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Looking for insider food tours, history walks with a twist, or hands-on lessons in an indigenous craft? Check out Airbnb experiences, a service that lets you find in-the-know locals who want to give you an in-depth look at their culture.

Want the secret to perfect pizza? Learn tips and tricks from restaurant veterans in Florence, Italy.

You’ll find hosts with a range of backgrounds—but all have an expertise and passion for their subject. A food tour, for example, might be led by a local chef, a great home cook, or an avid foodie. “This doesn’t mean they have to be a professional food writer,” says Farzad Sharif of Airbnb. “But if they’re a blogger who’s reviewed every single ramen restaurant in San Francisco, they probably do have the inside tips on the best places.”

Airbnb experiences are a food lover’s dream. Host Eladi in Barcelona, for example, invites you to the bohemian neighborhood of Gràcia to cook traditional Spanish paella with him. The all-women group behind Miami Culinary Tours immerses you in Cuban culture through a walking food tour of Little Havana.

Get a history lesson and hands-on experience draping a sari in New Delhi, India.

There’s more to Airbnb experiences than great cuisine, however. Categories include arts, nature, sports, history, music, and nightlife. “We have experiences that are really esoteric, like ‘Walk with Wolves’ in L.A. and ‘Laugh Your Way Through the Louvre’ in Paris,” says Sharif.

Other off-the-beaten-path options: a session of silent disco beach yoga in San Francisco, the chance to create a custom perfume in Seoul, and crafting a Lucha Libre mask in Mexico City.

Over three days, train for a triathlon with Coach Duane. Swim in the San Francisco Bay, bike up Mount Tam, and run all over Angel Island.

Airbnb currently offers more than 4,000 experiences in 50-plus cities around the world—with many more to come.

No matter how quickly the offerings expand, quality is the primary concern, says Sharif. “Right now, 90 percent of experiences have over 4.5 out of 5 stars. Retaining quality is our number-one goal.”

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