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Peru Named South America's Leading Culinary Destination for 2nd Year in a Row

On July 20, 2013, the prestigious World Travel Awards named Peru as South America's Leading Culinary Destination for the second consecutive year. I's no wonder, then, why the awards were hosted in Lima at the renowned Huaca Pucllana ruins and restaurant property!


On July 20, 2013, the prestigious World Travel Awards named Peru as South America's Leading Culinary Destination for the second consecutive year. I's no wonder, then, why the awards were hosted in Lima at the renowned Huaca Pucllana ruins and restaurant property!

From its thousands of varieties of potatoes (owing to its high Andean altitudes yielding varieties not seen elsewhere in the world), booming quinoa production, iconic pisco liquor, and some of the freshest seafood around, this award all but cements Peru and Peruvian food as a leading player in the culinary world among age old favorites such as Italy, France, Thailand, Japan, and China.

Another distinct reason for Peru's surge in successfully earning recognition for its gastronomic ambitions is because the masters are coming back. That is, in the 1980s and 1990s, the country was plagued with political conflicts that led many of its people to flee to outside counties. Now that the economy and government has stabilized, those who became trained as expert chefs abroad have moved back to their home country (such as celebrity chef Gaston Acurio), eager to mix the flavors they learned away from home and the ones they've enjoyed from their mother's kitchen since childhood to create new waves in Peruvian cuisine.

Together with a highly diversified portfolio of tropical Amazonian fruits, Andean starches, coastal treasures such as fine seafood, and cosmopolitan tastes, Peruvians have come to pride themselves on new fusion dishes such as maracuya passionfruit cocktails, black quinoa topped with seared scallops and grilled octopus, and the classic huacaina cheese sauce drizzled over exotic boiled potato slices, among much, much more. As well, no Peru trip would be complete without enjoying a pisco sour cocktail or two alongside a lunchtime ceviche.

To say the least, one of the best reasons for travel to Peru is to dine as a local, and the locals sure know how to eat well!



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