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Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Achachairú (ah-cha-chay-ROO) - one of my favorite parts about Bolivia is native to the eastern region near Santa Cruz. Bolivian women (usually from La Paz) dressed in native clothing offer bags and bags of this delicious fruit at practically every...
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La Paz, Bolivia
A salteña is a type of Bolivian baked empanada. Salteñas are savory pastries filled with beef, pork or chicken mixed in a sweet, slightly spicy or very spicy sauce. Inexplicably, or maybe that is just the current fashion, most of the ones I’ve...
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Av. Camino Real 101, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Voted one of the top restaurants in Lima, chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s modern Amazonian restaurant, Malabar, is worthy of the praise. From the à la carte menu, order the river snails with chorizo sausage and exotic, sweet-and-sour aguaje fruit,...
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Pancho Fierro 115, San Isidro 15073, Peru
T’anta is the chain of bistros from the restaurant empire of celebrity chef Gaston Acurio. While you could order the tasting trio of his classic ceviche, calamari, and causa (a cylindrical layered potato salad with spicy seafood filling), which is...
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Av. del Ejército 1324, Magdalena del Mar 15076, Peru
Finding a relatively affordable, healthy lunch in San Isidro isn’t always easy. Don Mario, however, rises to the challenge with its generous sandwiches on fresh baked bread, and salad bowls piled high with what seems to be more lettuce and fresh...
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Av Felipe S, Av. Gral. Salaverry 3103, San Isidro 15076, Peru
Ice cream is cheaper than air conditioning in Lima, and while the city doesn’t boast much of the former, it has the latter in spades. Despite ice cream’s wide availability throughout the city, however, there’s really only one great place for...
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Centro Empresarial Real, Av. Sto. Toribio 173, San Isidro 15073, Peru
La Locanda restaurant does refined Mediterranean-Peruvian cuisine. Starting with a beautifully plated amuse-bouche of foie gras and pressed pineapple gel on a solid stone plate, I was wowed by the meal's creative fusion. The tiradito of lime and...
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Av. Rivera Navarrete 530, San Isidro 15046, Peru
Segundo Muelle is a San Isidro ceviche institution that also has an extensive menu of cooked criollo seafood specialties. The lime- and chili-marinated seafood dish is traditionally eaten at lunch, the main meal of the day, so come between noon...
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Calle Sta Luisa 295, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Lima 27 is a big name on the city’s list of upscale establishments, known for its blend of Peruvian, Italian, and Chinese cuisine. Portions are small and shareable, and while it may be tempting to stick with the iconic specialties such as the...
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Ovalo Gutiérrez-Primer Nivel Sótano, Miraflores 15073, Peru
To Limeños, nothing goes with fresh fruit juice better than sandwiches, at dinner, or after dinner, or in the afternoon, or even in the morning. In fact, sandwiches don’t have to count as a meal in Peru, while it’s perfectly acceptable to call a...
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Calle Los Eucaliptos 590, San Isidro 15076, Peru
Settle into the clubby atmosphere of wood and leather and sip a perfectly balanced pisco sour—but insist that it be hand-shaken, not made in a blender. Country Club Hotel, Los Eucaliptos 590, San Isidro, 51/(0) 1611-9000. This appeared in the...
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Calle Gral Mendiburu 665, Miraflores 15074, Peru
With twelve brands of Pisco, Vinópolis is a great place to sample the country’s famous grape brandy. It’s also one of the only places to find unique bottles of international wine. While Plaza Vea, Wong, and other grocery stores carry a small...
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Centro Empresarial Real, Av. Sto. Toribio 173, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Pisco Chilcano cocktails, salty snacks, juicy Peruvian olives, and live music from the grand piano—what more could you want? Every bar in Lima makes a Pisco sour, but Chilcanos (Pisco, lemon, bitters, and ginger ale or soda) are the new cocktail...
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Neighboring parks, Pera del Amor, Gandhi, and Grecia in San Isidro, are three green stops along the scenic Costa Verde. Walk to the middle of the roundabout at the end of Avenida Salaverry and then follow the coastal path with its spectacular view...
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Jirón Carabaya, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
A city tour of Lima isn’t complete without visiting the catacombs of the Monastery of San Francisco. The basement of the working monastery reveals the bones of wealthy Limeños who believed they would be the last to rest in their expensive plots....
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The Larco Museum is the starting point of your visit to Peru. It has the largest collection of pre-Columbian pieces in the Americas and tells the history of Peru without being tiresome. That’s a feat in itself, because we’re talking...
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Lima District 15001, Peru
Every day at noon at the Plaza de Armas (also called Plaza Mayor), trumpets blare, drums pound, and cymbals crash as the guard changes outside the presidential palace. Enjoy the Spanish fanfare like a local: from a plaza bench with an ice cream...
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esquina con avenida El Rosario y, Av. Nicolas de Rivera 201, Distrito de San Isidro 15073, Peru
Explore the burial temple of the Hualla tribe, a pre-Incan group that inhabited Lima from the sixth to the 15th century. The name of the temple comes from the Quechua dialect and means “home of the Hualla tribe.” Though theoretically open 9 a.m....
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Malecón Cisneros, Miraflores 15074, Peru
The most popular destination (and one of the only) for running in Lima is along the Malecón bike path. Be warned that the name changes from Malecón de la Reserva to Malecón Cisneros and finally to Malecón de la Marina. But the more than two miles...
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The olive grove at Parque El Olivar is a breath of fresh air in muggy Lima. The park is a national monument that represents the colonial history of the city and is surrounded by a lagoon, an art gallery, and mansions from the early 1900s. Stop by...
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Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru
We got to play with water on our last day in Peru. This is a public park in Lima that from Wednesdays to Sundays put on a fountain show. There are a total of 13 different water fountains for the people to enjoy and to participate in if desired....
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Av. Los Conquistadores, San Isidro 15073, Peru
The main commercial drag of San Isidro is full of luxury stores with an emphasis on South American and Spanish brands. From Andean-inspired wool and felt purses at Meche Correa to high-end women’s clothing and leather accessories at Boutique...
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Av. Los Conquistadores 1214, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Thanks to the large Italian community in Lima (and an Italian owner), La Bottega del Vino does good business in Italian wine made by small producers. When Plaza Vea’s and Wong Supermarkets’ selections of Amarone, Valpolicella, and Nebbiolo leave...
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Calle Ernesto Plascencia 255, Ernesto Plascencia, Distrito de San Isidro 15073, Peru
For the exquisite gold-wrapped truffles, nougats, toffees, cookies, and candies at this chocolate boutique, it’s worth stepping off Avenida Conquistadores. Bestselling truffle flavors include sweet cream manjar blanco, Porto, and Peruvian dark...
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Av. Paz Soldan 290, San Isidro 15073, Peru
This grand colonial home was built over 300 years ago and was the place of a reception for the Peruvian liberator, Don José de San Martin. Though it now houses a fine dining restaurant (your server might also give you the house tour), the manor...
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Av. Victor Andrés Belaúnde 160, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Built in the mid-twentieth century, the Basilica of the Virgen of Pilar is a colonial church funded by the Moreyra family of the nearby Hacienda Los Condes. Its main attraction, the eighteenth century carved wooden altarpiece, is designed in the...
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Calle Miguel Dasso 131, San Isidro 15073, Peru
While much of San Isidro shuts down com sunset, it’s also one of the safest districts in Lima to be in at night. Delicass, however, is a popular evening spot with locals but under most travelers’ radar. It’s the ideal place for a coffee and an...
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Av. Los Conquistadores 560, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Peruvian jewelry-maker, Claudia Lira, creates stunning necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants using Peruvian 925 silver and 18-karat gold. The sleek designs are predominantly silver with a touch of black, and are recognizable by the...
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Av. El Bosque 260, San Isidro 15073, Peru
The Galeria Indigo is a boutique and exhibition space featuring the works of traditional and contemporary Peruvian artists. The gallery also has a space to demonstrate many of these artistic traditions it promotes. Stop in during the day to take...
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Av. Paseo de la República 3440, Surquillo 15047, Peru
In business for over 40 years, husband and wife team Alberto Andrade Carmona and Anita Botteri Herrera make high-end leather purses, his-and-her wallets, and briefcases. Created by Peruvian artisans, Alda's sophisticated designs are immediately...
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Calle Manuel Bañón 260, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Not many know that Matsuei was the first restaurant with the great Nobu of international sushi fame at the helm. Back when he had both a first and last name, he met a man while working in a sushi bar in Japan who offered to stake his solo business...
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Calle Ernesto Plascencia 350, Ernesto Plascencia, Distrito de San Isidro 15073, Peru
Vértice is a fine art gallery specializing in contemporary Peruvian painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography. From Harry Chavez’ psychedelic paintings to Nelly Garcia’s eye-popping photographs, the gallery offers a unique view of Peru’s...
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Leder, San Juan de Miraflores 15801, Peru
Leder’s leather-bound notebooks and laurel root photo albums are unique in a city full of gifts and souvenirs. The handmade items are available in dark earth tones, in homage to the Peruvian ground from which their materials came. The company is...
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Av. Los Conquistadores 695, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Unlike most of the shops on upscale Avenida Conquistadores, Atomika caters to a younger crowd of fashionistas. Run by Peruvian designers, the boutique’s womenswear has a cool, urban, and very feminine style. This is where you want to shop before...
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Av. Gral. Juan Antonio Pezet, San Isidro, Peru
La Crocante is an upscale Italian delicatessen, with preservative-free loaves and sweets as well as ready-to-eat artichoke tarts, quiches, sandwiches, empanadas, cream cheese mini tamales, Pisco and elderberry paté, pesto and pear-stuffed Brie,...
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Av. Pardo y Aliaga 652, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Cuerpo y Alma is a soap and body products boutique with all handmade products. From lotions, shampoos, and scrubs to incense, pot pourri, and cologne, the two shop owners know how to make life smell good. Their Cuerpo y Alma (body and soul) line...
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Av. Dos de Mayo 748, Cercado de Lima 15073, Peru
The Alsatian chef at this rustic French restaurant serves up generous portions of comfort food in the form of traditional flambéed mushroom tarts, hearty sausage choucroute, and almond trout with creamed potatoes. Start with the charcuterie plate...
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Cno. C. Egusquiza y Paso del Barranco, 20400 Punta del Este, Uruguay
Brazilian hotelier Rogerio Fasano took a gamble when he built Fasano Punta del Este 12 miles inland from Uruguay’s popular beaches. When guests enter the gates to the 1,200-acre property, they see cattle and horses grazing on expanses of...
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esquina, 18 - Baupres & 30 - Las Focas, 20100 Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
On February 2, residents of eastern South America celebrate Yemanjá, the African goddess of the sea. By late afternoon Punta’s beaches are crammed with thousands of worshippers dressed in white and blue. Some burn candles in the sand as others...
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Península, 20100 Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
Finca Narbona is a bit hidden, but then most great restaurants are. To arrive, you must take the gravel road that locals use during the high-season instead of the congested seaside highway. A small wooden area directs drivers down another dirt...
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esquina, 18 - Baupres & 30 - Las Focas, 20100 Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
One of my favorite ways to explore a new city is to street food forage my way through it. Oddly, in affluent Punta del Este, Uruguay one of the most satisfying bites I came across was the humble traditional chivito sandwich. Consisting of thinly...
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Calle de Los Cisnes, 20402 José Ignacio, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
La Huella may be the world's best beach restaurant. Tucked amidst the dunes of Playa Brava, the laidback restaurant is one of the few that stays open year-round in Jose Ignacio. Since opening 11 years ago, La Huella has attracted both locals and...
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20401 Garzón, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
A 150-year-old general store is the unlikely setting for a five-room guesthouse owned by Argentina’s premier chef. Francis Mallmann grills his signature butterfly brotola whitefish on an open-flame infiernillo (“little hell”) stove. Savor it...
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The last thing I expected to find in the tiny village of Garzón was a design store worthy of NYC. Big, brightly colored statues of penguins wearing water bottles strapped to their backs lured me to the door of Alium Design Studio. The owners,...
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Uruguai, Calle de Los Cisnes, 20402 José Ignacio, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
It’s hard to know where to look as every inch of this café-cum-boutique is eye-candy for the design-obsessed. The perfectly curated mix of midcentury modern furniture and quirky home accessories feels like your stylish friend’s living room....
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Francis Mallmann's El Garzon, restaurant and hotel