EATING AND DRINKING

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As with almost every activity, the style and pattern of eating and drinking varies considerably between the three main regions of Peru. Depending on the very different ingredients available locally, food in each area is essentially a mestizo creation, combining indigenous Indian cooking with four hundred years of European – mostly Spanish – influence.

Guinea pig (cuy) is the traditional dish most associated with Peru, and indeed, you can find it in many parts of the country, but especially in the mountain regions, where it is likely to be roasted in an oven and served with chips. In the past twenty years, with the wave of North American interests in the country, fast food has become commonplace. You’ll find Kentucky Fried Chicken in Lima; and hamburgers, as well as the ubiquitous pizza, which the Peruvians have adopted with enthusiasm, are more readily available than the traditional guinea pig.

Snacks and light meals

All over Peru, but particularly in the large towns and cities, you’ll find a good variety of traditional fast foods and snacks such as salchipapas (fries with sliced sausage covered in various sauces), anticuchos (a…
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Restaurants

All larger towns in Peru have a fair choice of restaurants , most of which offer a varied menu. Among them there’s usually a few chifa ( Chinese ) places, and nowadays a fair number of vegetarian restaurants…
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Drinking

Beers , wines and spirits are served in almost every bar, café or restaurant at any time, but there is a deposit on taking beer bottles out (canned beer is one of the worst inventions to hit Peru this century – some of the…
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