The brightest jewel in South America’s culinary crown, Peru offers UNESCO-listed colonial towns, Amazon jungle cruising and the trump card; Machu Picchu, with it’s take-your-breath-away magic.VIEW THE MAP...
‘God has spoken: the future of gastronomy is being cooked up in Peru’, pronounced Spanish celebrity chef Ferran Adrià.
The culinary star of South America, Peru shines bright with both high-end restaurants and a strong street-food scene, but its riches don’t end there.
A microcosm of all that is good about travelling in South America, Peru offers ancient ruins, vast lakes, arid deserts and majestic mountains and glaciers, alongside bustling market towns spilling with ingredients you’re guaranteed not to come across in your local fruit shop or deli (llama foetus anyone?).
Machu Picchu is a must for any self-respecting traveller, and while it’s easy to play it down as just another oft-visited tourist bucket-list item, once there, it’s clear what all the fuss is about. In fact you’d feel a fool for ever doubting its steal-your-breath-away wow factor.
This grand remnant of Inca culture certainly stands out, but Inca civilization was just a blip in the layered history of Peru. Historic sites from even older cultures, colonial towns, and a people that have been influenced by Spanish, African, Chinese and Japanese migrations provide plenty to ponder as you sip your pisco sour and polish off your citrus-fresh ceviche.