Peru invites you to visit the regions of its most typical dishes
Peruvian cuisine continues to add fans across the globe, it is worth traveling and knowing where each of their dishes and drinks have emerged
Peru has positioned itself internationally as the gastronomic capital of Latin America, thanks to the combination of traditional flavors with innovations that makes its dishes a trend. However, this country offers much more than gastronomic tourism, so we tell you what to do in the main regions where its most recognized dishes were born.
Ica, the land of Pisco
The region of Ica, recognized for the manufacture of Pisco, the typical distillate of Peru that has been produced since the 16th century. Many tourists visit this region - which is located near Lima, just over 300 kilometers away - to make the Pisco Route. However, Ica offers a variety of landscapes, historical and natural treasures.
The Paracas National Reserve retains a representative sample of the marine ecosystems of the cold sea of the Humboldt Current, considered by specialists as the most productive on Earth. You can visit and be very close to the native fauna and flora.
Ica is also the land where the mysterious Nazca Lines are. The ancient geoglyphs generate curiosity and intrigue. Lately, more than 50 new geoglyphs discovered thanks to the investigation of Peruvian archaeologists in the province of Palpa have been discovered. The new images have differences with those already known. The most important is that they are not all lines, circles and rectangles, but there are drawings that represent concrete figures, such as people and animals. To know them, you can make a flight to have an aerial view.
Arequipa, beyond its emblematic picanterías
The most tasted dishes in Arequipa's picanterías are: the fried Malay, boiled beef skirt and the Arecopean ocopa. However, much more can be done than eating a delicious dish. Many tourists come to discover the traditional Arequipa flavors and fall in love with the "White City", named for the buildings made of volcanic stone that give it its characteristic charm.
Its buildings, museums, streets and the natural wealth that surrounds it - such as the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes, make it easy for adventurers to feel instantly transported to colonial times and embedded in the spirit emanating from the city. Its historical legacy, its iconic characters and the imposing landscapes make it one of the most attractive cities to discover. In addition to the valleys and canyons, adrenaline lovers can practice adventure sports.
The cradle of the Lima Cause
Lima, the capital of Peru, is one of the emblems of gastronomic tourism. Among the best known we can highlight the Lima Cause, a dish of pre-Columbian origin whose main ingredient is one of the four thousand varieties of potatoes, the yellow, which is combined with mayonnaise, yellow pepper, egg, lemon and can be filled with chicken or tuna.
There is much to know beyond the dishes. For example, in Lima you can visit Miraflores, a beautiful area near the sea. There is a promenade that is worth exploring and visiting the islands in the Pacific Ocean or dare to swim with sea lions. There are also interesting options on the mainland such as: picnics in the main parks of the Malecon de Miraflores or a bike tour to get to know the city on two wheels. In addition, there is the possibility of being able to take out the classic postcard by flying over a paraglider or be encouraged to take pisco classes.
Lovers of ancestral history can visit the archeological sites, which are more than 1000 years old and the emblematic buildings of Lima, such as the Cathedral. It is considered unique because it was built with different styles: its facade is Renaissance, with touches of the Plateresque style, its towers are Neclassical with Escurialense influence.
Tourists looking to do a shopping tour can also visit Lima's neighborhoods dedicated to fashion, design and crafts. There are present the low cost brands that Argentines look for in all international destinations, such as Forever 21, H&M or Casa Ideas, among others. There is also the option to enter the craft markets to take a native souvenir.
Peruvian Amazon, region of landscapes and exotic dishes
The noramazonic region of Peru is a very interesting area for those who are attracted by exotic and ancestral experiences. The typical dishes of this region, which is the natural reserve of the planet, are produced from ancient techniques with the products of the jungle. Among them: cassava and chonta, which are combined in various preparations.
For all those who want to visit this region, you cannot miss the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to live the Amazon in its purest state and see the pink dolphins in their natural habitat. As a main city you can make base in Iquitos, where in addition to nature you will find interesting activities. The city has great architectural beauty and has, for example, the Iron House, built by Gustave Eiffel - the creator of the Eiffel Tower. In Iquitos - as in most of the noramazonic cities - it is part of the daily routine to see closely the coexistence of the urban with the native communities.