Once the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, the Incas vanished with barely a trace. Peru has that effect on people; so don’t be surprised if, once you’ve found the Lost City of Machu Picchu, or savored sublime ceviche in Lima, you lose yourself a little, too.
Thanks to a booming economy and reawakened national pride, Peru is underdoing a resurgence of cultural consciousness. Peruvian regional cuisine is also spicing up the dining scene in urban capitals where travellers whet their appetite to discover the culturally rich region for themselves. Once you dive into Peru’s exquisite cuisine, you’ll quickly realize it’s a world of its own. Eighty-odd microclimates yield a myriad of indigenous species and foodstuffs from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the fiery chilies of the desert, the lush Amazon, and the Andean highlands.
To really discover Peru, you must move around. In the capital city of Lima, chefs reinvent tradition so creatively. Surfer chase swells off the arid coast. So rich in history and culture, the salt-laden air mingles with the fragrance of limes, chilies, cinnamon, cloves, and the sweet Muscat grapes that become Pisco, the country’s hearty spirit. In La Sierra, the Andes Mountains, visit ancient ruins like Machu Picchu and understand the intersection of the Incan empire and Spanish viceroyalty in Cusco, the equivalent of Rome in its day. In the verdant Sacred Valley, quite possibly one of the most beautiful regions on earth, smell the earthiness of wet soil sowed with fava beans and maize, and take in gazes of snowy peaks and wild flowers and alpacas grazing in the distance. Peru also has the last “lung” of the world, the mighty Amazon, where home of some of the most untouched corners on the planet teeming with wildlife and exotic fruits, vegetables, and fresh water fish.
As you travel, eat, and connect, you’ll see how the regional cultures and traditions infuse their own spices and techniques for a food culture that rivals China, Mexico or France. You can’t help but be captivated by the deliciousness, beauty, and mystique of this place. Unwinding with a pisco sour at dusk over the Pacific or on a mountain top? Transcendent. However, the heart and soul of what you will take home from Peru will always be the Peruvians with their friendly, open, and welcoming way.
Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences immerses you in Peruvian culture by introducing you to a multi-faceted selection of curated experiences and the remarkable people that are the passion beyond these projects: from chefs to fish mongers, anthropologists to artists, highlands weavers to Amazonian villagers. Your interactions with these people will be stimulating, enriching and enlightening. What you take home, beyond the fun and memories, is a profound learning experience and connection that you will value forever.
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