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Host: Anilu and Diego

Urubamba, Peru

USD
$48-$74 per person

Gourmet Peruvian cuisine in the Sacred Valley

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Anilu and Diego

Anilu and her husband Diego run a small B&B located in Urubamba, Peru’s Sacred Valley. Their home is an hour and a half drive outside Cusco through a beautiful, rugged mountain landscape. Diego is a professional chef and worked in restaurants in Lima. Anilu is not a chef, but she loves to eat and in her previous professional life she was a food engineer. They moved to Urubama for a slower pace of life and the chance to raise their young twins in the countryside. Their B&B has a warm, relaxed feel and is decorated with artisan furniture and curios made by local artisans. Diego cooks traditional Peruvian dishes with gourmet quality, so be prepared to eat well at their home!

Anilu says, “We believe the best way to travel is to get to know a place through it’s people!”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Diego in their outdoor kitchen where he will show you how to make classic Peruvian dishes like ceviche (fresh fish cured in citrus juice), lomo saltado (marinated beef sirloin, sautéed with onions, peppers and fried potatoes), tacu tacu (rice and roasted beans), papa la huancaína (potatoes with a spicy, savory sauce), causa rellena (potato puree garnished with yellow aji sauces and lemon, stuffed with onion, avocado and tuna) or arroz chaufa (sautéed rice with green onions and sesame seeds, a chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) dish). During this cooking demonstration, learn how to properly cut the fish for ceviche and how to carefully balance the flavors while Diego teaches you some of his favorite cooking tricks. Diego can demonstrate how to cook the dishes, or you can have a hands-on lesson (please note your preference during booking). After your meal is prepared, sit down together to savor fresh, authentic Peruvian dishes while music plays in the background.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) When you arrive at Pakakuna, Anilu will greet you with a friendly welcome and explain the day’s activities. Then you will set off in a rickshaw to visit to the local market. As you walk through the market Anilu will introduce you to the regional products for sale. You’ll see fruits and vegetables as well as livestock like chickens, guinea pigs, ducks, sheep and alpacas.

Notes: Pakakuna is located a beautiful 1.5 hour drive from Cusco. Anilu can arrange roundtrip transportation from Cusco at an additional cost. Just book optional transportation when you make your reservation and be sure to tell Anilu where you are staying. Please note that while alcohol is not included in the cost of the experience, alcohol is available for purchase onsite at their bar where they have a variety of local beers and cocktails on offer.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Ceviche
  • Papa a la huancaina
  • Causa rellena
  • Lomo saltado
  • Arroz chaufa de langostinos
  • Ají de gallina

Traveler reviews

We loved our cooking class at Paka Kuna! It was really more of a cooking demonstration with us helping out a bit, but that was perfect for us. Anilu and Diego are both so warm and welcoming that it felt like cooking with family. The food was delicious and the atmosphere relaxing. We highly recommend!
- Anne July 16, 2018

Diego and Anilu were amazing hosts. The space had a great vibe with artisan furniture and great design, and their home was welcoming with plenty of character. We got to hangout and learn about their culture, their backgrounds and why they decided to start Pakakuna. Seeing Ceviche being made and then eating it fresh was awesome, and the Lomo Saltado was mouthwatering.
- Zubin, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Anilu and Diego

$48-$74 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$60 $54 $48
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$74 $64 $60
Transportation
$80 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$60 $54 $48
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$74 $64 $60
Transportation
$80 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Anilu and Diego

Anilu and her husband Diego run a small B&B located in Urubamba, Peru’s Sacred Valley. Their home is an hour and a half drive outside Cusco through a beautiful, rugged mountain landscape. Diego is a professional chef and worked in restaurants in Lima. Anilu is not a chef, but she loves to eat and in her previous professional life she was a food engineer. They moved to Urubama for a slower pace of life and the chance to raise their young twins in the countryside. Their B&B has a warm, relaxed feel and is decorated with artisan furniture and curios made by local artisans. Diego cooks traditional Peruvian dishes with gourmet quality, so be prepared to eat well at their home!

Anilu says, “We believe the best way to travel is to get to know a place through it’s people!”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Diego in their outdoor kitchen where he will show you how to make classic Peruvian dishes like ceviche (fresh fish cured in citrus juice), lomo saltado (marinated beef sirloin, sautéed with onions, peppers and fried potatoes), tacu tacu (rice and roasted beans), papa la huancaína (potatoes with a spicy, savory sauce), causa rellena (potato puree garnished with yellow aji sauces and lemon, stuffed with onion, avocado and tuna) or arroz chaufa (sautéed rice with green onions and sesame seeds, a chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) dish). During this cooking demonstration, learn how to properly cut the fish for ceviche and how to carefully balance the flavors while Diego teaches you some of his favorite cooking tricks. Diego can demonstrate how to cook the dishes, or you can have a hands-on lesson (please note your preference during booking). After your meal is prepared, sit down together to savor fresh, authentic Peruvian dishes while music plays in the background.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) When you arrive at Pakakuna, Anilu will greet you with a friendly welcome and explain the day’s activities. Then you will set off in a rickshaw to visit to the local market. As you walk through the market Anilu will introduce you to the regional products for sale. You’ll see fruits and vegetables as well as livestock like chickens, guinea pigs, ducks, sheep and alpacas.

Notes: Pakakuna is located a beautiful 1.5 hour drive from Cusco. Anilu can arrange roundtrip transportation from Cusco at an additional cost. Just book optional transportation when you make your reservation and be sure to tell Anilu where you are staying. Please note that while alcohol is not included in the cost of the experience, alcohol is available for purchase onsite at their bar where they have a variety of local beers and cocktails on offer.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Ceviche
  • Papa a la huancaina
  • Causa rellena
  • Lomo saltado
  • Arroz chaufa de langostinos
  • Ají de gallina

Traveler reviews

We loved our cooking class at Paka Kuna! It was really more of a cooking demonstration with us helping out a bit, but that was perfect for us. Anilu and Diego are both so warm and welcoming that it felt like cooking with family. The food was delicious and the atmosphere relaxing. We highly recommend!
- Anne July 16, 2018

Diego and Anilu were amazing hosts. The space had a great vibe with artisan furniture and great design, and their home was welcoming with plenty of character. We got to hangout and learn about their culture, their backgrounds and why they decided to start Pakakuna. Seeing Ceviche being made and then eating it fresh was awesome, and the Lomo Saltado was mouthwatering.
- Zubin, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$60 $54 $48
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$74 $64 $60
Transportation
$80 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$60 $54 $48
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$74 $64 $60
Transportation
$80 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

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