On the road – Arequipa to Lima

Our route through Peru is not an adventurous one, it is a stellar example of the gringo trail, the main tourist route foreigners use when visiting Peru. This route takes us from Cusco to Lima via Arequipa and we are choosing to spend a little time at the more significant towns on route, taking full…

Sanguchon

With the Picanterias delivering an enormous volume of food to my system at lunch time I was more than happy to have a simple, relatively small meal in the evening. A sanguchon from a local chain fit the bill, in fact these sanguchon were so good we went back the following night to try more…

Picanterias

Arequipa’s culinary specialities are recognised as being some of the best cooking in Peru, here the Picanterias are the home to these traditional Arequipan culinary specialities. The name Picanteria suggests this local food is spicier than the Peruvian usual, although true, I can’t say the food was remarkably spicy. I was lucky enough to eat…

Arequipa

I found Arequipa to be a great spot to spend a few days and to enjoy watching life slide by. I really enjoyed seeing a new city and eating a few meals at Arequipa’s traditional picanteria restaurants. I found the easy to use grid system of Arequipa’s old centre to be enjoyable to stroll around…

Surprising

Our final meal of the Inca trail was in Aguascalientes, a town I would only describe as a tourist trap stepping stone, the very town in its present guise is a gateway town to Machu Picchu, and as a gateway town it’s too bad. It certainly has a few more redeeming feature than many towns like it….

Machu Picchu

Having stepped through the sun gate my walk along the Camino Inca to Machu Picchu was almost over. I could now see the magnificent citadel in the distance, my first impression was one of pleasure, having worked hard to get to this point I felt proud of this achievement, and slightly superior to the other…

Happy campers

Camp life was a little weird, yet quite easy to become accustomed to, there were fourteen men looking after six guests and they did pretty much everything around camp. They set up our tents, filled our air mattresses and even put our bags inside the right tents, they set up the dining tent, the toilet…

Camino Inca

Leaving the outskirts of Cusco behind we head towards the sacred valley, the van, laden high with camping gear passes through hillside agrarian scenes as we descend towards the sacred valley and Ollantaytambo. Occasionally a pair of bulls can be seen from the van window turning over the rock strewn earth with a few workers…

Cena casual

I enjoy eating in places that are for everyday Peruvians, places where they serve regular food, not special occasion food, but dishes that are firmly entrenched in the culinary repertoire of the country. I found no shortage of casual venues while wandering away from the touristic restaurants near the Plaza de Armas. Probably the most…

Adorable and delicious

Cusco is the modern home to many Andean foods, many recognisable and quite a few unique, it is always an imperative of mine to try as much local food as I can, so while in town I had to try cuy and alpaca. Both the cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca are popular traditional foods available on menus at both local and touristic…

Cobbled together

With Peru rising through the ranks of the world gastronomic nations in the last few years I am indeed looking forward to eating well while I am here. Needless to say I was surprised and delighted to find so many casual food traders on the streets of Cusco, collectively I gave them much custom, eating a great…

Exploring San Pedro

  Delving into the San Pedro market in Cusco has to be the one unmissable activity for any gastrophile. It is without doubt one of the most compelling, and approachable markets I have seen in a while, it is rich with local flavour, colour and taste. This market gives me a little insight of the…