Often time we are asked by our guests ”What things should we try while we are in Peru?” Because of this we thought it would be fun to put together a kind of (check list) if you will, listing some food & drink items to sample while you are visiting Peru, the items listed are either difficult, if not impossible to find outside of Peru, or are Items that Peru is known for. With a few exceptions, we tried to avoid main course items and have chosen to concentrate more on snacks and drinks, things that are easy to get on the go and/or on the street. If you are planning a trip to Peru we hope you have fun trying to check off all the Items on this list.
Ceviche – this is one of those Items that Peru is known for, we recommend trying while in Lima at a Cevicheria.
Cuy or Guinea Pig – This is a traditional Andean protein, are you brave enough to try it?
Rocoto Relleno – If you like things on the spicy side, this one is for you. Rocoto is a pepper that is similar in appearance to a bell pepper, but with a bit more heat (quite a bit more)
Inca Kola – A yellow colored soft drink that has a taste similar to cream soda.
Kola Inglesa – A red colored soft drink
Chicha Morada – This dark purple drink is made from Peruvian purple corn.
Mate de Coca – This is a tea made from the leaves of the Coca plant.
Chicha de Jora – This beer like drink is made from corn, the fermentation process is started by chewing on the corn.
Cusqueña Beer – Cusco’s own brew
Borgoña wine – This is a sweet Peruvian wine.
Pisco Sour – The ‘National Drink’, made with Pisco (a Peruvian brandy), Sugar, Lime, and egg whites
Coca Sour – Similar to the Pisco Sour with the addition of Coca Tea
Street foods, Snacks & Deserts
Choclo con Queso – Fresh Choclo (Peruvian corn) served with a piece of fresh cheese
Anticuchos de Corazon – Pieces of marinated beef heart grilled on a skewer (typical street food)
Picarones – this doughnut like rings are made from sweet potato and pumpkin (typical street food)
Mazamorra Morada – A thick pudding made from Peruvian purple corn.
Suspiro a la Limeña – A very delicious desert
Donofrio Triangulo – Chocolate, need I say more
Sublime – Chocolate with nuts
Chicha Candies – Like the drink only harder
Coca Candies – Great for hiking around ruins
Lucuma – This fruit is very dry and best tried in something else, like ice cream or yogurt.