A quinta in Cuzco is like a huarique in Lima. It is a simple, traditional restaurant that provides regional dishes at local prices. As much as Cuzco has grown and become a global city and home to dozens of massive hotels, the old Cuzco has become more and more obscure. Still if you take a few steps off the beaten tourist paths there are still a few of genuine lunch only quintas to be found.
Cajamarca, a city in Peru’s Northern Andes, is a culinary hotspot. The city’s beauty lies in its products and traditions. The region is home to Peru’s dairy industry, which makes Cajamarca a leading producer of cheeses and manjar blanco (Peru’s own version of dulce de leche).
At Lima, Peru’s annual gastronomic festival Mistura you see some odd products. In the events Gran Mercado, three hundred and fifty artisanal producers from every corner of the country are selling everything from chocolate and pisco to roasted sacha inchi seeds, as well as a rainbow of colorful quinoas and native potatoes.
Peru and the world’s center of the wool industry is in Arequipa. The high altitude plains outside of the city are home to massive herds of alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas and every major alpaca clothing manufacture is based here. You’ll find alpaca and vicuña wool woven into brightly patterned sweaters,… Read More →
The only real health issues I have had while traveling in Peru are mosquito and sand fly bites and sunburn. Nothing worse than I would find back in the United States. Keep in mind I have spent several months in the Amazon too, much of it sleeping in hammocks in… Read More →
The majority travelers will be affected by some degree of altitude sickness, or Soroche during a visit to the Peruvian Andes. Each person reacts differently to changes in altitude.
Ten years ago there were no good restaurants in Cusco, Peru. About five years ago came along Cicciolina, Map Café, and Inka Grill. Two years ago came Rafael Osterling’s Bistrot 370 and Gaston Acurio’s Chi Cha. Now it’s Coque Ossio’s Limo, which I consider on par with Bistrot 370 as the best restaurant in Cusco.
Huancayo is the capital of Peru’s Junín region and one of the most tourist friendly Andean towns in Peru. It is best known for the Maté Burrilado, a hand carved gourd found sold all across Peru, and for the spicy potato dish, Papas a la Huancaina.
Tiempo Santo, or Holy Time, is when god comes down off his pedestal and cannot see the sins of man. On Good Friday, after acknowledging the crucifixion of Christ, the townspeople begin a festival of decadence where, since Jesus is gone, all sins cannot be seen until he rises again on Easter Sunday.
The South American camelids, the Alpaca and Vicuña, produce some of the fnest quality fiber on the planet. Here’s the lowdown.