domingo, 29 de octubre de 2017

Peruvian Gastronomy

The absolute affirmations are often the product of an idiosyncrasy that falls in the topics and that in many cases can be relativized, however, we believe that we do not exaggerate to say that the greatest pride of the Peruvians is its gastronomy.

Here it is often said that the feeling of the country and the way to measure the pulse to the national situation is in the comments of the taxi drivers and you will undoubtedly listen - for your own experience - the statement that says: "What do you think about Peruvian food?

We will try to make a brief summary about the flag dishes that you can taste in your stay inside the country that has been chosen for several consecutive years as a global gastronomic destination for various publications and websites specialized in the subject.

In this post we will talk only about the dishes. Later we will tell you the best options to taste them in the most famous restaurants of the country.


Ceviche or Cebiche (even Seviche or Sebiche in some areas) is a typical coastal dish from  Pacific Ocean area, which in its Peruvian version (the most famous) combines raw fish marinated in lemon, with aji, cilantro, onion in slices and canchita mountain, corn and sweet potato as accompaniments.

The importance of ceviche in Peru is such that it has been declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation and has been chosen by the Peruvians as the dish that best defines the country.

Although ceviche can be found in countries like Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Honduras or even Mexico, some chefs as recognized as Ferrán Adriá, have mentioned that the ceviche belongs historical and culturally to Peru.

Ceviche Recipes

The fish used in this flag dish are usually sole, grouper, bonito, tollo, parakeet, trout (mainly in the sierra area), or the cheapest pejerrey. In addition to the classic ceviche or fish ceviche, there are other variants like the ceviche mixto (mixed) (with fish and seafood); ceviche de conchas negras (black shells) (of a dark color by the addition of these shells, which also give an aphrodisiac effect); shrimp ceviche (typical in the region of Arequipa); octopus ceviche; Chiringuito (typical dish of the north coast of the country, Piura, based on dried meat of guitar - a spice of ray - marinated in lemon and ají) Amazonian ceviche (variant of the Peruvian jungle with river fish such as paiche, Amazonian dorado, corvina, catfish, or maiden).

*Some dishes derived from ceviche like Tiradito, in which the fish meat is cut into slices and covered with creams of chili, rocoto or other sauces based in ají; or Leche de Tigre (tiger's milk) (glass of leftover juice of fish ceviche with some chunks and canchita), Leche de monja (nun's milk) (same preparation but with seafood ceviche juice) and Leche de pantera (panther's milk) (same preparation but with the juice resulting from the ceviche of black shells).

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Causa Limeña

Causa is without doubt one of the best complements of ceviche. This delicious dish composed of a potato dough to which aji and lemon are added, comes from the pre-Columbian tradition, which used the yellow potato variety because of its "earthy" character. Egg, black olives and avocado could also be added to the cause.

Over time the recipe was perfected and began to elaborate with a filling in its interior, that could be of chicken, tuna, crab or other seafood; this is the preparation that you can try in any cevicheria.

As an anecdote, the origin of the name of the dish is a subject of debate. On the one hand some culinary scholars claim that the word comes from the Quechua "Kausay", meaning "what feeds", as they also called the potato. On the other hand claim that the name of this recipe was given  in the Pacific War against Chile, for while they gave the rations to the Peruvian soldiers they were told: ¡Por la causa! (For the cause!)

Whatever the origin of the name, this dish is an unforgettable entrance if you want to taste the famous marine food of Lima.

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Cuy Chactado

After knowing two of the most important dishes of the gastronomic tradition of the Peruvian coast, we will travel to the interior of the country to know one of the most typical dishes of the region of Arequipa. While it is true that visually this recipe is not very striking: we speak of a guinea pig (cuy) fried under a stone and served open on a plate.

Its presentation causes rejection to many visitors, so for this reason, it is difficult to find this dish in 'high-end' restaurants. In Lima there are several regional food restaurants where you can eat a good guinea pig. This subject we will see in an upcoming post.

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Ají de Gallina

Aji de Gallina is a rich dish composed, as the name implies, of a cooked and frayed hen, mixed in a cream of yellow aji, in which is added bread soaked and milk. In some recipes the aji cream is also added parmesan and pecans (similar to nuts) that gives it a more intense flavor.

A good Peruvian friend tells me that her grandmother is preparing a variant of this dish called "Aji de tuna", which I still can not find in any restaurant, but it is already promised! Chicken aji is usually served with rice and a slice of hard-boiled egg.

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Lomo Saltado

If I were asked what three foods define Peru I would make it clear: Ceviche, Causa and Lomo Saltado, but with that statement would be sinning to have a Lima´s point of view.

Lomo saltado is a very simple dish that fuses Chinese cuisine with Peruvian, consisting of beef, onion, green aji, vinegar, parsley, fries and a little squirt of soy sauce and another one of pisco.

Depending on the quality of beef used the result can be spectacular and there are several restaurants that specialize in this flag dish. But this is another story and we will discover it later in our blog.

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Tacu Tacu

I have to admit I have weakness for this dish in any of its variants. Tacu tacu was initially elaborated by Afro-Peruvian slave women who, in the face of scarcity, mixed leftover foods in a frying pan and fried them.

The classic tacu tacu consists of rice mixed with beans, although there are also mixtures of other legumes, such as pallares or lentils. The tacu tacu is usually accompanied by fried plantain, fried egg and a sheet (breaded fillet covering it).

Other variants are the tacu tacu of seafood, topped with shrimp, crab, shells and a tacu tacu sauce or tacu, chicken, beef or seafood. There is a very rich variant that is the tacu tacu with lomo saltado, in which the salted spine covers the plate.

As an anecdote to say that the name "tacu tacu" comes from Quechua "takuy", which means to mix one thing with the other.

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Tacacho con Cecina

And to not forget the Amazonian gastronomy, so intense in flavors, we can not overlook the Tacacho with cecina, one of the richest preparations that is served in the jungle along with other traditional dishes like Patarashca or Juanes (we will see later).

The tacacho is a mass composed of crushed green bellaco banana that has been previously cooked or roasted in coals of coal, and has been given a round shape. The tacacho is served with cecina (smoked pork dried meat), and sometimes also with the traditional chorizo of the jungle.

The word "tachacho" would derive from the Quechua "taka chu", which means "what struck". In some restaurants also it is accompanied of a sauce formed by ají charapita, cocona and onion.

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Chupe de Camarones (Shrimp Soup)

As they say, I wanted to leave the best for the end, because this dish is one of the best culinary experiences that I have had in my life.

This recipe is a kind of soup made up of shrimp (prawns or prawns), cheese, tomato, chili, celery, garlic, corn, huacatay, evaporated milk, oregano, oil, and egg.

On another occasion I tried it with rice in the background, something that in my opinion should be out of the recipe. This dish is traditional of Arequipa, although it is very frequent to find it in the cevicherías of Lima. I remember when I saw the elaboration, the heads of the shrimp were liquefied along with the previously fried aji in the frying pan. Sincerely, it is an es-pec-ta-cu-lar dish.

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We could continue talking about so many other Peruvian dishes that deserve to be on this list (such as grilled chicken, huacaína potato, rice with chicken, stuffed rocoto or dry shabelo), but as we said at the beginning, there would be no space in this blog. We wanted to give you a brief summary of some of the gastronomic delights that you will find during your visit.

PS: If you dare to prepare any of these dishes we leave you some YouTube videos. With the cuy, with the tacacho and with the shrimp soup I did not dare, but here you can consult the rest! (*We know It is in spanish, but the important is the way you'll see the recipe!)

In our next post we will give you a list of the 10 best restaurants to eat in Lima, a gastronomic destination worldwide. Come hungry. You're warned.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
October 2017

jueves, 26 de octubre de 2017

5 recommended budget hostels in Barranco

In previous post we have given references so that you can find a lodging to your measure in Lima, first in Miraflores, and later in the financial district of San Isidro. To finish this series about accommodations in the 'City of Kings' we want to propose some options in the bohemian district of Barranco.

If in San Isidro we have focused on luxury hotels, in Barranco hostels and budget hotels predominate, with the exception of Hotel B, a luxury space that opened its doors in 2014 in a mansion in Belle Époque style and is very close to the Municipal Park of Barranco.

In addition to a gym, spa, and rooms with all amenities, Hotel B has a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant with the well-known chef Óscar Velarde. The standard studio for two people is priced at about S / 1,100 (US$ 339).

Hostels in Barranco

But as we said, Barranco is characterized by a greater number of cheap accommodation and Backpackers, one of them is the well-known The Point, a backpacker lodging that has recently thas reached 10 years and is located close to the Plaza del Distrito.

Its entrance faces a beautiful lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean; inside, the space has a large courtyard with hammocks, where they celebrate parties. In the evenings the hostel offers the possibility of guiding its guests to different places in Barranco to dance and have a good time. The shared room is around S/ 34 (US$ 10,5).

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Hostel Kaminu is located in the beautiful Bajada de Baños, a steep street that takes its name because it leads directly to the bathing area of the beach on the Costa Verde. Along this street you can find several restaurants and the Art Gallery Gato Tulipán, where you can enjoy a coffee or a good craft beer. Despite being old, Kaminu has the charm of a barrancan house, and has a terrace with bar that offers a beautiful sunset view over the Pacific. The shared room is at S/ 30 (US$ 10).

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Barranco's Backpackers Inn is located very close to our last recommendation and is a few meters from the Municipal Park, The Malecón and the Barranco bars area. This simple hostel has several shared rooms, a small cafeteria, Internet room and highlights its customer service, willing to help backpackers offering activities or tours around the city. Shared rooms can be booked from S / 36 (US$ 11).

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Our fourth recommendation is also very close to the Municipal Park and the Pedro de Osma Museum; we are talking about the D'Osma B & B, a nice hostel with wooden structures that offers a rustic and welcoming enviroment to their guests. It is also very close to The Malecón and it has wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. Cozy and tidy rooms can be booked from S / 160 (US$ 50).

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To finish  this post we wanted to recommend a hidden gem: The Second Home Peru, which although not as affordable  as the previous ones (the room round S / 450/ US$ 139), has the enormous privilege of being - as well as lodging for tourists - the workshop of Víctor Delfín, one of the most famous artists of this country.

While Delfín is working on the bottom floor, her daughter runs the guest floor, which has eight bedrooms with stunning views of the Pacific. The house itself is gorgeous, with huge wooden ceilings and structures that look out onto El Malecón, an outdoor pool and an interior that could be considered an art gallery, with the works of Dolphin decorating the house. Even if you do not plan to stay there, at least try to see it, you will not regret it.

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We hope that our recommendations can be useful when looking for accommodation in Lima. As in the previous post, we leave the map to be able to help you. The recommended hostels to sleep in Barranco, as you can see, are in a perfect straight line, so you will not have any loss. In following posts we will talk about beaches to go to rest.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
October 2017

Mistura, the most important gastronomic event in Perú begins

From today until November 5, the International Mistura Fair 2017, considered the most important gastronomic event in Peru and Latin America, will be inaugurated in Club Revolver of Lima district of Rímac.

In its tenth edition will have the presence of 120 participants between food stalls, sweets, carts, drinks and bars.

The inauguration of this year is preceded by controversy, after passing several consecutive years of Costa Verde miraflorina to one of the most insecure districts of the city, Rímac, belonging to the central Cercado de Lima.

In fact, in order to make the visitor aware of going to the popular district of Rímac, organizers wanted to strengthen the image of the neighborhood, to bring the national gastronomy closer to a lower economic sector and to make all Peruvians part of the gastronomic boom the country is experiencing.

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Ministry of Interior launched the hagstag #ConSaborABarrio and announced - for the sake of some critical voices - that more than a hundred police officers will be deployed in the area, who will continuously watch over the safety of the attending public.

It is expected that Mistura receives about 400,000 people, a figure similar to that achieved in 2016.

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A novelty for this year is that El Gran Mercado (Great Market) will offer (besides a great variety of inputs of 330 small agricultural producers of the country), a series of handicrafts of 15 famous artisans of Lima, Amazonas, Cajamarca, Cusco, Junín, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Loreto, Piura and Tumbes.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), all these craft creations are linked to gastronomy and will be presented at stands 040 and 041 of El Gran Mercado.

In Gran Mercado recognized national chefs and international guests will perform gastronomic demonstrations and offer products that cover the entire geography of the country.

There are also concerts in Mistura this year, among which are known local bands such as Bareto, La Patronal, La Mente or Gustavo Ratto.

Mistura 2017 ticket prices

The prices of tickets to Mistura are S / 17 for adults and S / 9 for children, from Monday to Wednesday; and S / 26 for adults and S / 11 for children from Thursday to Sunday.

Access to Mistura Fair

The organizers announced the approval of several entry routes for private vehicles through Alcázar, Pizarro, 9 de Octubre avenues and Tacna Extension, as well as Cajamarca and Marañón streets.

For the exit routes have been traced by the Prolongación Tacna avenue to Palomares and by the jar Cajamarca in the direction of the Maranon street.

So if you are lucky enough to visit the city of Lima during October 27 to November 5, do not miss the traditional colonial neighborhood of Rimac and without a doubt one of the best gastronomic options in the country: Mixture. Bon Appetite!

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
October 2017

The 5 Best Hotels in San Isidro

We have just taken a tour of the recommended hotels in Miraflores, however, there are some other exclusive hotels that can be interest you for its proximity to the financial center.

For accommodations that are merely tourist and not business, we recommend Miraflores and Barranco, which is where there are more alternatives for leisure. However, if you are looking for a budget hostel in the financial district, Youth Hostel Malka is a perfect choice for backpackers.

It is located relatively close to Miraflores and the Historical Center. Just like the previous hostels, it has a pleasant and youthful atmosphere, with amenities such as kitchen, room with computers, cafeteria, ping pong or climbing wall of 6 meters. The shared room is around the S / 40 (US$ 12).

Others options in San Isidro remarks to large luxury hotels, highlighting The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, which more than 120 meters high it holds the record of the highest building in Peru.

This glamorous five star hotel has an exquisite personalized service with rooms that include mini bar, washing machine and in some cases bathtub; as well as a gym and indoor pool. Westin also hosts the restaurant of famed Peruvian chef Rafael Piqueras: Maras, and the Market 770 restaurant, which brings the best of local cuisine and seasonal produce. Prices range from S / 940 to S / 4,100 (US$ 290-1.200).

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Another exclusive hotel that deserves to be on this list is Delfines Hotel & Casino, located just in front of the exclusive Lima Golf Club and a few kilometers from the Huaca Pucllana of Miraflores. The rooms as could not be otherwise in a hotel of these characteristics, have all the amenities: coffeemakers, mini bar, and the upper class with luxuries like whirlpools and access to the Club Room, where meals and cocktails are served.

The suites have seating areas and living areas. Delfines Hotel also has a Peruvian wine bar, casino with slot machines and table games; as well as an open swimming pool, gym and spa. The rooms can be booked from about S / 800 (US$ 247).

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Sonesta Hotel El Olivar stands out not only for its attention and details, but is also located next to the beautiful Bosque el Olivar park, which dates back to 1560 and has remained intact to this day. It is also very close to the Huaca Pucllana de Miraflores and relatively close to the Historic Center.

The suites have park views and the bathrooms have rain showers and whirlpool bathtubs. There is also an elegant restaurant overlooking to the Bosque, outdoor pool, gym and beauty salon. The rooms can be booked from the S / 500 (US$ 154).

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Hotel Novotel Lima has an indoor pool, a gym, a sauna and a children's video arcade. Its location is also privileged, because it is settled in the heart of the financial center of the district, a few meters from the Lima Club Golf Lima and Huaca Huallamarca.

Its restaurant, Lumiere, has a menu with traditional and regional dishes. This is certainly a good choice with a great value for money. The rooms are available from about S / 515 (US$ 159).

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Finishing the list of exclusive hotels in San Isidro we find one of the most recognized in the city: the Country Club Lima Hotel. This classic space was founded in Lima on February 8, 1927 and will become - after the already announced closing of the Gran Hotel Bolívar - the oldest hotel in the city.
It has been able to adapt to the new times, remaining its elegance. Currently it is a place of reference to make all kinds of events and is a must-see when making the 'Pisco Sour Route'. Rooms can be rented from S / 750 (US$ 231).

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San Isidro has more options of hotels with exclusive character, but we consider that these are the five best options for the traveler who looks comfort, elegance and service. In our next post we give references of the economic options (there is only one option luxury hotel) in the bohemian district of Barranco. Hopefully the information will be useful!

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
October 2017

martes, 24 de octubre de 2017

Where to Stay in Lima

Lima is a city with 10 million inhabitants, and how could it be otherwise, there are thousands of alternatives on where to sleep in the city. In this post we will focus only on the three districts that most travelers visit: Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco. Besides having the best hotels, they are the safest areas, so we recommend staying in them.

The classification is structured with respect to price and quality of service. We know firsthand some of these places, for those who do not, we rely on the comments of their clients in pages like Tripadvisor or other related forums.

Hotels in Miraflores

Among the cheap accommodation that we can recommend in the popular district of Lima there are several hostels around the S / 30-40 (about 10 euros). They are usually sued mainly by young people looking for a place without too many pretensions, but with a fun and pleasant atmosphere.

It is undoubtedly the best option for backpackers or tourists who just want to stay for a couple of days in Lima and who will follow their route to Machu Picchu or the north of the country without focusing much on the capital.

Near the famous Huaca Pucllana is the colorful Ekeko Hostel, the work of several designers, with a pleasant and youthful atmosphere. The place is pretty quiet, nestled in one of the most beautiful residential areas of Miraflores. The price of the shared room is approximately S / 30 (US$ 9). They include services like wifi, parking, breakfast, among others.

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Flying Dog Hostel Lima is a charming place located in the popular Kennedy Park of Miraflores. From this location you can take buses to the city center  or to Barranco district and it is "close" to everything if you decide to take a taxi (about S / 13 to downtown, and about S / 6 to Barranco).

It is highly recommended to avoid rush hour (8.00-9.00 am and 6.00-7.00 pm) so as not to despair in traffic. The price of this hostel is around the S / 30 (US$ 9) and has spaces with computers with wifi, billiards, table football and bar. Being in the middle of Kennedy Park can hear horns and traffic from the outside, so it is not a good option if you are looking to be silent. Breakfast is complimentary and served in an outdoor area.

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Dragonfly Hostel is a small and warm hostel located close to El Parque del Amor or Larcomar. These places offer activities for your visitors such as surfing, kite surfing, or paragliding on the Costa Verde. On their terrace they celebrate barbecues and parties to brighten the nights.

The price is around S / 30 (US$ 9) in a shared room and they do not accept credit cards.

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A few steps from the Dragonfly Hostel is located this Hostel named Kaclla, The Healing Dog Hostel. This hostel is characterized by two particularities: its decoration, adapted to an old house from the beginning of the 20th century; and nutritious breakfasts based on Andean grains and natural juices, included in any of its tariffs. The hostel offers entertainment rooms with table games, reading, bicycle rental, among others. The average price is S / 45 (US$ 14).

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Miraflores House is just one block from the famous Berlin Street, known for its bars and pubs. This friendly accommodation has several free services such as a mini gym with boxing bags, two bicycles, musical instruments for guests, reading and entertainment room and games such as foosball or frog. The price is around S / 60 (US$ 18,5).

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However, if you prefer more tranquility and a less youthful environment, there is a wide range of mid-range hotels that can be an excellent choice for tourists that looking for something more in detail in the rooms and service.

Among them, the Hotel Runcu ***, a pleasant space located next to a quiet park very close to the sea. We recently visited the place and although it has a decoration that we could call minimalist, we believe that it is one of the best options value for money options to stay in Lima. The service is friendly and attentive. On the 8th floor they have a restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The price of a queen room or double bed is S / 220 (US$ 68).

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Another mid-range hotel that stands out is the classic Hotel Ariosto ***, which has a pompous colonial decoration typical of the 'City of Kings'. Located in the heart of Miraflores, very close to the famous Kennedy Park, restaurants areas and also the Surquillo Market, a place to taste a good traditional ceviche with one of the most accessible prices of the neighborhood.

The service and breakfasts are highly recommended. As a comment to take into account, while their vintage and antique touch is part of their charm, perhaps they should invest a little in modernizing their facilities. The simple room has a price of approximately S / 390 (US$ 120).

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Hotel Killari ** is a small hostel located a short distance from the bohemian district of Barranco. It has a good customer services personalized and very attentive at any time. Its location allows you to go (even walking) to see the main attractions of Barranco and Miraflores.

Nice and quiet place with great value for money. In our last query we were informed that the double room was at S/ 197 (US $ 60). Moreover, they had a promotion that left the reservation at half the price.

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Another hotel that will not disappoint to its guests is the Hotel Vila Santa ***, which although a little further from the heart of Miraflores, has a pleasant atmosphere with a friendly and simple decoration.

A few meters away is the Ovalo Higuereta and the Avenida Aviación, where there are a large number of cheap and mid-range restaurants and you can visit places as striking for a tourist as 'Polvos Rosados', a commercial center where for buying clothing, electronics, liqueurs, many of these products from cheap and unknown brands. In addition, taking a taxi, is nearby to other highlights tourist spot of Miraflores like Larcomar. The price of the double room is around S / 200 (US$ 61).

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Finishing our tour of cheap hotels we would like to mention one that, although not as economical, can be considered within the mid-range hotels. We are referring to Hotel José Antonio ****, a nice space located just one block from known José Larco Avenue and about three blocks from the boardwalk and the Larcomar shopping center.

Currently there are two Jose Antonio hotels in Lima and two in Puno and Cusco, respectively. In addition to having all the comforts, this hotel has a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. The average price for a queen room is S / 440 (US$ 136).

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We have just take a tour of backpackers hostels and cheap hotels, but if you are coming to Lima on business or with a bigger budget, we also want to propose some more exclusive options. The following hotels are the most recognized and awarded nationally and internationally, many of them from big companies like JW Marriot, Hillton or Radisson. Here are some of our recommendations:

Probably JW Marriott Hotel Miraflores is for its location and amenities that deserves to top this list of exclusive hotels. It is located at the beginning of José Larco Avenue and in front of the Larcomar shopping center, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

It has a restaurant that offers different kinds of preparation of ceviche, pisco sour and other 100% Peruvian dishes. It also has large meeting rooms, gym, swimming pool and executive and deluxe rooms with sea views. The price of an executive room should be around the S / 600 (US$ 185).

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Hotel Radisson deserves a place in the list of exclusive hotels. Located in an excellent location 7 minutes walking from Kennedy Park and about 10 minutes from Larcomar. Superior rooms have views of the city and the sea, with a classic but moderate decor.

The suites have rest areas and there are two swimming pools, one outside and another on the roof next to a restaurant that offers Peruvian 'fusion' food and other dishes such as sushi or Japanese makis. Facilities include a gym. The approximate cost of the room is S / 550 (US$ 170).

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Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores is one of the best options of this hotel chain that owns several establishments in Peru and, like the rest, it emphasizes the careful attention that is given to the guests. Located in a strategic place only 2 km from La Huaca Pucllana and the great majority of the attractions of the heart of Miraflores, the rooms have robust structures with wooden beams and all the comforts.

Suites have whirlpools, saunas, kitchens or living rooms. The hotel also has a restaurant, parking, gym, sauna and indoor swimming pool. From about S / 400 (US$ 123).

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Another of the most outstanding options among executives visiting Lima is the Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza, which has a privileged location on the district's seafront, with breathtaking views of the Pacific and just minutes walk to attractions such as Larcomar or the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) located in the neighboring district of Barranco.

The hotel's attention is personalized, with an executive lounge, swimming pool overlooking the ocean and gym. Prices range from the S / 1,100 forward (US$ 340+).

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Our fifth recommendation is the Hilton Miraflores Hotel, from the popular Hilton luxury hotel chain. As the rest of the hotels mentioned have a careful personalized attention and a neat restaurant where fusion food is served and you can make a rich Tea Time in the afternoon.

Its location also places it in a beautiful place of Miraflores, very close to all the attractions and with the luck to have in the same street with three of the most delicious restaurants of Lima: Ámaz (Amazonian food); Los Bachiche (Italian food with Peruvian fusion); and Papacho's (gourmet burgers). It also has a nice swimming pool in the attic. Prices from the S / 730 (US$ 225).

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In the following map you can find the three options together or separated by layers:


Hopefully these data may be of interest when it comes to finding a good accommodation in Miraflores. Here we include information on where to sleep in the districts of San Isidro and Barranco.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
October 2017

viernes, 13 de octubre de 2017

Peru Economy 2017

After going through economic crises such as the first government of Alan Garcia (1985-1990) that gave rise to the famous Fujishock in which there was 7000% inflation (the price of a box of milk grew from 120,000 intis to 330,000 ), the Peruvian economy experienced a golden age in 2000 that has been termed the 'Peruvian economic miracle'. Good macroeconomic management, the expertise of its finance ministers, financial responsibility or the ability to offer credit made the country grow at a rate of 8% over several years.

Foreign investment and multinationals set their goals in Peru, and whoever knew the country in those years could not fail to be surprised to visit it today. In spite of its great deficit in infrastructures and the still existing inequality between rich and poor, the achievements that have taken place in the country continue being topic of study for a great number of academics.

For 2017 the expectations of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Central Reserve Bank (BCR), estimate GDP growth of 4.8% and 4.5%, respectively. Less optimistic is the Association of Exporters (ADEX), which indicates a figure of 3.7%.

According to the 16th Annual Survey of Executives of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima (CCL), 85% of Lima metropolitan businesspeople are confident that their business will improve throughout 2017, compared to 46% who did so only a year ago. However, there are questions among Peruvian economic analysts regarding private investment or monetary and fiscal policy.

When defining the behavior of the current year in economic matters, one must speak of "two rhythms": the one that moves the extractive sectors with a transitory impulse by the maximum operational levels in Las Bambas or Cerro Verde (mining projects); and the part that affects sectors more linked to domestic demand such as construction, services or trade, which together have shown a much more discreet performance.

The measures announced by the government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will favor private consumption to move from current rates of 3.4% to 3.7%, and that investment as a total, rebound from a -4% drop to a rise around 5%.

One point in which the country's economists are in agreement is the need for key measures such as those proposed by the new Executive focused on boosting infrastructure investment by unlocking large projects and administrative simplification.

However, closing the infrastructure gap would not be enough to reduce the fiscal deficit, which was at 3.2% during the last quarter of 2016, one of the highest figures in recent years. All this within a context where it is intended to reduce the IGV by one percentage point with the intention of formalizing the economy and increasing tax collection.

The major projects in the portfolio are 17 and represent S / 18 billion, among which could be highlighted  Chincheros, the road network to Ica, Talara refinery, South Gas Pipeline, and Metro Line 2, which will add growth capacity to the economy.


Construction should become a new sector on which to recover the economic activity. The non-primary industry will also have better conditions for growth after years of stagnation. For this, it is necessary to have urgent structural reforms led by a comprehensive reengineering of the state.

It should not be forgotten that during this year the mining sector still has a lot of potential and that investors are beginning to be encouraged by the low costs of production that exist in Peru and the rise of metals such as copper. The agricultural sector, with large irrigation projects led by Chavimochic, has growth to give, especially in organic products for which there is an impressive demand.

In summary, it is expected that during 2017 there will be no productive activity without any sector in decline, with a primary activity that is more balanced with respect to the non-primary and, above all, the country should prepare to face greater volatility towards 2019.

Francisco, PeruTravelsBlog
October 2017

jueves, 12 de octubre de 2017

Is Peru a dangerous country?

Before answering that question we have to consider that Peru itself is a great paradox: a democratic country where the rules of the macroeconomic game are settled, being safe for foreign investments, but unsafe for the ordinary citizen. The Americas Barometer - which measures the sense of insecurity in the countries of the region - leaves no doubt. Peru is the second country with the highest rates of insecurity in all of Latin America.

Now, before anyone gets scared, we think that we can say with total conviction that Peru is a safe country for the tourists. The government is not interested in offering a bad image after the great economic results of the last decade and the tourist projection for the next few years. For this reason, the government pays special attention in the security of the most visited and tourist districts of the city. Adding an extra vigilance and growing number of Serenazgo, a police corps of districts.

There are several Spanish friends who told me that from their agencies and hotels they advised them to travel only in safe taxis and do not talk to anyone on the street, something that seems exaggerated. As we have been recommended for a long time in this blog, we just need a bit of common sense. That is, do not walk around showing jewelry, neglecting personal items, show excessively lost, or accept suspicious offers.

In the districts more receptive of tourists like Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco, nothing unusual should happen. For security reasons we will try to omit the districts of Rímac, La Victoria, Callao, Comas, Los Olivos, San Juan de Lurigancho, Villa El Salvador, El Agustino or Vitarte. And if you want to know something in particular of these, we recommend to visit accompanied of people familiar with the district.

The Peruvian is generally very friendly with foreign visitors, so we would like them to banish that idea of dangerous country. For who wish, we will leave some Secure Taxi Services. These cost a little more (2 Soles – 0,50€) than the traditional ones that we can find on the street, but these will pick up in your hotel or home and the service is usually very correct:

Our recommendation is that you travel peacefully, be cautious when you are out of the tourist districts, and above all, enjoy this great country.

Esteban García, Perutravelblog
October 2017

miércoles, 11 de octubre de 2017

San Isidro District, the financial center of Lima

San Isidro district is considered as the financial center of the city and owns the highest Index of Human Development of Peru. We do not want to focus much on it in this post. Being the district where the most of the high socioeconomic stratum of Lima live, most of the business, exclusive shops, or top-of-the-range restaurants are here. We will stop there with more depth in the next post about gastronomy and restaurants deluxe.

A good option in San Isidro is walking through its Bosque del Olivar, a space filled of these species of trees that dated from 1560 that it passed by around several hands of nobles from then on to the present. San Isidro is also one of the safest districts in the city.

If  you are looking for is exclusivity, Santa Cruz Avenue of San Isidro could be compared -with obviously  differences- to the Rodeo Drive of Los Angeles. Business like the Madam Tussan Restaurant, Delifrance, Apple Store, or the upcoming Aston Martin - McLaren offices, and the Tiffany boutique, make this area of Miraflores an ideal location.

The efforts of the Municipality of San Isidro and some entrepreneurs of the avenue, as the manager of the top jewelry G & G, assure that they are taking measures such as a double-track, broad sidewalks, easy access, or be in downtown area but at the same time reserved, to take Santa Cruz Avenue to the top of the exclusivity in Peru.

In addition, San Isidro district also have with two Huacas, pre-Hispanic constructions with form of pyramid split. The first and most important is the HUACA HUALLAMARCA, a construction dating from the first century for public purposes that it was abandoned during the third century to become a cemetery. About the fifties, it was reconstructed and currently is a monument that can be visited in the center of the district. SCHEDULE: Tue-Sun 9 am to 5 pm. General admission S / 5, students S / 3, children S / 1. Telephone: (+51) 1 222 4124. (Facebook).

Another building with the same characteristics is the HUACA SANTA CRUZ, that also was called the Huaca of Santa Maria of Santa Cruz. This Huaca, however is pretty worse preserved than Huallamarca and only remains the structure of the base, which dated from the Late Horizon period. During the conservation works was discovered a cemetery with tombs associated with the Inca pottery. This huaca is located on Belen Avenue, very close to the Bethlehem College and opposite the Residencial Santa Cruz. Telephone: (+51) 1 618 9393 Annex 4021 (Directorate of Monuments Management - Ministry of Culture).

As it is the most exclusive district of the city, inside we can find the best hotels, like the Country Club Lima Hotel, the Royal Park, Los Delfines, the Westin Libertador, and shopping centers like Camino Real; the best schools; and the best clubs, such as the Lima Golf Club, which has also built an entire residential area around which is the most valued in the city.

If you are looking for luxury and comforts, you will find everything in San Isidro, although there is the paradox of being in the heart of a country that still fights to banish the ghosts of inequality and malnutrition.

In the next post we will focus on their establishments , restaurants and recreation areas. At the moment we can close our route through Lima a little further from here, near the airport; is the popular Constitutional Province of Callao.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
October 2017

lunes, 9 de octubre de 2017

5 Restaurants to eat Ceviche in Chorrillos

Near to the beautiful district to Barranco we'll find the better way to eat a good ceviche: the district of Chorrillos. And we believe in the quality of this flagship dish because of the proximity to the Pier of Chorrillos and the Fishing Terminal of Villa María del Triunfo, where we will mainly find the species of pota (variety of squid), horse mackerel, bonito, hake, mullet, corvine or sole.

After paying S/ 0.50 you can access the extension of the Pier of Chorrillos and observe more than 200 small boats dedicated to small-scale fishing. You can also eat a ceviche to the step prepared by the wives of fishermen for a price of S/ 8.

Beside the fishing quay there are also some places that offer this dish along with other typical seafood dishes such as fish chicharrón (pieces of fried fish), arroz con mariscos (seafood rice) or causa (potato dough filled with crab, octopus or various vegetables).

These restaurants besides to the Quay are built in small wooden cubicles and offer low-cost menus from S/ 12 to S/ 15. We suggest you some alternatives of "higher quality" so that you can eat a ceviche in Chorrillos.


Sonia Guardia is the manager of this traditional cevichería that has lived in the same place of Chorrillos since the 80's. Something that remains in the memory of all attendees is to see the patriarch of the family reciting fishing stories verses while elevating to the air some bundle of fresh cheetahs or sole taken from the sea, with a deep voice, while the live chords of a Creole or Afro-Peruvian song play in the background.

Nowadays this cevichería is among the favorites of the limeños and has managed to stay at the top thanks to the sympathy and good treatment of its owners and, of course, the quality of its dishes, such as risotto a la huancaina with grilled octopus , tacu tacu a lo macho, the ceviche 'winner' or the fried cheetah. Street Agustín Lozano La Rosa 173.

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El Morocho

El Morocho is another place that has managed to position itself over time as one of the best options for eating ceviche in Chorrillos. And we have been able to verify it in a recent visit, in which we were surprised dishes like its ceviche of sole, tacu tacu el Morocho (with seafood), wantanes of shrimp or the causas.

On its first floor, a musicians trio plays criolle songs, but also some hits of international pop rock to the rhythm of classic guitar and drawer. El Morocho is located on Avenida Mariscal Castilla 155, from where you can see the sea next to the Malecón de Chorrillos.

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Cevichería Beto

Beto is a traditional cevichería, without pretensions but with a warm atmosphere and a good quality in its dishes. The tacu tacu of seafood, the traditional ceviche with sea urchins, or the noodles with shrimp sauce, are some of the options that can surprise us in this place of marine environment.

A couple years ago its owner 'Beto' opened another restaurant on La Habana Street 229. Main location Av. Emilio Sandoval.

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El Encuentro Otani

El Encuentro is not a 'traditional' cevicheria but we don't want to stop including this place that since 1987 is based in Chorrillos and fuses the best of Peruvian cuisine, with the technique and flavor of Japanese cuisine.

In its menu you will not only find the classic ceviches of sole, the tiraditos or the rice with seafood, but also that we will be able to taste delights like prawns tempura, sea snails, or the popular seafood makis. This beautiful place is located in Calle los Titanes 182.

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El Paraíso Marino

This modern two-floor restaurant stands out for its careful service and the quality of its traditional fish dishes, such as fried chita, ceviches sole or corvina, tiraditos or some more daring dishes such as tacu tacu 'three cheeses' or king prawn rissoto. A restaurant that we will not leave disappointed and that is in the heart of Chorrillos. Located on Avenida Nueva York 356.

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We have arrived to the south of Lima and have reloaded body and soul with a good ceviche in Chorrillos. In the next post we want to briefly show you the financial district of Lima: San Isidro, and discover the popular district of Callao, known for the Royal Fort San Felipe, the exclusive district of La Punta and, of course, salsa bands that abound in its streets.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
October 2017