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Cambridge, New Zealand
The quip that there are more sheep than people in New Zealand is not false. Outnumbering the population 10 to 1, sheep are an important part of New Zealand culture and economy. If you're interested in shopping, be sure to check out the local wool...
Choqechaka 384, Cusco 08000, Peru
If you are in Cusco, you can't miss the regional food. Head to the traditional "Quinta Eulalia," located inside a 19th-century house at the entrance of the San Blas neighborhood. The chefs here take full advantage of the local biodiversity, and...
If you are into ecotourism and yearning for an almost untouched landscape, Reserve Paisajistica Nor Yauyos-Cochas is the place to go. Even though it is located within the Lima region, it is actually located around 3,000 meters above sea level. The...
Av Mariscal La Mar 456, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Seafood is a huge part of Peruvian culture. The Pacific Ocean provides a great variety of fresh ingredients, and the creativity of the local chefs transforms them into amazing dishes. You'll find "rice and seafood" (tasty, spicy orange rice with...
Pevas, Iquitos, Peru
The Peruvian Amazon offers an interesting line-up of liquors, many of them said to be potent aphrodisiacs. These liquors often contain high levels of honey and pollen, along with various barks and roots from exotic plants found amid this region's...
Calle Gral Recavarren 269, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Peru is one of the most important coffee producers worldwide, and it is recognized for some of the best organic coffee brands on the planet. Trying a good cup of coffee in Peru should definitely be on your list. The most important regions that...
Jr. Mayer cuadra 8, esquina con Pasaje Preysin Dirección de prueba de seguridad del sistema, Oxapampa, Peru
Oxapampa might be best described as a German village transported to the middle of the high jungle. It was founded in the mid-1800s when 10,000 colonists from central Europe came to the Americas in search of a better future. This mix of cultures in...
Diagonal 176, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Kennedy Park, one of Miraflores’s favorite destinations, is a lovely, well-placed garden, especially favored for afternoon and evening strolls, walking dogs, browsing the kiosks, and firing up romances. You’ll see artists at work...
Arriving at the gate at 6:30am, I was extremley excited to see and explore this amazing place. I have been planning this trip for over ten years and the moment was finally here! After entering, the entire mountain range and ruins were covered in a...
Calle Roca Fuerte 245, Urubamba, Peru
Let the Urubamba River set your course during a thrilling rafting adventure along the Ollantaytambo rapids, available through the Belmond. The river helped form what is now the Sacred Valley, and along the way you'll not only sense its power, but...
Gocta Falls, with the longest drop at 1772 feet, have been ranked everywhere from the third to the fifteenth highest waterfalls in the world. This hidden gem lies in the Chachapoyas region, between the Andes Mountains and lush Amazon rainforest....
Paruro 878, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
Inka Kola is the Peruvian national soft drink. The brand is licensed by Coca Cola, but the recipe itself was concocted in 1935 by a British immigrant. The sweet flavor comes from lemon verbena (herba luisa), which is said to taste somewhat like...
Jirón Ucayali 201, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
Pisco, a distilled grape brandy, is the Peruvian national liquor. Arguably the most popular way to drink pisco is mixed into a Pisco Sour, the famous national cocktail. The most classic version of this drink combines pisco with key lime juice,...
Alfredo Benavides 730, Miraflores Lima 18, Peru
Chicha morada is a typical Peruvian corn-based beverage that is popular among all the regions. Unlike its cousin chicha de jora, this is a non-alcoholic drink. Chicha morada is prepared from a base of Andean purple maize. Traditionally, the purple...
339, Av Tullumayo, Cusco 08000, Peru
Chicha de Jora is a traditional alcoholic beverage from the Andes region. Since Incan times, the locals have consumed this drink during important cultural and religious festivities. The chicha, which is made by fermenting a specific variety of...
Lima, Av. Pedro de Osma 301, Barranco 15063, Peru
A few years back, when Lima's Central Restaurante was closed because of zoning issues, Peru's celebrity chef, Gastón Acurio, was one of many who petitioned for it to be reopened. I knew that meant the young chef at Central, Virgilio...
Plaza Independencia, Callao 07021, Peru
Callao has been one of the most important ports in South America since the colonial era. This seaside district of Lima still echoes a rich maritime history, and historically-minded visitors will find much to explore. Be sure to check out the...
Jr. Batallón, Ayacucho 271, Barranco 15063, Peru
Barranco is the most famously bohemian neighborhood of Lima. In the Colonial and early Republican eras, this district was a beach and pleasure playground for wealthy Limeños. In the early 20th century, Barranco attracted a cadre of prominent...
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...
Costanera, Cercado de Lima 15074, Peru
The beaches of Lima are known for their beautiful views, their peaceful atmosphere, and their high-quality surfing. Waikiki Beach, along the coastline of Miraflores, is one of the most popular seaside destinations in the city. Come here for the...
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....
Jirón Lampa, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
Centuries-old catacombs decorated with human bones pepper the crypts at this Franciscan monastery dating to 1774. Decked out in impressive Spanish Baroque architecture, the canary-yellow church and monastery also house a remarkable library with...
Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru
This Cuzco corner presents a notable juxtaposition between ancient Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. Since the Incas worshipped their sun god, Inti, above all others, this temple in their imperial capital was the most important of the...
Cusco 08000, Peru
San Blas is the bohemian district of Cusco City. This picturesque and atmospheric corner of the city is a short but steep walk from the main square. This is where you can find artists' studios and artisans' workshops. Look out for Mérida and...
Calle 26A, Bellavista 07011, Peru
For those of us used to seeing chicken cut into parts, wrapped in plastic, and cooling in supermarket refrigerators, a trip to a local Peruvian market is fascinating and a bit daunting. At the biggest market, San Pedro, just up the...
Av Piura 316, Máncora, Peru
Ceviche is generally considered to be the signature Peruvian dish: an exquisite combination of local seafood cured in Peruvian lemon juice with fresh coriander, aji pepper, and onions. The dish is usually served with corn and sweet potato to...
374, Procuradores, Cusco, Peru
Pizza is popular around the world, and it is by no means indigenous to the Andes. However, the pizza in Cusco is a must-eat for both locals and visitors. Many Peruvian pizza-mongers substitute Andean salty cheese for the traditional mozzarella,...
Yanahuara Leoncio Prado 122, Arequipa 04000, Peru
Arequipa is well-known for its delicious cuisine, which is traditionally served in restaurants called picanterías. La Nueva Palomino is a local favorite. Try the rocoto relleno: spicy Andean peppers stuffed with minced beef and vegetables. Order...
Av. La Marina 138, Iquitos, Peru
The jungle region of Peru is home to a rich culinary tradition, but the local food is still not as widely recognized as dishes from other parts of the country. Amazonia provides a vast array of interesting ingredients, beginning with tropical...
Jr. Zepita 214, Barrranco, Lima LIMA 4, Peru
The anticucho (Quechua for "cut stew meat") is a popular Limean street food. Anticuchos can be cut from any type of meat, but the most common version is "corazon": beef heart. This delicacy is usually marinated in lime juice, vinegar, and spices...
Amalia Puga 750, Cajamarca, Peru
In 1532, when the Spanish army, led by Francisco Pizarro, arrived in Cajamarca (which by that time had become he capital of the Inca Empire) they all were dazzled by the splendor of the Incan Court. Atahualpa (Inca Emperor) was arrested and...
Jiron Arica 620, Urubamba, Peru
After a day exploring nature in the Sacred Valley, it's time for to treat yourself to delicious regional food. Huacatay is a favorite among locals in the Urubamba area. This charming restaurant serves fine Peruvian cuisine with fresh local...
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