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Peru

Peru is a country in South America that is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, including the famous ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu and diverse indigenous traditions. It boasts an extraordinary landscape that ranges from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region to the peaks of the Andes mountains and the lush Amazon rainforest.

Peruvian cuisine reflects a fusion of influences, making it one of the world's most varied and flavorful, celebrated for dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado, and aji de gallina.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Historic Lima

morning:Start your day with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, enjoying the historical architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Make sure to have breakfast at the acclaimed Cafe del Museo.

afternoon:Explore the Lima Cathedral and indulge in a traditional Peruvian lunch at La Rosa Nautica, overlooking the Pacific. Afterwards, stroll through the colorful streets of Barranco, taking in the local art and culture.

evening:For a lively night out, head to Calle de las Pizzas in Miraflores, known for its bustling nightlife and plethora of bars and restaurants.

day 2

Mystical Machu Picchu

morning:Catch an early train to Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the enchanting Machu Picchu. Witness the breathtaking sunrise and immerse yourself in the ancient Incan ruins. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant.

afternoon:Embark on a guided tour of Machu Picchu, exploring its terraces, temples, and majestic vistas. After lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, hike to the Sun Gate for a mesmerizing view of the citadel.

evening:Relax and rejuvenate in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes, followed by a tranquil evening dining at Indio Feliz, a renowned restaurant offering delicious fusion cuisine.

day 3

Amazon Rainforest Adventure

morning:Embark on a guided boat tour along the Amazon River, spotting exotic wildlife and diverse bird species. Enjoy a jungle-themed breakfast at Muyuna Lodge, surrounded by the sounds of nature.

afternoon:Embark on a thrilling jungle hike, encountering the rich biodiversity and lush vegetation. Savor a traditional Amazonian lunch at Albergue Colibri.

evening:Experience the magical nocturnal jungle sounds on a night walk, guided by expert naturalists. Wrap up the day with a cozy evening at the lodge, enjoying indigenous Amazonian dishes and stories around a campfire.

day 4

Seaside Serenity in Paracas

morning:Set off on a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands, marveling at the abundant marine life and unique rock formations. Stop by El Chejo for a delightful breakfast by the seaside.

afternoon:Embark on a dune buggy adventure in the Paracas National Reserve, soaking in the breathtaking views of the desert meeting the ocean. Indulge in a fresh seafood lunch at Lagunillas Beach.

evening:Relax and unwind at the stylish Lobby Bar of the Hotel Paracas, offering panoramic ocean views and a refreshing selection of cocktails to enjoy the sunset.

Peru Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Ceviche

A popular dish of fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, often marinated with aji chili peppers, onions, and cilantro. Best enjoyed in coastal regions like Lima and Trujillo.

Must-Try!

Lomo Saltado

A hearty stir-fry dish featuring marinated strips of beef, onions, tomatoes, and other Andean ingredients, often served with rice or fried potatoes. Widely available in restaurants across the country.

Anticuchos

Grilled skewers of marinated beef heart, a beloved street food available at local markets and festivals, especially in cities like Cusco and Arequipa.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Mercado de Surquillo

A bustling market in Lima, offering a wide array of fresh produce, meats, and street food stalls where visitors can sample a variety of Peruvian snacks and dishes.

San Pedro Market

Located in Cusco, this vibrant market is a hub for street food, where visitors can relish in local delicacies and traditional Peruvian meals, alongside exploring fresh produce and artisanal crafts.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Peruvian cuisine includes an array of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes, such as quinoa-based meals, stuffed peppers, and veggie-stuffed empanadas. Look for dedicated vegetarian restaurants and cafes in major cities.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Offerings

While traditional dishes often contain grains, contemporary Peruvian eateries are increasingly providing gluten-free alternatives. Pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken) and ceviche are typically safe choices for those with gluten sensitivities.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Peru

Central

A world-renowned restaurant in Lima, helmed by Chef Virgilio MartĂ­nez, offering a unique gastronomic experience with inventive dishes that reflect the country's biodiversity.

Cafe Daria

Situated in the heart of Cusco, this charming cafe sources organic ingredients for its menu, catering to different dietary needs, and serving delectable fusion cuisine.

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