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by Danielle Contray

Cooking Class in Chile

Had enough of your kin? Why not make an escape and become part of the family at Mapuyampay. Belgian-born chef Ruth Van Waerebeek cooked all over the world before falling in love with Latin cuisine—as well as a Chilean man who's now her husband. Together, they opened this six-room guesthouse in a remote village in the Andean foothills, two hours from Santiago. In addition to whipping up five-course dinners—using fruits, veggies, and herbs from the hotel's organic garden and ingredients sourced from local producers—Van Waerebeek invites guests into her kitchen and shares her skills in four-hour cooking classes focused on traditional Latin favorites. (Note that this isn't just home cooking—Mapuyampay is one of the top schools for Latin cuisine in South America.) So, why go alone? If you burn your first batch of meat-and-onion empañadas, no one back home will be the wiser. And when you put the perfect crust on a crème brûlée made with lúcuma (a pumpkinlike Andean fruit with a sweet maple taste), you won't have to share.

Mapuyampay
Curicó, Chile
Tel: 56 9 9327 2589
Single room, $75 per night; cooking classes, $55

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