Peru proudly lays claim to being the ultimate food mecca of South America and one of the world’s most exciting culinary travel destinations. The capital Lima is home to four of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants and an ever-evolving gourmet food scene.
Peru has a dramatically varied natural biodiversity, producing an astonishing array of ingredients. Coupled with the influences of its rich history, diverse ethnic-make up and internal migration, Peru is an unquestionable culinary powerhouse. Tailormade culinary tours in Peru will intrigue epicureans, whether learning to cook Peruvian fusion cuisine with a celebrity chef, indulging in tasting menus, identifying endemic produce at colorful local markets, meeting local farmers or sampling centuries-old traditional cooking methods in the Sacred Valley.
Neighboring Bolivia may not have the same international fame, but this small, land-locked country still packs a punch when it comes to delivering a fascinating array of produce. It inspired Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma, to set up gourmet restaurant Gustu offering entirely indigenous fare – which set in motion the beginnings of a culinary revolution in the capital, La Paz. In Bolivia, food is no less integral to shaping the fabric of daily life and local culture. This is a country that flatly rejected the fast-food philosophy of McDonalds (you won’t find one) in favor of friends and family getting together to enjoy hearty, local fare. Tailormade culinary tours in Bolivia offer an authentic window into Andean culture, customs and ways of life.