Peruvian Gastronomy

Peruvian Gastronomy

The culinary of Latin America have increasing weight in the culinary world order and Peruvian Gastronomy with Mexican, and Argentine. These three countries have their most outstanding restaurants.

That’s why a cuisine like the Peruvian one serves as an example so important and so fashionable in recent times in Europe. Especially in countries like Spain, Germany and more countries there.

Peruvian Gastronomu Origins

Peruvian food

The diversity of gastronomy in Peru depends on geography. Coz throughout its territory and especially around the city around the Andes there are a good number of vegetables and fruits. These differences in height above sea level lead to the existence of various types of microclimates in the country and, with them, lands that can cultivate a wide range of raw materials.

Besides its proximity to the geographical equator, it is added to the particularity of its altitudinal floors and its coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Its cold waters and the currents of this great body of water are the ideal habitats for a good number of varieties of shellfish and fish that make Peru. One of the main fishing countries in the world.

In the ancient world, the central Peruvian Andes was one of the epicenters of plant domestication. From them come some species that are universal today, such as tomatoes, squash, custard apples, potatoes and their many varieties, corn, and others that are not so universal, but cannot be absent in influenced kitchens. for Latin American flavors, such as peanuts, cassava, avocado, beans, sweet potato, cassava, or quinoa, which are currently very popular. All of them are still present in its gastronomy.

Best Peruvian Gastronomy dishes

  • Pollo A La Brasa
  • Causa Limeña
  • Ceviche
  • Saltado
  • Picarones

Today Peruvian cuisine preserves much of the legacy left by those who inhabited the empire prior to the conquest and the set of dishes that emerged after it. If not totally, yes partly thanks to this assimilation of new techniques and new ingredients, old preparations currently survive, especially in the most rural areas of the country.

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Raqchi Tour

Raqchi Tour

This archaeological Raqchi tour is located in the district of San Pedro de Cacha, province of Canchis, department of Cusco at 3460 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Quimsachata volcano. Archaeologists have divided it into 5 main sectors:

  1. Wiracocha Temple
  2. Main Squares
  3. Colcas
  4. Mesapata
  5. Urban sector
  6. In addition to an artificial water reservoir in front of the Temple and a wall that surrounds the entire complex.

WIRACOCHA TEMPLE AT RAQCHI

Raqchi Tour TravelThe building so named is the only one of its kind within the “Kallancas” genre. Externally it is 25.25 meters wide by 92 meters long and at least 15 meters high. The central wall is the tallest and currently, its maximum height is 12 meters, but towards the end of the 19th century, the traveler.

Middendorf visited and described the site, noting 15 meters as the maximum height. What is peculiar about this structure is the use of two rows of columns to bridge the wide span existing between the central wall and the outer walls in order to support the “gabled” roof. The columns are located in separate rows between the central wall and the two longest exterior walls, they have a diameter of 1.60 meters and as many in these as in the other walls, the stone was used up to 3 meters in height and from then on its used adobe. It is noteworthy that the stones used were polished to give them the “cushioned” finish, typical of the Inca constructions of the Tawantinsuyu period, that is, after 1450 AD.

STORE PART IN RAQCHI

Raqchi Cusco TourIt houses approximately ten rows of twenty circular structures – collcas – each one well-aligned with slight differences in diameter, ranging between 7 and 10 meters. All very deteriorated and with large areas destroyed for agricultural use due to of which the stones that illegal to cover low walls have been piled up since it has a level ground.

The colcas are formed by thick walls of rustic masonry based on a black basalt stone with a double wall and a variable power between 0.50 and 1 m. The entrance is through a trapezium-shaped hole, monolithic lintel, very narrow and of variable height. Side skylights at the top and for ventilation purposes were common.

Sometimes in the same unit. The most vulnerable part is the access part and the fracture line is diagonal in most cases.

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Andahuaylillas Chapel Tour

Andahuaylillas Sixtine Chapel

According to history, the Andahuaylillas Chapel Tour was built by Jesuits in the sixteenth century over an Inca place or ceremonial space dedicated to the sun and moon. Then, the construction of the current temple started in 1570 with the creation of a small chapel; where the nave and façade were completed in 1606.

Much of the interior was decorated by Luis de Riaño, a student of Angelino Medoro, in the 1620s. It is often called the “Sistine Chapel of the Andes” because of the beauty of its mural paintings. Also into this place, many people around this town want to get married to the traditional art and paintings that are located inside the Church.

Andahuaylillas is a small town located 25 miles (41 kilometers) from the city of Cusco, at 10,000 feet (3,100 meters) above sea level. Where many people live from agriculture and cattle raising as the main resource for their houses and families.

ANDAHUAYLILLAS CHAPEL TOUR

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Repeated seismic activity and some inappropriate previous interventions caused structural instability of the façade, balcony, and bell tower. The Mudéjar-style painted ceiling of the sanctuary was also in precarious condition due to roof leaks, insect infestation, and the effect of earthquakes. Work was done on the ceiling in the 1980s, but the problems persisted, and another earthquake could cause the loss of decorative elements.

As you can see in the image the ceiling was rebuilt by many people and try to maintain the first designs from the beginning. Until now is very difficult to know how was the first construction but the engineers here tried to rebuild the place.

Climate:

The temperature of Andahuaylillas during the year varies from 0 ° C to 19 ° C and rarely drops below -2 ° C or rises above 22 ° C.

The Andahuaylillas weather is also framed in two rainy seasons and a dry season. During the rainy season in Andahuaylillas it will feel cool and somewhat cloudy, while, in the dry season, the weather is quite comfortable despite perceiving the partly cloudy sky.

Best season to get to know Andahuaylillas

The best season to be able to travel to Andahuaylillas according to the recommendation of the tourist sector is during the dry season. Since the presence of rain will not be perceived the climate becomes quite comfortable with the presence of solar rays and in the afternoon nights, the Andahuaylillas sky is cloudy.

The months of the best season are between April to September.

How to get to Andahuaylillas?

In order to get to Andahuaylillas, there are different ways and routes. One of them is to arrive by bus departing from Cusco to Andahuaylillas and the cost is quite cheap S /. 5.00 and the duration is approximately 45 to 50 minutes from Cusco city.

Another way to get there on your own is taking a taxi from the station of the cars and get to the Sistine Chapel from America in approximately 30 minutes. The price of the taxi will depend on the company you request service from.

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Humantay Lake

Humantay Lake

How to get to Humantay Lake?

Visiting Humantay Lake Tour in Peru is discovering a turquoise lake in the Vilcabamba mountain range. Formed by the melting of the Humantay (5,473 m) and Salkantay (6,270 m) glaciers.

It is one of the natural wonders of Cusco, accessible by a short walk in a beautiful environment among llamas, alpacas, hills, and streams.

What to see in Humantay Lake?

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The road is as beautiful as the destination since you will pass through a beautiful typical landscape of the Andes between hills, high mountains, llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas into Humantay Lake Tour.

The climb is not easy, but the reward is a fantastic view of the turquoise lagoon that contrasts with the snow of the glaciers.

Around the lake, you can see small stone towers. They are the apachetas in honor of the lake and the mountains that are elements considered sacred by the local communities.

Here also offerings are made to the Pachamama. Often with three coca leaves, a set called Kintu represents the three worlds of Inca mythology.

How to get to Humantay Lake ?

Humantay Lake has located an hour and a half walk from the community of Soraypampa, northeast of the city of Cusco.

Is the walk difficult to Humantay Lake?

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It is necessary to be in good physical condition since walking 1h30-2h, going from 3870m to 4200m, represents a lot of effort!

But the walk itself is not technical.

For the first half-hour, the road is flat, and then it is a constant climb to the lake.

Travel light, it will be much easier!

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Qeshuachaca

Qeshuachaca Tourism

Cusco has the last engineering work preserved from the ancient Inca civilization. It’s an important hanging bridge, made of rope which is sacred to the region communities. Today, Sun Gate Tours invites you to visit and tour into the Qeshuachaca bridge, and to discover its incredible reconstruction rituals.

Qeshuacha Tour Location

Qeshuachaca-tourQeshuachaca Tour is located at 180 km from Cusco City and it was built more than 500 years ago.

This suspension bridge has 30 meters long and 1.20 meters wide. Additionally, this bridge is made of Ichu and with ancient techniques that are surprising resistance to the time. And this is the last one bridge.

For this reason, its name translates from Quechua ‘rope bridge’.

According to the history of this place, Incas times there was a wide network of roads and bridges that linked the territories of  of the kingdom “Tahuantinsuyo”.

Qeshuachaca bridge were built to move easily through the Andes geography in Peru.

 

What is the reconstruction

ritual of Qeshuachaca Tour bridge?

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On the second Sunday in June every year since more than 500 years. Several communities meet to rebuild the Qeshuachaca bridge. This maintenance was did for more than 500 years to preserve better relations among communities and keep the flame of the ancient cultures of these places.

Do not miss the last bridge built by the Incas and rebuilt each year by communities that live in this place.

An ancestral work that allows you to discover the cultural richness of the rural communities of Cusco.

 

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Some tips for internal tourism in Peru

Once you are ready to travel to Peru you need to know that there three very distinct geographical zones, and each one has its own weather seasons, somehow it is important to mention that the coldest of them will be the Andean one , so If you are heading up to a province then cold weather is always expected and you may need to bring with you a jacket and some warm clothes , if you are going to any place in the coast then a warm weather will be waiting for you , and for sure if you are going to the Amazonian jungle the weather will be more like summer.

Make sure to bring along on your trip a positive attitude at all times, there will be amazing places and experiences waiting for you over here so remember that this for sure will bring you surprises and friendly people to meet, there would be some challenges sometimes but there are lots of them everywhere you go, but life is about it right? So the best way to enjoy your trip is let the adventure get in to you.

When you arrive in Peru remember that are many travel agent options that you can take or book your trip or excursions with, somehow it is always recommended to do it in advance prior your arrival to this country, so this will give you definitely more time to enjoy and plan everything according to your expectectations. A hotel or host family accommodation is necessary at your arrival in case you don’t have any connecting flight to your city or province of destination, If this is the scenario then you should always use reliable transportation with accredited drivers who must always show you credential if you are taking their service from inside the airport.

When you arrive in Peru remember that are many travel agent options that you can take or book your trip or excursions with, somehow it is always recommended to do it in advance prior your arrival to this country, so this will give you definitely more time to enjoy and plan everything according to your expectectations. A hotel or host family accommodation is necessary at your arrival in case you don’t have any connecting flight to your city or province of destination, If this is the scenario then you should always use reliable transportation with accredited drivers who must always show you credential if you are taking their service from inside the airport.

It is always important to carry all your personal belongings near to you, specially money, credit or debit cards, medication or any other items of importance to you or the people traveling with you, as a well it is always recommended you assign one person in charge of presenting the documentation of every member of a group in case of traveling in a group.

If you have a connecting flight to your final destination, then it is better to stay at the same airport even though there are some hours left until your next flight this will avoid any chance of getting lost out there and miss your flight, make sure to be ready with some warm clothes in you are traveling to any of the provinces in the Andeans so the cold better won’t get you surprised.

Make sure always to check your luggage or carry on to see if you have them with you at all times especially when you travel by plane not because it might be dangerous or not safe but just to make sure everything is going well and according to what you planned. When you arrived at your final destination the travel agent personal will be waiting for you at the airport and will be carrying you name in a board so you will easily recognize him or her, then you will be taking to the hotel you have previously booked.

It is important to mention that there are bus terminals at every city or province and you can use these means of transportation that for sure will help you saving you some money from your budget and the prices are in soles which is the national currency.

Once you are settle in the place where you will be spending most of the days of your trip make sure to always get some days to get acclimatized in order not have any health issues during some excursions that requires of trekking, climbing or going up to a certain altitude, for sure this will help you a lot.

There many money exchange place where you can go ahead and exchange cash into our national currency, there are as well ATM’s machines where you can withdraw cash in case of needed, remember always to be careful of every transaction and be aware of some strangers than could mean a danger to you if you get distracted, this could happen anywhere so it is a matter of personal safety and awareness.

Popular transportation is fluent in Peru, so if you are interested in getting immersed into the popular activities you may get in to a public transportation bus called , combies or custers where for sure you will pay really cheap for transportation , somehow please make sure of keeping and eye at your belonging and to ask for instruction in order to get off the bus at the right bus stop so you don’t get lost , taxis are also a good choice whenever you are in a rush or just want to take a comfortable ride , make sure to ask the taxi driver about the cost of the ride before you get in , as they could charge you more than the expected if you pay when the ride is done , better safe than sorry.

In Peru it is always important to bargain when you are shopping special when purchasing at the local markets or street vendors, this is totally normal here so you can give a try and for sure get a good deal with this. Facebook.

Inti Raymi Celebration

Inti Raymi the celebration of the Sun

As you may know, Cusco is not just a magical city with historical places but also a mystical location based on celebrations that existed during the Inca Empire until today, so let’s talk about the Inti Raymi, a fascinating festival that commemorates the Inca heritage and its adoration to the Sun, their god.

The Inti Raymi is also known as the Festival of the Sun, this festival marks the Winter Solstice and honors Inti, the Incan Sun God, it is important to know that Peru is in the southern hemisphere its winter season won’t be similar to other countries.

The festival takes place On the 24th of June every year it is performed at the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Tourists and locals gather to watch the festival taking place. It’s an excellent experience to make you feel as though you are being swept back into the time of the Incas and to give you a good idea of how life was like back then.

People wanted to learn more about this fascinating ancient culture so right after the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 old traditions started being brought back and the lost city brought with it lost traditions too, but what exactly happens on this very special day? Let’s start by talking about actors, the real performers, people who bring us back to the past and show us the power of the Incas all over their lands and how important it was for them to thank their god for everything they got as a blessing.

It really takes months of practice! You will see over 500 actors wearing traditional costumes that are very well made, and the ceremony actually lasts the whole day passing through 2 points in the city before reaching Sacsayhuaman there is no doubt that prior preparation to this event is taken seriously in order to express trough their performance every single detail of importance for Incas and their respect for the Sun.

Just Imagine seeing this magnificent site with golden life-sized corns and gold-fleeced alpacas on the lawn. It must have been incredible right? here is where this beautiful Temple called Q’oricancha takes the role as it was home to many Incan mummies that were wrapped in the finest clothes and set to rest on golden thrones forevermore. Unfortunately, upon seeing this wonderful building, the Spaniards took all the gold they could find, leaving only the stone construction that was underneath. This is what we can see today so If you want to see the start of Inti Raymi from here you need to get there very early in the morning seriously really early.

They make their way to the Plaza de Armas where the ‘Incas’ stop for a short while to perform a part of the ceremony. The best way to see this is to get to a balcony on one of the restaurants or cafes that surround it and watch it all from there, but wait ! this is just the first stop they will do before reaching Sacsayhuaman where the main part of the ceremony will take place, so make sure to separate 3 hours of your daily schedule in order to see the ceremony performance, assure to wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, sunscreen, hat, water, and some snacks as the walk could be a little exhausting if you are not used to walking long distances.
The Sacsayhuaman ruins are packed with those visitors who have managed to get hold of event tickets, whilst thousands more climb the hills and mountains around the ancient fortress to catch a glimpse. The Inca and selected nobles ascend to the ushnu (alter) give speeches in Quechua, paying homage to the Sun.
The most audience gets a little bit impressed when a peculiar ritual is being held, this is called the sacrifice of the Llama where this animal is sacrificed in order to show respect and gratitude to the God Sun, but it is important to mention that is just a fake sketch with no animal being killed, the idea is to show exactly how this used to happen in those times.

Here is something you should know as important facts.

The first Inti Raymi ceremony was held in 1412, this event was then suppressed and forbidden by Spanish conquistadors; as it was observed as a pagan ceremony, the opposite to their Catholic faith and traditions. However, it began once again in 1944 based on the writings of Garcilaso de la Vega, who was a poet and writer on those times bringing back in this way this very important ceremony the Festival of the Sun has come under criticism recently among older audiences for being too ‘staged’ but younger audiences, including local students, use it as an important time to celebrate Peruvian music, perform authentic folk dances and commemorate its history with street entertainment – this begins a week prior to the ceremony itself.

The Incas classed themselves as “Sun Masters” building their fortresses high into the sky as a means of getting ever closer to the sun. Their fortresses were seen as their tribute to the sun and the power that it holds – Qoricancha is an example of this.

Book your Machu Picchu tour! if you are in Cusco in June near the 24th don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this amazing, traditional and cultural event, you can purchase the entrance ticket in order to have a seat at Sacsayhuaman and be comfortable and is recommendable to do it with some time in advance.

While in Cusco!

If you are looking for some traditional shopping in Cusco then San Pedro Market is a good and unique option when it comes to mixing some cultural experience with traditional purchasing, Local markets are a very important part of the Peruvian culture because they offer a great look at the day-to-day life of the local people and their traditions. San Pedro market is located in the heart of Cusco, really close to the Plaza de Armas.
Lots of tourists enjoy a visit to the San Pedro market. Even when you don’t plan on buying anything, a visit there is just a new experience. There are a lot of fascinating attractions you will get when exploring this vast local market. We are sure you will enjoy walking around this place. Facebook.

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Things to do in PERU

Besides exploring Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru offers a lot of other activities too. Take a look at a few of them.

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Things to do in Peru

  • Besides exploring Machu Picchu and the Inca TraIL, Peru offers a lot of other activities too. Take a look at a few of them!

Trekking & Hiking at the Andes

For adventurous people is the ideal travel destination

The hiking trail of the Andes will take you through breathtakingly beautiful valleys to magnificent peaks.

Explore The Peruvian Amazon

The Amazon rain forest occupies almost 60%

The exotic wildlife and diverse ecosystem of the region make it a popular tourist destination. The Amazon is accessible via Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado.

Bird Watching at the Colca Canyon.

The Colca Canyon which is as twice as deep as the Grand Canyon is home to one of the largest birds in the world – the Andean Condor. Secure a nice spot at the Colca Canyon to see these birds fly in their full glory.

Curb Your Appetite at Lima.

Our country is one of the largest offers and the most scrumptious cuisines of Latin America. Be it good ol’ sandwiches or traditional Peruvian cuisines; you will find various restaurants here that serve all types of mouth-watering delights.

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Planning A Peru Vacation

With the diverse variety of options, choosing a specific destination for your vacation can be challenging.

From the various sights to the rich history of Lima, to the magical coastlines of Ballestas Islands and the ever so mysterious Nazca lines, Peru offers it all.

This obviously makes it hard to fit all the things you want to within your time here.

We shed light on some general tips you can use to turn your vacation into an unforgettable experience: Read More “Planning A Peru Vacation”

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Check Out These 3 Hidden Facts About Machu Picchu!

Machu Picchu is located more than 7,000 feet above sea level and still remains to be one of the most sought-after tourists destinations in Peru.

Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and was also considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

As the leading company offering Machu Picchu tours. We highlight some of the most interesting and lesser-known facts about Machu Picchu: Read More “Check Out These 3 Hidden Facts About Machu Picchu!”