In the recent years, Peru has been more and more recognized for its gastronomy, at an international level. Since 2012, it has won numerous worldwide prizes, and several years in a row the World’s leading culinary destination. Several chefs have been in the spot light, with restaurants referenced in international rankings, including the famous “The World’s 50 Best”. Last year, the restaurant Central of Virgilio Martinez was ranked 6th, and the chef Mitsuharu Tsumura got the 10th place with his restaurant Maido. Gaston Acurio, with his restaurant Astrid y Gaston, was ranked 30th few years ago and is now the 67th. All these awards are the results of centuries of heritage and passion of its people. When visiting a country, the gastronomy is definitely part of it and a main character trait. Lima Bici is very proud of its Peruvian culture and offers to the gourmets a special gastronomy tour in order to discover the Peruvian authentic cuisine: the Huariques & Bike Tour.
As an appetizer, Lima Bici goes over the origin of the Peruvian gastronomy and why it is so tasteful, and presents you the main culinary specialties and drinks to try when you visit Peru.
The main richness of the Peruvian dishes comes from the diversity of its origins and the fusion of its influences. First of all, one of the main explanations is related to the geography of the country. Peru has three distinct regions: the cost, the highlands, and the jungle. Each one has a specific microclimate that influences the farming of vegetables / legumes and the associations depending on the availability.
Then, over the centuries, Peru has beneficiated from international influences. First, the country has been colonized by Spain in the XVI century. The Spanish have brought with them some European food like vegetables and spices from over there and habits such as the sweet desserts. Also, the labor from Africa participated in the culinary influences and inspirations. In the XIX century, a Chinese immigration occurred, bringing again food and culinary habits that have merged with Peruvian cuisine, giving today a name for this type of tasty food: the chifa.
And later on, the Japanese also immigrated to Peru, enriching even more the Peruvian gastronomy, particularly with fish dishes as the two countries benefited from a rich ocean supply. As a result, it is a nice and interesting culinary melting pot!
Now you know a little bit more about the origin of Peruvian food, we have to introduce you to the main famous courses of Peru. Of course, there are incalculable delicious and original dishes so we will just present you a shortlist of them, hoping you will want to taste them all.
As you can see, the Peruvian gastronomy is the outcome of a national and international richness, bringing all together the best of each one. As a result, so many dishes are unique and must be tasted to live the full Peruvian experience.
So if you want to know more about the Peruvian gastronomy, have a look on the Huariques & Bike Tour that Lima Bici offers. It will make you discover the main dishes and food expertise of Peru in Lima, and our trilingual guides will make sure that your food journey with us will be memorable.