With a large variety of climates and three very distinct regions, the coastal desert, the Andes mountains, and the Amazon Rain Forest, Peru has some of the world’s greatest biodiversity in the world, offering animal lovers glimpses of some of the world’s rarest animals. For example, Peru has over 1,800 species of birds, over 500 species of mammals and over 300 species of reptiles. Here is a list of the Top 10 animals that you must see on your trip to Peru.
Your Latin American expedition has led you from Peru to Chile. Air, land, or horseback-however you decide to get there, here are some things you can expect.
Road to Tacna.
Bussing is often the preferred method, so get your ticket in advance and show up early. Buses vary in price depending on the accommodations you seek. You should be able to find a comfortable, air conditioned ride for your 8-15-hour journey (depending on your starting point). Average price is about $22, if you spend more than $45/bus (there will be at least three) you’re probably getting dooped. All roads will lead to Tacna. Your bus driver will cue when to get off for passport stamping and proceed to the Chilean immigration. No visa is required to enter. You will be issued a 90 day tourist card. If the long bus ride doesn’t suit you, skip it and get a 3-hour flight from Lima to Santiago.
Less than two years after its opening in 2015, Peruvian Chef Jose del Castillo’s restaurant Isolina gained a spot in the top 50 restaurants in Latin America. The restaurant, now ranked 41st in the continent, is located in Barranco, Lima and serves delicious traditional and homemade limeña food. We spoke to José who told us more about himself, Isolina, and his inspirations.
Castillo explained that his love for cooking started with his family restaurant, called La Red, which was created by his mother 35 years ago. He was young at the time, and used to work there with her along with his other brothers. After a while they all went off to follow their own career paths while he stayed there helping to manage the restaurant – he was always more interested in the business side. After the restaurant grew he needed to learn how to cook in order to manage the business in the best way possible, so he started taking classes about 15 years ago, and from there his passion grew.
Peruvian chef Mitsuharu Tsumura’s exceptional talents in the kitchen have not only earned him celebrity status as a judge on Masterchef Peru, but have also gained his restaurant, Maido, the title of the second best restaurant in the whole of Latin America.
The restaurant, based in Lima, serves Tsumara’s take on Nikkei – a hybrid of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. It is widely regarded as the best restaurant in Lima and in Peru as a whole. The restaurant celebrates its 7th year in business this year and has grown from just 18 employees when it started to an extensive team of 65 people, all working together to provide the best gourmet experience.
We asked Tsumura about how his career as a chef and consequent success materialized. He explained that while at first he never considered it as a career, he had always loved cooking from a young age, and thinks it’s something he inherited from his grandmother who was also an excellent cook.
With over 2 million listings in 191 countries, Airbnb has become a key part of people’s travels. However, how do you know what sort of place to book? Where will a swimming pool and a barbecue be essential? When would it be better to stay away from the city centre and when should you be right in the middle of it all? Here’s everything you need to know about booking an Airbnb in Peru to help you out.
Machu Picchu is undoubtedly Peru’s number one tourist attraction – and the whole world knows it. That’s why even the most basic of trips there will cost you a whopping $300 USD, a figure that many young backpackers simply don’t have to spend. That’s why we’ve created this list of the top 7 Things To Do Other Than Machu Picchu. Read on…
Explore Colca Canyon
Just a bus ride away from MP, Southern Peru’s Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the world-renowned Grand Canyon and probably slightly more interesting too. How many people do you know who have had a photo at the Colca Canyon? Marvel at the soaring Andean condors, one of the largest birds in the world, as well as up to one hundred other different bird species, 300 types of plants, and even thirty cactus species (if cacti are your thing). The Colca Valley meanwhile, is an area of astounding scenic beauty. What more could you ask for?
Why it’s better: Out-do your mate’s boring story about their trip to the Grand Canyon by being able to tell people you’ve visited somewhere that’s twice as deep (and therefore twice as cool).
Money saved: $225 USD
If you’re planning a trip to Peru for the first time, you might be wondering what you need to do to prepare before leaving. Here’s five essential things to stick on your list, in no particular order…
If you’re gutted about missing the skiing season, do not fear; sand boarding in Huacachina is the answer. In fact, with so much sand in Southern Peru, you’d be foolish not to try it, whether craving the rush from speeding down a slope at 60mph (rumoured to be the fastest downhill speed possible on a sand board), or simply looking for a unique day out with friends and family. On top of the thrill of sand boarding, you can marvel at the views from atop the world’s tallest sand dune – known locally as the ‘Everest of the Desert’ – as well as dipping your toes in the oasis, said to be inhabited by a Peruvian mermaid (we’re not promising anything).
When you look up Peru, one thing that regularly pops up is pisco! Peru is very well-known for its strong pisco and as a matter of fact, pisco sour is declared as the national drink of Peru! There’s even a National Pisco Sour Day in the country that is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of February. If you want to know the best places to try pisco and pisco sour in Peru, click here! Pisco is a colorless or yellow-ish brandy produced in Peru and Chile.
Pisco Sour is pisco with lime juice, syrup, egg white and Angostura bitters. Aside from this famous drink, there are many other Peruvian drinks that you should definitely know about and try too!