miércoles, 29 de noviembre de 2017

Bus labor Strike in Aguas Calientes generates that visitors climb on foot to Machu Picchu

Tourists who arrived in Machu Picchu Town today (Aguas Calientes) were surprised to be informed that the 24 buses of Consettur company were without service, making it impossible to climb the citadel of Machu Picchu along the way Hiram Bingham.

But that is not all. The railway that connects Ollantaytambo with Aguas Calientes was blocked at the height of the town of Korihuayrachina, which affected the tourists who began their journey at 5:00 am from Cusco. Only after 25 minutes Peru Rail, Transandino officials and the police removed the stones from the tracks.

As reported by Consettur in the middle of today afternoon, the services were suspended due to "the lack of security and security, by the situation and order of the judge of Santiago."

Recall that this situation of tension between the workers of Consettur began on October 19 with the decision of Judge Bony Eve Gamarra, the first mixed court of Santiago, to admit the entry of 12 buses of the company Machupicchu Pueblo, to cover the Hiram Bingham route, which separates the population from the Wonder of the World.

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Buses that go up to MAPI without service (Photo: El Comercio)
This would break the monopoly situation that the Consettur has had since 1995.

The tourists decided to cover the 6-KM walk, which requires about an hour and a half. A tired road if we take into account that then it should take about two hours to see the Machu Picchu and its enclosures, plus another optional hour and a half approximately if you want to make the ascent to Huayna Picchu.

Bad image abroad

The problems that this strike is generating have already been denounced by the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR), which sees as unacceptable that these types of conflicts are created around the main icon of the country.

Similarly, they ask the relevant authorities of the State to take actions that allow a comprehensive and final correction of the conflict with the transport company Consettur, which is causing "a deterioration in the satisfaction of tourists in their visit to Machu Picchu "

Machu Picchu Strikes, Bus Strike Machu Picchu
Demonstrators in favor and against entry of second bus company (El Comercio)
According to an official CANATUR communiqué, these disputes between private transportation companies are involving tourists, with the feeling of insecurity, abuse and exposure to the danger that they are living in this space of conflict.

"We demand a solution for the good of legality, order, security of visitors and the image of the country, which must be understood as of national interest and its protection is the duty of the State," the letter concludes.

According to data from the newspaper El Comercio, the buses would be restoring their activities for tomorrow with total normality.

It remains to be seen that this conflict is resolved with the consensus of both parties and without harming the visitor, who pays a high price for knowing the wonder of Machu Picchu without inconvenience and with the sole objective of having a memorable memory. Let's hope so.

Esteban, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

jueves, 16 de noviembre de 2017

Peru qualifies for the World Cup after 36 years of absence

Peru achieved what seemed impossible for 36 long years and won the 32nd place to access the long-awaited Russia World Cup 2018.

After a long and complicated South American qualification, Peru took all the claw of which showed in recent meetings and managed to prevail by a score of 2-0 against a disoriented New Zealand by the repechage that gave him the 5th place in the playoffs.

The team led by Ricardo 'El Tigre' Gareca has been shown as the most compact picture of recent years with great players like Paolo Guerrero (suspended for giving a boost in an anti-doping control), Jefferson Farfán, Christian Cueva or Christian Ramos.

In fact, the two goals that have brought Peru to the 2018 World Cup in Russia last night were those of Jefferson Farfán in the 27th minute and Christian Ramos in the 64th minute of the match.

Peru World Cup Russia 2018

The atmosphere that we lived in the National Stadium of the city of Lima was historic, with a large number of fans crying literally after the second goal of their selection. It is not surprising.

The great majority of the attendees - less than 36 years old - had never seen the Peruvian team playing a World Cup, and only knew past images of the old glories of the last great Peruvian team captained by the soccer player Teófilo Cubillas.

The Inca table was not a World Cup from Spain 82, that is why many Peruvians who are around 40 years old have as a memory of their childhood associated with home football, the figure of Naranjito.

Peru World Cup Russia 2018

With the arrival to the World Cup in Russia of Peru, a black stage in the country's soccer ends, which ended with the denunciations of several leaders involved in corruption irregularities in FIFA.

Today still hangover in the country (no doubt favored by the measure of the Executive chaired by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, to declare a non-working day if he won the selection).

Tomorrow people from all regions of the country will go to work and continue with their work routine. With a difference. This time they will do it with a big smile on their faces.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

martes, 14 de noviembre de 2017

Enjoy the Pisco Route of the city of Ica

One of the great tourist attractions of Ica are undoubtedly its more than 85 artisan wineries, known nationally and internationally for being the main producers of wine and pisco in the country.

In many stores in the city center you can buy bottles of this flag drink, although we will always recommend that you go to the wineries itself to taste 'in situ' the flavor of a good Peruvian Pisco.

The best dates to carry out this Pisco Route in the city of Ica are during the collection of the grape, between the month of February and the beginning of April.

Some of the wineries are located within the residential areas of Los Aquijes and San Juan Bautista, which can be reached from Ica by taxi for about S/ 8 (US$ 2,5) or by colectivo (a kind of taxi that collects several people) by S / 1, 5.

The colectivos that travel toward Los Aquijes depart from the intersection of 2 de Mayo and Ayacucho streets; while those who go to San Juan Bautista leave from the corner of the Municipality with Loreto.

Hacienda La Caravedo de Ica

About 25 minutes by car from the city of Ica, is the oldest distillery in America, La Caravedo, which currently retains that ancestral knowledge of the distillate with the most modern technologies.

The winery works with the eight types of grapes that are cultivated in the valley where highlighting the varieties of quebranta, muscatel, italia or torontel. The emblem of this winery is Pisco Portón, one of the most recognized in the country. piscoporton.com/

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Lazo Craft Winery

This winery is located in the hamlet of Camino de Reyes. The history of this classic iqueña winery goes back to the time of the colony and has its own legend and tradition, such as the harvest that takes place in March carried out by the most beautiful women in the Valley.

Lazo retains in its cellar of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a rustic museum where you can visit a collection of mummified trophy heads, ceramics, goldsmiths, pre-Hispanic mantles or paintings.

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El Catador Winery

Another of the classic wineries of the city of Ica is El Catador, which is undoubtedly one of the busiest for both domestic and foreign tourists. The winery that is located in the Tres Esquinas hamlet in the district of Subtanjalla, holds several national awards for innovative products such as the semi-prepared Pisco Sour and La Fina Pisco Cream. The winery has a restaurant that prepares local dishes and usually offers live music shows.

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Lovera Craft Winery

This family winery founded in 1867 is located in the Aquijes district, in the Garganto hamlet, a place recognized by the locals as the best district for the production of wine and pisco. The owners of the winery make visits in which they show how to prepare pisco and other Ica liquors in the purest colonial style.

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Vista Alegre Winery

Picasso brothers came from Italy to Ica in 1850 to found 7 years later one of the most renowned wineries in the region. The fourth generation of the family has been modernizing the processes and today they have specialized technicians from Italy, France and Argentina.

Picasso wines and pisco are well known in the country, in addition to their pisco Sol de Ica, in its varieties of quebranta, acholado and muscatel, in addition to its piscos with perfect huaco shaped bottles for a gift. vistaalegre.com.pe/

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Ocucaje Winery

Ocucaje wines and piscos are among the most popular and best-selling in Peru, and they have achieved a great number of international awards. This family winery has been passed from generation to generation for 110 years.

The present large house and the stables that occupy the winery belonged to the Congregation of the Jesuits. The facilities are renovated and two new 2,000-liter computerized stills have been added. The winery is quite far away (Av. Principal s / n), about 30 km south of Ica from the Panamericana. Going by taxi can cost about S/ 35, although you can join groups that go there to lower costs.

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Tacama Winery

Like Ocucaje, Tacama's wines and piscos are a benchmark nationwide. This winery was also property of the Jesuits during the colony and the stables and the house are conserved. In a unique enclave for the production of wines and piscos, Tacama produces tons of high quality bottles for export and local consumption. tacama.com/

Pisco Route Ica, Pisco Ica, Wineries Pisco

Through this map you can guide and find more information about the aforementioned wineries:

If you still manage to stand or, at least without a slight wobble, we can regain strength in one of the largest oases in Latin America, the Huacachina.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

domingo, 12 de noviembre de 2017

Where to Eat & Going Out in Ica

In previous post we told you about the best Hotels in the city of Ica. Once replenished from fatigue, it is time to eat some regional dishes and get some fun in its pubs and bars.

Where to eat in Ica 

There are good options to eat in Ica, both in the center of the city, and in some of the vineyards a little further away.

This is the case of Tambo Tacama Restaurant, a little away from the downtown of the city and located in the Hacienda Bodega de Tacama, between jars of wine and pisco. This beautiful place offers dishes from the regional cuisine of Ica, such as the spicy pallares verdes, the carapulcra iqueña, the salad of pallares, or a classic tacu tacu de pallares accompanied by a beef tenderloin or a good fish fillet.

Other coastal dishes such as ají de gallina or lomo saltado, are specialties of the house. Before entering the restaurant you can visit the hacienda or try some of its wines and piscostacama.com/

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Restaurant Don Fernando Gourmet is a beautiful red-bricked establishment located a few blocks away from the Plaza de Armas. The restaurant, in addition to regional dishes such as the lomo saltado or the tacu tacu, offers bakery products and coffees, as well as some delicious sanguches of different varieties. Telephone: +51 (056) 215792.

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Vegetarians can find a choice very close to the plaza, El Paraiso, a small restaurant with low prices and a small menu of traditional dishes such as the loin, the steak a la pobre or the milanesa, all made with soya meat. They also offer a varied assorted juice list (they do not sell alcohol). Mobile phone: +51 956085108.

El Otro Peñoncito is probably the most historic restaurant in Ica, inaugurated in 1968 and decorated with wooden walls and palm trees, this establishment has a rich cuisine among which stand out its marine dishes and other regional dishes such as the lomo saltado, the chicken a la Iqueña (chicken breast stuffed with pecan sauce and pisco) or grilled steak with white sauce and asparagus. In his letter can also found vegetarian dishes. The place is also known for its Pisco sours.

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Restaurant Venezia is a pizzeria located very close to the Plaza of Ica, with family atmosphere and all kinds of Italian dishes, such as pasta or lasagnas, although they also have a good selection of grilled meats. It is recommended to go ahead because many dishes are cooked with the products of the day at the request of the client.

The owner's sympathy is well known, he always tries to make the stay of his clients as pleasant as possible. restaurantvenezia.com/

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Where going out in Ica

In general, the nightlife in Ica is pretty limited. The best leisure option is in the same hostels or in some of the bars and pubs that are in the Huacachina. If you are staying in the city center there are a couple of options next to the Plaza de Armas so you can have a drink or a traditional pisco.

Dr. Boom is a venue relatively close to the Plaza de Armas. A wide space where listen from electronic music to other styles such as reggaetton.

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The Who Ultrabar is undoubtedly the best nightclub in the city to go out for drinks. With a "neoclassical" decoration it is a clean place with a good variety of drinks and musical styles.

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Conga's Bar is right in front of The Who and is a good option to listen to live salsa bands. In addition to the salsa you can dance to another series of Latin rhythms such as reggaeton or bachata.

Going out Ica, Discoteques Ica, Pubs Ica, Ica Peru

In our next post we will take a pisco in one of the 85 artisanal wineries that exist in Ica. Join us to know the famous Pisco Route.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

sábado, 11 de noviembre de 2017

Where to Stay in Ica

In previous post we wrote about the main touristic attractions of the City of Ica. We would like this time tell you about the best hotels in Ica.

Although Ica offers a wide range of accommodation and its geographical location as a point to continue the journey towards the well-known Nazca Lines, the prices of the fares tend to double or even triple, in some cases, during high season.

We recommend that you write directly to your agencies or contact the hotels to verify the final price.
Close to the Plaza de Armas there are several cheap hotels that fulfills all your requeriments and expectations if you are looking just a place to sleep.

Best Hotels in Ica
Hotel La Posada del Sol

This hotel, located very close to the Plaza de Armas and the bus station, is relatively new and fulfills the aforementioned objective. The personal service is pretty attentive and the rooms have air conditioning and cable TV 21 "In addition it has a small restaurant. Prices range from S / 40 (US$ 12) the single room to S / 70 (US$ 21) the triple room. Telephone: +51 (056) 238446. Mobile: 999 562 972

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Hotel El Palacio del Sol

We continue with sunny hotel names to tell you about another option close to the Plaza de Armas. This hotel fulfills the expectations of cleanliness and service. It has fans in its rooms and also offers internet and cable TV. The prices of the rooms are also between S / 40 (single room) and S / 60 (double room). Telephone: +51 (056) 221703 - (056) 221780. Mail: hotelpalaciodelsol.ica@hotmail.com

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Hotel Arameli

This downtown hotel is very close to the Plaza de Armas and the bus stations. It is a simple hotel, clean, with basic services: fan, cable TV. A single room is around S / 30 (US$ 9,30). Breakfast is not included. Telephone +51 (056) 239 107

Best Hotels in Ica, Where to Stay Ica

On the other hand there are also a wide range of mid-range hotels in the city of Ica. These hotels are the ones that have proliferated most in the city after the important tourist development that the area is experiencing.

Gran Hotel Ica ***

The Gran Hotel Ica is an excellent accommodation option just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas. This modern hotel has large and well decorated rooms, with Wi-Fi, cable TV and a counter where you can book several tours and trips around the city. The Sanctuary of the Lord of Luren is 700 meters from its location. Other amenities include free parking. hotelesenica.pe/gran-hotel-ica/

Best Hotels in Ica, Where to Stay Ica

Hotel Sol de Ica ***

Through its location, the amenities it offers (such as air-conditioned rooms, cable TV), its simple but detailed decoration, the tranquility of its pool and its value for money, make this hotel one of the best options to enjoy the attractions of Ica. The hotel has 55 rooms and the price of a double room is around S / 175 (approx US$ 54). hotelsoldeica.com/

Best Hotels in Ica, Where to Stay Ica

Hotel Matryoshka ***

Hotel Matryoshka is a modern hotel just 3 km from the Plaza de Armas. The hotel has all the comforts, such as rooms with private bathroom, with bath or shower, wifi connection, cable TV, as well as a restaurant and a bar. The premise is located to a 3 km from Huacachina Oasis. The price of a double room is around S / 90 (US$ 27). matryoshkaica.online/

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If after knowing these hotels you are looking for a more exclusive accommodation there are also hotels in Ica that can meet your expectations. Some of the best known are:

Hotel Las Dunas ****

Undoubtedly the best hotel in Ica for its facilities with spa with whirlpool, tennis court, minigolf, three swimming pools with slide and its large rooms with high ceilings and vaulted with exposed brick.

It is also one of the best hotels in Peru to go with the family, as it has an exclusive space in the shape of a castle for the little ones. Another point to highlight is its proximity to the dunes, where customers can practice sandboarding and other sports. The double room is around S / 300 (US$ 92,5). Lasdunashotel.com/

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Hotel Villa de Valverde ***

Close to our previous recommendation is the Hotel Villa de Valverde, a nice hotel with swimming pool that has a restaurant, fitness center, Wi-Fi connection and rooms with private bathroom, cable TV and views of the pool. At the counter you can find tourist information, as well as luggage storage, playground and free parking. The double room has an approximate price of S / 260 (US$ 80). villadevalverdehotel.com.pe/

Best Hotels in Ica, Where to Stay Ica

Hotel Viñas Queirolo****

Although it is located 18 km from the Plaza de Ica, the Hotel Viñas Queirolo is located in a unique landscape, surrounded by 400 hectares of vineyards, with a building inspired by the Republican period and comfortable rooms with high ceilings.

You can make guided tours of the vineyards during the sunset and participate in the pisco or wine tastings led by the sommelier Fiorella Alarcón. Its swimming pool and the incomparable setting in which it is located, causes a sensation of peace to its visitors and we could say that it is another of the best options to sleep in Ica. The double room revolves around the S / 325 (US$ 325). hotelvinasqueirolo.com/

Once replenished from fatigue, in next post we will tell you where to eat and going out to have fun in the city of Ica.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017

City of Ica

Advancing from Lima towards the south and after passing Pisco and Paracas, we will arrive at the desert coastal department of Ica. Precisely its elevated location and the sun that illuminates its valleys has made Ica - despite its remarkable water scarcity - one of the main centers of agroexport in Peru, highlighting the cultivation of grapes, asparagus, dates, pecans, cotton, avocados or mangoes, although above all it is known for its wine and pisco production.

In Ica, the first vineyards in South America that came from Spain were harvested, and later they were also taken to other countries in the region such as Chile and Argentina. As part of its leisure offer, there are several wineries in the city that arrange tastings and guided visits to learn about the process of making pisco.

Ica is located 303 km on Panamericana Sur (approximately 4.30 hours by bus / 4 by car) and there are several transport companies that travel daily. One of the safest and most comfortable options is Cruz del Sur for about S / 40 (US$ 12) at Av. Javier Prado 1109 (La Victoria). The arrival to Ica is at the corner of Calle Fray Ramón Rojas and Seba.

Another option is offered by the company Soyuz, which starts from Avenida México 333 (La Victoria) and costs about S / 40. * Highlight: Av. México is not a very safe place, so we recommend going by taxi to the entrance.

*It should be mentioned that robberies occur in Ica, so it is recommended to be alert especially at bus stations and in market areas. On Sundays the number of robberies towards tourists increases.

We recommend some points of interest and attractions to know what you can see in Ica.

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas of Ica was founded by Luis Jerónimo de Cabrera in 1563. A few years ago, one of Francisco Pizarro's men, Nicolás de Rivera, chose the Pisco area to be the capital of the new crown empire, founding the Villa de Sangallán, which would later be rejected by the Extremaduran conquistador in favor of the Rímac Valley.

The architecture of the square is composed of the Obelisk of two needles and a roundabout of lines framed by lush woody trees called ficus.

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Regional Museum of Ica

Adolfo Bermúdez Jenkins Regional Museum is one of the biggest attractions of the city and despite having suffered a robbery in 2004, it conserves one of the best collections of pieces from the Paracas, Nazca, Wari, Chincha and Ica cultures.

Among its rooms we can see fabrics and mantles Paracas, mummies of the same period, Nazca pottery and other republican and colonial pieces. In addition, there are beautiful pieces among which highlight domestic utensils, quipus (pre-Hispanic accounting method) or musical instruments.

In another anthropology room there are trepanated skulls, shrunken trophy heads, mummies of macaws, as well as food. On the outside, a model of the Nazca lines is shown on a scale of 1/500. The museum is 2.5 km southwest of the center of Ica, although it is not recommended to get there walking because there have been cases of robberies, alone and in groups. It is best to take a taxi from the city center for about S / 4.

SCHELUDE: Mar-Vier 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sun-Sun 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. General entry S / 7.50; students of higher education (S / 4); students basic education (S / 1). Telephone: +51 (056) 234383. museos.cultura.pe/museos/museo-regional-de-ica/

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Cabrera Stone Museum

This museum located in the Plaza de Armas and without signs was founded in 1966 by the Peruvian scientist Javier Cabrera. It has an exhibition of 11,000 engraved stones, found in the district of Ocucaje, 40 km from the city of Ica.

The stones are carved with pre-Columbian representations such as astronomy, surgical themes or sexual representations, Dr Cabrera, called them Gliptolitos.

Without wanting to enter into debates, there are theories that speak of falsification in these stones, because the native who found the first pieces left in writing that he had carved them himself (although he later retracted and said that such confession was taken out by pressure from officials state). Like the Chamber of Tourism of Peru, we leave in the hands of visitors the decision to believe or not in these theories. Some others say that one part is authentic, and some are not.

SCHEDULE: Mon-Sat 10.00 to 13.30 / 13.30 to 19.30. General entry S / 35; children under 11 years old S / 20; It is mandatory to call to make the reservation. Phone: +51 999437702. Guided tour of one hour in Spanish and English. museodepiedrasgrabadasdeica.com.pe/

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The Palm of the 7 Heads

In a country like Peru there are deep-rooted beliefs that have to do with the Andean cosmovision and the Christian superstitions that came along with the Spanish conquest. One of those places in which both realities were mixed is only 5 minutes away from the city of Ica and is known as the Cachiche farmhouse.

It is said that several witches lived in the place -they did not do evil, but rather that they could be considered as healers- and that one of them, named Julia Hernández Pecho, predicted that if the seventh head of the palm tree of the lagoon grew dry, floods would happen in the area.

Indeed, during the year 1998 the river overflowed and thousands of people were affected. Since then this seventh head is burned and mocha and the inhabitants of the area are very respectful of this tradition.

The former president of the Chamber of Deputies, Fernando Leon de Vivero built the image of the witch of the village, it is said that when he was 15 years one of the witches of Cachiche cured his stuttering and predicted a great future.

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The Cathedral of Ica

Located on the side of the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral was part of the monumental complex of the Order of the Jesuits. Although it was built in 1759, it was damaged in the earthquakes of 1813 and 1942, so it was rebuilt several times. In the last earthquake of 2007 it suffered considerable damages that can be seen in its bell tower and in the main and lateral vaults.

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Now we know the main tourist attractions of Ica we will recommend you in next post where you can rest and eat some of typical dishes of the area. And of course... main pisco wineries! Cheers!

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

lunes, 6 de noviembre de 2017

Callao: Tradition, Salsa & Contrast

If someone searches in Google "Callao Peru" you will see that the first entries that appear in the search engine warn about the danger and crime that exists in this city that is located 15 km from the Historic Center of Lima.

However, the Constitutional Province of Callao, by its official name, is much more than an area besieged by the underworld; its streets have the charm of the Lima Virreinal, the fishing tradition, and the sympathy of its neighbors, known for their warmth and for being guarantors of the most powerful salsa movement in Peru.

Before going on to narrate some of its main attractions, such as the Fortress Real Felipe or the exclusive resort of La Punta, we will cite an attraction that -although it belongs to the district of San Miguel- is still on the way if we go to Callao from the center from Lima:

El Parque de las leyendas (Park of Legends)

Founded in 1964 by Felipe Benavides, el Parque de las Leyendas has a zoo - divided into mountain, coastal, jungle and international zones -, a botanical garden, and some 53 archaeological monuments, among which the Huacas de Tres Palos stand out, La Cruz, San Miguel, and La Palma, which range from the Lima Culture (0-600 AD) to the Curacazgo de Maranga (1100-1532 AD).

All the archaeological finds of the Park of the Legends can be visited in the Museum of the Site "Ernest W. Middendorf". SCHEDULE: Mon-Sun 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission S / 14, children from 3 to 12 years S / 8, children under 3 years and over 65 free admission. Telephone: (+51) 1 719 2870. facebook.com/lasleyendas/

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Fortaleza Real Felipe

The history of this enclosure dates back to 1746, when a strong earthquake and its subsequent tsunami destroyed the old fortress of cane and mud that served as a prison. According to chronicles of the time, only 200 people of 7,000 who lived in Callao, survived this natural catastrophe.

It is then when the viceroy José Antonio Manso de Velasco, to prevent the looting of the port of Callao by pirates and assassins, ordered a year later the construction of this great fortress with the help of the architects Luis Godin, Joseph Amich and Juan Francisco Rossa .

The Real Felipe Fortress has an area of ​​70,000 m2 with a perimeter of 1586 meters. Pentagonal shaped abaluartada, was built with stones brought from the nearby island of San Lorenzo and calicanto (mixture of lime, sand and egg white guano birds).

Today the Real Felipe Fortress works as a museum and shows pieces related to the Peruvian Navy. The inhabitants of the zone and the military have always affirmed that between their walls paranormal events have taken place. To learn more about this paranormal theme, night tours are held on Fridays and Saturdays (prior coordination) between 7.30 pm and 10.30 pm.

SCHEDULE: Mon-Sun 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission S / 10, children from 3 to 12 years S / 9, children under 3 years and over 65 free admission. Telephone: (+51) 1 429 0532. facebook.com/pages/Fortaleza-del-Real-Felipe/

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La Punta

La Punta is the smallest district of the Constitutional Province of Callao and also one of the most exclusive in Peru, something that is surprising considering that a few kilometers away are districts as criminal as La Perla, where recently they have been produced cases of revenge for hired killers. The Punta was enabled in the 30s by Italian immigrants and little by little it was populating with beautiful colorful houses for the upper class of the Lima population.

Its best known beach is Cantolao, and its excellent location makes it one of the favorite places to spend the summer and practice sports such as sailing, rowing, scuba diving, among others. Poza de La Arenilla wetland is also located in La Punta, where a great variety of birds take refuge.

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Islands of Callao

If we have some time, an experience that may be pleasant to the family is to swim with the sea lions on island of Palomino, and learn about fishermen's stories on the Island of San Lorenzo. In addition to seeing fishing boats, you can also enjoy bird watching of guano birds and Humblodt penguins.

Another of the islands that are on this route is El Frontón, which has a black history after the riot that occurred in his prison in 1986, and which ended the lives of inmates accused of terrorism. There are several tours to make these excursions and can be booked from the internet or in the same place. If we talk about groups of tourists, these tours should not exceed S / 140.

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Colorful fishermen's quarter with wooden houses. After the attempts of the Municipality to rehabilitate and re-energize tourism in the area, these colored buildings were painted, recalling the neighborhood of Caminito in Buenos Aires.

This neighborhood is attached to La Punta, and was populated mainly by Italians who were engaged in fishing. Nowadays, it is a beautiful spa with Genovese style in which the visitor can take a bath in its cold waters and eat a good ceviche in one of its restaurants.

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Callao & Salsa

As we announced in the title of the post, Callao is tradition but also salsa. From its streets have emerged some of the best composers in Peru and annually is the birthplace of the popular Chim Pum Callao Salsa Festival, which is now in its 21st edition and which last year featured artists such as Alberto Barros, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Víctor Manuelle and Maluma.

FUGAZ: Art of live together

Among some of the projects that are being carried out to revalue and re-give Callao cultural life is FUGAZ, a dream of several artists, chefs and photographers to "make a neighborhood" with the inhabitants of the city.

A space is opened with a branch of the school Corriente Alterna, Entes y Pésimo, Amazónica -by Christian Bendayán- and Revolver . Casacor will also return (a program that rehabilitates abandoned houses) and will have the support of Mayor Juan Sotomayor, and Juan Augusto Fernández, director of the Desconcertada de Cultura del Callao. Likewise, the Ministry of Culture offers its support with Isabel Miró Quesada or Giancarlo Scaglia.

Finally, "Monumental" will be launched, the first urban art festival in Peru, with 18 artists painting murals accompanied by the children of Callao. facebook.com/FugazCallao/

Callao, Constitutional Province of Callao, Callao Salsa

Now that we have visited the most important districts of Lima we can take advantage of the fact that it is still hot and go to cool down to the southern beaches. These have been revalued over the past decade and today the departments facing the sea can reach European prices. We are going to discover in the next post some of the options offered by summers in Lima.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

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The best 10 restaurants in Lima

In our previous post we talked about the best dishes you can tasted in Peru, but the Peruvian gastronomy is so vast and inabarcable that we wouldn’t be short in defining all the recipes that the country has along its coast, mountains and jungle.

What we can do is recommend you the 10 best restaurants in Lima based on our personal experience and some international awards such as The World's 50 Best Restaurants of the British magazine "Restaurant" which also has a section dedicated to Latin America's 50Best.

The fact that Peru lived what was known as "The Gastronomic Boom" about two decades ago, has made for its own merits the first and second place of this list are occupied by Maido, by chef Mitsuharu Tsumura (aka "Micha"), and Central, by Virgilio Martinez.

The most exclusive locals in Lima treat the ingredients which they work with in an almost poetic, sacral way, creating proposals that encompass a culinary experience for the client and concentrate on their ingredients not only flavors, but also sensations and emotions.

The prices of these restaurants are quite expensive, but we have to take into account that what is offered is a gastronomic experience that can hardly be repeated in another part of the world due to the quality and flavor of the inputs of this privileged natural reserve that is Peru .

1. Maido

The care for details is also another of Maido's constants by chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, known as Micha, who, far from stagnating in the success he gained with the opening of his Nikkei food store a few years ago, has continued to innovate in his processes.

This innovations made Maido the best Peruvian restaurant of Japanese and Nikkei, according to the guide Summum 2015-2016 and to reach the position number 1 in the list of 50Best Restaurants.

According to its chef, today a luxury restaurant should offer a "experiential experience", betting on a cuisine that focuses on detail, creative and full of surprises. Its previous menu was a bet to put in value the enormous potential of the gastronomy of the Peruvian jungle 'Nikkei Experiencie' and was a success. Currently its menu '200 Milles' is another ode to Peruvian marine gastronomy. Maido.pe/

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2. Central

Restaurant Central gave its place as number 1 of the list of Latin America's 50Best to Maido after third consecutive year (2014-15-16).

The creativity of its chef, Virgilio Martínez, managed to compose a menu integrating the cosmovision of Andean gastronomy with the most contemporary cuisine.

According to Martinez himself, the restaurant will soon be moving to the bohemian district of Barranco and will create an experimentation workshop in the town of Moray, Cusco, about 3,500 meters above sea level. Currently Virgilio Martínez is also news in his native Peru for appearing in the third season of the documentary series Chef's Table in which unveils some of the secrets of Peruvian gastronomy and its Central restaurant. Centralrestaurante.com.pe/

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3. Astrid & Gastón

Before entering the criticism of the place, mention must be made of Gastón Acurio, a reference to the cuisine of his country and -to Caesar what is Caesar's- a great architect of the current gastronomic boom that is going through Peru and place it for the fifth consecutive year as a World Culinary Destination.

For years, and even moving to San Isidrino Casa Moreyra, Acurio has been able to value the Peruvian input, which is an absolute fan and has defended until Congress approved the moratorium on the entry of transgenic products into Peru.

As president of the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy (Apega) he did a great job promoting such international fairs as the popular Mistura, inviting Peru to world-class chefs like Ferrá Adriá, Redzepi and others.

The change of location of the restaurant also served to renew the menu and the atmosphere, which was descending positions in lists like the already mentioned 50Best Restaurants.

Today the place it is in the 17th place and the reviews are unbeatable for an author's cuisine that brings the pachamama to the table and remakes dishes like the carapulcra, the tiradito based on sea urchins, shrimp, shells, or a spectacular chupe. The Astrid & Gastón franchise, which is in several of the most important capitals in Latin America and Europe, still has a long breath. Astridygaston.com/

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4. La Mar

La Mar is the star cevichería of the same emporium Gastón Acurio, that owns an ample list of restaurants that lodge the different types of food that owns the Peruvian gastronomy (mountain range or Andean, Italian fusion or until its own hamburguer restaurant).

The local of La Mar is a nice place that immediately refers to a traditional fishermen's fishery and has small boats with the catch of the day, the name of the region from which it comes, and even the name of the fisherman who catch them out of the sea. In 2017 La Mar occupied the 15th place in 50Best Latam.

The idea of Acurio is to remember an act of 'bringing the small producers to the table'. With more than a decade of open doors, this place is considered one of the best ceviche in Lima and offers dishes ranging from sushi to oriental preparation of fish, as exotic as the devilfish (or carachama) and in some occasions Pejesapo (which has traditionally been prepared in chinise ‘chifa’ food restaurants). Lamarcebicheria.com/lima/

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5. Osso

A revelation in all gastronomic circles was the opening of Osso Carnicería y Salumería, by chef Renzo Garibaldi, who in just five years of life, managed to position a country so little known for its meats, as Peru, is a benchmark that reached the not insignificant place 12th in the 50Best Latam last year.

According to Garibaldi himself, his sausages are artisan, without nitrates, preservatives or colorings, with meat that was raised in a sustainable way, mainly from the pastures of Oxapampa (Peruvian jungle). A nice gest is that if you are a vegetarian, Garibaldi can prepare a meatless option (and I emphasize, detailed by a chef whose offer is based on beef). If you enjoy the meat, Osso is without a doubt the best place in Lima for its offer and creativity in the dishes it offers. Osso.pe/

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6. Rafael

In the 24th place of the best restaurants in Latin America we find another classic that could not be missed among our recommendations: Rafael, by the famous local chef Rafael Osterling.

If we previously quoted Gastón Acurio as promoter and architect of the gastronomic boom, it would be unfair not to cite Osterling as another catalyst for the proliferation of author restaurants that pamper the inputs brought by the sea, the sierra and the Peruvian jungle.

Making author cuisine (we must be careful with the word 'fusion') was a premise at the time of opening Rafael, who has served more than 15 years leading the avant-garde of Peruvian cuisine. These dishes use catch of the day, fresh supplies and all the tradition of Peruvian food, straightened with some complements of the Spanish or Italian tradition. rafaelosterling.pe/

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7. Fiesta

In 46th place in the list of 50Best restaurant we’ll find Fiesta Chiclayo Gourmet restaurant -which rescues the tradition of northern Peruvian food by chef Héctor Solís.

If a well-prepared grouper is one of the greatest culinary delicacies that Peru can give us, in this restaurant they create around this fish, dishes as succulent as the hot ceviche of grouper, grouper chicharrón or grouper chupín (soup). The roasted kid, one of the flag dishes of the north of the country, is served in preparations such as Chirimpico, kid of milk in dry sauce, or the ribeye of kid of grilled milk. A delight of the regional cuisine in the central district of Miraflores. Restaurantfiestagourmet.com/

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8. AmaZ

Following the list of 50Best we would have spoken at this point in Malabar, however we prefer to recommend another of the premises of the creator of this restaurant: the prestigious Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

In this point, we decided to include Ámaz (47th) because the gastronomy of the Amazon - despite the aforementioned Boom - remains the great forgotten and the great unknown in its capital (logical in some part by the distances and the lack of a cold chain that assures the freshness of its inputs).

That is why the proposal of Schiaffino gains value and acquires by own merits the monopoly of the kitchen of the gourmet jungle in Lima. The patarashca (traditional fish of the forest as the dorado, paiche or the maid cooked to the grilla in a leaf of bijao) possesses the ideal smoke and intense flavors that give him spices like the sachaculantro, the sweet chili or the stick. Juanes and other traditional dishes like the cecina are prepared at their point and they make note all the flavor of the jungle. Amaz.com.pe/

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9. Symposium

We were not sure if to include in this list Symposium restaurant, because despite being among the lists of the best restaurants in the country, its cuisine is clearly Italian. The chef's place Marco Antino holds the first place in the Summum guide as the best Italian restaurant in Lima and according to its founder, after 12 years in operation, they continue to focus on preparing dishes that represent Italia in a real way.

That is why Antino's place is the only one in Peru that has the Ospitalitá Italiana certification, which makes it almost a small embassy. During the month of November Symposium offers dishes with white truffle. This fungus can reach a price of US $ 5,000 per kilo.

Last year they launched a four-step menu called Cincuecento, inspired by Fiat's popular Italian car, with proposals such as watermelon carpaccio, tricolor risotto, filetto alla pizaiola and the popular tiramisu as dessert. It should be noted that Marco Antino's restaurant has the most complete wine list in Peru, with up to 800 wines from several countries.

The most exclusive are the French Pétrus, which can reach US $ 5,000 a bottle or the Spanish Ribera del Duero Vega Sicilia. Some Italians like the Masetto, are around US $ 900.

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Renowned chef Ivan Kisic is the architect of this miraflorino restaurant that plays with a gastronomic proposal of contemporary Peruvian food, respecting with great care the inputs and focusing on the details of each dish.

Kisic uses avant-garde techniques to adapt the ancestral techniques to obtain a dish that shows the tradition and the new Peru of today. In addition to its 6-step menu, the IK restaurant offers ten entrances, with dishes such as the Andean tartar or the Amazonian cebiche, as well as nine background dishes incorporating the 190º cheetah or bacon in its juice. the broken chocolate and the buried lucuma are two delicious desserts with whom we finish our marvelous experience in IK.
The restaurant rooms are divided between La Jaba room, Semilla Bar room and the private room La Casa del Arbol, a private, discreet and cozy space to enjoy the Peruvian cuisine in an intimate way, ideal for groups of 12 people. ivankisic.pe/

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There are a large number of restaurants that deserve to be on this list but we do not include them mainly for extension. You can suggest which are your favorite restaurants in our comments or perhaps open a thread in our forum. Whatever your choice, bon appetite!

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

Peru one of the best tourist destinations in 2017

Peru is positioning itself year after year as one of the most attractive destinations for tourists from all over the world, thanks mainly to the efforts of the Executive and authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR), which is carrying out important promotional work through international fairs throughout the world.

For this reason, the experts of the British newspaper The Telegraph have included Peru in the tenth position in a list of the 20 best destinations in the world to visit in 2017.

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The prestigious publication refers to Cusco as a magnificent place for backpacking tourism. In addition, they maintain that the Hiram Bingham is a luxury train that includes a gourmet lunch on its way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and a dinner on the return to Cuzco.

These services reach other tourist destinations such as Puno and the attraction of Lake Titicaca (where according to legend arises the Inca Emperor Manco Capac) and the city of Arequipa, World Heritage by UNESCO.

"On the way there will be an opportunity to see the 11,000-foot Colca Canyon, where the condors fly below their feet. An alternative trip, between four itineraries of one or two nights, crosses the Altiplano from the lake to Cuzco, "says The Telegraph.

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Perú and Chile are the unique Latin American destinations on the list:

1. Chile
2. Canadá
3. Chandigarh (India)
4. Granada (España)
5. Hadrian's Wall (Reino Unido)
6. Nueva Zelanda
7. Copenhague (Dinamarca)
8. Nueva Orleans y Memphis (Estados Unidos)
9. Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)
10. Perú
11. Arras (Francia)
12. Hossa National Park (Finlandia)
13. Rusia
14. Pula (Croacia)
15. Bermudas
16. Wittenburg (Alemania)
17. San Francisco (Estados Unidos)
18. Oman
19. Lech (Austria)
20. Liuwa (Zambia)

This recognition is added to others that Peru has been receiving over the last few years, as the Best Gastronomic Destination in the world for the fifth consecutive year.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017