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Lima - Prehispanic influences : “Locro”  and salty  “Humitas”

Prehispanic influences : “Locro” and salty “Humitas”

(39 reviews)
Vanessa's home, Lima, Peru
45 mins

About the tour

Peruvian cuisine has evolved over thousands of years, and in today’s class we will Tavel back in time to learn about the pre Hispanic cuisine, the history behind the products, and learn to cook something really exotic to surprise your guests ! Note: these are not vegetarian recipes , the for sensitive people about animal products we advise seeing the list of ingredients before joining. Thanks so much 2 servings Locro 1 onion chopped small 3 Peruvian yellow chilies (as an alternative you can use habanero chili, or scotch bonnet chili, other alternative is the pre-made yellow chili paste you can buy at Hispanic bodegas) 2 potatoes 1/5 glass of evaporated milk 1 corn 100 gr of lima beans 200gr of fresh white cheese 250gr of Buttercup squash (or acorn squash or similar) 250gr of beef loin 1/5 spoon of garlic paste Salt and pepper to the taste Served with boiled white rice (optional) For 2 servings Salty Humitas 50 gr of Vegetable shortening 4 corns (if possible with their husks) 1 onion chopped small 1/2 spoon of garlic paste 6 corn husks ( or aluminum foil) 100 gr of white fresh cheese Thin cord Salt to the taste We will need an steamer if possible. Disclaimer: Allergens not provided.

Meet your local guide


Vanessa is a native from Lima, Perú. An archaeologist wanna-be and momma to three, she is always on a never ending search for the best ceviche in town! Vanessa is an official tour guide and has been an ambassador of her city since 2006 with such a passion for history that she married an archeologist. After spending almost 14 years solely in the travel and tourism space, she decided to reinvent the tour guide wheel and go “virtual” with you! While Lima can sometimes be misunderstood by many for its chaos and busyness, it woos you with its incredible cuisine, warm people and stunning archaeological sites. In her tours, you might catch a spectacular sunset in the ocean while seeing surfers waiting for the last waves before going home, spot an ancient archaeological site, or explore amazing Peruvian dishes at some of the city’s popular restaurants. “My biggest interest lies in being an interpreter of my culture and an ambassador of my country to others visiting Peru. I learned many years ago that travelers see the country they visit through the eyes of their tour guide, and to me, that is a powerful reason to give my 100% each time and to love my job,” she says passionately. Join Vanessa on a tour as she takes you to her favorite places in Lima. You won't find a more passionate and enthusiastic guide.

Vanessa has been guiding since Jan 2006

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Lima with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Lima. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Sheila S.

12 March 2021

Another great tour from Vanessa. So much information and great views.

Wendy From Canada ..

11 March 2021

I was not able to join at right at the beginning and when I did there were some connectivity issues at the tour guide's end. Despite that Vanessa did a great job of keeping it going and the recipe looked very interesting.

Darlene K.

11 March 2021

Well planned and prepared. There is a great mix of recipe, instructions and historical background. They are VERY attentive to the chat, questions and food substitutions. Their expertise and warm hosting is evident. I will be back to learn more.

Jack M.

11 March 2021


Mark R.

11 March 2021

If you haven't been on one of Vanessa's tours including the cooking courses you are missing out

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