Lima with Zest Food Tour

Aracari Travel Consulting

There are many ways to get to know a city… Revel in Lima’s infinite textures, colours, and aromas, accompanied by a private chef and instructor on a hands-on expedition.

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Lima with Zest Food Tour
Lima with Zest Food Tour
Lima with Zest Food Tour
Lima with Zest Food Tour
Lima with Zest Food Tour
Lima with Zest Food Tour
Lima with Zest Food Tour


7.5 hour tour led by Penelope Alzamora. "Lima with Zest" is a hands-on travel experience that gets everyone involved, from searching for a variety of local and seasonal ingredients from vendors at a local market right down to the preparation of a cuisine that is based on ancient traditions and long-established culinary styles.

With transportation conveniently provided throughout your entire trip, Penelope, your personal chef and instructor, will give you more than a simple demonstration; you can expect to learn by getting directly involved, from the introduction to and tasting of foreign produce to getting your hands right in on the action in the kitchen. All cooking is done overlooking the Pacific ocean in Penelope‘s apartment in Barranco, the district known for its bohemian character and home of famous Peruvian writers of the 20th century. You will also go on a trip to meet Penelope‘s mother, Marilyn, who will give you a personal tour of her beautiful pottery studio, Jallpa Nina*, featuring internationally renowned, handmade ceramics. Enjoy lunch and finish the day with a walk around Barranco, visiting one of the many art galleries or going for a coffee before being escorted back to your Lima hotel.



Private English speaking culinary guide, Penelope

Private driver – pick up & drop off from Lima hotel

Lunch and drinks

Printed recipes

Visit to Jallpa Nina's pottery studio

Local appetizers at the pottery's garden

Organic gourmet coffee at local cafe


*Not included in service rates: Hotel accommodation, tips, travel insurance, international & domestic flights. Neither personal expenses nor any other service not specified in the itinerary.



Penelope is a professional chef and charming Lima native whose culinary experience and natural charisma make any guest feel at home in her kitchen. After studying Hospitality and Culinary Arts in the United States, Penelope taught Peruvian cooking in San Francisco at the Tante Marie School of Cookery. She then returned to Peru and with her family opened a chain of restaurants, partnering with the legendary Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio. Penelope has a passion for sharing her love of Peruvian food, with its ancient roots and ability to embrace and fuse international flavors.

Prices are per person, based on 2 people booking. 



All prices in this quotation are per person
Please be aware that these experiences are subject to availability
Advance booking required
Experiences are on a private basis
English speaking guide, private vehicle included
Meals only included where indicated; tips not included
Clients will receive a written itinerary as a PDF document and pre-departure documents on
Peru, including tips for the traveler, where to eat and where to shop and a comprehensive reading list
Additional services can be arranged on request for an additional charge
We recommend you travel to Peru with a passport valid 6 months after your return date
Please check with the nearest Peruvian consulate or embassy in your country for the most up-to-date information about Visa requirements as it varies by country and entry requirements are subject to regular change. For most countries, a 183 day tourist visa is issued upon arrival in Lima, but it is important that you check before you depart for Peru to ensure that you have no issues with entry.




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Lima, capital of Peru, can be found on the country’s Pacific coast. One South America’s largest cities, Lima is a bustling metropolis and home to several museums like Museo de la Nación, which traces the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. 

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For over 20 years Aracari has specialised in custom-designed, sustainable trips to Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos. Their passion for delivering unsurpassed experiences to their travellers, rivals their mission to promote and protect the communities of these destinations.