A&G

Peru is perhaps the most gastronomic country in South America, Lima as the capital offers some stellar examples of contemporary culinary experiences, with three restaurants in the world’s top 50 list Lima’s culinary pedigree excels in a continent known for plain simple cooking. I was happy to get a lunchtime space in one of these…

Capital idea

My dining excursion into Barranco delivered more success than my incursions into far flung Miraflores, this time I did better venue research and made sure my preferred restaurant was open. Although with many bars and casual dining places here in Barranco I wouldn’t have been completely devoid of options if I had been wrong. Barranco…

Lima’s ceviche heart

Lima is for me the icing on the Peruvian cake, it is obviously the most developed place in the country, having spent a few days here I can claim that Lima is a city where it is quite easy to enjoy oneself, especially when eating. Ceviche is a thing here, it’s a significant thing here,…

Lima

I stayed overnight in Lima twice before I actually took the time to explore the Peruvian capital. Having both flown and bussed into Lima already I can completely understand the reports of Lima being a bit sketchy, the outskirts of Lima make a fairly unrefined view from a bus or taxi, it certainly looks rough….

Full lodging

The lodge included all activities and meals, the activities are fun, low key and quite entertaining. The food was so much better than I had expected, I was surprised the quality of the cooking at the lodge, it was pretty basic and much better than I expected. For the first few days there were just…

Welcome to the jungle

I don’t know why the sheer amount of detritus floating down the Amazon river surprised me, the weak hot chocolate colour of the river didn’t. I had expected the river to be large but for some reason I didn’t expect to see quite so many logs, branches and former plant life bobbing down the river….

Iquitos

The capital of the Peruvian Amazon and the largest city in the world not connected by road. You can arrive here either by boat, or by plane. I flew, it was by far the quickest and easiest option and I imagine the cheapest and safest too. I’ve not much time to spend in Iquitos before…

Pescado fresco

I can smell the sea in Paracas, I can see the fishing fleet moored, rocking in the heavy winds that buffet this coastline from the mid-morning most days. With fish featuring prominently on every restaurant menu I’d be a fool not to eat some of the oceans bounty. I wasn’t sure what fish was lurking…

Paracas

There is not much to explore in Paracas, it’s a nice small fishing town and the last of Peru Hops small towns stops. Walking the small malecon that skirts the boat strewn harbour is the highlight of the town, it’s the views of the sun baked peninsular across the bay and the Ballestas islands bordering…

Comida típica

The food I ate in Nazca and Huacachina were some typical Peruvian dishes, these dishes are not fancy cooking, but simple food well cooked. Peruvian classics popular enough to remain on menus alongside imported foods like pizzas, burgers and pastas, I am happy to see these classics and have been slowly working my way through…

Huacachina

Being South Americas only desert oasis Huacachina has managed to worm its way firmly onto the gringo trail. It’s a nice place, in spite of being an unashamed tourist town relying on both international and local visitors. It’s also the second small town Peru Hop calls into. There is not much to Huacachina, it’s essentially…

Nazca

Nazca is the first of the three small towns the Peru Hop bus stops at, it’s a town with little appeal itself and all the atmospheric charm of a transit stop. There are a few cafes and restaurants, but few sights in town other than the Nazca lines to keep people here. It was relaxing…