A Must-Do Lima Tourposted 03/02/2016
Plan a Visit to Caralposted 08/14/2015
Ideas for Extra Time in Limaposted 04/10/2016
Fresh Fish in Cuzcoposted 02/14/2017
In Urbanización Mariscal Gamarra—a little park in Cuzco—is a restaurant called Cebicheria Riomar (Esquina Parque de Mariscal Gamarra at Avenida de los Pinos), which serves ceviche de pejerrey. Pejerrey is a fresh water fish found in Andean lakes, and it is served fresh with lime juice and roasted corn. The flavor is delicious! The trout ceviche and the sudado de trucha (a stew made of trout with onions, tomatoes, and Ají pepper) are also good, and the prices are very inexpensive. The restaurant has no sign or name outside because it is located on the patio of a family home, but you can recognize its fence made of green bushes. It takes about ten minutes by taxi to get there from the center of the city. Go before noon or they might be out of fish!"
Ecuadorian Chocolateposted 02/14/2017
The School of Fine Artsposted 02/10/2017
The art school of Cuzco known as "Escuela de Bellas Artes" is located on Calle Marquez 271, in the historic center of the city. The building is an attraction itself, as it was a colonial house that belonged to a Spanish Marquis del Valle Umbroso. Close to the art school there are cafes, the most popular being Cafe Ayllu. Local people go there to enjoy hot drinks, local pastries, and sandwiches at a good value. This street is very colorful, and in the afternoon small entrepreneurs sell churros, which is stick-fried dough rolled in sugar and filled with sweet milk caramel. A churro costs $0.35 U.S. This is a good street for people who love art and do not want to have a big meal."
Traditional Andean Weavingposted 02/14/2017
Daily Folk Dances in Cuzcoposted 02/10/2017
Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo Danzas Folkloricas is located in the Qosqo Native Art Center. Founded in 1924, they offer folk dances daily from different districts and communities of Cuzco. Purchase the Boleto tourist card to watch the nightly performances at 6:45pm."
San Blas – An Artisan Corner of Cuzcoposted 02/10/2017
Built with Inca stones, classical blue doors, narrow passageways, and tranquil squares, San Blas (which is known as “the craftsman’s district”) is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Cuzco. Long, inclined narrow streets zigzagging across old estates will take you to stores of renowned craftsmen in Cuzco such as Hilario Mendívil and Edilberto Mérida. Visit the church of San Blas: Built in 1560 during the colonial period, it is home to a Baroque pulpit attributed to indigenous artist Diego Quispe Tito—and it is a masterpiece of carpentry and wood carving. The oldest parish church in Cuzco, it also has a gold-leaf principal altar."
Experience Lima by Bikeposted 07/29/2014
Bohemian Neighborhood in Limaposted 02/14/2017
Be sure to visit the Barranco Neighborhood in Lima, a beautiful, Bohemian area near Miraflores. The architecture is eclectic, and there are art galleries and cafes. The highlight of Barranco is Museo Pedro de Osma (Pedro de Osma 423 Barranco District 4), a mansion that houses a private collection of paintings and colonial furniture. The whole exhibit is outstanding, and entrance costs about $8 U.S."
The Best Adobo in Cuzcoposted 02/14/2017
With my family in Cuzco, I really like to go to El Perol restaurant (Micaela Bastidas 345). For about $7 U.S., they serve generous portions of chicharrones (deep-fried pork) and adobo—a kind of stew or soup, very traditional in the city and not offered in tourist restaurants. It is a casual place but clean, and about a 15- to 20-minute walk from downtown, or less than ten minutes via taxi."
Converse with Elders at Café Extraposted 02/10/2017
Café Extra is an idyllic place, where you can find elders gathering for their afternoon coffee. I have very much enjoyed interacting with elders at this coffee shop. They usually talk about their memories of past time; they are also an open book to learn about Cuzco before the earthquake, as well as the many social and architectural changes after 1950. This coffee place was opened up back in 1901 and is the oldest in town. You can order a coffee or any other drink; more than a luxury place, Café Extra is part of Cuzco’s history. It is located half a block from the main square of Cuzco."
Lima’s Chinatownposted 06/06/2017
Hang Gliding in Limaposted 02/10/2017
Enjoy views of Lima from the air by hang gliding off the Miraflores clifftops. Enjoy the series of beaches known as the Costa Verde, and the modern district of Miraflores. Flights start in Raimondi Park, located at the clifftop."