Real Food Adventure - Peru Overview
Indulge in mouth-watering cuisine and witness stunning sights on Intrepid's Real Food Adventure - Peru. Explore Lima, marvel at Machu Picchu, take a traditional cooking class and experience the exciting fusion of flavour and culture in Peru.
- 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31
Discover Peru’s culinary scene from Lima to Cuzco
Peruvian food and topography go hand in hand to create a truly outstanding national icon. Using what pachamama (mother earth) gave them, the cuisine of Peru incorporates iconic local ingredients with traditional techniques to stand-out in the South American food scene. It is the geography of Peru that makes its cuisine so distinct compared to the rest of South America. With its coast providing an abundance of fresh seafood, the Andean highland supplying a variety of potatoes and the Amazon rainforest delivering delicious seasonal fruits, Peru is an exciting region to go on a foodie adventure.
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Start your Real Food Adventure with a walking tour through Lima's bustling downtown district. Get your first taste of Peruvian street food including the famous “anticuchos” (beef skewers) and classic Limeñan desserts including “masamorra” (purple corn), “arroz con leche” (sweet rice with milk) and “picarones” (Peruvian doughnuts). Visit a nearby pisco distillery and discover the allure of Peru's national drink, check out some pre-Incan ruins, then finish your stay in the capital taking in the thriving night-time scene of Lima's Barranco district.
See a different side of Lima at the fish market in Chorillo, meeting local fishmongers and then attending a cooking class in a market restaurant to learn the art of preparing ceviche. Then swap fish for fruit at the Surquillo market to discover the exotic fruits on offer in Peru. Fly to Cuzco in the afternoon, where a guided walk around San Pedro market and a workshop at the chocolate museum is a sweet way to see the day out. In the evening, the options in Cuzco are endless – perhaps check out the city’s coolest bars or endless restaurant options.
Travel to the Sacred Valley and stop at the Pisac market to check out the delightful handicrafts that flood the stalls here. Sample freshly made empanadas hot from an authentic horno (clay oven) before stopping in Chichubamba to learn about the local community here – this is also your opportunity to try traditional cuy (roasted guinea pig).
Take a guided visit to the Incan ruins in Ollantaymbo, including the impressive Temple of the Sun, surrounded by the sacred mountains, then learn some local cooking tips in a class at Rupa Wasi Tree House, visiting the market to choose the freshest produce to cook with.
Rise early for morning tour at Machu Picchu, one of the highlights of Peru. Machu Picchu is one of those genuinely magical places, and catching your first glimpse of the lost city of the Incas through the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget.
Drive back to Cuzco, stopping off en route at the salt mines of Maras and the stunning Moray ruins. Enjoy a final feast, using the ancian Incan cooking technique of pachamanca - the slow-roasting of meat and vegetables in an oven created beneath the earth. Perhaps toast the end to this Real Food Adventure with one last pisco sour.
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