learning more about Peruvian culture, especially in regards to cacao and chocolate-making. You might think that a 2 hour workshop on chocolate could get boring, but definitely not. It was chill but fun.

The workshop was great, you learn a lot about the growth of the cacao plant, the process of chocolate making and you are able to make truffles and filled chocolate for yourself. I really enjoyed this workshop, definitely something to try while you are in Cusco

Guido was amazing! It was obvious how much he loved his job and sharing his chocolate knowledge. We really enjoyed the interactive component to the workshop!

I learned so much about chocolate, and you get to make a ton to take home! Our instructor, Yil, was hilarious and made the whole experience a lot of fun.

Great fun and loads laughs and very interesting and informative