Things to try when visiting Peru

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.

Main Dish

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)

Roast Cuy with Rocoto

Roast Cuy with Potatoes, Pasta and Stuffed Rocoto Pepper

Drinks (non-alcoholic)

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.

Mate de Coca

Mate de Coca or Coca Tea

Drinks (alcoholic)

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

Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour


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.



About Lyle

I love travel and recently owned and operated a Bed and Breakfast in Cusco Peru called GringoWasi with my beautiful Peruvian wife, the property is located in the small town of Huarocondo, and about 30 minutes West of Cusco Peru. Currently we are living back in Las Vegas and have put our property in Cusco up for sale.
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12 Responses to Things to try when visiting Peru

  1. petit4chocolatier says:

    I absolutely love everything!

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog tastings page?

  2. Amy says:

    Hope to visit there someday…

  3. rommel says:

    Authentic, cultural dishes I never heard of. Now I wonder, US doesn’t have any of these here. Even if the authenticity is lost, still a lot of people sure wants to try something differnt.

    • Lyle says:

      Some of these can actually be found in the states, especially if your area has any Peruvians living in it. In Vegas we had a couple of Peruvian restaurants, and a few of the hispanic markets carried a few of the items, I also know of one Peruvian restaurant in the LA area. Now the items with Coca in them and the Cuy you are not likely to ever see in the states.

  4. Angie says:

    I’d love to visit there in the future! One of my to do lists.:-)

  5. What a cool blog. We hope to go to Peru next summer sometime. Our son will be in Argentina on a Fulbright, and while we are in the neighborhood, we would love to visit Peru.

  6. Sounds like a good list to start with 🙂

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