Faces of Cusco

Faces of Cusco: Hours, Address, Faces of Cusco Reviews: 5/5

Faces of Cusco
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Faces of Cusco is the city’s #1 destination for fun, original, and memorable experiences. We offer creative activities and events to help you immerse yourself into the local culture in a hands-on and interesting way. These include workshops like: Informative introductions to Pisco and Peruvian craft beer; Latin cocktail making workshop; Peruvian chocolate making with painting and wine workshop; Live music on most Thursday to Saturday nights featuring original songs and hit classics; Walking tours of the San Pedro Market; and NFL Watch Parties (we turn into a Buffalo Bills bar that shows all NFL games) Please check out our website for more information or visit our studio in the Plaza de Armas for some helpful tips about the city and to learn more about how to make the most of your vacation!
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1-2 hours
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Mila P
Miami, FL47 contributions
Cusco, Just One of The Many Faces of Peru
Apr 2018
I love Peru. Its people are humble, simple and highly respectful. I travel to Peru as often as I can primarily for its good food and its mild mannered indigenous wonderful people. If you have never been.....why not?
Written April 24, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paul K
2 contributions
This place no longer exists
Oct 2017 • Friends
I tried to go here to watch Football while in Cusco. According to the restaurant in the same building, Faces of Cusco closed in July 2017
Written October 8, 2017
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Guy E
Tel Aviv, Israel14 contributions
Great cocktails class
Jun 2017 • Couples
We had a great south America cocktails class with Rivka.
The class was fun, tasty, informative and very professional.
We highly recommend the Faces of Cusco activities.
Written June 14, 2017
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Samantha F
Hampton, NH235 contributions
Fun!!
Jun 2017 • Friends
We had so much fun here!! From making chocolate to painting, it was the relaxing hour we really needed. Had a lot of fun, and my family loved the chocolate 😄
Written June 1, 2017
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Rebecca G
1 contribution
Market Food Tour was terrific!
May 2017 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the San Pedro Market, tasting the local food, and learning about the history and culture. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend!
Written May 30, 2017
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Marlys T
21 contributions
Fabulous Fun Day
May 2017 • Friends
After trekking,climbing and touring the beautiful country of Peru, our group of 9 from Wisconsin enjoyed one our lasts days in Cusco as a custom-made day of fun and culture. Thanks to a coordinated effort of Faces of Cusco and Cafe Bagdad, we created handmade chocolates and ceramic masterpieces, enjoyed a guided tour of San Pedro market, toasted a Pisco mixology class and best of all Vinay and Gary customized a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing class for 9. It was truly delicious, inventive and an amazing customer pleaser !!!
Written May 21, 2017
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qwertyHound
Hermosa Beach, CA15 contributions
Market tour, not a culinary tour
Dec 2016 • Couples
I wanted to caveat that Vinay had mentioned prior to the tour that the market tour was not a culinary tour. I absolutely appreciated the time he spent going through the market with me and my husband. I want to let visitors know that if you are expecting more information on food items, it would be best to read up on Peruvian food beforehand, or to tour with a chef.

I was looking for a market tour that would give us a look into to Peruvian ingredients. Given our timing constraints, and the excellent reviews on Tripadvisor, we decided to go on the Faces of Cusco market tour. We were the only two people on the tour.

Just a bit of background: I cook a lot, I go to the farmer's markets in California on a weekly basis, and I like to know the provenance, the tastes, the historical contexts of food. I live in LA, where we have access to diverse range of ethnic food.

Great things about the tour:
* Vinay knows the vendors. They are friends, so there is excellent access. Vinay also speaks conversational Spanish, so if we had questions, he could translate for us.
* We got to taste and see a lot of stuff: potatoes, corn, bread, peruvian fruits, chocolate, cheese, etc.
* Vinay was very considerate in making sure we were comfortable.
* Vinay was so generous with his time and sending us off with things we liked (e.g. extra fruits, bread)

Things that could improve
* A knowledge of how food items taste. For example, how do the different corn varieties taste? We wanted more information aside from the corn used in chicha morales or the corn that comes w/ ceviche.
* A knowledge of how food items are used in recipes, traditional, or even today.
* An understanding of the historical context of food. Since Peru is a country that was colonized by the Spanish, I was expecting to hear more about their culinary influences. For example, we stopped at a cheese vendor, we sampled parrilla cheese, but it was unclear how parrilla cheese developed in Peru, and how it was made.
* A knowledge of the provenance of food items. For example, there are many types of potatoes. I did not get a clear answer as to why they were hybridized or the differences in texture/taste/use/seasonality. We were told that a whole assortment were called "native potatoes".
* An understanding of seasonality. When foods are in season, and how they correspond to dates/festivals (if at all)
* When there was a gap in knowledge, Vinay would respond by saying that the market was always in a state of change. Understandably the case, but it would be great if he acknowledged that he did not know. Perhaps he was thrown off by many of my questions.

Aside from these details, I did have a very good time. Vinay is an excellent guide, and his knowledge of Cusco is brilliant. I was just hoping the market tour would have been a little more informative on the food side.
Written March 2, 2017
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Hi Qwertyhound, We’re glad to know that you had a good time with us! Thanks for your feedback and for pointing out both positive aspects about the tour and elements that we can improve upon. We’re also glad to know that you enjoyed making a connection with folks in the market. It’s taken a week to reply because truthfully, your review really hit me hard. Our goal is to give everyone a great time and we’re very sorry to have fallen short of your expectations. You’re right in that we’re more of a market tour than a typical culinary tour. This is intentional as Cusco has several culinary options and honestly, the local variety of produce used in cooking will pale in comparison to a good farmer’s market from back home. Rather than get into standard vegetables we prefer to focus on the living culture found within the market’s walls. We’re always happy to make exotic fruits, local chocolate, artisanal bread, regional cheeses and festival items a highlight of the tour. With regards to the points for improvement – we genuinely thank you for bringing them to our attention. Where possible, we are using your post as inspiration to further our knowledge of the market. In the next month, we hope to take a weekend to visit a local cheese farm with the goal of making videos of the process and to share them with future travelers. Regarding recipes, we do our best to cover the highlights during the tour – including local hot chocolate and coffee, traditional potato dishes, and “hangover” soup. Going forward we’ll also prepare a PDF with some of our favorite recipes from the Cusco region and from across Peru. We also have a few other solutions that we plan on implementing to best accommodate future travelers looking for a gastronomic tour. As a fellow chef, I understand your viewpoint well. It’d be great to showcase how various mushrooms, peppers, or potatoes are used in different dishes. Unfortunately however, our hands are a bit tied. While Peru does have thousands of varieties of potatoes, only about ten types of potatoes are used in typical cuisine – with a heavy emphasis on the 4-5 that we covered. Many wild varieties might be used by local communities but they are not put into practical use. Regarding their name – recipes call for them as “Papas Nativas” (native potatoes) which is also how they are known across the country. Of the hundreds of types of corn, none of the chefs with whom I spoke with have used varieties other than the ones we discussed. I understand that this might fall short of your expectations, but it’s the reality of Peruvian cuisine. Food here is deliciously simple. In general, Lima does a better job of using rare ingredients but you’re still only likely to encounter these items in celebrity chef restaurants. Although I also enjoyed our time together, I truly do feel bad for not reaching your expectations from a culinary perspective. I understand what you’re looking for, and agree that it would be amazing to share this with travelers. However, we must work with what is available and stay true to local culture. Thanks again for your feedback and for helping to improve the experience of future travelers. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your trip! Cheers from Cusco, Vinay
Written March 16, 2017
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justvw79
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Great way to learn about Pisco!
Jan 2017 • Couples
We did the 2 hour pisco class and not only was it a lot of fun (we learnt to make some delicious cocktails and of course got to drink them) it was also really informative. Vinay clearly has a great passion for pisco and its history and enjoys sharing it with others. I definitely came away from this class with a new appreciation for pisco and will be looking to start my own little collection when I get back home to Australia!
Written February 19, 2017
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Hi Justin, I'm glad that our paths crosses and that you decided to sign up for the pisco workshop. I had a blast getting to know both of you and really enjoyed the laughs! Glad to know that you've got a new appreciation for pisco and best of luck with your collection in Australia! Cheers, Vinay
Written March 16, 2017
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VeronicaLeeLysaght
Norwalk, OH166 contributions
Fun Atmosphere and Good Beer
Feb 2017 • Friends
Faces of Cusco has a little something for everyone. I went here for a Valentine's Day party and had a blast! The staff were all very friendly and fun to talk with. This venue also has lovely Andean craft beers. While I went here for a party, I also know people who come to Faces on Sundays to watch NFL games.
Written February 11, 2017
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Hi Veronica, Thanks for coming out for the Valentine's Day fundraiser! Glad to know that you enjoyed the beers and thanks for spreading the news about NFL Sundays! Hope to see you again soon, Vinay & The Faces Team
Written March 16, 2017
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John M
Chicago Ridge, IL9 contributions
Great way to introduce you to some of Cusco's
Dec 2016 • Couples
We used Faces of Cusco for our Market Tour. Our guide was very friendly and very informative. This tour was a great way to make the market feel less intimidating. We loved being ushered around the market to various stalls while given information about all the different products. It was a great way to buy our souvenirs for our friends an family. Highly recommended to anyone interested in gaining perspective of culture through the Cusco Marketplace. THANK YOU!!!
Written January 8, 2017
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Hi John. Thanks for taking time to review our market tour! We're glad to know that you had a fun time and enjoyed meeting our friends in the family. Glad that you found the tour worthwhile and that you found it to be a fun way to connect with local culture! Cheers, Vinay & The Faces Team
Written March 16, 2017
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