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Lake Titikaka, Lima, Arequipa, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, the Nazca lines, the Amazon. There is no shortage of highlights for the tourist in this country. And, with so much diversity just in Peru! How much do you really know about Peru? This page features all of the Compass & Fork content for food and travel in Peru.

Learn about award winning Peruvian cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants, and great recipes to make Peruvian cuisine at home. Discover ceviche, lomo saltado and the national drink a -Pisco Sour- one of our favorite cocktails. Peru is truly the home of fusion cuisine with so many culinary influences. Peru is the home of tomatoes, potatoes, corn and peppers, so Peruvians know a bit about food!

Food and travel in Peru is exciting because of the diverse nature of the country. So many contrasts for the  tourist.

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Planning a Trip to Peru

Beautiful Accommodation in Peru

Accommodation options in Peru are plentiful and you can find something to suit any budget.

Boutique hotels and small luxury accommodation typically employ great chefs so you are bound to enjoy the food and travel in Peru. There is no shortage of beautiful accommodation from Lake Titikaka in the mountains of Peru, to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco, to the larger cities of Lima and Arequipa. And let’s not forget the Amazon. All great stops for your Peru itinerary.

Peru has some of the most beautiful accommodation imaginable. Some unique lodging options include old monasteries, all-inclusive, unique luxury escapes on Lake Titikaka. Peru offers the opportunity to experience unique luxury escapes throughout the country with a distinct Incan feel. And with great chefs abounding in the country you can truly enjoy food and travel in Peru.

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Transportation: Getting Around While in Peru

We used a combination of buses, private car transfers and air travel.

Peru is a rugged country. The Andes and the Amazon Rainforest are both natural barriers which make for few roads and slow travel times. Peru also has a rainy season which can make some roads impassable. Train travel is not plentiful and where it is available it can be quite slow and/or expensive.

For Car Rental in Peru

Car rental and fuel in Peru, and most of South America, can be expensive.  For international car rental we use  Holiday Autos. The price quoted includes all taxes and fees and it also searches local providers. Download our rental car checklist to compare your quote.

Flights to and Within Peru

You can fly within Peru. It is expensive. And, it is very expensive relative to the cost of a bus ticket. (And you will see a lot more on the bus.) However, Peru is rugged and driving times are slow. To truly enjoy the food and travel in Peru, we flew several legs with LATAM and took the bus for several legs. If it was more than 6-8 hours drive we flew, if not we took a bus. There is an option to purchase a LAN Pass if you fly from an international destination on a One World Alliance Airline.

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Travel Insurance

And don’t forget travel insurance! If ever there is a place for travel insurance, it is Peru. Many tourist areas in Peru are remote or at high altitude. Areas such as Machu Picchu and the Amazon rain forest are not only remote but access to medical facilities may require evacuation via air transport.

You just never know when you will need travel insurance. Are you covered? Can you afford not have insurance? This is where travel insurance from a reputable company can be worth its weight in gold. We use World Nomads Travel Insurance, you can get a quote here.

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Travel and Foodies Guide to the Best of Peru

Welcome to our travel and foodies guide to the best of Peru. I’m struggling to name another country with as much diversity as Peru. Peru was the epicenter of the Inca empire so there’s plenty of history.Then there is the influence of the Spanish and the people of the Amazon region, and more recent history brings Japanese influence as well. Geographically, Peru contains most of the world’s known climatic zones as well, which all just adds to the interest for … Read More

The Best Way to Explore the Amazing Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is a mystical place, with more species of wildlife, than anywhere else on the planet. Many of them are still undiscovered and undocumented. The biodiversity is incredible. One of the ways to help protect the rainforest from development is to visit as a tourist. Tourism to the Amazon Rainforest brings in much needed jobs and money to the local communities and has been instrumental in stopping deforestation of this amazing biosphere. It is remote and difficult to … Read More

How to be a Gourmet Chef with this Unique Mashed Potato Terrine

Today’s dish will make you look like a gourmet chef with this unique mashed potato terrine. I must put my hand on my heart and confess- food presentation is not my thing. For me, it is all about the taste, not what it looks. But with a moderate amount of effort you can make a dish which looks like these photographs. That’s the end of the confession. The point is this dish is easy to make and by using a … Read More

How to Find the Best Local Experiences in Latin America

We have traveled extensively through Latin America and spent considerable time there over the past few years, both as tourists and whilst working. One thing we found difficult is finding good, local tour operators and authentic experiences with local guides. Your choice is large international tour operators or go it alone. Many businesses in Central America lack websites, some do have a Facebook page, but finding them is the issue! And if you do locate them, you just hope they … Read More

How to Make the Most of 2-3 Weeks in Peru

2-3 Week Itinerary Suggestions & Travel Tips for Peru Peru is huge and there is a lot to see and do. Here we outline options for a very manageable itinerary for spending 2-3 weeks in Peru. Unless you plan to fly everywhere (which can be very expensive) we recommend you need to allow some travel time. So slow down and enjoy the trip. Two weeks is the minimum I would plan for a Peru itinerary if it is your first … Read More

Peruvian Dinner Party: Best Fusion in the World

Our dinner party starts off with a great cocktail to put you in the mood, a Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru. Ceviche, the most popular starter in Peru, goes fabulously with your Pisco Sour. How convenient! The main show is a double act, Peruvian Stuffed Peppers with Scalloped Potatoes. To finish up there is an encore performance from a dessert we featured in Patagonia, Dulce de Leche Crème Caramel. Crème Caramel is just as popular in Peru and … Read More

An Adventure in the Spectacular Amazon Rainforest of Peru

An Adventure in the Spectacular Amazon Rainforest of Peru The rainforest is one of nature’s wonders, housing an astounding diversity of flora and fauna. Over 65% of the world’s plant and animal species are found in the rainforest. It is believed there are millions of species still to be discovered. In addition rainforests provide a natural air filter, removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These are just a couple of the reasons why protecting this environment is … Read More

Peruvian Stuffed Peppers Direct from Arequipa

Peruvian stuffed peppers is a dish which is the pride and joy of Arequipa, the white city, Peru’s second largest behind Lima. Locally known as Rocoto Relleno, it makes a hearty meal when served with scalloped potatoes. Eating it is like being transported to Arequipa for the duration of your meal! No ground meat or rice used here. The filling includes diced pork and beef, hard-boiled eggs, salad onion and peanuts, all deliciously flavored with various spices. The signature piece … Read More

An Introduction to the Highlights of Amazing Arequipa

Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru. With less than 1 million people it is a huge contrast to the bustling 9 million in Lima. Known as the “White City” it is a relaxing, walkable city. The altitude of Arequipa is 7,638 feet (2,328 meters) so while lower than the Sacred Valley or Cusco it is still quite high. There are a lot of things to do and explore, and the cuisine in Arequipa is a bit different to … Read More

The Best Peruvian Scalloped Potatoes Recipe Ever

Looking for a variation on French potato classics like Scalloped Potatoes or even Potatoes au Gratin? Today we look to the home of the potato for some inspiration. Peruvians know a thing or two about potatoes so why not prepare them Peruvian-style? Easy to make and hearty. Who doesn’t like oven-baked potatoes, like these Peruvian scalloped potatoes. As well, we have a short take on the history of the potato and how the Incas employed agricultural techniques in the Andes … Read More

Do You Know What Makes Lake Titicaca so Special?

Lake Titicaca & Titilaka Lodge Lake Titicaca is regarded as a sacred site to Peruvians. Legend has it, the first humans, Inca’s, mysteriously emerged from the lake and went on to create the Inca Empire. For today’s visitor, it is an opportunity to explore several indigenous cultures that continue today much as they have for hundreds of years. It is a chance to step back in time to a much simpler way of life. When researching Lake Titicaca it is … Read More

Peru’s Most Popular Dish How to Make Lomo Saltado

Today we feature Peru’s most popular dish, lomo saltado, a Peruvian Creole/Chinese fusion stir fry. A dish with a heavy Chinese influence, including cooking implements, spices and sauces. It also contains creole seasonings and ingredients and new world ingredients like beef and French fries. Yes, you heard that correctly, when served in Peru this dish is served both with rice and fries. Our dish today has a few variations, including the use of quinoa instead of rice and we have … Read More

In the Footsteps of the Incas: The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is on many people’s bucket list. For some it is just a desire to visit the archaeological site, for others it is the desire to actually follow in the footsteps of the Incas, and walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or follow “Caminos Del Inca” as it is known in Spanish. As keen hikers, we wanted to hike this 26 mile, 4 day trail for a long time. Finally we did! Just us and 500 others; 200 … Read More

Peruvian Ceviche How to Make This Classic at Home

Ceviche is the national dish of Peru. Simply fresh seafood “cooked” in citrus juice. In Peru it is generally accompanied with corn and squash (pumpkin). If you are after a light, healthy appetizer, then Peruvian ceviche should be on your radar. And another bonus, it is dead simple to make. Ceviche is common and very good throughout Central America, particularly Panama, as well as in South America, Chile in particular. But in Peru the bar is raised, it is simply … Read More

Secrets of the Sacred Valley

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Sacred Valley of Peru is how much of the ancient ways of life still continue today and also how much is still unknown about the Inca civilization. It is a trip back in time. Yes, there is a lot of new infrastructure to accommodate tourism, but there is a lot still the same as it has been for hundreds of years including agriculture, weaving, and the traditional dress. Add to this the … Read More

How to Make a Pisco Sour & What You Need to Know about Pisco

One of the great pleasures about travel is you just never know when you are going to stumble over “the next great discovery” in your life. This country in South America has a touch of mysticism about it and indeed delivered for me at least two of those great discoveries, including this great cocktail, Pisco Sour. Welcome to Peru. Home to Machu Picchu, which left me deeply touched as to its significance and the sheer, spiritual power surrounding it, but … Read More

The Best of Books, Cookbooks and Movies about Peru

Our Hand Picked Selection of Books, Cookbooks and Movies about Peru Books are a great way to both learn about a destination and relive the memories once you return home. This month we hand pick the best of books, cookbooks and movies about Peru to help get you in the mood for the destination we will feature on Compass & Fork in early 2016. We have 4 featured categories: fiction, non-fiction, movies and cookbooks. These are all listed below and … Read More






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