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Peru has it all...

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In the last few years, Peru has become a gourmet paradise and it has started to grab the world's attention. Now, when you travel for a Peru Tour, you will not only be immersed in the Inca culture, its wonderful nature and interesting sites, but you will also live a great culinary experience. Peru has been named the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas" at the Madrid Fusion Summit back in 2009. Publications like Bon Apetit, Gourmet, Travel & Leisure, and well-known chefs such as Bobby Chinn; Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Ray, etc have also featured Peru as their new discovery.

Aji
Aji - Hot Chili Pepper

What makes Peru such a special place?

Well, Peruvian gastronomy benefits from the country's geography, climatic diversity and its long history of immigration. Peru has three main geographical zones: coast, jungle and highlands that encompass 90 different micro-climates. This means a great variety of land products, such as rice, corn, quinoa, more than 3000 different types of potatoes, the hot chili pepper known as aji and 2000 species of fish and shellfish species, such as sea bass, tuna, crab and many exotic ingredients.

Quinoa
Quinoa

From street food to fine dining restaurants, Peru has it all.

In Peru you will find a restaurant for each taste and wallet, from cheap, middle-priced and expensive places to eat. Where to begin? While in Lima the most popular for fine dining are Astrid and Gaston, menu designed by renown Chef Gaston Acurio and his team who strongly contributed to make Peruvian cuisine famous all over the world, Central Restaurant by Michellin Star Chef Virgilio Martinez, Rafael by Rafael Osterling and Malabar by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino featuring Amazon inspired food. If you are in the mood of something quick, you may want to visit any of the great "Cafés" you will find all over Lima, where you can just have coffee and have a complete meal at a great price. Examples are La Baguette, Mammino, San Antonio, and Café Café.

Ceviche
Ceviche at Cevicherias opened for lunch in Peru.

Also, you can find, almost in every corner of the city, restaurants called "chifas", which is how Peruvians called Chinese Restaurants. These restaurants are great examples of a Chinese-fusion cuisine. You will also find everywhere a great variety of Rotisseries Chicken or "Pollo a la brasa". In addition you will also find the "Cevicherias" only opened for lunch. Some traditional options are Punta Sal, Segundo Muelle, Embarcadero 41, La red, and Fusion more modern versions Mercado by Osterling and La Mar by Acurio and Pescados Capitales. Finally, for the off the beaten path seekers, you have the "huariques" or restaurants at "closed doors" such as Javier Wong or La Picanteria.

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Peru is also the land of Pisco, the national drink.

The heartland of Pisco is the Southern of the country, from Ica to Tacna. Peru has always been famous for the Pisco Sour and lately for its exótic pisco "martinis" made with jungle fruits. The latest trend is the "chilcano" made with ginger Ale and exotic fruit macerated Pisco.

Pisco Sour
Peru's popular Pisco Sour recipe from Quasar Expeditions.

So, what are you waiting for? You just have to plan your trip to Peru to live the best culinary experience ever! For more information on Peru Tours with Quasar visit here - Galapagos Peru Tours.


Fernando Diez
Marketing Manager at Quasar Expeditions

Hi, I am Fernando and travel is my passion. This passion began with my first trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1986 and later became my work when I started working at Quasar Expeditions. Now the Marketing Manager for Quasar and responsible for the creation of the Patagonia Project in Chile, my passion for travel continues to grow to new and exciting destinations in South America.

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