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The Peruvian food will leave you amazed, with these tours that mix culture and the flavors of Peruvian cuisine, Peruvian cuisine is one of the best in the world in 2020.

If you are a food lover bring your appetite to Peru. As you’ll soon discover, no matter where you go, food opens the widest window into the Peruvian culture. 

Try the famous ceviche and pisco sour on the coast, guinea pig and chicha morada (purple corn juice) in the Andes, and juane (a tasty local dish) and masato in the jungle.

Peruvian cuisine has received international acclaim due to the new generation of young chefs that have raised the quality of our gastronomy to levels that compare with the great cuisines of the world through the creation of new tendencies such as Novandina, Fusion and Nikkei. 

The mixture of over 2000 years of diverse cultures, plus new techniques and the discovery of new local ingredients make Peruvian cuisine such an attractive experience for tourists.

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"Enjoy Peruvian food with our tours that build the history and events behind Peruvian cuisine considered one of the best in the world since 2018."

The best food in the world is in Peru. The most recent edition of the World Travel Awards, which recognizes the best in the world in terms of travel and tourism, recognized for the eighth consecutive year the cuisine of this South American country with the title al Best culinary destination in the world ’.

Held in the capital of Oman, the World Travel Awards are the most important awards in the world of hospitality. They are even considered as the ‘Tourism Oscar’. Peru is one of the few Latin American destinations to stand out among the winners of the 2019 edition; In addition to obtaining recognition for the ‘Best global gastronomic destination’, it also took the titles to ‘best cultural destination in the world’ and ‘Best tourist attraction in the world’, being Machu Picchu.

Its relevance in the gastronomic world is unquestionable. In the country lie some of the best restaurants on the planet. In the last edition of World The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ’the‘ Central ’restaurant was ranked number 6, while‘ Maido ’at site 10 in the top 50 positions.

In the Latin American version of the list the country also. This year Maido took the title to the best restaurant in Latin America, followed by Central (2), Osso (9), Isolina (12), Astrid and Gastón (13), Rafael (19), Kjolle (21), La Mar (26), Mil (36), Malabar (48) and Marta (49).

In addition to checking their historical legacy with the visit of sites such as Machu Picchu, tourists are attracted to check the worldwide fame of their dishes. A new gastronomic route has been marked throughout the country, a destination for heart foodies.

“Peru is a perfect option for gastronomic tourism. The country’s gastronomic boom owes much to its biodiversity along with its multicultural heritage. These are some of the reasons why there is no better place in the world for dinner.”

Cultural diversity

The mix of flavors in Peruvian cuisine reflects the mix of cultures that have arrived in Peru over the last 500 years. It began with pre-Hispanic cuisine that gave us dishes and cooking methods like pachamanca and cuy chactado. Then, when Spanish colonization began in the 16th century, Moorish influenced dishes were introduced to the menu; the onions, spices and honey desserts are now fundamental to every meal. When Chinese immigrants arrived in the 19th century, their cuisine seamlessly melded with Peruvian traditional dishes and created the super-popular Chifa. Other big gastronomical influences are African, Italian and Japanese cuisines.

Costa, sierra y selva

Coast, mountains and jungle. Each of these three geographical regions offer their own traditional dishes cooked with local ingredients. Such is the case of quinoa, which is found in the mountainous areas, while limes and grapes are cultivated by the coast, and yuca roots and fish like Paiche (the biggest fish in the Amazon river) are found in the jungle. If you’re traveling around Perú, you will see how the biodiversity of each of the country’s 24 states is proudly represented in each region’s gastronomy.

The power of reinvention

Although Peruvian cuisine is a product of cultural fusion, ingredients and cooking methods, the adaptation of traditional dishes to modern cuisine is a result of the gastronomical boom in recent years. Peruvian’s continue to mix everything: from the popular street food Combinado consisting of cebiche, chifa and papa a la huancaina (potatoes covered with ají and cheese sauce), to vanguard cuisine that introduce new textures and flavors, often served in Lima’s fanciest restaurants like Astrid & Gaston.

World’s 5 best restaurants are in Peru

Central is Chef Virgilio Martinez’s restaurant in Lima and it’s currently placed fourth in the world by Restaurant magazine. Other restaurants winning the magazine’s recognition are Maidos and Astrid & Gastón (of Peruvian gastronomy driving force Gastón Acurio fame). In Lima alone, you will find 9 of the best restaurants in the continent, according to Restaurant magazine. 

The best Pisco is in Peru

This brandy-like liquor served as a Pisco sour is an excellent appetizer to precede lunch or dinner. Pisco is distilled in southern regions of the country like Moquegua, Arequipa, Tacna and Ica. In fact, in this last region there’s a town called Pisco. There’s an array of varieties that vary in aroma and taste: pisco acholado, italia, mosto verde and quebranta. You can visit some of the best pisco distilleries if you care to leave Lima for a day or two.

A hot sauce called Ají

Spanish-Peruvian Inca Garcilaso de la Vega wrote in his Comentarios Reales de los Incas (1609) that Peruvians had a long tradition (and obsession) of putting “uchu” (hot sauce), on almost everything they ate. Most Peruvian dishes are currently prepared or eaten with ají. There are five types of cultivated solanum (ají) and they are known by different names like rocoto (pepper), panca y pipi de mono. The preparation of the ají sauce differs according to the region and the ingredients mixed with it.

2692 varieties of native potatoes

Potatoes are tubers native to Peru. Out of the 5,000 varieties that exist in the world, you will find 2,694 in Peru. These potatoes come in all shapes, colors and textures. Peruvians eat potatoes with almost every other dish and their devotion to the vegetable is so strong they even have their own national day: May 30.

Healthy eating

Ancient Peruvians discovered healthy eating way before colonization began, they knew the nutritious advantages of eating quinoa, potatoes, corn and other superfoods (they wouldn’t have been able to build Machu Picchu or other wonders otherwise). While visiting Peru you can also discover other healthy organic products not too well known outside of the country like camu camu (containing more vitamin C than lemon) or the energy-giving maca and yacon.

Mistura

Celebrated every September, Mistura is Peru’s greatest gastronomical festival, showcasing the best of Peruvian cuisine. Anyone foodies visiting Peru, should experience at least one day at Mistura: restaurants from all over the country reserve a spot at this important food festival, with its fantastic prestige and exposure.

Peru Travel information

When to travel to Peru? Considering that Peru is categorized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries on earth, you have a variety of climates and seasons to consider. That being said, you can visit Peru year-round depending on where you would like to visit. However, if you are looking to explore the Amazonian rainforest or traverse through the Andes Mountains, many travelers choose to avoid the rainy season which runs from November to March with its peak between January and February. Visiting from April through October lands you in the generally dry winter season, which is an excellent time to visit Machu Picchu, experience a world-class trek, traverse the exotic Amazon Rain forest not to mention the other amazing destinations Peru has to offer. Speak with a Qosqo Expeditions Designer today to discover the best time for you to experience a luxury tour of Peru.

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