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Gastronomical offerings all over Chile are growing more and more international, with an African fusion restaurant way down south in Puerto Natales, and a cluster of gourmet restaurants in the northern outpost of San Pedro de Atacama. In Santiago, sushi and pizza are popular and newly, so are Thai, Korean and fusion. But one of the most popular international cuisines among Chileans and international visitors alike is from our neighbor to the north, with many Peruvian restaurants all around Santiago. Here are some that span a few different neighborhoods, and to suit every budget. Here are three of our favorites.
Did you know that Lima hosts the largest gastronomy fair in South America called Mistura? Last September this iconic event attracted half a million visitors and this year they are expecting around one million!
This 10-day fiesta welcomes cooks, bakers, street food vendors, sweet vendors, restaurants, culinary institutes, patrons, and many more.
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We usually provide our readers with inspiring travel tips in South America, but today, we are bringing Peru to your kitchen by giving you a gourmet recipe worth its cooking time.
And if you call yourself a real food lover, then surely you have heard of Gaston Acurio, celebrity chef and ambassador to Peruvian cuisine. This recipe of the pallar dish (lima bean) is courtesy of one Acurio’s top franchises, Astrid y Gaston, known for its sophisticated yet laid back dishes and atmosphere.
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There are a few theories about the origin of ceviche and its name but it seems that it originated more than 2,000 years ago among the indigenous groups of northern Peru, where the Moche culture was situated (Chiclayo and Trujillo). Nowadays it is prepared in many Latin American countries in a multitude of ways. But if you want to know how it’s served at the best cevicherias in Peru, get your pencil, paper and fish ready for a great recipe!
Over the last years, Peruvian gastronomy has become known worldwide. Many Peruvian entrepreneurs have opened restaurants abroad that immediately became famous, like if they had a secret formula. But why do people from different countries and of different tastes love this food so much?
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If you are a nature lover and would like to observe some of the most amazing marine fauna, head to northern Peru. There you will be able to relax and recharge your batteries to continue the journey.
Los Organos, located around 1200 km north of Lima, has a heavenly beach where you can surf and try local sea food. From August to October you can see Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), which arrive in Peruvian waters for breeding and calving.
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Peruvian Pisco Sour is a national cocktail that you must try as soon as you arrive to Peru. It has become a welcome drink of our country. If you want a taste, you can also try a shot of its base liquor Quebranta Pisco.
What is the history behind this Peruvian grape-based liquor?
Even though the majority of Peruvians are Catholic, the Andean culture is still very present in people’s beliefs. This results in a blending of cultural and religious mythology that makes the culture very rich in traditions and holidays.
Cuzco celebrates Christmas with Santuranticuy – one of the biggest arts and crafts fairs in Peru. Preparations for this fair start six months before Chirstmas. Hundreds of artisans gather in and around the main square with traditional crafts creating a very picturesque atmosphere. Some camp out the night before to guarantee a good spot to sell their wares.
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Lima is a huge city with a population of almost 9 million “Limeños”. As in any big city there are interesting things happening all around. But where to go if you have a free day? Don’t worry, I will give you recommendations on culture, gastronomy, and nature that you can enjoy walking or by bike.
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Peru is considered one of the most- biodiverse countries in the world with some unbeatable records such as number one in diversity of butterflies and number two on birds species. If you are a nature lover, Peru offers not only lively culture but unique experiences in diverse ecosytems.
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Have you ever run not to reach the finish line but to conquer one of the wonders of the world? If you answered no, this is your chance.
Inca Trail Marathon and Races:
Since 1998, a local tourism agency has organized the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Marathon, which is a strenuous run over mountain terrain that takes you from 8,000 to 13,500 feet to reach the Lost City of the Incas. This is recommended for very experienced runners.
Every year, the Q`eswachaca bridge is rebuilt, keeping alive an Inca tradition. Building this bridge made out of Puna grassland, called Ichu, was the only way settlers could cross the rivers in their time. This used to be part of a network of bridges in the Cuzco region and now is the only one of its kind, which exists thanks to the local villagers.