Peruvian cuisine has been heavily influenced by Spanish and west African cooking styles and techniques, as well as by Asian and central European cooking. On a culinary tour in Peru, individuals will taste and prepare traditional dishes with the basic staples: beans, corn, quinoa, vegetables, roots, and tubers. In addition, cooking in Peru will surely include a variety of colorful and tasty Peruvian chili peppers in dishes such as ceviche, a medley of fish and shellfish, and anticuchos which is beef heart, marinated in spices, and grilled to perfection. One will learn to cook traditional dishes such as empanadas which are meat turnovers, or venture into preparing tripe stew or fried Guinea pig from the indigenous regions of the Andes. Regardless of experience, individuals touring Peru will relish in the rich diversity of flavors, aromas and tastes of traditional, as well as unusual, cuisine offered in this ancient land.