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Peruvian Food
Peruvian food is just as fascinating and unique as the place itself. If you enjoy sampling new foods Peru certainly has many to offer you, here are some of the most popular dishes for you to include on your list to try while on your Peru vacation: Picarones: a donut with honey all over, Humitas: a sweet tamale, Anticuchos: grilled meat on a stick, Cecina: dried meat, Tacacho: mashed bananas, and Mazamora Morada: one of Lima's well known desserts. Make sure you are careful only eat at places suggested by your guide, you will find many street vendors specially for drinks but is hard to know the quality of the water they use therefore again consult your guide, and don't forget to try Inca Kola Peru's version of Coca cola safe to drink since is a bottled drink. Ready to plan your Peru Vacation? Contact us at: or 1-855-238-0118.

Food in Peru varies according to region but there are two dishes that you will probably hear most about and should definitely try while you are here. One is the ceviche in Lima and on the coast. Lima is know for being a gastronomic center and is especially touted for its seafood.

The other food that the country is known for is cuy, otherwise known as guinea pig. Considered a delicacy, it is cooked in different ways in different regions. In Cusco, it is typically "al horno" or roasted. In Arequipa, it's typically "choctado" or deep-fried. In either case, it's usually served whole with head and feet still intact. The taste is not like any other meat and is fairly light.

Another meat dish that is frequently served in the highland regions, such as in Cusco, is alpaca. As with cuy, this is a meat that has little or no cholesterol. Although filling, it's much lighter than steak and often a safer bet as the beef in the region is frequently tough and gristly if you're not at an expensive restaurant.

Other common dishes include Aji de Gallina, a chicken dish with a unique type of gravy served with potatoes and rice as well as Arroz con Pollo or Pato, rice with either chicken or duck. Many dishes here are served with both rice and potatoes.

The national drink of Peru is pisco. This is a brandy made from grapes and used in a number of cocktails. The quintessential Peruvian cocktail is the Pisco Sour and it is often served as a welcome drink when checking into hotels. There is also the Coca Sour and the Maracuya (passionfruit) Sour among many others.

For non-alcoholic drinks, there is chicha morada, a refreshing sweet beverage made from purple corn. There is an alcoholic type of chicha made from white corn as well but is best avoided by travelers unless you have a trusted recommendation.

When traveling in high altitude locations, you will frequently be offered tea made from coca leaves to help in acclimatizing. Many hotels and hostels will have this available in the lobby so that you can keep sipping it throughout the day. Although it is a bit of an acquired taste, many people do find that it helps.

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