The foods and flavours of Peru are vast, vibrant and varied and we ate some amazing dishes on our trip. An abundance of fresh produce and a fusion of cultural influences means Peru has become the gastronomic epi-centre of South America.
Lima, Peru’s capital, is a culinary hotspot and home to eateries on the world’s top 50 restaurant list. Traditional Peruvian food and drink is available from markets, street stalls and tiny family run restaurants called huariques. If you’re heading that way, here’s the low down on some Peruvian food and drink you really need to try.
Street art pops out from the walls of the Barranco district and it’s a big giveaway that you’ve arrived in the city’s artsy neighbourhood. Bohemian Barranco is home to many of Lima’s artists, photographers and musicians. MATE, the gallery of the Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer Mario Testino, resides in this artistic neighbourhood. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima (MAC), the Contemporary Art Museum, which specialises in modern and contemporary Peruvian art is also in Barranco. But it was the colourful street art that captured my imagination.
My favourite way to get to know a new place is through its food and what better way to learn about Lima than by taking a Lima food tour with a local. A Limeño. David grew up in Peru’s vibrant capital and introduced us to the city during an immersive gastro-cultural tour with Da Taste of Peru. We experienced a fabulous fusion of Lima’s highlights, its quirks, its art, history, neighbourhoods and, of course, a full-on food fest in South America’s gastronomic capital.
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Flying high over northern Peru I gazed down on a land covered in dense tropical rainforest. A glinting river ribbons its way through the vibrant swathe of jungle. The mighty Amazon. Treehouse Lodge sits amid 350 acres of preserved Amazon Rainforest surrounded by thousands more acres of protected land. It’s the most biodiverse region on earth and the perfect place for getting up close to nature and the Amazon wildlife.
A jungle tree house resort in the Amazon comes pretty high up the list when it comes to staying in unusual and quirky places. When that treehouse is 67 feet up in the jungle canopy with exotic birds and monkeys passing by outside it’s going to be hard to top. I don’t mind admitting I was beyond excited to be staying at Treehouse Lodge for three incredible days of Amazon adventure and wildlife spotting. So did I shout ‘I’m a blogger get me out of here’? No, not even when we came across something really hairy on the way to breakfast. Read on to check out our Amazon jungle tree house hotel…
There’s a place on my travel wish list that has fascinated and intrigued me since I first discovered its existence. A place of ancient civilizations, mountain-top ruins and home to one of mankind’s greatest mysteries. A place where you’ll find snow-capped mountains, the world’s deepest canyons and a vibrant swathe of dense tropical rainforest.
Where the people are welcoming, creative and colourful and a country whose capital is considered to be one of the best cuisine destinations in the world. Here are some of the reasons why Peru is calling me.