Important: DONT EAT MUCH BREAKFAST – you have been warned!
There is no doubt that Peruvian food is now on the world food map. We at Escaped Travel have always known that the Peruvian capital presents a real treat for your taste buds, but now that Lima is consistently being voted the best culinary destination in the world, everyone else knows it too.
In order to provide an even better introduction to the gastronomy of this Andean nation we have changed our Lima culinary tours to include some new locations and some new experiences. These tours are usually taken at the start of your time in Peru so you kick off your trip with some pure relaxation after your long flight and you can be launched off to Cusco and Machu Picchu very contented.
These tours take between 5 and 6 hours and visit the areas of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro and include some places of historical and cultural interest as well as gastronomy. If you wish we can add the colonial centre of Lima after this tour so you go away with a very rounded introduction to Lima in particular and Peru in general.
After being picked up from hotels our expert “Foodie” and historical guides will show you the bohemian district of Barranco first. Barranco was in a very poor state during many of the troubled years of Peru’s past and during the 70s to the 90s the district fell into decline. With the fall of terrorism and steady improvement of the economy over the last two decades or so Barranco has been re-born and is now a vibrant area, lovely to look at and full of restaurants and bars, many in historic buildings.
We enjoy a short walking tour of Barranco and end up in an historic coffee shop for some organic Peruvian coffee and an exotic fruit smoothie. Your guide will explain a little about Peru’s coffee industry while you get your caffeine fix. Then its back to the vehicle for a drive along the coastal highway to a market in San Isidro.
In this market you will see and taste all manner of fruit, some you will recognize, some you will have never seen or even heard of before….plus there are vegetables from all over the country and its many eco-systems. Part of the strength of Peruvian cuisine comes from the incredible variety of ingredients on offer from such great biodiversity.
After the market its off to get involved in two Lima icons, the Pisco Sour and Ceviche. These two things are as important to coastal Peruvians as wine and Asado are to Argentines, they are a source of national pride and the making of them, although relatively simple, is an important process. We give you the chance to mix your own Pisco Sour cocktail and then, under instructions of course, prepare a classic ceviche. After enjoying the fruits of your labour (and feeling increasingly merry!) we step back 3000 years at the Huaca Pucllana pyramid where one of the most spectacular restaurants awaits you.
If you have visited iconic sites around the world, the Pyramids in Egypt, Chichen Itza, the Great Wall, Angkor Wat etc you will be well aware that you can’t rock up and grab a seat for lunch virtually touching them…far from it. Here you can! What a treat the view is and the food doesn’t disappoint as you can imagine.
We run through a tasting session of various dishes, choose a local beer, cocktail or glass of wine and then sit back, very full indeed, to enjoy the view.