Cooking Class in Cusco

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  • 4 - 5 Hours
  • Starting pointYour hotel in Cusco
  • Group Size2 - 6 (great for 10+ year old kids)
  • All year roundNot on Sundays
  • BookingsAt least 48h in advance
  • Sustainability Score: 46

Are you a fan of Peruvian cuisine? And want to know how to prepare those delicious local dishes yourself? Then this is your moment to join a cooking class with chef Selia, our favorite chef in Cusco

You can either start this cooking class in Cusco at 8 am or at 2 pm according to your schedule and preferences. Choose the time that arranges best for you during the booking process, to let us know. You will be picked up from your hotel at the chosen starting time. 

You will start the day by accompanying Selia to her preferred market in Cusco (Cascaparo), where you will learn about the variety of ingredients, and how to recognize good quality until you’ve got everything you need for the cooking. Then it’s time to head to Selia’s restaurant (Mamá Seledonia), located close to the main square, and get to work!

In this 4-5 hour cooking experience, Selia will show you the do’s and don’ts of a typical Peruvian dish. Selia is a very approachable person and it is very enjoyable being around her. For that reason alone, we know you will enjoy this experience a lot. And don’t worry, her Spanish is easy to understand for beginners and she will make sure you have a relaxed and easy-going experience, without being in a rush.

In the end, you get to taste your masterpiece afterward: ¡Buen provecho!

And also, if you want to make the best of your stay in Cusco, we invite you to have a look at all of our Cusco Day Tours. Our Cusco Multi-Day Tours are also unforgettable experiences, taking you on gorgeous treks through the Peruvian Andes. 

Why is this experience Impactful?

This is a great meet-the-local experience, enabling you to get in contact with the people of Cusco. You will spend half a day with Selia, who is not only a great cook but also a true representative of the customs of the Cusquenian people.

To get the products you will cook with you will visit the local market, thus supporting the local vendors. You will explore the regional products and witness the interactions between vendors and customers where both call each other “casero/casera”, “papito/mamita”. Such a fun and loving way to refer to the other! Apart from buying your ingredients here, you can also learn about other traditions on the market, such as the Cuquenian hat or bread (Pan chuta). 

By supporting Selia, you will also support her social project: She hires single mothers to work in her restaurants and bring their kids to work, which have a place to play and rest in the restaurant. Volunteers come here as well to spend time with the children, play with them and teach them.

Read here how the Sustainability Score was elaborated


Price Includes

  • Guidance and explanation by Selia (in Spanish)
  • Ingredients for the typical Peruvian dish
  • Lunch accompanied by one drink

Price Excludes

What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Cooking Class in Cusco

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

If you suffer any allergy or have dietary restrictions, make sure to inform us during checkout and we will take the necessary precautions. Selia is used to catering for different kinds of travelers; even if you eat gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or have nut allergy. We do need to know in advance though, please.

Is this cooking class family friendly?


Selia recommends kids to be at least 10 years old so they can actually take on certain tasks. And please consider the total number of participants (including kids) at the moment of booking or enquiring this Cooking Class in Cusco. Thanks

Will I be picked up from my hotel?

Yes, but only when your hotel is situated in the city centre. Otherwise the meeting point (Plazoleta Espinar) can easily be found. This reference point in Cusco is known to all taxi drivers (if you come from far).

Is this a private tour?

This Cooking Class in Cusco is not a private experience, but groups are small (up till 6 people max.) and you can always request a private tour with us, too.

Do I need to book a translator?

Selia does not speak English, but some could get by with hands and feet (or use a smartphone with translation options). If you’re interested in adding a translator, please contact us.

Can the cooking class be booked for the afternoon with (early) dinner instead?

Yes! you just have to select the afternoon package (starting at 2 pm) displayed on the booking form or just let us know your preference as an enquiry note.

How do cancellations work?

In case you would have to cancel the reservation, we, unfortunately, need to charge you costs which we can not get back. We ask you for your understanding. You can find our up-to-date cancellation policy here:

What if unforeseen events affect my trip?

In case of force majeure or unexpected events before or during the trip (accidents, strikes, climatological circumstances, earthquakes or other natural phenomena, safety conditions, political factors, denial of entry permits or visas, legal affairs of the traveler, health matters, etc.), Impactful Travel may modify, replace or cancel itineraries, dates, flights, hotels, optional services, which is accepted by the passenger with purchasing the services.

Impactful Travel will try its best to have your trip continue as planned. We will refund you within our possibilities and policies of providers involved in the organization of your trip. In case those circumstances lead to additional costs, those have to be covered by you or your travel insurance. We will do our best to keep additional costs to a minimum.

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General questions

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Your Host
Seledonia Montalvo AKA Selia


Selia has been our great friend for many years. She has been organizing nice events for us, be it in her own restaurant or in the outdoors for occasional festivities. 

Selia does not only offer cooking classes, she also prepares some of the best box lunches for our clients. On top of that, she even provides training for families and communities we work with, passing on her cooking expertise and recalling sanitary protocols.

Mom of three, she is always pushing forward and we celebrate all her accomplishments. Her cooking classes are a great success among our passengers, and we never hesitate to recommend them. Of course, if you prefer to be served your food instead of preparing it yourself, you can also just have dinner at her restaurant (Mamá Seledonia) to try one of her nice dishes.