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,…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…