The mixing of cultures and the variety of climates and geography determine the variety of local cuisine. Take one part Incan and one part Spanish. Mix well. Add influences of African, Chinese, Japanese and Italian. What do you get? Peruvian - the cuisine that legendary French chef and culinary writer Auguste Escoffier called one of the best in the world - after only French and Chinese. Considering its status, it's also a cuisine that has been relatively overlooked. For your evening dining pleasure, we have selected four of the finest restaurants in Lima with world-class chefs for your enjoyment. We will prearrange the best possible table and you will have the chance to meet the chef at each of these fabulous restaurants.
Day 1: Arrival in Lima. Our English speaking staff will meet you at the Lima International Airport and take you to your hotel.
Day 2: National Museum and Larco Mar Shopping Center. Morning: This morning your will visit the Museo de la Nacion (National museum). Lunch: We will be taking you to a lunch at a selected restaurant. Afternoon: Visit to Larco Mar Shopping Center on Pacific Ocean. Evening: Dining at Selected Restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Pachacamac Sacred city. Morning: You will be picked up from your hotel to visit the Pre-Incas ruins at Pachacamac, to the south of the city. This site, which contains a number of pyramids, was considered one of the most important religious monuments by the indigenous people of the central Andes. It is interesting to see how these different cultures adapted to the conditions here, unlike in the mountains, most of the buildings (even on a very large scale) are made from mud-bricks. Lunch: We will be taking you to a lunch at a selected restaurant. Evening: Dining at Selected Restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Lima City Tour and Gold Museum. Morning: After breakfast, we will drive you downtown into the city of the Kings; our English-speaking guide will help you to get to know the Plaza de Armas, with the baroque cathedral, the Palacio de Gobierno (Governors Palace), the Archbishop's Palace with its big carved wooden balconies, and the convent of San Francisco, whose bright yellow facade covers a grisly secret. Underneath the convent lie extensive catacombs that served as the cemetery for the whole of Lima during the colonial period! Lunch: We will be taking you to a lunch at a selected restaurant. Afternoon: Museo de Oro (Gold Museum). Evening: Dining at Selected Restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Palomino Islands. Morning: Visit to Palomino Islands A four hour visit to islands with magnificent wildlife. You will even have a chance to swim with sea lions! Lunch: Dining at Selected Restaurant. Afternoon: Visit to Inca Market to purchase native goods. Evening: Dining at Selected Restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Return to your home. Transfer to Lima International Airport to return to your country. Our English-speaking staff will take you to the Lima International Airport to begin your journey home. Includes: (B), (L).
- La Rosa Nautica, Espigon 4, Costa Verde, Miraflores. This is one of Lima's loveliest restaurants set in a fabulous Victorian-style building at the end of a pier, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. (Sunset recommended). Excellent seafood. Together with a group of professionals in gastronomy, the renowned peruvian chef Enrique Blondet creates the most complete menu of Peruvian and International specialties.
The restaurant's four dining areas, and its sophisticated bar "El Espigón", rising from the midst of the ocean, allow the visitor to enjoy a magical experience, which can only be possible in a place of fantasy, capriciously constructed in the middle of the sea. Because of this wonderful location, the horizon, especially at the crucial sunset hour, can be best appreciated through the large windows or ample terraces. A dream come true when you seek peace, intimacy and comfort.
- El Señorio de Sulco (Peruvian/Criollo). Excellent criolla food (typical dishes from the coast of Peru). Dishes include fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. This restaurant recreates the history—from pre-Inca to the present—of Peruvian cuisine in all its diversity. Typical dishes from the coast, sierra and jungle areas of Peru include the ají de gallina (spicy pepper chicken), papa a la huancaína (potatoes Huancaína) and lomo saltado (sauteed steak). Top the meal off, accompanied by gentle piano, with the traditional dessert suspiro a la limeña, a port and cinnamon-kissed delicacy. The restaurant is located at the Miraflores harbor, affording a lovely ocean view.
- Restaurant Huaca Pucllana (Nouveau Peruvian). Restaurant Huaca Pucllana is located in a breathtaking setting: within the ruins of the Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological compound built between 200 and 700 AD by the early inhabitants of Lima. The adobe pyramid, digs and walls of the complex - one of the main administrative and ceremonial centres of the Lima Culture - are illuminated by night, making some amazing views for the clients dining at the covered terrace. The cuisine is a reinterpretation of the Peruvian Criollo tradition by chef Marilú Madueño (Cordon Blue Paris), as she combines local flavours and ingredients with contemporary techniques.
- Astrid y Gaston (International/Peruvian). Hidden discreetly behind a nonchalant facade is a warm and chic modern colonial dining room and cozy bar. Gastón Acurio is a celebrity chef with an empire of fine-dining restaurants not only in Lima but other cities on the South American continent. His signature restaurant in the capital is warm and elegant, with high white peaked ceilings and orange walls decorated with colorful modern art. In back is an open kitchen, where Gastón can be seen cooking with his staff, and a secluded wine-salon dining room. The place is sophisticated and hip but low-key, a description that could fit most of its clients, who all seem to be regulars. The menu might be called criollo-Mediterranean: Peruvian with a light touch. Try spicy roasted kid or the excellent fish called noble robado, served in miso sauce with crunchy oysters. The list of desserts is almost as long as the main course menu, and they are spectacular.
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